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Are you a mobile widget developer or tester looking for new and better ways to test and debug your mobile widgets?  Have you been struggling with testing on multiple devices and across multiple platforms?

Introducing the Ripple Emulator (Beta version)

tinyHippos Inc. has just released the Beta version of The Ripple Emulator and is offering it for FREE during the Beta period.

Ripple is a cross platform emulator, currently supporting the JIL 1.2 API and Opera Widget platforms as well as Mobile Websites. Ripple has been built by developers for developers, therefore; providing a highly customizable environment. You can customize everything from Ripple's layout to the values that it returns to your widgets. For example:

  • Specify the values that Ripple will return to your widget for things like geo location, mobile device events being fired, etc.
  • Ability to change mobile platforms and devices
  • Toggle between landscape and portrait modes
  • Collapsible / expandable control panels
  • The ability to move the control panels around
  • and many more...

Ripple allows you to look “under the hood” of your mobile widget. It offers you the ability to use existing browser tools, such as the WebKit Web Inspector, to perform JavaScript debugging, HTML DOM inspection, automated testing, as well as multiple device and screen resolution emulation in real-time without having to redeploy the mobile widget or restart the emulator.

Here's a screen shot showing you what the Ripple Emulator looks like:

How can you get Ripple

Download:
  • Ripple runs as a Google Chrome extension and is a simple, one click, install. You can find the download/installation page here.
Requirements:
  • You need to have the Google Chrome browser installed on your computer. You can download it here if you don’t already have it: http://www.google.com/chrome
  • If you’re working with mobile widgets on your computer, you’ll need to run a local HTTP server.
Getting Started:

To walk through the features available in Ripple, a Demo Widget has been created. All you have to do to get started is:

Want to find out more?

If you'd like to find out more about Ripple, here are some handy resources.


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