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Sencha Touch 1.0 Ships - Now Free!

November 15, 2010 | Abraham Elias

Sencha Touch 1.0 Ships - Now Free!I’m delighted to announce that today we’re shipping Sencha Touch 1.0. Since we shipped our first beta in June, we’ve added a massive number of new features and improved practically every area of the product. Among the many things, we’ve added HTML5 forms support, web-based pickers, and a complete new MVC package. We’re particularly proud of the Android optimization work that we’ve done to implement high-performance list scrolling on Android.

Given the huge number of downloads of Touch — over 160,000 in our beta period alone — and the amazing apps we’re seeing built with it, we feel like Sencha Touch has become the gold standard for rich web apps on mobile. We’d like to do everything possible to encourage its use and proliferation. And for that reason, I’m also delighted to announce that as of today, we’ll be offering a free commercial license to Sencha Touch to everyone.

Those of you who purchased Sencha Touch standalone as a pre-release will receive automatic refunds, and those of you who purchased Sencha Touch as part of Sencha Complete will receive an extra three months of support and maintenance as part of that purchase. (Please give us a week or two to process these refunds completely.)

More than ever, we believe that rich mobile apps created with HTML5 and CSS3 are the future of the mobile experience. We also believe that developers continue to need SDK’s and tools to navigate the complexity of the HTML5 stack and the inevitable device and browser anomalies that create so much developer misery. We hope you’ll continue to find Sencha Touch is the most complete solution to your problems. And besides… it’s now free!

There are 38 responses. Add yours.

Rubens Mariuzzo

3 years ago

Wow! Free! Great!

buz

3 years ago

Great news, It’s free and it’s a great product! But whats on the roadmap? I’m really missing Blackberry support. Hopefully It’s coming very soon, because I see BlackBerry sponsors SenchaCon!

Chris Rueber

3 years ago

That’s great to hear! I hope it continues to be free as the stack matures and develops. I’m sure there are plenty of companies out there that will be more than willing to pay for your guys’ outstanding support options.

Thanks for such a great product(s)!

Steffen Hiller

3 years ago

That is HUGE news! I love Sencha Touch! smile

That is one more important step closer to Sencha Touch on GitHub. tongue laugh
If not all but just the releases on a GitHub repo would be a huge step forward as well!

Cheers & a great conference!
Steffen

chazeg

3 years ago

Awesome!

JC Bize

3 years ago

Great move. Thanks to the team for all your hard work on this.

Jay Garcia

3 years ago

Absolutely kick ass!

AwesomeBob

3 years ago

W00t!

Niko Ni

3 years ago

Awesome, really great news!

ibnesayeed

3 years ago

Sencha Team rocks! grin

Chris Dawes

3 years ago

Woot! Spread the news! jQuery is the little touch kid on the block!

Jonathan Griffin

3 years ago

One more way Sencha is leading the way into the next evolution of the web!

Chris Morgan

3 years ago

The cynic in me (and, I confess, the rest of me agrees to a large degree) thinks that you did this because of jQuery Mobile.

Personally I have no use for Sencha Touch or jQuery Mobile yet (I expect in the coming years I shall), but I do know that jQuery Mobile degrades very well - running their examples etc. in Firefox 4 on Linux the only functionality which seems to be missing is the animations and multi-touch stuff. Whereas Sencha Touch - it may have been improved in 1.0 final, but previously it’s just an utter mess and completely useless.

I do realise that Sencha Touch and jQuery Mobile are heading in somewhat different directions - Sencha dealing with modelling as well, while jQuery aiming more purely at UI. Bu jQuery Mobile just feels nicer from what I’ve seen, with its markup-oriented design utilising the full meaning of HTML5. It’s no longer just JavaScript, it’s using HTML in a way that looks very pleasant. Sencha Touch, on the other hand, is still “JavaScript-bound” in its design.

ziggy

3 years ago

Chris, like you I haven’t used either but I don’t get the argument about Jquery mobile being cross-browser. Who cares about ff4 on Linux? iphone and Android are the vast majority of the mobile market and covered by Sencha. It is a plus to degrade OK on obscure OSs though not sure you could make much work even if you could see pages.

I assume Sencha is free so as to establish a lead now but not sure how they make money after that. On 1.2 will they charge a fee again?

Can Sencha comment on future license fee plans?

Steve Jones

3 years ago

Good news. Amazing what a bit of VC money can do wink

Napolux

3 years ago

Really good news for Sencha and the OpenSource community!

Johan van de Merwe

3 years ago

That is just fantastic news. Congratulations.

dekoder

3 years ago

I’m frustrated. And i have to agree with Chris Morgan. I think Ext JS is a fantastic product, far ahead of many others. But what you do with Sencha Touch looks like you’re shooting yourself in the knee.

Where Ext JS really is cross-browser, Sencha Touch seems to work fine only on iOS. There are numerous glitches and bugs on Android, especially with forms. Not really 1.0, is it?

You state that “Sencha Touch is a cross-platform library”. It’s not. It’s (almost) DUAL-PLATFORM. Period. jQuery Mobile is a is a cross-platform library.

You attract people with visual bling, but there’s not much under the hood.

Travelerfolio

3 years ago

Great news, have been waiting for this release. Thanks guys

Kerim

3 years ago

This changed my plans smile Now using Sencha! Good news!

Henning

3 years ago

That is truly awesome! Thank you, Sencha!

Chriz

3 years ago

How could you guys afford it to create such a powerfull framework, and provide it for free?

I still can’t understand this…

JamesC

3 years ago

Looks amazing, will there be a form of grid functionality coming soon or a way of representing grid style data?  That’s the only thing missing in my eyes!

Ralph Haygood

3 years ago

Thanks!  Free is very, very good for those of us building what may eventually be businesses but right now are just experiments.

Unlike some other commenters, I don’t find jQuery Mobile a compelling alternative to Sencha Touch; maybe it will be, but it isn’t yet.  From my perspective, jQuery Mobile has two important advantages: (1) it works on more platforms (Symbian and Windows being the ones I care about), and (2) it’s more compact.  But of course you can and presumably will improve Sencha Touch on both fronts.  I know you’re working on BlackBerry OS 6, and I assume you’re at least thinking about other platforms - you’d be foolish not to.  (Incidentally, my primary Sencha Touch app already works fairly well on BlackBerry OS 6 devices.)  Obviously, all of Sencha Touch will never fit into 13kB (like jQuery Mobile), but you could make it easier to build partial versions, supporting just the features needed by a particular app.

Daniel Baumgartner

3 years ago

Hopefully Sencha will be a successful longtime way for our products on mobile and standard webbased solutions! Show us your power!!

Michael Mullany

3 years ago

Our goal with Sencha Touch is to work on every platform that can support what we think you need to have a good app experience on mobile. Today that’s iOS and Android, in Touch 1.1 it will be Blackberry and Nokia. If Microsoft ships a Windows phone with a version of IE9, and they had any shipments of it, we’ll be on top of that too. Not everyone agrees with this approach, and prefer a jQTouch style progressive enhancement/degradation. That’s cool too, we’re funding jQTouch for that - but that’s not what we doing with Sencha Touch.

Michael Mullany

3 years ago

We have no plans to ever charge for our Sencha Touch commercial license. We will continue to make money in the classic open source way by selling training and support. And by providing OEM licenses to people who want to embed Sencha Touch in their own toolkits/app makers

Michael Mullany

3 years ago

jQuery Mobile will certainly have its fans, just like jQTouch does, but as you mention we’re aiming at something different with Sencha Touch.

Michael Mullany

3 years ago

Blackberry support is coming in 1.1

Curtis Thompson

3 years ago

Great move..

+1 vote for opening up the source on github—submitting bugs and patches is a bit difficult right now without that.

Jeff Combs

3 years ago

I’ve been been doing heavy ExtJs for over 3 years.  Love it.  I’m thinking seriously about shifting my focus to mobile app dev so obviously Sencha Touch is at the top of the list.  I also believe that Android is going to dominate with iPhone coming in second.  So, Sencha Touch needs to run well on the Android.

Above in the comments dekoder states “...Sencha Touch seems to work fine only on iOS”.  Is this true, or just FUD?  If it is not true, someone who cares about the success of this product really needs to rebut the statement.

Ed Spencer

3 years ago

@Jeff those claims are of course untrue. We have very strong support for Android, despite the problems inherent in developing for the platform. In fact the next release has yet another massive performance boost for Android scrolling support - stay tuned for another release coming soon.

Tal Liron

3 years ago

We were so impressed that we purchased Sencha Touch pre-release, and are even more impressed that we will now be refunded.

Sencha’s commitment to open source is indisputable. There’s a lot of hate blogs out there about the license changes in Ext JS in the past, but the facts speak for themselves. And here’s some more evidence to add to the list.

Juan

3 years ago

Are Sencha afrid of jQuery Mobile? Yes it does!

Gregory Pierce

3 years ago

I’m very impressed with Sencha Touch and what can be done with it. While its not the perfect solution in every instance, the fact that most “traditional” applications can be built in very quickly using the same skills used for traditional HTML based applications means a LOT.

Glad to see Sencha Touch, JQTouch and all coming to market. It won’t do anything for getting your product to market (those app stores have substantial purpose for existing), but it will make it easier to build apps.

Faruq

3 years ago

Wow Great news, I have been an fan of extjs and Sencha Touch, I’m loving it! Its also fun to speculate future and my speculation is future will be platform independent apps and at that time Sencha will be Number 1!!!

Sid

3 years ago

Regarding the dual license, in the Commercial version, you mention framework and toolkit. 

What exactly is the difference between the two as per your definition?

Sid

3 years ago

Previous post should not be taken as condescending.  It’s just that there are many ways to interpret both terms and I would like to clarify any ambiguity.

Thanks.

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