Brightcove, Application Craft aim at PhoneGap with cloud-based development tools

Adobe hasn't been developing PhoneGap fast enough, according to the two companies

By , IDG News Service |  Software

The company also didn't want to be dependent on Adobe for an important part of their offerings.

At launch, Mobile Build supports six plug-ins, including push notifications, a client-side SQLite database and QR and bar-code scanning.

Mobile Build also has an integrated certificate generator. Certificates are needed especially when targeting iOS. Simplifying the creation of them removes another pain point for many developers, according to May.

"Our goal is not to antagonize Adobe in any way; we want to protect our users and have our destiny in our own hands," said May.

Brightcove's founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire isn't as diplomatic when giving his view on how Adobe has handled PhoneGap since it acquired the platform in October last year: "While releasing the technology into open source under Apache Cordova is an important gesture, not pushing forward and innovating on the framework and associated services is a let down," he said in a blog post.

Brightcove's App Cloud comes in three editions: Core, Pro and Enterprise.

Core is free and includes development tools and the ability to compile an app in the cloud and then sell different versions in Amazon's Appstore, Google Play and Apple's App Store.

The Pro edition costs from US$99 per month and adds analytics, content services and push notifications, according to Costa. The Enterprise edition, for example, allows for much higher traffic volumes, and costs from $10,000 per year, he said.

Mobile Build will be free for the foreseeable future, according to May.

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