The mobile emulation capabilities in iRise mean there is a strong possibility that you will be asked to review a mobile simulation with features specifically designed for that delivery platform. This topic will give you an idea of what you can expect from a simulation that leverages the mobile emulator, as well as some tips for effective reviewing.
iPhone emulator page viewed in a web browser
What is the mobile emulator?
The mobile emulator is a tool employed by iRise modelers to simulate mobile apps. Simulation pages that leverage emulator features have the following characteristics when reviewed in a web browser (see below for information about on-device reviewing):
An image of the mobile device is automatically inserted on the page with the page content displayed on the device screen. Any content that overflows the viewable area of the page (the device screen) is hidden.
Your mouse pointer automatically changes to a semi-transparent circle when it enters the device screen to emulate fingertip interactions such as scrolling or pressing buttons. To scroll through content on a mobile page viewed in a browser, you will click and drag on the device screen.
A virtual keyboard that simulates the built-in device keyboard is activated whenever a widget that allows text input has focus. You can click the keys on this keyboard to populate the user input.
When building a mobile page, the modeler must choose between Portrait or Landscape orientation; therefore, you might be asked to review two pages with the same content, but laid out differently for each orientation.
When reviewing a mobile simulation on your computer or a tablet device, all of the reviewing tools available in the Reader (e.g., Comments, Guides, the Data Tracker, etc.) are available.
Although you can use either your physical keyboard or the virtual keyboard to enter text in a user input, switching back and forth can cause unexpected results. This is also true of a built-in tablet keyboard.
To hide the virtual keyboard, you must click the Done key on the iOS keyboard or the Return key on the Android keyboard.
Remember that the only way to scroll through content displayed on the device screen is to click and drag, and you must have your mouse cursor over the device screen to do this.
Reviewing a mobile simulation on-device
In addition to more effective web-based reviews, the mobile emulator enables the review of simulations hosted on a Definition Center on the device itself. Mainly so it can get out of the way of the reviewing experience, the emulator is designed to handle the mobile platform differently.
Note: Although you can review an iRise simulation using your device's web browser, if you have an iPhone or iPad, we highly recommend that you install the iRise iOS app for a better reviewing experience. This article explains how to download, install and review your project on an iOS device.
The device image frame is automatically hidden when the simulation is viewed on-device.
The iRise Reader toolbars are disabled. While this will prevent you from adding comments or manually navigating through the simulation, the benefits of reviewing on the physical device can outweigh the drawbacks in situations where realism is critical, such as user acceptance testing or sales demos.
The virtual keyboard is disabled since the device's built-in keyboard serves this function.
Since you are using your fingertip instead of a mouse, no mouse pointer will appear on the device. Note that some of the finger gestures you are accustomed to using on your device will not work as expected in a simulation.
Since Guides do not render well on an iPhone or Android phone and tend to disrupt the reviewing experience, ideally the modeler will not have placed Guides on pages that will be reviewed on-device. If a Guide does appear during your review, let the project owner know. If you can see it, you can also turn off Guides by pressing the "Turn Guides OFF" link in the lower right corner of the Guide itself.
Due to the wide variation in Android device screen size and resolution, you should expect the unexpected when reviewing Android Phone pages on an Android device. Always test the simulation on the target device before sharing it with a wider audience.