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Desktop Consideration?

Is a Desktop app still seriously being considered? If so is there any sense of time frame or incremental release (slowly adding features to bring a desktop IDE up to speed?)

-after reading my post I realized I was just whining, so I summarized my question. Feel free to ignore my pouting below :-)

Every time I sit down and develop an activity / app for my children using something else I spend a few days upset that it is not on a version of Demibooks. Your iPad player / infrastructure does everything I need, but being tied to developing on the iPad for the content has been to much of a burden. I do a lot of english / spanish interactive vocab pages (says the word in english and spanish, small animations etc.) This repetitive scripting can be done quickly in development environments that are IMHO far less ideal to my end goal. None of my current tools produce an iPad accessible end product, but when a 20-30 element page can be created in 1 hour of recording, 2 hours of drawing, and 10min of script copying, it is hard for me to justify doing that last step as a very tedious final 2-3 hours of poking with my fat fingers. (all of this is made worse by the fact that I only have access to iPad minis)
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  • Hi Aapezzuto:

    A desktop companion app to improve workflow and reduce production time has been considered. The timeframe for it is dependent on a lot of things which make it pretty impossible to share a timeline here.

    Script copying steps to reduce the repetition would definitely help reduce production time. To be clear, are you spending 2-3 hours per page ie for an average 16 page book app that would be 32-48 hours in production time. That's pretty significant, just want to make sure we understand your numbers. How far did you get in the process on Composer, what's the current status of your project?
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  • I am spending 2-3 hours scripting a single page that has 20-30 interactive dual language objects. Picture something like a simply animated page from Richard Scarry's Busy Town, with dual language touch activation. Loading each picture, each pair of sounds, properly applying all the sounds and animations, then testing to make sure they are properly correlated. Similarly a page with a number that you can scroll each place value (thousands, hundreds, tens and ones) then have it properly say the number... so special rules for 0, 11-19, and a total of 50ish words getting chained together. It is not hard to code with a keyboard, but with dropdown menus and the pre-stated fat fingers it can get pretty tedious.

    I am just glad to hear that the option is still on the table. I have not tried it, but perhaps making sure there is robust support of bluetooth keyboard, and a more "mixed view" option when scripting would be the best option. I would be a big fan of a fully functioning comment feature (I don't know if that has been implemented, I saw the suggestion several months ago and loved it). Next time there is a lull in my other tasks I will spend some time poking at the most recent version, and see if any elegant compromises come to mind.
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