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Intel tool converts much of iOS apps to HTML5

App Porter helps translate iOS apps for other mobile platforms

In the convergence of Bring You Own Device and in-house app development, many agencies are overloaded with the task of creating apps for multiple platforms. An app that was created for use in one mobile operating system may need complete rewritten to be used in another. This effectively multiplies the work by the number of platforms that need to be supported.

Intel has come up with a partial solution, at least for apps that start out written for Apple’s iOS. The HTML5 App Porter Tool  has been in beta for a little more than a month now, and it has just started to get some traction with the mobile app development community. It will automatically convert the Objective-C code of iOS-based apps into JavaScript so that it can be more readily converted to work with other operating systems, such as Android, BlackBerry and Windows.

It will also rewrite layouts in HTML/CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and convert iOS API data types and objects to JavaScript/HTML5. While this won’t automatically convert 100 percent of an app, it could save a lot of effort by translating as much as it can.

If you are interested in trying out the HTML5 App Porter Tool, you can sign up at Intel’s website.  You can also learn how to get the most out of what looks to be a quite useful tool with the tutorial and support forum.

The tool requires Windows 8 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.

Posted by Greg Crowe on Feb 25, 2013 at 9:39 AM


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