2016 App Adventure

The New Year has rolled in and so have some amazing new concepts. I was snooping around to find what would excite me in 2016 and, in my design geekiness, this little startup has just opened a whole new world to me.

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Functions on Several Devices

Fuse allows people to design apps visually and in real time, much like Photoshop for imagery and After Effects for animation. This new UX toolkit gives developers and designers alike the opportunity to create functional and aesthetically pleasing apps across android and iOS platforms. In other words, you won’t have to worry about which device you’re designing or coding for because the code is native over several devices.

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Edit and See Resultes in Real Time

The real time aspect is a game changer. Any changes to code, layout, design or data is updated instantaneously across the devices or simulators you are using to test your mobile experience. Not only will you have a visual on what you’re creating, but fine-tuning details can be done whilst the whole programme is running. Moreover, assets remained linked to the app and update automatically. Bonus!

The part I find scariest looks strangely inviting. Coding. This element of the suite welcomes us to learn a new language called ‘UX Markup’. It seems significantly friendlier than JavaScript and it compiles into native code. Easy, right? That might be a walk in the park for developers, but to aid any non-coders, visual prompts are shown on the app so you can see what you are editing.

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Prompts Whilst Editing Code

Visual effects is yet another feature, providing endless opportunities including the use of animations  and filters to spice up your mobile app.

Fuse gives the impression that it is a complete suite that does not have the clunkiness of softwares such as Adobe Muse and Edge Animate. I may have to get my hands on it and have a play. New year’s resolution: build my own app using Fuse!

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