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  • Desktop App on a Tablet Device

    Has anyone used a Surface or Surface Pro to access a desktop database? My client needs to be able to access a desktop application from a tablet device, specifically to get vehicle images/information as a prelude to opening a transaction. My thinking is that we would use RDP/Terminal Services to access the virtual server (Server 2012 R2) and not try to run Alpha on the tablet. I guess we'll need some camera software to get an image to the server and once it's there we could start the process moving. I don't have a Surface yet so any experience anyone has with one would be of great interest.

    Thanks
    Finian

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    Re: Desktop App on a Tablet Device

    I've not used a surface tablet but I do use tsplus.net for remote access.
    Al Buchholz
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      Re: Desktop App on a Tablet Device

      Do not do exactly what you are doing by we do use our tablets to RDT into the server and use the desktop app. I do not think it works as good as if an app was made with phone gap would be but it gets us by.

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        Re: Desktop App on a Tablet Device

        I am using Surface Pro 3 with Desktop Apps. It works perfect. Just many objects in tight spaces are uncomfortable. Of course, web grids, lists and mobile apps are usefully and more common to use.

        Cornelius

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          Re: Desktop App on a Tablet Device

          Al, I wasn't aware of TSPlus, it looks interesting. Are you connecting from Ipads or Android devices? How is the performance? Do you connect to Server 2102 R2? Currently I use RDP to connect but, unlike previous RDP versions, Server 2012 R2 is very finicky about mapping printers and I can't print at all from RDP, I have to try to use TeamViewer (not much better) for that. I see that TSPlus has its own printer driver and that might make life easier.

          Thanks all for your comments.
          Finian

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            Re: Desktop App on a Tablet Device

            Originally posted by Finian Lennon View Post
            Al, I wasn't aware of TSPlus, it looks interesting. Are you connecting from Ipads or Android devices? How is the performance? Do you connect to Server 2102 R2? Currently I use RDP to connect but, unlike previous RDP versions, Server 2012 R2 is very finicky about mapping printers and I can't print at all from RDP, I have to try to use TeamViewer (not much better) for that. I see that TSPlus has its own printer driver and that might make life easier.

            Thanks all for your comments.
            Performance is good. Printers are always fun. Next step is to work with tablets directly. Working with PC's for now.
            Al Buchholz
            Bookwood Systems, LTD
            Weekly QReportBuilder Webinars Thursday 1 pm CST

            Occam's Razor - KISS
            Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
            Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
            When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
            "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
            Albert Einstein

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              Re: Desktop App on a Tablet Device

              Good to know. Thanks Al.
              Finian

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              • #8
                Re: Desktop App on a Tablet Device

                Hi Finian,
                We have an app running on Surface tablets mounted on our forklift trucks in our warehouse. The tablets connect via wifi and rdp to our server and the operators enter stock movements as they make them. One of the biggest challenges was designing custom on screen keyboards for data entry as the in built ones were way too small to easily use and fiddly to activate. The app has been running for six months now and has proved to be a great success.
                Bob
                Bob Whitaker

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                  Re: Desktop App on a Tablet Device

                  Hi Bob:

                  I figured on doing some sort of custom interface but was hoping the screen keyboard would be sufficient. We will want the operators to enter a driver's license id before taking the vehicle picture(s) and that's about as much as as they will do. But it needs to be easy. Thanks for the heads up.
                  Finian

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                    Re: Desktop App on a Tablet Device

                    The road to success for us was to design the U.i. specifically for the device, large buttons and fonts. Also where keyboard input was required again we designed our own rather than having to pop up the rather fiddly built in keyboard. Our whole app is designed to be driven solely by touch.
                    Bob Whitaker

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