LiveView: an iPhone app for on-screen prototyping

Virtually any application on your mac, from the Finder to custom Flash apps, can quickly be 'launched' on your iPhone.

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May 10, 2010
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Update: Nicholas Zambetti has updated LiveView to support the iPad. If you’re a developer looking to create pixel-perfect iPad creations this is a no-brainer must-have. Look for landscape support coming soon!

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January 2009: Well, our Nicholas is at it again. This time he’s taken up iPhone application development, and has released a very cool (and, for a limited time, free!) little app intended to help interaction designers and other would-be iPhone software developers easily test pixel-perfect prototypes on their iPhones.

The system has two parts: the LiveView ScreenCaster and the LiveView iPhone application. The ScreenCaster is a simple application that puts a virtual iPhone skin on your screen, its dimensions corresponding to a real iPhone such that the pixels inside of the virtual skin are precisely as many as on a real iPhone display.

Once you’ve got the ScreenCaster running on a mac, all you need to do is make sure your iPhone is on the same wifi network and launch the LiveView iPhone app. Instantly you should see the name of your mac (and any others running ScreenCaster at the time). Clicking on your machine instantly brings up just the portion of the screen that you’ve ‘highlighted’.

But wait – there’s more! The ScreenCaster has an option to interpret touches as mouse clicks. Turn this feature on and your screencast becomes a two-way interactive prototype. Virtually any application on your mac, from the Finder to custom Flash apps, can quickly be ‘launched’ on your iPhone.

If you’re even thinking about building iPhone apps in the future we highly recommend grabbing this little app. Kudos, Nicholas!

LiveView for iPhone

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