While unlike "real" apps built in native code, which are installed separately on an iPhone or Apple Watch, and have a wider range of object layouts and position customizations on the screen, WatchBench prototypes are much more than simple screen mockups or wireframes. They can be working code that interacts with real, remote data services, have working buttons and menus, and can, given appropriate attention to visual design, look quite polished.
See the About section of the support website for videos of WatchBench in action.
This was created by Dan Bricklin, Chief Technology Officer of Alpha Software. Dan is best known for co-creating VisiCalc, the pioneering spreadsheet program back in 1979, as well as Dan Bricklin's Demo Program in the mid-1980's. More recently, he is the author of the popular Note Taker HD app for the Apple iPad. Alpha Software is known for its innovative development and deployment products, including Alpha Anywhere.
Ratings and Reviews
Good potential but probably a dead end app
Even though I have very little programming knowledge, I was able to do what I needed easily except that the app will not issue any kind of authenticated URL (digest or embedded credentials. This makes it worthless to me for what I want to do. Unfortunately, the developer has not responded to any of my emails to their stated support address. So I guess the app has been orphaned which is too bad since it has great potential for easily adding functions to the Apple Watch.
Unique and amazing
Pretty impressive. Could get working prototype of my simple tv remote app in hours. Wish layout was more flexible.
- Alpha Software, Corporation
- 2.1 MB
- Requires iOS 8.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
- Unrestricted Web Access
- © 2015 Alpha Software Corporation
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.