I am happy to announce the US Census Browser version 2.0! Back in December of 2011, I released the US Census Browser as an open source application intended to demonstrate principles for enterprise-class data visualization and applications developed with web standards. This version has some fairly substantial changes – See the video below to check out features in the latest version:
Version 2.0 is currently available for:
- Apple iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/census-browser/id483201717 (powered by phonegap)
- Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tricedesigns.CensusBrowser
- The Web: http://tricedesigns.com/census/ (modern browsers only)
Version 2.0 of the US Census Browser has some substantial changes, including:
- Completely new & redesigned UI layer, using app-UI. app-UI is an open source framework for application view-navigators that mimic native mobile applications. Using the app-UI SplitViewNavigator, the US Census Browser now supports both landscape and portrait orientations.
- Switched from Google Maps to Open Street Map using OpenLayers. Users of the Census Browser maxed out my Google Maps account! That is 25,000 map loads within a 24 hour period! WOW! I switched to the free Open Street Maps solution, which doesn’t have any usage/bandwidth limitations. With this change I was also able to add interactive maps.
- Updated to Twitter Bootstrap 2.0. The app is now using new UI styles and components which are now available in Twitter Bootstrap version 2.0
The source code for the US Census Browser has also been updated on github: https://github.com/triceam/US-Census-Browser
To learn more about app-UI, check out my page here: http://www.tricedesigns.com/2012/04/24/introducing-app-ui/