Tag Archive: Responsive Website

Experts Weigh In: Native App vs. Responsive Website

In an age where mobile adoption continues to grow exponentially across borders, demographics, and industries, companies are challenged with reaching their stakeholders on devices of all sizes with varying levels of computing power.

This leaves the tough question of whether they should build a responsive mobile site that works across multiple devices or build a native mobile app instead. Either direction has its pros and cons.

Should we build a native app or a responsive website?

To help advance the discussion, we reached out to a few experts and picked their brain on this topic. Here’s what they said…

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Vincent Hardy

Director Engineering, Design and Publishing at Adobe

It would be great to have a universal answer, but I don’t think there is one. It depends on what you want to do, the platforms you are targeting and when you are asking the question.

What you want to do matters: a simple portfolio for a graphic designer would be best done as a responsive application because there are no performance issues. The goals is likely reach and ease of access and the responsive web is perfect for that. By contrast, if you are building an application that requires access to sensors on a mobile device that have no APIs in browsers, then a native application would be the way to go.

The platform matters as well. If you are only targeting a particular platform, then a responsive nature of a web site may not matter because it would not be at play in the solution. Conversely, if you are building an simple application and you want to reach out a large number of people, the web and the responsive web are your friends!

There’s also the question about a moving target. It used to be that the web was much less powerful than it is today, so more things had to be done as applications. Today, with the advances in graphics support in particular, a lot more things are possible (e.g., fast, performant 3D graphics with WebGL). Likewise with various APIs that give access to the platform capabilities, fewer things need to be done in a native application.

Finally, an option a lot of developers chose is a hybrid one. I think that in many cases, it is a very wise choice and technologies like PhoneGap make it easy to leverage responsive web content in the context of a native app.


Bem Jones-Bey

Bem Jones-Bey

Computer Scientist, Web Platform and Authoring at Adobe

The one that is better will depend greatly on the specific product you are building and what gives the best experience to your users. It is impossible to pick one of the two in a vacuum. That being said, given the much larger audience that a responsive website provides, you should consider the website approach first.


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Thibault Imbert

Group Product Manager, Design and Publishing at Adobe

It really depends on the level integration that is required with the platform. If your content relies heavily on best integration with the platform capabilities, media access (audio or video recording), or performing any expensive computations, or low-level hardware access with the system, native is probably your best bet. If on the other hand, your content relies heavily on web content, with existing HTML content that you need to reuse or that will be created and reach is key, then a responsive website is a better option. Don’t spend your time forcing the use of a tech for a specific use case, use the best tool for the job.

We understand that the answer to this question might be different depending on many variables and from one company or product to another, but we’re hoping that this feedback could help you or your company make a strategic decision that will eventually extend your reach and save you and your company time and money.


How would you answer this question?

Join the discussion by sharing your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below.

New Dreamweaver CC Starter Templates Make Responsive Design a Snap!

One of the great new features in the October 2014 release of Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2014 is the addition of five starter templates: About page, Blog post, eCommerce, Email, and Portfolio. Each of these templates provides a responsive structure to build a new web page that will look great whether it is opened on a mobile device, a tablet, or a PC. The About page, Blog post, and eCommerce templates are built with media queries. The Email template is built with tables, and the Portfolio template is built with Fluid Grids. This is a very positive step toward simplifying the process for those less comfortable with building a responsive design from scratch.

You can create a new page based on one of the Starter Templates by using either the File menu or the Welcome Screen. Although the screens are different, the results will be the same.

Web Designs We’re Falling For This Valentine’s Day

The possibilities for web design are endless. The industry is evolving and designers are looking beyond the frame to incorporate the narrative and visual components of film and television into their designs. Never before have so many beautiful websites existed, doubling as works of art and fully immersive user experiences.

We talked to three designers from award winning studios around the world to find out which websites they’re loving right now, and to learn how other web designers can incorporate these innovations into their own designs.

Valentine #1: Warsaw Rising

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A great example of incorporating film, says Clayton Kemp, creative director at Zen Den Web Design in San Francisco, is Warsaw Rising. Kemp’s portfolio includes highly visual sites such as Terra Gallery and Events, Alta Mira Recovery, and Humanity United – Performance Report.

“I really love how the overall aesthetic principles of the site lend themselves to an old film or map from the era,” he says. “They have combined a perfectly matched vintage color palette with just enough subtle graininess to create an awesome product. The site seamlessly blends modern technology with archive WW2 footage to craft a very unique and memorable experience for their users.”

Designed by Warsaw’s Bright Media, Kemp says Warsaw Rising’s main goal is to educate through entertainment, a trend he expects will be huge in the coming years.

Designers can learn a lot from this site, Kent says.

  • The stylish and contemporary UI does not detract from the vintage theme
  • The design invites users to walk through the narrative, rather than having to flip from page to page
  • It’s also been optimized for web flawlessly, loading quickly despite being visual and interactive

“All of these elements make this piece remarkable,” Kemp says.

Is Flat Design a Web Design Standard That’s Here to Stay? 10 Designers Chip In

These days, the number one thing that’s required of web designers working on anything (that’s anything) is to make sure that their creation “has this flat feel about it.” In other words, the term “flat design” has become almost synonymous with “good design.”

But is flat design just a temporary trend, or is it here to stay and we’ll be designing flat websites for years to come? Can it be, perhaps, the new standard of web design?

Let’s find out.

To help me solve this mystery, I’ve invited 10 designers and web design experts to share their input on one big question:

  • Is flat design something that’s here to stay, or will it fade to make room for another, completely new trend?

Dreamweaver CC: PSD to HTML and CSS

Our team continues to streamline and improve Dreamweaver. It has a modern UI, edit capabilities in Live View, CSS Designer and a 64-bit architecture. That’s not all though, it gets even better. It also has a complete integration of Extract which empowers users to easily go from PSD comp to code.

Extract enables web designers and developers to build web and mobile content from a Photoshop comp directly in Dreamweaver, bridging the gap between Photoshop and Dreamweaver, and reducing the need to go back and forth between the two.

Dreamweaver In Action – Be Part of The Story!

We’re thrilled to announce the #DreamweaverInAction series. Many of our customers have shared their great work and stories, so we decided to pass it along to the community.

The primary aim of this series is to show off our customers’ exciting work, inspire further creativity by sharing ideas and cultivate a discussion about the modern Dreamweaver. It will also help our featured customers get exposure through Adobe’s social channels and website.

We kicked off the series by showing off the creative work of AltaSartoria web design agency. Claudio Caciagli, lead designer and developer, has just launched this stunning responsive website http://altasartoria.com

AltaSartoria web design agency

AltaSartoria web design agency

 

We followed that up with an inspiring example by designer Jordan Flower, who used Dreamweaver and WordPress to create a business at Keys Apparel that supports victims of human trafficking.

Keys Apparel

Dreamweaver & WordPress site.

 

Do you have a great story to tell? Tell it to millions of Adobe customers. Send us your website or work you’ve created with Dreamweaver CC and be part of the story. You can share your story by sending us a message on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AdobeDreamweaver) or tweet it with the (#DreamweaverInAction) hash tag.

 

A Look at the Modernized Dreamweaver CC

When the first version of Dreamweaver launched, the web had only begun to emerge as a viable platform, and its capabilities were a fraction of what they are today. Since then, the web platform has changed dramatically, and continues to evolve at a rapid pace.

Designing for an evolving platform means that the tools one uses must also evolve. To best serve our customers, we are modernizing Dreamweaver to provide an all-in-one visual tooling environment for creating websites and mobile content. To do so we are streamlining the user interface, introducing new ways to tackle key areas of the web design process, and removing support for technologies that are not widely used by our customers.

Our first task has been to streamline the User Interface, which we have begun by consolidating several workflows (such as font management) and simplifying parts of the application (such as the Document Tool Bar and the Insert Panel). In addition, we have begun to identify and remove parts of the application that are redundant. We have already removed 10 panels, 14 dialog boxes, and 62 menu items. A simpler UI means fewer steps to accomplish your tasks, and fewer interruptions to your workflow.

The modernization efforts also include the introduction of the new CSS Designer panel in Dreamweaver CC. In future updates to Dreamweaver we intend to improve the HTML & CSS preview/inspect/edit workflow, streamline file and site management, enhance our support for responsive web design, as well as continue to focus on improving performance and responding to customer feedback. Dreamweaver will also continue to receive regular updates that expose the evolving capabilities of the web and further integrate tools and services that improve productivity.

As we remove older features from Dreamweaver, we recognize that some customers may still depend on existing workflows/technologies. Therefore, in addition to making Dreamweaver CS6 available through Creative Cloud, we are also providing some alternatives. The table below covers some of the features we have removed, and the list of the extensions or workarounds that will enable affected customers to continue using Dreamweaver CC as part of their existing workflows.

Removed feature / functionality

Extension/Workaround

Additional information

Server Behavior, Bindings and Components Panels and Database feature There is a single extension to restore these features. To install, please follow these steps: 1. Launch Dreamweaver CC
2. Update both Dreamweaver CC and Extension Manager (if the update is available) to the latest versions
3. Go to Windows > Extensions > Adobe Exchange
4. Search for Server Behavior extension
5. Install by clicking Free button
6. Follow the onscreen instruction

 

ASP, ASPNET, JSP Support There is a single extension to restore these features. Extension is available at:* Vista/Windows 7: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Dreamweaver CC\Configuration\DisabledFeatures* Mac OS X: /Applications/Adobe Dreamweaver CC/Configuration/DisabledFeatures These extensions are in MXP format. To convert them to the correct format, please follow the instructions in this video: http://youtu.be/8bzlrjHGsQcTo install, follow instructions in the video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB2vmNfcq7A

 

 

Spry There is an extension to replace Spry datasets with jQuery datasets. It is available for free on Adobe Exchange. More info here:HTML5 Data BindingsBootstrap Extension  Replacement provided via deep integration with JQuery UI & JQuery effects. You can still download Spry from Adobe GitHub.
ColdFusion Support ColdFusion has a dedicated IDE (ColdFusion Builder) that serves the development needs of the ColdFusion developers & community. Download ColdFusion Builder 2. Note: You can also open ColdFusion documents from within the files panel in Dreamweaver. Please click here for step-by-step instructions.

 

While Adobe has tested the extensions listed above with Dreamweaver CC, we do not provide support for functionality provided through extensions.

In addition to the extensions we’ve provided, we are particularly excited about two new extensions for Dreamweaver developed by DMXzone. They provide modernized replacements for two Spry workflows featured in previous versions of Dreamweaver. More information is available at:

HTML5 Data Bindings
Bootstrap Extension

We have just begun the modernization process and invite you to voice your opinion. We are committed to taking action on customer feedback and remaining as transparent as possible about our future plans.

Best Regards,

Tareq Aljaber

Product Marketing Manager

Dreamweaver CC: Your all-in-one tool for creating, publishing, and managing websites and mobile content

We are pleased to announce the release of a modernized and streamlined Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver CC is the all-in-one visual tool to efficiently and intuitively create, publish and manage websites and mobile content.

New in Dreamweaver CC:
Create immersive web experiences with the new CSS Designer and visually apply CSS properties such as gradients, box shadows, and more. Dreamweaver CC is committed to producing clean, web-standards code, enabling you to design without the need to hand-code.

Dreamweaver CC also includes enhancements to its responsive design framework, Fluid Grid Layouts. We’ve addressed key usability issues to improve the design workflow, and to help you visually construct and build responsive websites that render properly on multiple screen sizes and devices.

Responsive Design in Dreamweaver CC

Responsive Design in Dreamweaver CC

By removing under-utilized features in Dreamweaver, we are clearing the way to provide optimized workflows for the latest and most relevant front-end web technologies and standards. Over time we plan to evolve the Dreamweaver feature set to include relevant middle-layer and server side technologies as well. Our aim is to provide the ultimate user experience – a collection of productive and modern visual development features in a single tooling environment.

We have just begun the modernization process and invite you to voice your opinion. We are committed to taking action on customer feedback and remaining as transparent as possible about our future plans. More details will follow on what the modernization effort entails in Dreamweaver CC, and we eagerly await your feedback.

Over the past 12 months, we have been expanded Dreamweaver’s integration with many Creative Cloud services and tools. One of the many benefits to being part of the Creative Cloud is that you can access the vast and ever-growing Adobe Edge Web Fonts library. Also, with web technologies evolving rapidly, Dreamweaver CC helps you keep up by implementing features and addressing issues quickly. Creative Cloud members will receive regular updates to Dreamweaver.

Adobe Edge Web Fonts

Adobe Edge Web Fonts

Another benefit of integration with Creative Cloud is Sync: Dreamweaver CC lets you sync both site settings and preferences, streamlining your creation workflow. Sync in seconds and start creating without the need to recreate or manually copy and paste files. With Dreamweaver CC & Creative Cloud, the creative world is at your fingertips.