Application Craft, which makes a cloud and premise-based Web/mobile application platform, and Brightcove, which has a Web-based application development environment, have recently honed their offerings.

Application Craft has created an alternative to Adobe’s Phonegap Build it says has everything that platform offers plus a number of extra plugins.

The company says developers can take any HTML5, CSS, JS App or Site code and compile it into a binary that can be deployed to mobile device maker app stores.

The platform includes certificate management and generation, as well as config.xml editing, the company adds.
(A screen shot of Application Craft’s interface)

Meanwhile Brightcove announced what is called a major new release of its App Cloud mobile app platform, which it says “provides a dramatic improvement over first generation hybrid app platforms” like PhoneGap.

The new release introduces an open native plugin architecture, includes built-in integrations with major third-party technologies from Google and comScore, and dramatically expands App Cloud’s integrated support for push notifications, Brightcove said in a news release.

By bringing together the native device APIs and supporting cloud services required to deliver rich, content-centric applications into a highly productive, fully-supported platform, App Cloud enables Web developers to build mobile and tablet apps more quickly and cost-effectively for both iOS and Android platforms, Brightcove also said.