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Will a link to an image handler render the image on iPhone/Blackberry?


For apps on IPhone and Blackberry, we need to display an image located on a web server:

http://www.mysite.mobi/myImage.jpg

It would be better, however, if, instead of returning a link directly to the image, we instead returned alink to an image handler/thunmbnailer, so we could re-purpose images used elsewhere without needing to manually resize, etc:

http://www.mysite.mobi/myImageHandler.php?bid=123456789&type=abc

Is this something that will work for Apple iOS4 and BlackBerry OS6?

Will these platforms receive the image and render it as anticipated?

Are there any implications to using this method?

Thanks,
GJ
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RobMobilityCommented:
Hi,

Why not try this in a simulator?

Regards,


RobMobility.
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ggjonesAuthor Commented:
thanks for replying Rob.

I'm not confident enough about simulator performance to base architectural decisions solely on them.

I was hoping for a "been there done that" voice of experiance to guide me  :-)

GJ
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RobMobilityCommented:
Hi,

The BlackBerry simulators are spot-on in terms of device functionality - I use them against a BES all of the time to test configurations, security policies etc. From what I can see, the web browser works identically, even via the BES Mobile Data Connection Service.

I cannot say for sure for IOS but I believe that you can enable debug mode in Safari on the desktop to simulate an iPhone and iPad:

http://altf.wordpress.com/2008/04/14/simulating-iphone-on-safari-browser/

Regards,


RobMobility.
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ggjonesAuthor Commented:

Thanks for the info.

I use this iPhone/Pad simulator:

http://www.puresimstudios.com/ibbdemo/

I have tested the image handler on both simulators, and it appears to work ... in a web browser.

What are the implications for a web app though? Can the assumption be made that if ithe image handler works in a "web browser" in the simulators, then it will work in an app?

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