Projecturf Goes Mobile!
Jan 21, 2014
Shortly after the release of Projecturf 4 in mid 2013, we shifted all gears to mobile since that was the most critical missing component to successfully manage your projects. This would be the first mobile version Projecturf has ever released and we knew it needed to be built with the same TLC that’s deployed with all releases. This meant designing and building it from scratch with no stones left unturned in order to give you an experience you would truly enjoy, day in and day out, while using Projecturf from various different devices.
With that being said, there were some important decisions that needed to be made before beginning development. When deciding between building native apps for your specific device and a mobile version that can be used on any device, we chose the latter for several reasons. The first being that having a mobile version doesn’t alienate any of our customers based on their type of phone or tablet. We discussed using a packaged mobile app solution to deploy apps for individual devices such as the iPhone, but given the complexities behind the Projecturf app and the technology, this was not a viable solution. If we were to build native apps for each device, each native app would need to be built, tested, and released before the next one. Additionally, development would take much longer and when making any changes, updates, or fixes, they would all need to be built and deployed separately. This would potentially lead to an inefficient and slow process that derail other important aspects of development. Since we already had a team in-house that knew how to build and deploy a full functional mobile version and we wouldn’t need to spend additional time bringing everyone up to speed on native development, building a mobile version that will work across all devices made the most sense. When an update is posted to the mobile version, everyone on Projecturf will get that update immediately. Bottom line is we didn’t see any clear advantage to having a native app vs a mobile app for our customers; in fact, it was actually the opposite. The Projecturf mobile version is available from every mobile and tablet browser.
Enough said about that, now let’s get into the exciting part. The mobile version is now live and available to all users! It provides a lot of the same functionality you’ll find in the web version, but it is a slimmed down version to give you the functionality you need on the go. All the screens are newly designed and the app was built using jQuery mobile to provide a fast and efficient experience. You’ll find the design very similar to other mobile apps you are familiar with such as Facebook. This eliminates any learning curves and makes using Projecturf mobile simple and easy.
To access the mobile version, simply go to your custom login page or to app.projecturf.com from your mobile phone or tablet. You will be redirected to the mobile version. Click the icon on the top left and the page will slide to the right and you will see the full navigation:
To view a project or a section, simply click on it from the navigation and you will see the list of items for that section. To see all items, simply scroll down. You can also use filters and then click on an item to see the details. Editing, making changes, adding comments, etc. is all done from the details screen (sidebar in the web version) as shown here:
This gives you full control and visibility into all aspects of your projects when you are not in front of your computer screen. You can also quickly add project and personal items by using the plus button from any section. I’ve included a screenshot here from the Tasks section as an example:
Once you start using the Projecturf mobile app, you’ll see all the instant capabilities that are available. It’s a great tool and we hope you enjoy using it!
It’s simple to add your Projecturf app as an app icon on your iPhone. Here’s an example using Safari. Simply open up the mobile version on your phone and click on the share icon at the bottom of the page. You will get an option that says ‘Add to Home Screen’ as shown here:
Once you click to add it to your home screen, you can give it a name and then click Add on the top right. The Projecturf icon will now appear on your iPhone with all your other apps!
To switch back to your desktop version, click on your photo at the top of the screen and select Desktop version. From the desktop version, click on your photo and select Mobile site. If you don’t get redirected the first time, simply clear your cache and this will fix the issue.