LearnIntroducing Atlas: A Visual Development Tool for Creating Web Apps


writes on October 7, 2009

In this video from FOWA London 2009, Francisco Tolmasky will demo Atlas, a new visual tool for building web apps and desktop apps. It will blow your mind and change what you thought was possible with web apps. This is new footage that has not been shown to the public ever before.

Editor’s Note: Only eight hours till we launch FOWA Miami 2010! There’s only 20 Super Early Bird tickets at 47% off, so be quick (only 440 seats total, so the show will definitely sell out early). Speakers include: Twitter, Reddit, Mint.com, jQuery, Palm Pre, FreshBooks, Opera and PayPal. Keep an eye on events.carsonified.com for the launch at 9am EST.


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19 Responses to “Introducing Atlas: A Visual Development Tool for Creating Web Apps”

  1. Looks like delphi a decade ago, only with obj c. No thank you!

  2. This looks absolutely brilliant! But another reason why web apps haven’t taken over is because a lot of people don’t have constant access to high speed broadband, and need desktop apps to do a lot of the work. Once this issue is resolved, then web apps will really take off – but good to see this can do desktop as well as web app development.

  3. 280 North is making some really cool stuff, but I don’t know why they took Javascript and just made it look like another language (Objective-C). Why not just make a great toolset for Javascript and keep it pure, rather than trying to turn it into another language?

    Coming from a design background with HTML/CSS/Javascript, and the server side with Ruby, I find Objective-C to be ridiculously verbose and not fun to code in at all, which has been my big barrier to writing Mac apps (c’mon MacRuby!). Cappuccino just puts that same barrier in front of web development as well. 🙁

    • For some of us, that sort of verbosity makes the language easy to understand, and fun to use. YMMV. Cappuccino brought exactly what we love about objective-c and cocoa to javascript. That was the point. If you don’t like that, that’s understandable, but that’s also contrary to the design goals. If you don’t like the status quo of cocoa-style programming, you’re barking up the wrong tree with cappuccino.

      You sound like something along the lines of SproutCore would be more up your alley.

  4. Atlas looks sick, and I’m signing up. But, did anyone else find it odd that Francisco didn’t use 280 Slides for his slideshow? 😉

  5. Vivek Singh on October 7, 2009 at 11:11 pm said:


    please tell me the to get that tool its really awesome.

  6. It’s too late, but you might want to set the barrier to beta a bit higher to avoid all the pure tire kickers…

  7. @Zimok It’s not selling for $20. The developer beta program has a $20 membership fee.

  8. They will run both in Mac and Windows

  9. Nick Dima on October 7, 2009 at 10:47 am said:

    Does anyone know if the desktop apps built with Atlas will run only on Mac OS X or also on Windows and Linux?

  10. The talk was excellent, the tool is brilliant, i cannot wait to get my hands on it.

  11. I’m also surprised to see they are going to sellin’ it at 20$.

    This is truly web 3.0.

  12. Absolutely amazing. This is the coolest thing to come my way in a long time! Cappuccino itself is incredible and such a joy to work with already as it is, but with Atlas it’s gonna take it to a whole new level. Thank you, 280 North guys!

    – Johannes

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