Thanks to Apple and Google, HTML5 has come a long way toward supplanting the mishmash of code from years past. Today, website designers have plenty of HTML5 app tools to create sites for everything– from desktop browser, to iPhone and iPad.
One of the more interesting tools to cross my Mac’s screen is Handheld Designer. This Mac app creates mobile web apps in HTML5 for iPhone and iPad (which, because it’s an HTML5 app, will work well on Android OS devices, too).
Select the iPhone size and use the sidebar Object Palette to drop functions into each page of the HTML5 app. It helps to have a knowledge of HTML and CSS, but Handheld Designer makes it easy to avoid writing code.
Each page has options for font, text, background, events, actions and other properties. The latest version has support built-in for MacBook Pro models with Retina display, and the new iPhone 5’s larger screen.
There’s an option to publish and distribute the app from the cloud, but the app can be hosted anywhere.
Wisely, the Handheld Designer developer has included a trial-before-you-buy version, and a couple of sample HTML5 apps. This is a well done app which website designers will appreciate.