Friday, April 22nd, 2011
IBM recently announced the open source contribution of Maqetta to the Dojo Foundation. Maqetta provides WYSIWYG authoring of HTML5 user interfaces using drag/drop assembly, and supports both desktop and mobile user interfaces.
Maqetta is said to target user experience designers working in teams focused on HTML5 application development.
The Maqetta application runs in the browser. Features include: a visual page editor for drawing out user interfaces; drag/drop mobile UI authoring within an ”exact-dimension” device silhouette (e.g., the silhouette of an iPhone)
simultaneous editing in either design or source views ; and a Web-based review and commenting feature where the author can submit a live UI mockup for review by team members.
Maqetta is intended to fill a major hole in the HTML5 ”ecosystem” around visual tooling. “Maqetta is a great complement to other initiatives at the Dojo Foundation, particularly our mobile initiatives such as dojox.mobile, Wink Toolkit, EmbedJS, and integration of these with PhoneGap” said Dylan Schiemann, President at the Dojo Foundation and CEO at SitePen, in a statement.
The Preview 1 release of the Maqetta application is available for the community to use for free at the open source project’s Web site, http://maqetta.org
Posted by jvaughan at 8:14 pm