Appery.io platform adds speed, server jobs, Google Analytics, Windows Phone build, Customer Console, more Webhooks, and many more features

Posted: April 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: New release | Tags: | Comments Off

The Appery.io team released a number of really cool features over the weekend. Here is what’s new.

It’s faster

We made a lot of things go faster. You will see a big app builder speed improvement (and we are still not done, more speed is coming).

Easily schedule server-side jobs

You are building an app that needs to check for inventory once every hour or once a day? Now you can easily do this with new Server Code scheduler feature. Because this is a server-side script, the actual device can even be offline, but the script will still run. You pick a script and just set the schedule to run:

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Manage app data and send push messages with Customer Console

Built a restaurant app for a client and would like the restaurant owner to manage the menu or send push message for special promotions? Now you can easily create a special Customer  Console for an app and let the client manage the app data and push messages. With the just launched Customer Console, the client can edit app data (data from database), and send push notifications, all from a user-friendly console (and you don’t need to be involved). You can even publish the Customer Console to a custom domain.

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Get app insight with Google Analytics

Now you can easily collect statistics from you app by using the Google Analytics. Watch how many users use the app, or analyze data for certain periods. All the power of the Google Analytics is in your Appery.io app:

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Styling the app with CSS is easier and faster

Earlier, when working with CSS  you have to test your app every time you want to see the changes. Now, you can see all the changes based on your CSS files directly inside the Appery.io app builder without the need to launch the app in the browser. Just write or edit the CSS and switch back to page to see the result:

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Manage binary certificates in one place

New and convenient certificate management tool helps keep all certificates in one place. Mark certificate as default to be used by all apps, or choose a specific certificate for an app in Project > App settings. As before, you can auto-generate Android certificates inside the Appery.io platform:

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Quickly build and deploy for Windows Phone

Need to build a binary for Windows Phone? It’s now as simple and fast as building for iOS and Android:

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Customize and integrate more with additional Webhooks

We launched Webhooks in January to allow easy integration with other systems. In addition to app specific events (right screen shot), we just added account-wide Webhooks (left screen shot) such as App created, App removed and App renamed. With new Webhooks, you get more options to integrate with other systems:

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Custom domain HTTPS hosting

Appery.io apps can be hosted on custom domain, and now the custom domain options also supports https.

As always, if you have any questions, feedback or comments, feel free to contact us at support@appery.io, post something on our forum or ping us on Twitter.


What’s New in the Latest Appery.io Update

Posted: January 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: New release | Tags: | Comments Off

Update: Webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 29, to cover new features.

This past weekend we released a number of new features. This is a list of what’s new. We will be posting a lot more information on each feature later this week. This is a short list of all the new and awesome stuff:

  • Weinre remote debugging
  • Secure REST
  • Server code integration from inside the app builder — generate REST services for server code scripts
  • More information why the binary build might fail
  • Database batch operations
  • New UI components
  • iOS 7 theme and icons for binary build
  • Launch (splash screen) images for iOS and Android apps
  • Change account email address
  • Many bug fixes..

Stay tuned for a more detailed post coming later this week.


Appery.io Adds Salesforce Integration and Much More – Check Out the Details

Posted: November 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Features, New release | Tags: , | Comments Off

The latest Appery.io update packs some really awesome updates and features. Check them out here.

Fast

Everything now runs much faster. You will see major speed improvements when you open pages, services or any other editors in the app builder. It’s simply much faster. And, we are not done. We have plans to make the platform a lot more faster. Read the rest of this entry »


Appery.io Gets Even Better

Posted: October 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: New release | Tags: | Comments Off

We recently updated Appery.io in a number of ways, adding up to a big step forward for the platform. At the same time, RESTXpress, an important part of the overall mobile solution provided by Appery.io, has been enhanced. We’ve discussed most of the improvements in Appery.io in a previous blog post, so I’ll just provide a summary of these before moving on to a discussion of the changes in RESTXpress. Read the rest of this entry »


Appery.io Upgrades With Improved Collaboration, New Carousel Component, Instant Publishing to Heroku and More

Posted: September 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: New release | Tags: | Comments Off

We recently updated Appery.io with a number of new features and update. We would like to tell you what’s new in this post.

Before we start, don’t forget to register for our joint webinar with Salesforce: Rapid Mobile Application Development using the Appery.io Mobile Pack and Salesforce.com

Simplified platform UI and navigation

The moment you sign you, you will see a much simpler way to navigate between core platform components: apps, databases, push notifications, server code, and plugins:

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Once you select an app, all app actions such as editing, versioning, sharing and hosting are now on the same page:

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New and simplified database page. The built-in Users and Files collections together with custom collections are shown on the same page:

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Inside the builder you will find simple and easy access to backend services:

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Improved collaboration

Improved collaboration features now make it even simpler to work on an app with remote developers. A new panel inside the builder shows the current developers working on the app:

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The Notifications panels display actions performed by developers currently editing the app:

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You can also now easily know how is currently editing the app without opening it:

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Instant Heroku publishing

Appery.io supported HTML5 app hosting (on Appery.io domain or custom domain) for along time and now you get even more options. You can now instantly deploy your app HTML5 mobile app to Heroku. Simpley select Heroku hosting tab, sign in and publish the current Appery.io to any existing Heroku app. You can also create a new Heroku app right from Appery.io:

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One app type to simplify development

To simplify development, we now have only one app type. You can decide to publish the app as mobile web app or use native APIs and build for Android or iOS You no longer need switch app types.

Better access to device APIs

To allow more robust access to native device APIs, we have upgraded to PhoneGap version 2.9.

New Carousel component and updated HTML component

We rebuilt the Carousel component from the ground up. It is now better and works faster.

The updated HTML component is the old Panel component. The new name makes it easier to understand that you can write any custom HTML/JavaScript/CSS. This gives you power and allows to customize the app as much as you need.

Appery.io is now running faster

We didn’t like it either but once or twice things got really slow in the past month. We made a number of significant infrastructure updates, including database upgrade to make things run much faster. We are not done. We are working on other ways to make the platform run even faster.

As always, if you have any questions, feedback or just want to say hello email us at support@appery.io, post something on our forum or ping us on Twitter.

 


We Are Adding New Features – Note Maintenance Period Tonight [Completed]

Posted: August 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: New release | Tags: | Comments Off

Update: we have completed the upgrade. Stay tuned for a blog post on new features. 

We’re excited to be releasing some key enhancements to Appery.io tomorrow and want you to be aware of the required down time.  The new features include:

  • New collaboration features
  • Automatic publishing to Heroku
  • Improved performance
  • PhoneGap update
  • One project type – to simplify development
  • Simplified and unified platform UI updates

Please stay tuned for a new post with more detail on these.

Please Note:

Because of a required emergency database upgrade, this update will require a longer than usual downtime.   We anticipate that the system will be unavailable for 3 to 4 hours starting at 01:30 Pacific Time, August 22, 2013.  We apologize in advance for this unplanned outage.

If you have any questions, as usual, please contact us at support@appery.io


Appery.io Upgrades with Custom Server Code, Source Editing in the Cloud, App Versiong and New Salesforce API Plug-ins

Posted: June 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Features, New release | Tags: , | Comments Off

We just released a number of really awesome features. Check them out!

Server Code

The new Server Code is being added to Appery.io integrated backend services that already includes a cloud Database and Push Notifications. The Server Code allows to write any custom app business logic using JavaScript without the need to build and maintain server infrastructure. The custom code is instantly exposed via REST API and can be quickly invoked from the app.

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Source Code Editing

Ever since we launched Appery.io our users have been asking if the generated app source can be edited without leaving the platform. Now the answer is yes. Any app files can be edited in the cloud without leaving the platform. Simple switch to the Source tab to start using this new features. We are planning to add more features to source editing. For now, once you start editing the source files, the changes will not be reflected in the visual view yet.

Visual editor:

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Source code editor for the same page:

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App Versioning

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Did you ever want to save a particular app version or roll back to a previous working version?? Now you can. We have introduced a new version feature. At any point you can quickly create an app version and continue development. At any point you can quickly roll back to any previous version of your app.

Salesforce API Plug-ins

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We made it very simple to build mobile apps with Salesforce API with two new plug-ins:

  • Salesforce Contacts API Sample App
  • Salesforce oAuth API

Both plug-ins take care of connecting to Salesforce via oAuth2 so you can start using the API immediately. . The Contacts API Sample plug-in includes a ready-to-run app that allows viewing, and editing Salesforce contacts. Use the plug-ins to learn how to use Salesforce API or a starting point for your mobile app. View detailed documentation on how to import  and use the plug-ins.


Appery.io Is Now Using jQuery Mobile 1.3

Posted: May 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: New release | Tags: | Comments Off

As you probably already know we launched Appery.io in April. One of the new things in this release is that our platform has been upgraded to jQuery Mobile version 1.3.  You can always check the latest version by going to Project > App settings > External resources tab:

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Welcome to Appery.io

Posted: April 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: New release | Comments Off

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The entire Exadel team is super excited to launch Appery.io.

First, some history. Appery.io has come a very long way since its roots as a prototype-building tool. Because of its heritage, the service is great at rapidly building mobile apps using a visual IDE. However, the product is now a complete cloud-based platform with integrated backend services and a rich catalog of plug-ins that make it easy to integrate with cloud services (including enterprise systems such as Salesforce.com). We are introducing a new brand to reflect the evolution of Appery.io as well as to support where our platform is headed. Read the rest of this entry »


New Features: Source View, jQuery Mobile Themes with ThemeRoller, Android Permissions, New Components, and Pointer/Array Data Types in Database

Posted: January 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Features, New release | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

We just added some really cool features to Appery.io Platform. Check them out!

New Source view

As we continue to make Appery.io Platform enterprise-level, just just added a Source view where you can see and open the actual files behind your app. Right now the files are opened as read-only but we are working on allowing you to modify them as well.

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jQuery Mobile themes

We got all our custom themes back and you can also create new themes using the jQuery Mobile ThemeRoller tool. Simply create your theme in the tool, download and then upload to Appery.io. It’s that simple.

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jQuery Mobile ThemeRoller site:

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Once you create a new theme, select Create New > Theme and upload the theme you created.

Android permissions

You have been asking for this feature and now it’s here. Customize the permissions for your app before building a binary.

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Binary build errors log

You no longer need to email support to find out why the binary build failed. You can now view the error and try to fix it:

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New UI components

We added two new jQuery Mobile components, Grouped Buttons and Collapsible Set:

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Pointer and Array types in database

On the Backend Services side, we added two new data types to the database: Array and Pointer:

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New tutorials and getting help

Don’t forget to check our new tutorials and as always, if you have any questions let us know via email, forum or @apperyio.