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iOS Web Clip: Use Saus like an app on your Apple device

Published on Sunday December 6, 2015 17:44 by Christiaan Thijssen

No need to download an iOS app

Saus is also suited for time tracking using your iOS device, for example your iPhone or iPad. You are not required to download an app for this through Apple's App Store. We developed Saus in such a way that the website automatically adjusts to the space on the screen of the device you are visiting Saus with. On a desktop computer with a large screen, the application makes more use of the horizontal space that is available, while on a mobile phone screen the information will be shown below each other. The advantage of this approach, is that on every kind of device the Saus application behaves exactly the same.

Adding Saus to your iOS home screen

In iOS you have the option to add https://saus.io to your home screen. To do this, you need to create a so-called 'web clip'. The process of creating a web clip is very easy but the feature is tucked away in the menus of the Safari web browser. Adding a web clip for Saus can be done with the following steps:

  • Open the Safari browser
  • Navigate to https://saus.io.
    • If you are still logged in into the application, it is advised to log out such that the web clip will be linked to the front page of the Saus app https://saus.io. By doing this, you will make sure that you will always go to the front page of Saus if you are clicking the Saus web clip and not another page of the app.
  • Click on the Share icon in the top of the screen (the square with the arrow pointing to the top).
  • Click on Add to home screen.
  • You will now see a form where you can alter the name of the web clip but this will be already prefilled for you.
  • Click Add in the right top corner of the dialog box to confirm.

Why is there an Android app in the Play Store?

For Android we created a small app that you can find in the Play Store. This app is currently very simple. It can be compared with a browser which will open the front page of Saus every time you open the Android App. We added this application to the Play Store because a lot of people are used to search for apps in the Play Store in the first place. It is also technically very feasible to create a comparable solution for iOS, but such an app probably won't be accepted by Apple. Apple does not want apps in their App Store that only have the added value of easily opening a web page in a browser. Apple believes that the apps that are offered in the App Store really should add more value to the users than this. If users want to use a web application, they should just open the website in the Safari browser. Or the user should create a web clip to the web application, which is explained above.