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Monday, March 07, 2016

Sharing paalettes/UIX between different devices

I bought a refurbished iPad mini, and am currently using Quadro with both iPhone and iPad. This is good.

What is not good is that I cannot copy or move palettes friom iPhone to iPad.  I cannot even share, via the insecure sharing facility.  (If I try to share, I get told "incompatible device').

Now, I know that the GUI properties are different. The iPad has a bigger screen, etc.  But function code should be identical, and also colors.  Possibly icons would be different, but one can hope that that may npt be the case.

But I was hoping that I would be at least able to have the iPhone palettes on the iPad, as a starting point.

Unfortunately, it looks like I will have to recreate every function, every pad design and color, from scratch.   

This sucks, and is a very big reason why I have written my own UIX extender - or, rather, ported an old UIX that I wrote ears ago to Mac's GUI scripting.    Mine is not as pretty as Quadro, but it allows backup, reuse, and version control.

Quadro says:

DisclaimerAlthough we are already working on a better multi-device palette support, which will have different modes and automatic management for the pads layout, for the moment it's still up to you to create palettes that span across multiple devices.

I get this.  But I want to emphasize that Quadro should add the ability to copy pads, with functions, colors, labels, and possibly icons, between different devices as soon as possible.   Do not delay that for more complete automatic management, etc.

I say again:  not having the ability to reuse pads between different devices is a veery big reason not to use Quadro at all.


As for different GUI properties:

The iPhone app "Keypad" allows a keypad layout to be scrolled horizontally and vertically   This allows reuse between portrait and landscape rotations on the phone.

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