SDL Studio and Windows 10 universal apps
Thread poster: Dan Lucas

Dan Lucas  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:15
Member (2014)
Japanese to English
Nov 26, 2015

Does SDL have a view on the merits of Universal Apps in Windows? SDL Studio is a large and complex application in itself and it exists as part of a range of SDL products with which it must cooperate and interact, so I assume that packaging it as a universal app would not be a trivial undertaking.

It does rather look as if Microsoft wants to shepherd developers in that direction any way longer term, but whether it makes sense from a developer's perspective I do not know.

From a user perspective, I would love to be able to run a full implementation of Studio on my phone or tablet for when I'm travelling, with all my settings being picked up from to my Microsoft account. It would be great to be able avoid having to carry a laptop just to do a bit of work in response to a client request, that sort of thing.

Regards
Dan


 

sdl_roman
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:15
Windows 10 universal apps Nov 26, 2015

Hi Dan,

From my personal perspective- the biggest roadblock here I think is the actual screen size of the device.
Although its quite easy to have the same Windows platform across multiple devices (big and small)
I fail to see how it would be technically possible to translate professionally on anything smaller than a decent sized note pad/laptop due to resolution/ribbon/source target and other essentials.

This is an interesting topic and I am interested in how other people views on this.

Kind regards,

SDL_Roman


 

Dan Lucas  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:15
Member (2014)
Japanese to English
TOPIC STARTER
A good point Nov 26, 2015

sdl_roman wrote:
From my personal perspective- the biggest roadblock here I think is the actual screen size of the device.

Thank you for responding.

First, allow me to clarify my previous post: if I were planning to be working seriously for sustained periods of time I would certainly travel with my laptop.

However, even if I don't expect to be working, I would like the option to be able to do very limited amounts of work to handle unexected events. My W-series Thinkpad is powerful but heavy and the power brick is comically huge - the whole setup is far too cumbersome to be carrying "just in case".

The kind of scenario I envisage is similar to one that arose recently when I was in London, far from the office. A client emailed me while I was on the train with a query about a job I did for them in which we had used an SDL package. Although I had access to Dropbox there was no easy way to open and edit the data they sent me.

If I had been able to pull up Studio on a mobile device, I would have been able to resolve the issue in a few minutes. Even on a 7-8" tablet, limited editing in SDL would have been easy enough - in fact, in this case, even a 5" phone would have done. (Microsoft Office works remarkably well on tablets.)

Also bear in mind that with a Windows 10 device with Continuum and a standard HDMI cable (and maybe a little Bluetooth keyboard) you could plug into the TV in your hotel to do a bit of work on a large screen.

Regards
Dan


 


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