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WINDEV Mobile 28: Benefit from the 196 common new features in version 28
WINDEV Mobile benefits from most of the 196 common new features in version 28, and in particular: new Smart controls, higher speeds, new controls, improved PDF control, improved code editor, new features for web services, new features in WLanguage, etc.
Of course, WINDEV Mobile 28 also benefits from many new features specific to the mobile world. Learn more in the following pages.
New Kanban control for mobile
The new Kanban control is available for mobile app development.
Its behavior and its code are the same in WINDEV Mobile, WINDEV and WEBDEV.
See new features 001 to 014.
New Image Editor control for mobile
In version 28, the new Image Editor control is available for mobile applications.
Integrate a powerful image editor into your apps, without writing a single line of code: crop, rotate, annotate, insert text, etc.
See new features 458 to 460.
Non-embedded fonts: highlighted by a UI error
You can include custom fonts in a project.
These fonts are not installed on the end user's phone by default.
These fonts must be specified in the application generation wizard.
If one or more fonts have been left out, a UI error is generated.
Text formatting in controls: Markdown
The Search field now supports rich formatting
The Search field now supports rich formatting
Indication text with rich formatting
Indication text with rich formatting
Now you can format text in all mobile controls using Markdown.
See new features 026 to 028.
Miscellaneous
  • Image control: The horizontal and vertical symmetry options are now available in "General" tab of the 7-tab window.
    Reminder: images can also be edited using the Image Editor included in the environment.
  • Shadows for Supercontrols.
New Image Editor control
WINDEV Mobile 28 includes a new control that end users will love: the "Image Editor" control.
Give users the ability to edit photos and images, with zero lines of code.
New Image Editor control: features
This control includes all the standard image editing features for mobile devices:
  • crop
  • rotate
  • fix perspective distortion
  • brightness, contrast, saturation
  • annotate: freehand drawing, highlighter, text
  • symmetry
  • blur
  • OCR suggested on detected text areas
  • ...
Menu of the mobile Image Editor control
Menu of the mobile Image Editor control
New Image Editor control: source
The image to be edited can come from different sources:
  • image selected by the end user in the device's gallery: screenshot, photo, etc.
  • image selected by the end user in the device's file manager
  • image opened or taken using the device's camera app
  • ...
For privacy reasons, you can disable some of these modes.
Top bar: standard behavior
The top bar is known as "Action Bar" in Android and "Navigation Bar" in iOS. However, for the purpose of simplicity, the term "Action bar" will be used often in the rest of this document.
This bar can be defined by the system, or be customized.
A system bar can have the following characteristics:
  • Optional button on the left of the bar. This button can be used to go back, open a window or perform a custom process.
  • Optional button on the right of the bar. This button should open a menu.
  • The bar can be hidden automatically when scrolling.
  • The bar can use a system color or a custom color.
  • Ability to apply the title font color to icons.
  • The bar can use a background image (9-slice scaling mode supported).
Top bar: advanced customization
In version 28, bar customization has been drastically improved.
You can now fine-tune different aspects of the bars:
  • You can set the bar height.
  • It is now possible to insert any type of control.
For example, you can:
  • insert a logo or an image.
  • insert a search field.
  • center a title.
  • show options as tokens.
  • dynamically change the content of the bar.
  • pin a subscription button.
  • ...
Everything can be easily customized!
Kanban control on mobile devices
In version 28, the Kanban control is also available for mobile devices.
The Kanban methodology is often used to manage tasks on mobile devices, since users carry their mobile devices with them most of the time.
Kanban control on mobile devices: specific features
For better readability, only one column is displayed in portrait mode.
Contiguous columns are partially displayed on each side of the current column.
Users can navigate between lists (columns) by swiping left or right.
Users can also tap and hold a card to move it horizontally or vertically.
If necessary, the Kanban control changes to the target list (column) to complete the operation.
In landscape mode, multiple lists (columns) are displayed.
4 new Smart controls in WINDEV Mobile 28
4 new Smart controls are available in WINDEV Mobile 28:
  • "Show more"
  • Badge
  • Multi-selection with tokens
  • Address autocomplete
New Smart control: "Show more"
The "Show more" Smart control allows you to show only the beginning of a text, thus making the UI lighter.
If a user wants to read the rest of the text, they can simply tap the "Show more" button.
The full text is then displayed.
The text is truncated, but the user can tap
The text is truncated, but the user can tap "Show more" to see the full text
New Smart control: badge
The "Badge" Smart control shows a badge containing a value over a control: image, button, etc.
Standard UI behavior
Standard UI behavior
New Smart control: multi-selection with tokens
The "Multi-selection with tokens" Smart control (see new feature 200) is also available for mobile applications.
The layout has been adapted for easy use on mobile devices.
Once selected, each destination is added as a token
Once selected, each destination is added as a token
New Smart control: address autocomplete
The "Address autocomplete" Smart control (see new feature 202) is also available for mobile applications: The layout has been adapted to be touch-friendly.
A list of address suggestions is displayed
A list of address suggestions is displayed
2 new skin templates for mobile devices
WINDEV Mobile 28 includes the Material 3 and Touch skin templates: use them as you like to customize your apps!
Transition to mobile devices made easier
Transforming your existing WINDEV applications (or parts of applications) into iOS and Android applications is easier than ever before.
The integration of the WINDEV and WINDEV Mobile environments allows developers to easily share project elements.
The conversion wizard has been improved and is even more precise.
Reminder: open and handle WINDEV Mobile projects in WINDEV
To make cross-platform development easier, WINDEV can open WINDEV Mobile projects (and WEBDEV projects as well).
This avoids duplicating code and objects and performing unnecessary operations. Objects are shared immediately.
The same project in WINDEV can contain WINDEV, iOS and Android configurations (and even WEBDEV configurations).
Note: a WINDEV Mobile (and/or WEBDEV) license is required.
open an application from a link on the web or in an email (Deep link / universal link)
In version 28, you can allow users to open an application from a link in a website or in an email. This link can contain parameters that will be passed to the application.
This method is known as Deep Link in Android, and Universal Link in iOS.
If the application is not yet installed on the device, the page specified in the link opens and generally prompts the user to download the application from a store.
Example of code embedded in a link:
https://precilia.com/ad?ad_id=254z7846
The OPEN button on the site or email launches the app and opens the selected ad
The OPEN button on the site or email launches the app and opens the selected ad
Security: the web server used must allow the application to be launched: a settings file must be present on the server.
Deep Link, Universal link: callback
A callback mechanism allows you to pass parameters, or to indicate to the application that it has been launched via a link.
Simply pass the callback to the new DeepLinkProcedure function.
Interactive WEBDEV page in a mobile window
In version 28, a page or a site can be inserted into a window in a WINDEV Mobile application.
The app and the page exchange data using WLanguage.
This new feature allows you to maximize the use of your existing elements.
To learn more, go to new feature 215.
Text formatting variants
In version 28, you can quickly see how changes in character and line spacing affect text layout.
See new feature 483.
"Glove-friendly" skin template
WINDEV Mobile 28 includes a new skin template. It is intended to make a touchscreen easier to use with gloves in very cold temperatures, for example. With larger controls and buttons, the "glove-friendly" skin template allows users to easily select elements.
See new feature 476.
All the common new features for mobile apps
iOS development has never been as powerful as with WINDEV Mobile 28. The amount of powerful features at your disposal keeps growing.
iOS evolves, and so does WINDEV Mobile 28.
WINDEV Mobile 28 for iOS benefits from:
  • the common new features in version 28.
  • plus the common new features for mobile devices.
  • plus new features specific to iOS.
iOS 16, new iPhone 14
iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8
iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8
WINDEV Mobile 28 supports both iOS 16 and WatchOS 9.
All iPhone 14 and AppleWatch Series 8 models are supported.
IPhone 14: dynamic island
Expanded dynamic island, with an available action
Expanded dynamic island, with an available action
One major feature of the latest iPhone is the Dynamic Island, which transforms the black notch into a widget.
WINDEV Mobile 28 supports this new behavior.
Simply define the UI of the Widgets with Swift UI, then use WLanguage to automatically generate the widgets in the project and specify the callback procedure that will be called when the user interacts with the widget.
iPadOS 16
The new iPadOS 16 is supported.
Stage Manager is supported in version 28: it is now possible to create resizable windows.
You can also create Extra Large Widgets.
Always-on display and lock screen
iOS 16 allows you to create Widgets that will be displayed on the lock screen, whether or not the Always-On display is enabled.
In WINDEV Mobile 28, you can create this type of widget.
Share data between Apple devices through iCloud
How to share data between Apple devices using iCloud?
The new iCloud family of WLanguage functions allows you to store data or "key/value" pairs in iCloud, and thus to access that data from all devices: iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, MacBook, etc.
Reminder: depending on the volume of data, an HFSQL database in the cloud (HFSQLDrive, PCSCloud.net, etc.) is a simple and powerful data sharing solution.
For more details, see: iCloud functions
Data sharing between Widget and app, and between apps on the same device
In version 28, you can make a directory accessible from different applications and Widgets. This will allow easy data sharing.
The new iOSAppGroupDirectory function has been introduced with this purpose in mind.
RTPP - Real-time or log-based debugging in WINDEV Mobile
The powerful Real-Time Performance Profiler, which allows debugging and analyzing app performance in real time and based on log files, is available for iOS.
See new feature 110.
IOS: miscellaneous
  • Mac Catalyst now supports the Webcam control.
  • Mac Catalyst: ability to specify the Provisioning Profile directly in the generation wizard.
3 new types
3 new types of variables are available for iOS:
All the common new features for mobile apps
Development for Android has never been as powerful as with WINDEV Mobile 28.
The amount of powerful features at your disposal keeps growing.
Android evolves, and so does WINDEV Mobile 28, most notably with its support for Android 13.
WINDEV Mobile 28 for Android benefits from:
  • the common new features in version 28.
  • plus the common new features for mobile devices.
  • plus new features specific to Android.
Android 13 support
WINDEV Mobile 28 supports the latest version of Android.
Native Kotlin
WINDEV Mobile is open to third-party languages.
Kotlin is a programming language mainly used for Android development.
In version 28, you can write Kotlin code in the code editor directly.
Syntax highlighting makes it easier to write and read code in this language.
Note: Java is still supported, of course.
// saves a video preview image at a given position
fun getVideoFramePreview(videoPath: String, position: Long,
saveToPath: String) {
var bitmap: Bitmap? = null
val retriever = MediaMetadataRetriever()
// loads the video
retriever.setDataSource(videoPath)
...
}
For more details, see Using Kotlin code.
Retrieve the result of an activity from third-party libraries and Android APIs
Most payment apps use clear implementations of Activities
Most payment apps use clear implementations of Activities
In a WINDEV Mobile application, you can use external libraries and APIs.
In Android, some libraries and APIs open specific windows, known as "Activities", which perform specific processes:
  • mobile payment
  • Bluetooth visibility
  • OAuth login request
  • ...
WINDEV Mobile 28 allows you to easily retrieve the results of these Activities.
The new AndroidActivityResultProcedure function allows you to specify the WLanguage procedure that will be called when the Activity is closed.
This WLanguage procedure will receive the result as a parameter.
Per-pixel positioning for button icons
You can now position icons with pixel precision inside buttons.
Chrono type support
The Chrono type is now supported in Android.
Data source parameters
A query based on a data source can contain parameters.
Access bits in integers
In the industrial field, it is often necessary to read the bits in a byte. In version 28, the [] (square brackets) syntax is available for variables of type Integer.
WLanguage functions to manage zoomed images
When an image is zoomed in an Image control, the coordinates of a point in the control no longer match the coordinates of that point in the original image.
The CoordinateImageControlToImage and CoordinateImageToImageControl functions allow you to find the coordinates in the original image (and vice versa).
See the list of new WLanguage functions in the new feature 622.
WLanguage: State property on containers
The State property is available for Container controls: Supercontrol, Internal Window, Tab control, etc.
For example, this allows you to gray out all the controls inside a container with one line of code.
Reminder
Windows Mobile, Windows CE and Windows Embedded applications are still used in the industrial field.
Applications for Windows Mobile, Windows CE and Windows Embedded can be developed with WINDEV Mobile 26. If you need to use these features, you can access version 26 from WINDEV Mobile 28.
Minimum version required
  • Version 27
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