August 15, 2013
File this one under something Apple should have done itself, but didn't. Ink, the popular service that lets developers integrate access to cloud services within their applications, has announced a new product. Ink Mobile is a new iOS framework that allows mobile applications to talk to each other and share data, according to TechCrunch. Apple has always limited how mobile apps can talk to each other. As a result, developers often have to rebuild features that other apps already have in place. With Ink Mobile, hooks are created that eliminate this duplication between apps. Initial Ink Mobile partners include Evernote, Citrix Podio, SignEasy, and more. According to TechCrunch:
Once an app is Ink-enabled it can send data to other Ink-enabled apps, which can then, in turn, send that data back or forward it on to another Ink-enabled app or cloud storage service. It may be easier to understand this in the context of a particular scenario: a user opens up a contract in email, signs it using a signature application, replies with the signed contract, then stores the contract to their preferred cloud storage service.Take a look: Nearly 17,000 developers are already using Ink’s other product, File Picker, across 20,000+ applications. Because of this, don’t be surprised if Ink Mobile catches on rather quickly. We'll keep watching Ink Mobile to see how it develops. In the meantime, the Ink Mobile framework is available as a free download here. For sample workflows, click here.