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Sencha Architect 2 Brings Visual Application Development to HTML5

April 17, 2012

New development tool from leading HTML5 platform innovator enables mobile and desktop application developers and designers to collaborate in the creation of Web apps that unleash the full potential of HTML5.

Sencha, the leading provider of HTML5 frameworks and tools for desktop and mobile application developers, has announced the immediate availability of Sencha Architect 2, a major upgrade of Ext Designer. Sencha Architect 2 is a visual application builder that makes it easy for development teams to access and unlock the potential of the Sencha HTML5 Platform.

Sencha Architect 2 builds on the company’s innovative HTML5 layout tool, Ext Designer, expanding its capabilities to offer a comprehensive application design environment for building desktop and mobile Web applications. Used in conjunction with Sencha Touch 2 and Ext JS 4, Sencha Architect 2 maximizes developer productivity, drives best practices in application design patterns, facilitates collaboration among team members, and ensures the generation of high-quality code.

Sencha Architect 2 provides a visual canvas and a robust code editing facility that makes it easy for developers and designers to build applications. Using a drag-and-drop metaphor, mobile and desktop applications can be rapidly assembled in hours rather than weeks, while built-in code editing enables interactions and logic to be added directly to visual components. For teams with existing development toolchains, Sencha Architect 2 generates code that fits their current workflow. Once an application is finished, Sencha Architect 2 makes it easy to package applications for deployment to the Web or for native app stores.

Sencha Architect 2: key features

  • Intuitive UI lets developers drag-and-drop components to create rich user interfaces and connect to back-end data sources.
  • Support for building mobile Web applications with Sencha Touch 2 and desktop Web applications with Ext JS 4.
  • Full code editing capabilities enable the creation of entire applications within Sencha Architect.
  • Included Model-View-Controller pattern support allows large app development teams to collaborate effectively using best coding practices.
  • Built-in one-click native packaging for iOS and Android eases app deployment to the iTunes App Store and the Android Market.
  • Get to know Sencha Architect 2
    To learn more about the features included in Sencha Architect 2, read the blog post and watch the Sencha Architect 2 video. Sign up for the free Sencha Architect 2 webinar on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

    What people are saying
    “Sencha Architect 2 combines visual development with advanced coding features. This makes it ideal for serious developers who are new to the Sencha HTML5 Platform, as well as user experience designers,” said Aditya Bansod, senior director of product management at Sencha. “Sencha Architect 2 helps developers get productive quickly with rapid prototypes and mockups. When they’re ready to start creating the final application, the new code editor generates tight, clean code, and well-structured applications.”

    “Sencha Architect 2 allows us to use a single development tool to design desktop and mobile applications. We save 60-70 percent in development time for our complex SAP consulting projects,” said Holger Schäfer, senior partner at UNIORG Solutions GmbH. “With Sencha Architect 2, we can do rapid prototyping of our UI designs, so it’s easy to show clients how we plan to build their applications. Once the client signs off on the design, the code generated by Sencha Architect works within our existing environment, so we can jump-start development. We also use Sencha Architect as a training tool for our developers and clients who are new to Ext JS and Sencha Touch. Using the Sencha Architect graphical code display, it’s easy to change properties and see how it affects the UI, so beginners can learn much more quickly.”

    “Sencha Architect 2 makes it intuitive to build high-quality Sencha Touch and Ext JS apps, and can easily double your productivity,” said Peter Kellner, president of 73rd Street Associates. “Both Sencha pros and beginners will work more efficiently when using the Architect workspace for creating dynamic layouts on the fly, and the intuitive interface for adding events as well as viewing context-sensitive documentation. The code that’s created is first class and can be integrated easily with non-Architect code. Sencha Architect 2 adds structure and sanity to building sophisticated, highly interactive, responsive mobile and Web apps.”

    “I chose Sencha Architect 2 because I get to use best practices for building cross-platform mobile apps, and it reduces my development time. I can organize my code using MVC to make sure my apps run efficiently,” said Dele Olowoyo, founder of Dcube Apps. “Sencha Architect lets me visualize how components work together and saves time by providing a quick preview. I’m not a designer, so the code editing and app preview really help me to see what I’m creating. When I place a panel on a page, I know which components I can place in the panel. Plus, Sencha Architect documentation and drag & drop components make it easier and faster to learn Sencha Touch.”

    Sencha Architect 2: pricing and availability
    Sencha Architect 2 costs $399 and is available for Mac, Windows and Linux at www.sencha.com. A free 30-day trial is available: visit the Sencha Store for more details.

    About Sencha

    Sencha empowers developers to rapidly design, develop and deploy high performance, cross-browser applications that precisely meet their requirements. Our HTML5-based frameworks are tailored for building ideal desktop and mobile experiences on an unprecedented number of devices, platforms and browsers. Sencha also offers the industry’s first secure and managed mobile environment for business applications — Sencha Space — that runs on any mobile device. More than two million developers around the world at more than 150,000 companies use Sencha products every day to build the hundreds of applications that run their business. To learn more, visit www.sencha.com, read the Sencha blog, and follow us @sencha.