Thursday, July 8, 2010

Comparison of Windows Mobile Touch Control Libraries

The title tells it all, this is a Comparison of finger optimized touch screen control kits (with kinetic scrolling) for Windows Mobile 6+

Product name: Mirabyte
Link: http://www.mirabyte. … -suite/features.html
Pros: Cheap, Visual editor support, Tech support, Docs, Community
Cons: Limited feature set, a bit buggy
1 Developer license: 69,95 EUR (binary), 199,95 EUR (source)
5 Developers license:
Enterprise license:

Product name: SlideUI
Link: http://www.devslide.com/products/slideui
Pros: Feature rich, Visual editor support, Docs, Tech support
Cons: Very Expensive
1 Developer license: 499 USD
5 Developers license: 899 USD
Enterprise license: 1499 USD

Product name: BeeMobile
Link: http://beemobile4.net/?mod=products
Pros: Visual editor support, Good touch list, Tech support, Docs
Cons: Expensive
1 Developer license: 259.95 €
5 Developers license: 519.95 €
Enterprise license: 779.95 €

Product name: Resco
Link: http://www.resco.net … oolkit/overview.aspx
Pros: Most feature rich, Tech support, Docs
Cons: Very expensive
1 Developer license: $749.95
4 Developers license: $1,499.95
Enterprise license: $2,999.95

Product name: Resco
Link: http://www.resco.net … oolkit/overview.aspx
Pros: Most feature rich, Tech support, Docs
Cons: Very expensive
1 Developer license: $749.95
4 Developers license: $1,499.95
Enterprise license: $2,999.95

Product name: Fluid
Link: http://fluid.codeplex.com/
Pros: Free, Many features
Cons: No tech support, No docs, No visual editor support?, Abandoned?
1 Developer license: Free
5 Developers license: Free
Enterprise license: Free

Product name: Silvermoon
Link: http://silvermoon.codeplex.com/
Pros: Free
Cons: Requires OpenGL, No tech support, No docs
1 Developer license: Free
5 Developers license: Free
Enterprise license: Free

Product name: ComponentOne
Link: http://www.component … oducts/StudioMobile/
Pros:
Cons: Very expensive
1 Developer license: 800-1100 $
5 Developers license:
Enterprise license:

Product name: inGear
Link: http://www.ingeardri … tspda/widgetspda.htm
Pros:
Cons: Strange and highly confusing non-informative website
1 Developer license: 299-999 $
5 Developers license:
Enterprise license:

A note about being cheap/expensive: surely it won’t hurt a company to pay 500 € for a toolkit it would have to develop on its own, probably consuming a lot more money. However, you’ll think twice and consider the benefits if you have limited to zero budget and you are developing for fun.

And the winner is:
I would rather not bother trying a library without visual designer toolbar support. Otherwise, being a kinetic scrolling touch list the main feature it really does not matter which kit you take. If you need a more sophisticated grid or tree, you’ll probably choose BeeMobile or Resco. But for a simple list I’d take Mirabyte - it is well supported and is really affordable. And don’t blame me for not choosing open source - the free kits are simply not mature enough and hey, we talking about .NET after all…

The bottom line:
Test it before going into deep implementation of your project. Kitenic scrolling lists are cool in an iPhone or Android phone, but can be real painful to use on a Windows Mobile device because of poor touch pressure sensitivity. In some cases you have to use the stylus or you could break a finger…

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