Ext Designer, HTML5 Prototyping Tool for Web Apps, Hits 75,000 Installations

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Ext Designer enables rapid development of rich web applications that deliver native-equivalent user experience and performance. The prototyping tool is built from the ground up with the latest HTML5 technologies like local storage and CSS3. Ext Designer separates application design and function from underlying JavaScript code, so user-interface designers can participate in application development.

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With Ext Designer, we reduced development time by at least 20 percent, and eliminated the frustration of endless whiteboard sessions and prototyping trial and error by giving the developers an exact replica of how the application would look.

Ext JS—the company that enables application developers to build rich, sustainable web applications faster than ever— announced that Ext Designer has hit 75,000 installs since its launch less than two months ago. The Ext JS rapid-prototyping tool for JavaScript application development is proving popular with user-interface and user-experience specialists around the world who want highly functional and visually appealing JavaScript web apps that deliver a uniform experience across different platforms and browsers.

“We chose Ext Designer to build our new elementary and middle school scheduling application, which reduces time spent on class scheduling by educators,” said Chris Contini, chief operating officer of OnCourse Systems, a New Jersey-based provider of web-based tools that streamline processes at public and private schools. “With Ext Designer, we reduced development time by at least 20 percent, and eliminated the frustration of endless whiteboard sessions and prototyping trial and error by giving the developers an exact replica of how the application would look. Once we had fine-tuned the UI, the developers copied the code, and we delivered a working product much faster.”

“We use Ext Designer for our SAP consulting clients’ projects because it allows us to rapidly create complex user interface prototypes,” said Holger Schäfer, senior partner of UNIORG Solutions GmbH of Dortmund, Germany. “Ext JS is a powerful framework with an enormous toolbox of user interface components, so using Ext Designer, we can quickly lay out complex interfaces and explore widget and class properties. It’s a great starting point for teaching clients how to take advantage of Ext JS. We’ve been very happy with Ext technology because it helps us meet our clients’ usability and performance requirements.”

“We’re tremendously encouraged by the enthusiastic response we’ve received to Ext Designer from the Ajax framework community. Already, we’ve seen excellent examples of web apps designed with the tool. The Ext JS community is buzzing with useful feedback, as developers share their experiences with tens of thousands of other JavaScript developers,” said Abraham Elias, founder and CEO of Ext JS.

Ext Designer is a desktop interface builder for Ext JS developers. It accelerates the time-to-market of standards-based rich internet applications (RIA). It was developed from the ground up with the latest HTML5-based technologies like local storage and CSS3 that allows it to deliver a desktop-application experience using web technologies.

Ext Designer features

  • Fast prototyping of the look and feel of an application. Ext Designer enables developers and designers to assemble robust layouts by dragging and dropping their components together.
  • Fine-tuning without hand coding. Easily change the layout of a specific component, or use the inspector to fine-tune detailed properties.
  • Client-side data stores. Ext Designer includes several new ways to incorporate and configure data stores, which can then be bound to components like DataGrids and Trees. Whether data is in JSON, XML, a simple JavaScript array, or an Ext Direct connection, Ext Designer can help build a data store for it faster than ever.
  • Compatible with other development tools. Once the application design is finished, code can be exported on a component-by-component basis, as either JSON or JavaScript classes. Ext Designer creates efficient, well-written JavaScript that can be imported into any popular IDE.

Pricing and availability
Ext Designer is available for immediate download at the introductory price of $219, and is available for Mac, Windows and Linux.

About Ext JS
Ext JS is the market leader in JavaScript development. Our platform enables today’s application developers to prototype, develop, test and deploy rich applications using web standard technologies. From single developers to enterprise initiatives, applications created with Ext JS tools: run on every major platform and browser; deliver an engaging experience built on web standards; and are fully sustainable. Developed and supported by a team of visionary software engineers, Ext JS products are used by the world’s top companies and are backed by our professional support and services team, as well as an active community of over 100,000 members and a million developers worldwide. extjs.com Twitter: @extjs

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