APP DEVELOPMENT - FLUTTER
“Next slide, please!“
Not all the apps we produce are huge and complicated, with multiple screens and dozens of third party APIs to rely on.
“What’s a clicker app?” we asked, and it turned out that OctoCue wanted an app which a user could control a slide presentation with.
Instead of relying on leaning over to click a laptop at the appropriate moment or shouting “next slide” to the presenter, the user can use a mobile device to control Powerpoint. This allows for remote conferences to continue during Covid and a seamless experience for attendees.
We used Google Flutter to produce the app, which ran in update in time via socket.io. This fitted in nicely with an idea to use Firebase Dynamic Links, which would automatically invite users to a presentation and auto fill in authorisation codes.
Flutter is always the best choice for apps which are going to be used by the general public, who have a 50/50 mix of Android and iOS phones. Flutter produces a fast and attractive mobile app for both Android and iOS from one codebase, reducing development and future maintenance costs.
The app was completed in February 2021. Happy clicking, everyone!