NOTE: We are taking a managed roll-out approach for Player Nex Gen access. This means you can only evaluate it after discussing your project with us and being approved for evaluation. Contact your Sales Rep for details.
With Intuiface 7, experiences can be installed on a device as an app. Specifically known as a "progressive web app" (or "web app", or "PWA" for short), the experience is entirely based on web technologies but installed locally, as if a native application. For example, the app icon can appear on your device's desktop or home screen. These local experiences can be run offline and access services exposed by the device's operating system.
What is a Progressive Web App (PWA)?
Think of a Progressive Web App as a web-based app running in a browser container. It looks and acts like a native application, but in reality, it is a combination of browser technology with HTML5. What's running as an app is IDENTICAL to what runs in the webpage, but it's installed like an app, can be taken offline, and can access some local OS services. There are many online resources about Progressive Web Apps. Here is one article about PWAs as a starting point.
The following is what you'd see on Windows after installing the app from our Web Showcase page.
On iOS (and it does work in Safari only - not on other browsers, courtesy of Apple), you'll need to click on the browser's "Share" icon and then "Add to Home Screen".
Validated to run on Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Linux-based devices. Could be a phone, a tablet, or a PC.
Requires a Platform Enterprise-level account and consumes a standard Player license, following a "concurrent running" model. You need as many Player licenses as you'll have apps running at the same time. Licenses are automatically retrieved and released as apps are run and closed (except for offline devices, on which licenses cannot be released). The length of a consumed Player license must be annual.
Notable properties and features
- Configurable offline timeout
Control how long the experience can run offline before timing out. Choose from 0 days (never permit offline use) to 7 days (permit offline use for 7 days from installation)
- Customizable installation parameters like name and icon
An online form gives you direct control over the manifest file for your web app, making it possible to specify the name, icon, installation location, etc.
- Automated license check-in/check-out
A Player license is consumed when the app is run; that same license is released when the app is closed. No need to mess with license keys. (Of course, license check-in/check-out requires the device to be online.)
- Automatic retrieval of the latest release
The latest published version of an experience is always retrieved - if an internet connection is present - ensuring viewers have the most recent edition.
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