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iPhone and Android support on Pages

We're happy to announce a new feature on Dabble DB. Dabble Pages are now optimized for mobile use on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as on all Android devices.

There's no special configuration nor any settings to change. Existing pages will already be optimized and will now display in a different format on mobile devices. The main differences are that certain elements are hidden by default, to be revealed by a click tap, and we've adjusted font sizes to be more legible on the small, high-density screens that these mobile devices feature.

Here's a regular Page as seen in your desktop browser:


The same page as seen on the iPhone is at right. Note how certain elements — navigation to other Pages, for example, and view filters — are now hidden behind links to save space. Tapping Menu opens the navigation menu as a pop-up, and tapping Toggle Filters will reveal the filters (no page reload required).

If your Page includes both a view and a form, handy links will appear to scroll you from the top of one to the other. In addition to bigger fonts, form elements are also enlarged for the small screen and because of this, even if you have specified multiple columns for your form, they will be shown in a single column on the mobile device. This should make it much easier to enter and edit data on the go.

Mobile support has been requested by a number of our customers. We hope you enjoy it!


  1. Steve says:

    That's so awesome. It's such a great feature to have. Thanks!

  2. Edmund says:

    Really great!

    Just right for the sales team I signed up for a sales application. This feature makes DabbleDB much more usefull!


  3. Jeremy Shockley says:

    No search? Is that coming? Also, phone numbers do not work as they are still "Skype" links. No way to tap a phone number from this new layout.

    Otherwise just brilliant!

  4. Luke says:

    Ah, phone number support is something we forgot about. We'll work on that -- I agree that it should just work. :)

    As for search: it should be there. If not, can you email us a link to a page that you think isn't working properly?

  5. Jeremy Shockley says:

    Search is there but only by Field Filters. Keyword search does not show up on the iPhone. It should suffice. Man this is making my Technicians very very happy. We were contemplating building an iPhone app to connect to dabble. This may be all we need.

  6. George says:

    How do you create a dabble page like in the screenshot at the top of this post, with the left-side tabbed navigation between pages? That's very cool.. is that now builtin functionality in dabble, some kind of "page-set" thing, or just an example of what you can do with some custom html wrapped around an iframe that populates with a page?

  7. Me says:

    I agree with George. We really need some way to navigate between pages for this to be really useful.

    Great effort.

  8. Me says:

    Where the view name is, a dropdown of views would be great. (A dropdown of views in a regular desktop browser would be cool too -- would save some horizontal real estate.)

  9. Luke says:

    The navigation menu shown on the screenshots is built into Dabble. On the page access/settings tab, simply enable the "Sidebar navigation" option and the system will generate the links to other pages that the user has access to.

  10. Me says:

    I don't think you understand. The nav menu DOES NOT show on the iPhone version. At least they don't on mine - and they don't appear to show in the example at the top of this page either.

  11. Luke says:

    If you're having a problem with a particular page, send us an email with more details and we'll take a look.

  12. Me says:

    Can you at least confirm if the new iPhone interface is supposed to show navigation to other pages, and if so, where does it show.

  13. Luke says:

    That's what the "Menu" link on the left-hand iPhone screenshot is for. Tapping that reveals a menu with links to other pages, *if* you have enabled sidebar navigation.

  14. Me says:

    Not to belabor the point, and I know you claim this is for Android and iPhone devices, but the way the sidebar navigation is implemented isn't rendered properly on any of our mobile IE or Opera devices.

    We can tell where the menu is *supposed* to be, but text is transparent.

    Sure would be nice if you used an old fashioned drop-down for navigation.

  15. Tavalodima says:

    Would you have an answer for this old post ?

    "......Jeremy Shockley says:
    April 3, 2009
    Search is there but only by Field Filters. Keyword search does not show up on the iPhone. It should suffice....."

    How can we do to have a "SEARCH BY KEYWORD" ?

    Many thanks

  16. Eduardo says:

    Will this work with the new Palm Pre from Sprint?

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