Case Study

Google

Building the First Major Flutter MacOS App

Google tasked us with building a slides desktop application for macOS using Flutter to demonstrate how Flutter Desktop Embedding works.

First Major Flutter Desktop App

Google regularly turns to Very Good Ventures to demonstrate Flutter's capabilities — we built Hamilton, the first commercial mobile app using Flutter, as well as the first web app, KENKEN for The New York Times. For this project, we used Desktop Embedding — an implementation of Flutter that enables Flutter apps to run on Windows, macOS, and Linux — to build a slides presentation app.

Customizable Slides

We designed the slides to contain rich text and had to make them resizable to fit any window so that users would have a similar experience when viewing on mobile compared to desktop. We also implemented navigation controls to move through the slides. All slide content is contained within one JSON file for easy updates in one place.

Animations and Embedded Code

The slides applications includes a variety of transitions, scaling effects, and carousel and other useful animations. But the shining star of the project was demonstrating that any Flutter code could run as a desktop app. Now, instead of limiting presentations to screenshots or video captures of code, the app can embed code and run real apps directly in the slides.

Industry:
Technology
Project Type:
Showcase, first macOS application built with Flutter
VGV Services:
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Engineering
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Program Management

By the Numbers

120k+

Views on YouTube

200+

Stars on slides open source repository

100%

Code re-usable between desktop and mobile

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Google tasked us with building a slides desktop application for macOS using Flutter to demonstrate how Flutter Desktop Embedding works.

First Major Flutter Desktop App

Google regularly turns to Very Good Ventures to demonstrate Flutter's capabilities — we built Hamilton, the first commercial mobile app using Flutter, as well as the first web app, KENKEN for The New York Times. For this project, we used Desktop Embedding — an implementation of Flutter that enables Flutter apps to run on Windows, macOS, and Linux — to build a slides presentation app.

Customizable Slides

We designed the slides to contain rich text and had to make them resizable to fit any window so that users would have a similar experience when viewing on mobile compared to desktop. We also implemented navigation controls to move through the slides. All slide content is contained within one JSON file for easy updates in one place.

Animations and Embedded Code

The slides applications includes a variety of transitions, scaling effects, and carousel and other useful animations. But the shining star of the project was demonstrating that any Flutter code could run as a desktop app. Now, instead of limiting presentations to screenshots or video captures of code, the app can embed code and run real apps directly in the slides.

Google

Google is a global tech company with hundreds of thousands of employees around the world. The company is most known for the Google search engine, as well as numerous other cloud computing, internet, hardware, and software services. Google launched Flutter in 2017 as a solution to build apps for all screens and has since partnered with us numerous times to demonstrate Flutter’s amazing potential.