Fluid UI can take developers from idea to app in just 15 minutes

8 May 2012

Pictured: Dave Kearney and Ian Hannigan, co-founders of Fluid Software

Start-up duo Dave Kearney and Ian Hannigan, co-founders of Fluid Software, claim to have developed the world’s fastest app prototyping tool, which can take an app from conception to market in 15 minutes.

Fluid UI, from Dublin and Berlin-based Fluid Software, is a touch-screen interface prototyping tool built using HTML5 technology, which means it is platform independent and can run on PC, Mac and Linux. The web app, which runs like a desktop app, integrates with open source JavaScript libraries such as jQuery Mobile and is a live product, so subscribers can get regular product updates without having to constantly download.

Dave Kearney and Ian Hannigan, the developers behind this handy prototyping tool, reckon it could enable developers to turn an idea into an app prototype running on mobile devices in as little as 15 minutes. This level of rapid development would allow for speedy testing of apps in development, which could also mean reaching the market in record time.

“With the explosion of app development across the world, we wanted to build a tool that cut the time and cost during the design stage so that more great ideas can get to market fast,” said Hannigan. “It’s really simple because users can just drag and drop and the interfaces they need for the mock-up are already made.”

Over 2,000 businesses have already signed up to test the software, which will be launching at the Startup Weekend in Wroclaw, Poland later this month. “We will make the software demo available to new businesses there as a trial run for wider planned promotional activity,” said Kearney. “With the right investment, we hope to steadily and sensibly expand our products and team. Support for tablets such as the iPad 2 and Android tablets is already in the works,” he added.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.