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By Rich Handley

Altova Launches Cross-Platform Mobile Development Framework With NFC Features

Altova has announced the release of its MobileTogether 3.2 cross-platform mobile-development framework. This release introduces more than 18 new features for building sophisticated, data-centric mobile apps. Highlights include support for Near Field Communication (NFC), the ability to access mobile device contacts, text-to-speech functionality, and enhancements for table and chart creation.

"With each new release of MobileTogether, we're adding powerful functionality that broadens the scope of what's possible for app developers to create," said Alexander Falk, Altova's CEO and president, in a prepared statement. "This version adds almost 20 new ways to deliver the tools end users need."

NFC is a set of communication protocols that allow two devices to exchange messages when within a few centimeters of proximity. Android Push is now also supported. MobileTogether supports the pushing and receiving of NFC messages, including text, URI, MIME media, application records and more. The system allows the following functions:

Access mobile device contacts: Apps built in MobileTogether can now access information from a user's contacts stored on the device. This, for example, helps a user to send messages via email or SMS, or to place a call from within the app.

Text-to-Speech: This makes it easy to add text-to-speech functionality to apps so that the device's built-in speech synthesizer will read text aloud to a user, the company reports. This is suitable for situations in which a user may need to use the app without looking at the screen, such as hands-free scenarios.

Dynamic table growth: In addition to dynamic rows, tables can now have dynamic columns, meaning they can be added on the right-hand side of the table as needed to grow the table, based on the number of instances in which an element occurs. The ability to dynamically grow a table from left to right, top to bottom, or both makes it possible to define tables for virtually any scenario, the firm explains.

The on-demand loading of tables is a performance-optimizing feature for apps that include large, scrollable tables. The app developer can specify the number of table rows that can be loaded at a time.

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