Mobile app development documentation

1. It’s hard for users to switch between help and the app.

My preference in publishing help material is to give developers a URL that points to a server where I can FTP my help files at will. This lets me retain control of my help material without being locked into application release windows.

On a computer, it’s easy to switch tabs between the help and a browser-based application. If your monitor is large, you can put the windows side by side, or drag the extra window onto a second monitor. Or you can even just press Alt+Tab to quickly switch back and forth between windows.

Unfortunately, switching between windows is more difficult on a mobile device. My Kindle Fire is terrible at switching between apps. Basically, you can’t. So if you’re in the app and you click online help, it takes you out of the app to your web browser (which is another app). You then have no easy way of getting back to the app. The back button takes you to your previous web page, not the previous app.

iOS has better app switching functionality, and the later Android devices do as well. But apparently not the Kindle Fire. Even on devices that have app switching, it’s not always intuitive how to switch between apps.

Probably the only elegant way to deliver a help file is to let developers make it part of the app. However, I dislike relinquishing control like this. I know that once the help is hard-coded into the app, it will be difficult for me to update. I’ll probably pursue a more integrated route anyway.

2. Taking screenshots on the Kindle requires 20 min. of setup.

You’d think the developers would have made it simpler, but to take screenshots on a Kindle Fire, you have to hook up a USB cord to your device and run through a complicated setup process involving two SDKs, editing of hard-to-find files on your PC, and a few other steps. See this post for details. (It’s much easier to take screenshots on an iOS device.)

However, once you set up this process for taking screenshots, it’s quite neat. Basically this SDK has a refresh button to show your latest mobile view on your desktop. Here’s what it looks like.


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Q&A

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What is the best notary and loan signing class in san diego? i want to start a mobile notary service?

Its the same as for any other notary....there is nothing special. Check w/ your courthouse as to how to apply for the notary license... and thats about it.. its that simple...