Page 1: Introduction

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Mobile Data Studio is an integrated system for managing mobile computing, including designing projects, running them in the field, communicating wirelessly, collecting and using the data. This Skills tutorial describes what Mobile Data Studio can do, and how to use it to develop and run powerful business applications without the need for programming.

Mobile Data Studio has two broad operational areas - 'server', being a Windows desktop or laptop PC, or Windows server, and 'client' mobile devices, being  Android, Apple iOS, Windows 10 and Windows Mobile operating system devices.

Printing: The Mobile Data Studio Skills tutorial is presented as a series of dynamic web pages; however, the pages can be printed using a web browser 'Print Preview' to adjust until the margins are correct for paper.

Smartphones, Tablets and Pocket PCs - Android, Apple, Windows 10 and Windows Mobile

Android is an operating system for mobile devices and has been deployed to Smartphones, Tablets and Netbooks. The Android operating system has achieved remarkable growth and market dominance because of it's open nature and adoption by many manufacturers of mobile devices. For information on Mobile Data for Android Smartphones, Tablets and Netbooks, see page 7 of the Skills tutorial.

Apple iOS is the operating system for the popular Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Apple has led a renewed interest in the larger screen Tablet PC with the iPad. CreativityCorp has developed a Mobile Data for Apple iOS client which is available from the Apple 'App Store'. For information on Mobile Data for Apple iOS installed on iPhone, iPad and iPod, see page 8 of the Skills tutorial.

Windows 10 is an operating system for mobile tablets. The Mobile Data Client for Windows 10 is pitched towards the growth of Windows 10 based ‘detachable and convertable' notebook PCs and tablets. This reflects a trend towards ‘two-in-one’ devices replacing laptop PCs in the office and then the keyboard being removed to take a tablet to the field. Ruggedised industrial tablets also use Windows 10 in enterprise and government deployments where Windows may be preferred. The Mobile Data Client runs on tablets with Intel processors, not Qualcomm processors. See page 9 of the Skills tutorial

Pocket PC is the term used to describe the touch screen pocket-sized computers that run the Microsoft Windows Mobile (Windows Mobile 6.5, 6.1, 6, and 5) Pocket PC and Smartphone operating systems, and a cut-down version of Microsoft Office programs. Windows Mobile Pocket PCs are often deployed as 'ruggedised' devices for field use in mining, environmental programs and defence, examples are Trimble Nomad, Intermec, Juniper Systems and Motorola Symbol devices. Windows Mobile Smartphones, for example HTC HD2, evolved from Windows Pocket PCs. For information on Mobile Data for Windows Mobile Smartphones and Pocket PCs, see page 10 of the Skills tutorial.

Smartphones, Tablets and Pocket PCs have a number of attractive features for mobile computing compared to notebook and laptop computers:
  • no platform needed for operation, truly mobile
  • no time wasted to 'boot up' computer
  • program starts up where it was shut down
  • relatively low cost compared to notebook computers

Mobile Data Studio - a development and applications system combined!

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Software for mobile devices is usually developed in complex C++, Java, Xcode and Visual Basic coding languages. Generally, applications developed in these languages by skilled programmers must either be fairly general in their scope to cater for diversity of client requirements, or specifically customised at considerable cost.

Mobile Data Studio uses a creative approach to overcome limitations of coded applications developed by programmers:
  • design of applications (called 'Projects') doesn't require programming skills
  • applications can either be modified by others using Mobile Data Studio, or 'locked'
  • applications are specifically designed for Smartphones, Tablets and Pocket PCs, not compromised adaptations of software from other platforms
  • application specificity, flexibility and low cost development are a unique 'trifecta' provided by Mobile Data Studio

For Smartphones, Tablets and Pocket PCs to achieve their potential in business and industry, a versatile development and applications medium was needed, Mobile Data Studio fills that need. The Mobile Data Studio system deployment  is simple and effective:

Screenshot ANDROID and APPLE NOTE: the popular and exciting Android and Apple iOS operating systems don't support all of the point functions in Mobile Data Studio that apply in Windows Mobile. Exceptions are identified on pages describing Adding Point Functions. However, don't be deterred by some differences, the experience of Mobile Data for Android and Mobile Data for Apple iOS is very satisfying. Screenshot
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