Infragistics Updates Ultimate Software Development Toolkit

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2016-04-22 Print this article Print
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Meanwhile, Infragistics brought its ReportPlus Developer and SharePlus tools to its Ultimate platform. With ReportPlus Developer, application developers can embed data visualizations and dashboards into desktop, Web and native iOS mobile apps. And ReportPlus enables developers to provide code-free visualizations that match the look and feel of their apps. They can integrate data directly from more than 20 sources outside the application.

In addition, developers can use their existing Web development skills to build native iOS and Android SharePlus solutions with a SharePlus developer license included in Infragistics Ultimate and Pro, Beres said. Infragistics SharePlus is a collaboration and productivity application for Microsoft SharePoint on-premises and Office 365 on mobile devices.

The latest release enables developers to build custom mobile workspaces. SharePlus extends centralized access to content and data across the cloud with OneDrive for Business, Dropbox and Google Drive, or on corporate network drives, he said.

"At Infragistics, we believe the choice is simple. Your UX design and UI development solutions should be enterprise-grade and comprehensive, offering everything you need with no hidden or add-on costs," said Beres in a statement. "Developers should be able to deliver a great user experience that their organizations and customers expect—even if they are not a user experience expert."

Infragistics also updated its Indigo Studio prototyping tool for building interactive, responsive application prototypes without writing code and then sharing them on The tool's new usability testing features provide insights on how well the prototype will perform with real people.

"We've evolved Indigo Studio into a tool for doing interactive UX flows, and we've introduced remote usability testing," Beres said. "So now you can create designs on your desktop for mobile apps or desktop apps and deploy it to our cloud. Then through our cloud you can set up usability tests and you can scale to thousands of people testing an application and get analytics and feedback on those tests."

The tool also features code asset generation, which enables developers to build a prototype and select states of a screen. Developers can pull out clean HTML/JavaScript from that and then use that in an application to kick-start the screen design, which has already been approved and tested. With Indigo Studio, developers can test design alternatives remotely and get concise study summaries, task success rates, completion times and a click-map view to find out how well the design meets users' expectations.

"From a developer tools perspective, we've just evolved with the changing enterprise needs. It's grown beyond .NET," Beres told eWEEK. "But the enterprise is still heavily invested in .NET. Overall, the enterprise is driving toward the Web, mobile and the desktop."

With that, there is a lot of interest in taking existing rich client applications and moving them to a browser using ASP.NET MVC and Visual Studio or Angular, he said. In addition, a lot of enterprises are looking at responsive Web design to ensure that if they build out a line of business apps that goes into a desktop browser, they can view it on any device.

"So there's a lot of that going on, but the .NET world is still very strong in the enterprise as far as rich client goes," Beres said.


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