Adobe Makes Designing for Mobile a Bit Easier with ThemeRoller for jQuery Mobile

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The jQuery JavaScript library is one of those tools that most regular users never notice, but that has made creating mobile websites significantly easier for developer over the last few years. For a while now, there has been a design tool called the jQuery ThemeRoller that made it easier for developers to create a consistent design for their apps. Today, Adobe – together with the Filament Group – is launching the first public beta of the mobile version of ThemeRoller for jQuery Mobile. With this WYSIWYG tool, users can easily build a mobile theme, download it and share it with others without ever having to touch the code itself.

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The design options include tools for creating CSS gradients (to make your buttons look better, for example) and the ability to create up to 26 unique “color swatches” within a single theme. The jQuery blog features a full run-down of the apps’ features.

Another nifty features of ThemeRoller is that it integrates with Adobe’s Kuler App Service. This provides even those developers with very little design sense with libraries of interesting color sets developed by the user community there.

Once finished, developers can then download their creations for use in their own project. You can also collaborate on designs by sharing a URL to your theme with your friends and coworkers.

Frederic Lardinois founded SiliconFilter in 2011. Before starting this site, he wrote about 1,500 articles for ReadWriteWeb. His areas of interest are consumer web and mobile apps, as well as Internet-connected devices like cars, smart sensors and toasters. You can reach him at [email protected]

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