After RIM blew s___ up at BlackBerry World 2012 we all started to see why we had to go through all the hard times. The awful blog posts from some of the worlds most selfish key pushers. The days of 3rd-4th place are over, and the future is brighter than the competition could have imagined. Topping it off is the Now Available Cascades beta for BlackBerry 10!
Check out the full Release Notes below
UI structure and layout
Layout in modern mobile UI frameworks is a science. In this release, you will see our take on it. While we only support the most basic layouts (Stack, Dock, Absolute) at the moment, we have an architecture that allows you to create easy to use, scalable UIs. The layouts support features like padding, margins, weights, and sizing policies to make sure your UIs are scalable.
Cascades supports implicit and explicit animations. Implicit animations make it easy for you to build a dynamic and stylish UI, without having to spend too much time fine-tuning animations. You can still fine-tune your animations using the explicit animation APIs.
A rich set of UI controls encapsulating built-in design and the smart look of BlackBerry. A mix of simple and generic controls together with powerful, high-level controls such as the ActionBar makes it easier than ever to implement a great application structure using tabs and drill-down navigation.
You can use the WebView component to show HTML 5 content inline with Cascades UI controls. Bring the web to users of your app, while still creating a UI and user experience that’s uniquely yours.
Cascades Builder extend the QNX Momentics IDE and provides a streamlined, powerful development environment for creating and deploying Cascades applications. You can use the Cascades Builder project wizard and the built-in templates, or create a project based on any of the bundled samples. You can create the application UI declaratively in QML using the QML source editor. In addition to test driving the UI on a device, you can take advantage of the UI preview. The UI preview renders the QML file displayed in your editor.
Cascades Exporter plug-in for Adobe Photoshop
The Cascades Exporter cuts and rescales graphics automatically, which can save designers a lot of time. When exporting a UI design from Photoshop, the plug-in creates a bundle with images and the corresponding layout information. You can import this set of assets as QML and images into Cascades Builder.
**Find the many many Features (too many to list), Known limitations & issues in the release link below.