New m-Power interface makes web application development responsive, more intuitive
December 2013 Lombard, IL
Today, software tool developer mrc announces the release of a brand new m-Power user interface. m-Power is software that rapidly creates web applications such as report-writing, Business Intelligence, executive dashboards, e-commerce, customer portals, and mobile applications to name a few.
mrc redesigned m-Power's interface from the ground up to keep pace with the rapid evolution of web application development. Driven largely by the rise of mobile devices, new trends have emerged that will forever change the world of web application development software. Two of the most important of these changes include:
There is no "typical" user
In the past, software developers designed their interfaces around the idea of a typical user—someone working on a PC or laptop and using one of a few web browsers. With the rise of mobile devices, the idea of a "typical" user has vanished. These days, users can access web applications on a variety of devices (PCs/tablets/smartphones) using many different browsers. Modern web applications must adapt to this new reality.
Users expect simplicity
With the rise of mobile apps, user expectations have changed. Users now expect simple, intuitive interfaces and are more likely to abandon an application if they find it confusing or unclear. Modern web applications must become simpler and more intuitive to keep pace with user expectations.
In response to these trends, mrc rebuilt m-Power's interface with an emphasis on two critical areas:
m-Power's new interface is responsive, meaning that it automatically recognizes and adapts to the user's device. It understands when a user accesses m-Power on a smartphone or tablet, and adjusts the layout for optimal usability. Figure 1a and Figure 1b illustrate the differences between m-Power's interface on different devices:
Figure 1a: m-Power's interface on a PC: This image illustrates m-Power's new interface as seen on a PC or laptop. It automatically adjusts to different screen sizes and resolutions, and works equally well using both mouse-based and touch-based interfaces.
Figure 1b (left): m-Power's interface on a smartphone: m-Power's new interface automatically recognizes the user's device and adjusts accordingly. The image on the left illustrates how the screen above would appear on a smartphone. m-Power automatically resizes the buttons and adjusts the layout for maximum usability on a small, touch-based screen.
Ease of use
Designed with simplicity in mind, m-Power's new interface further simplifies web application development without sacrificing any of m-Power's capabilities. Besides a cleaner look and feel, m-Power's new interface offers a number of new features to promote ease of use, such as:
"Users now expect software that works on any device and is instantly understandable," says Tyler Wassell, mrc's Manager of Software Development. "Rebuilding the interface addresses these two realities perfectly: It gives users a completely intuitive interface and positions m-Power for the new, mobile-focused world of the future."###
mrc's development platform, m-Power, is used to create business applications and can run on any platform that supports Java (e.g. OS/400, Linux, Unix, and Windows). Applications access DB2/400, Oracle, MySQL and MSSQL, or any combination thereof. m-Power is used to create an endless variety of Java-based business applications such as: Mobile apps, Web reports, dashboards, eCommerce apps, business intelligence, and more. It is also the only development platform to automate translation and offer full multi-lingual support.
mrc was a recipient of the Apex Award for application development, is a long-time IBM Business Partner, and has been producing award-winning development software since 1981.
"m-Power has given me and the company the ability to do things that we have never been able to do. Reports that would take months to get from programming requests can now be run in minutes!"Alex Hodschayan — MBS Textbook Exchange, Inc.
"I am amazed at how easy it is to perform application development. m-Power has automated many of the difficult tasks of application development."Guy Ulmer — Transparent Container Company
"[m-Power] consistantly delivers when I need to do serious application development in very short order."Stan Brewer — Boise Paper Holdings, LLC
"[m-Power] has streamlined our operations and given us the ability to make decisions in seconds or minutes instead of hours or days."Josh Wolfe — Medline Industries, Inc.
"Quick and easy reports, and the ability to delve deeper if necessary in the same tool is unusual to see. [m-Power] seems to deliver both options."Jay Lee — Showplace Wood Products
"Our return on investment is way beyond what was originally conceived because there are whole new areas to which it can be applied."Alan Briggs — General Binding Corporation
"It blows me away how easy [m-Power] is to use."Jose Morales — GL Veneer Company, Inc.
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