Posts tagged HTML5
Web apps launched from iOS home screen run slower than in Safari
March 15, 2011 | 12:24 pm
This might just be why I found the HTML5 version of Ibis Reader to run so ungodly slow on my first-generation iPod Touch. The Register has determined that iOS runs web applications significantly slower when they’re launched from the home screen than when they’re accessed from the Safari browser. It’s not clear whether this is intentional or accidental, though plenty of people are quick to assume the worst. [Apple] has a vested interest in its App Store, where it takes a 30 per cent cut of all applications sold, and pure web applications are ultimately a...
Web/iPhone/iPad e-book app review: Ibis Reader
March 8, 2011 | 1:44 am
Paul linked to a positive Project Gutenberg review of Ibis Reader a few months ago, but it first came to my direct attention when I tried out Jolicloud and discovered what it was: a web-based EPUB reader. It was an interesting idea, I thought, but I wasn’t sure what it was really good for. But a couple of days ago, my perspective changed. One of the great things about Baen Webscriptions and the Free Library is that they allow people who have access to Baen e-books to read them on-line as well as download them. Not too many other...
Video of the Booki.sh reader which uses HTML5
November 5, 2010 | 11:25 am
Center for Public Integrity’s HTML-5 product aims to make journalism more readable
October 30, 2010 | 10:01 am
From the Neiman Journalism Lab comes a review of this new product: The nonprofit news organization Center for Public Integrity is announcing an alternative today at the annual Online News Association conference. The Center wants to make reading its work more enjoyable for the user, and a smarter investment for an organization rethinking its online and mobile strategies. The Center has a new HTML5 product that gives users an app-like experience in a web browser. The project is part of a new digital initiative at the Center, funded by $1.5 million in grants from the Knight Foundation. “We think we’ve created a...
The view from Down Under: Booki.shâ€™s In-Browser Reader Brings ePub to Kindle, Anywhere Else
October 15, 2010 | 9:24 am
Just got an email from the team behindBooki.sh – a new in-browser HTML5 ebook-reading platform. They’re out of Melbourne – Come on, Aussies! – and they’ve used open-source HTML5 Monocle software to create a nice way to read ebooks in you browser – any browser – and/or on your phone. Is it a platform or a bookstore, or both? "A little bit of both," says Joseph Pearson, the software guru behind the project. "Booki.sh is a platform that will power the ebook stores for a number of independent booksellers. Since it doesn't require a particular device and doesn't lock users to a...
The movement toward magazine apps, and Scribd’s HTML5 version
June 10, 2010 | 8:54 pm
PaidContent has an article on “the anti-web movement”—the trend toward moving electronic versions of magazines away from the web and into salable apps that offer the lure of easy revenue and a different form factor from what the web can currently do. After the desktop OS and browser wars of the late 90s settled down in to uniform web standards, many of us had thought the web, which runs through my veins, would become the mobile platform of choice in the same way. But, the rise of the revenue-making app store sales channel has coincided...
Sports Illustrated demonstrates HTML5 e-magazine
May 20, 2010 | 7:15 am
In light of the web browser vs. apps articles I mentioned the other day, it is interesting to note TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld’s coverage of Sports Illustrated’s demonstration of a new, HTML5 version of its magazine at Google’s I/O conference yesterday. The e-zine, Schonfeld noted, was much like SI’s tablet prototype from a few months ago—except that instead of being an app, it was entirely within the browser, using HTML5 features to generate more app-like functions, such as a pop-up navigation wheel. These prototypes point to a more Web-friendly future for magazines, where they can...
Scribd begins conversion from Flash to HTML5
May 6, 2010 | 7:15 am
TechCrunch reports that self-e-publishing site Scribd is moving away from its current Flash format for uploading and viewing documents, and converting everything into HTML5. Erick Schonfeld writes: Scribd co-founder and chief technology officer Jared Friedman tells me: “We are scrapping three years of Flash development and betting the company on HTML5 because we believe HTML5 is a dramatically better reading experience than Flash. Now any document can become a Web page.” This means Scribd documents will be viewable (and look great) in the iPad’s Mobile Safari browser, among others. In fact, they...