Caravel, the universal browser

by Diego Pierangeli on 10/16/2014

One of the new features in Instant Developer 13.5 is support for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, and today I am happy to report that the new version of Caravel is already available on the Windows Phone Store and will soon be available on the Windows Store as well.

If you’ve just started following us, I should explain that Caravel is a browser with evolved surfing features that allows you to easily test apps created with InDe, without the need to create an installation package. It’s a very useful tool because it greatly increases the speed of development and testing, also allowing you to debug an application directly on the target device. And this is very easy to do: after compiling the project, simply capture the QR Code with the device’s camera or manually enter the address of the application.

In this new version, the user interface of Pro Gamma’s browser was adapted to the guidelines for the two systems from the Redmond company, differentiating it from the versions for iOS and Android. The changes introduced by version 8.1 have allowed us to create a Universal App (in other words, usable both on smartphones/tablets and on PCs) with improved user interface responsiveness.

This is a useful feature and one that you too can enjoy, because with the new template your apps can be universal as well.

As with previous new versions, the changes to Caravel have corresponding changes in the template for creating installation packages, but starting with Instant Developer 13.5, they are now compatible with Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. Check out the release notes for more information on how to compile and publish these apps on the stores.

If you have a Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1 device, I recommend trying the beta release of version 13.5 right now and, as always, would be glad to hear your impressions.

Compatibility is important, but if you had to target only one system, which would you choose?

  •    iOS
  •    Android 4.1+
  •    Windows 8.1 / Windows Phone 8.1
  •    Other (Blackberry / FireFox OS / Ubuntu Touch / Jolla / etc)
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