Cross Platform Mobile Apps

Cross Platform Mobile App Development in 2016

What is Cross Platform App Development?

The mobile ecosystem in 2016 is split predominantly between Android and Apple.   Traditionally, if you wanted a mobile app on both platforms you would need to have the technical expertise, manpower and large budgets required to develop two completely separate applications on both platforms.

With “Cross Platform” mobile app development, you write the code once and in theory the application will run on multiple mobile device platforms. However, that’s just the theory and as we will see here, there is no silver bullet.  Each cross platform app technology has its own pros and cons.

Determining the right mobile app development solution to employ for your new business app depends upon a multitude of factors.

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Nokia Imaging SDK – Reading Photoshop ACV file format

As mentioned in a previous post we recently switched our in-house made photo effect framework to the Nokia Imaging SDK.

The Nokia SDK has a curve filter, that works in the same way as the ones in professional photo editors, like Gimp or Photoshop.

This blog post describes how to use a Photoshop acv file as input to the filter.

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Nokia Imaging SDK Gotchas – Artifacts in Filters

Recently we switched over our filter framework to the fantastic Nokia imaging SDK. 

We wrote our own framework back in the days of Windows Phone 7.

But despite tedious optimizations it didn’t offer the performance that we wished because it was written in a managed environment.

Nokia SDK to the rescue!

The transition to the SDK went smoothly, the API is simple and clean, yet very powerful.

After having implemented a number of effects, I discovered that some filters didn’t work as expected.

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