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KDE Pim Mobile

posted under by Pinheiro | Edit This
So for the last months we have been working really hard to, port our great PIM software to the mobile world, and I must say it is a challenge, the rules all change and most of what you know does not fit the specificities of the interaction methods, the size and dpi of the screens, or even how something as simple as a gradient does not work as you expect.
Had that, to learning new exiting technologies like QML and starting to do working mock-ups with them that developers can interpret much better, and in some cases implement directly. (ok this was only a problem for me, but hey if I can do it any one can :) )

And wen you try do a no compromise, solution for the software, meaning that no major feature is removed, you find your self with a monumental challenge.

The good part is that so far we managed to overcome all major problems with what I believe in some cases are really innovative, new interaction paradigms, example the folder selection method we created. Also good is that we now are starting to do the polishing, and theming part, that will make the app prettier, and more appellative . one example of that is the splash screen we created that now shows up Wen you boot the application. In the near future we will show a progress element and some notifications on what is going on.

(This is a scaled down version of the splash screen (the real one is 4 times bigger), notice the background noise is there to avoid weird effects normally seen in subtle gradients on mobile screens)


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Jérôme said...

I'm sure you're making a great work!! Congrats!!!
Is it today possible to "test" kde pim mobile on a regular kde desktop??
(Just to see how the interface looks??) Thanks.

Pinheiro said...

Think its possible but it looks terribly bad, because of the huge dpi, everything is huge, and super contrasted with allot of grain.
This was one of the challenges we found we were force to reevaluate what we considered to be good and bad in UI design.

leo said...


You can. If you check out kdepimlibs and kdepim trunk, you can then build it with -DKDEPIM_MOBILE_UI=On (i think). then you'll build the mobile stuff, and you can run it with 'kmail-mobile', that will launch qmlviewer with the kmail-mobile app. or korganizer-mobile etc.

Jérôme said...

ok thank you guys i'm gonna try that :)

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