The first release of this year

Today we had a small but very important release. We added the auto-update feature for our most progressive framework – Ionic 4. Also, we fixed a few important and annoying bugs.

Appery.io Participates in the Black Girls CODE & GM Hackathon

 

In October 2020, the Appery.io platform was selected as the primary technology stack for the Reimagining Black Futures virtual hackathon organized by Black Girls CODE(BGC) and General Motors (GM).

The hackathon’s theme revolved around Afrofuturism — a concept that merges African culture and history with elements of science fiction. Several high-profile guests attended the event, including renowned historian Tyree Boyd-Pates and New York Times Magazine culture writers Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew.

Over the course of three days, #futuretechbosses from the Bay Area, Detroit, and New York City developed social justice-focused application concepts and software platforms. 

Prior to the hackathon, Alexander Ancipov from the Appery.io team held a series of workshops to teach the participants how to use the app builder. During the event, Alexander answered the girls’ questions via email, Slack, and the hackathon forum and helped them solve technical challenges.

When the pitch day arrived, the students presented their ideas to a panel of judges from several IT companies. The winning project was Rooted — a mobile application that connects Black professionals with HR specialists from technology companies in Silicon Valley. Apps like Rooted could potentially help Black youth fill the 1.4 million computing jobs created in the United States in 2020.

Appery.io is thrilled to have been part of the hackathon and is looking forward to collaborating with BGC in the future. We strongly encourage our colleagues from the IT industry to take a leadership role in gender and racial equity.

Meet Our December 2020 Release

Winter has come, so it’s time for our newest release! Here are some of our new features:

New build log

We added the ability to view and download your full build log. If your app suddenly has an error that doesn’t allow app compilation, you can check the entire log to see exactly what went wrong. There’s no longer a need to ask support to find the cause. 

Bundled Projects

You can export your Appery.io project with all its dependencies, including Database, Server Code, and API Express projects. This allows you to make a full copy of an existing app in just a few clicks.

Ionic 4 Custom Components

With this release, will be able to create reusable custom components. It can be created in the Create New menu. New screen appears, where you can add predefined components and customize style and logic. And then this set is available to you on other screens in the components palette as a custom component.

New features for the Range component

We added validation of minimum, maximum, and step properties for the Ionic 4 Range component.

Return data object for update operation

Until now we only had the functionality to return the “_updatedAt” field. But since you told us that you want to receive your entire updated object, we are adding the parameter “full_object”  to make that a reality. 

Support for collections JSON 

We have added support for JSON formatting to use for file collection, which allows the following:

Bugs (Less of Them)

No update is complete without bug fixes. Just like we do on all of our updates, we’ve fixed large and small bugs to make your experience smoother. 

The New September Release Has Arrived!

Autumn has come and we have new updates for our platform! In this release, we focused our efforts on new Ionic 4 features.

Ionic 4 Range Component

This slider feature lets users select from a range of values by moving the knob. It can accept dual knobs, but by default one knob controls the value of the Range.

Ionic 4 Modal Window

We have added a no-code option for opening modals in Ionic 4, similar to navigate to page action. Now you can pass values and parameters to certain variables on modal close and open.

Ionic 4 Switching Checked State

To make app development faster, we changed the checked state of the following Ionic 4 components:

Now the states of these components are updated at every mapping invocation.

Files Manager

You can now upload any type of file (not just images using our Media Manager). To do it, in your app, go to the App settings > General tab and upload the needed files under the Assets section:

Bugs (Less of Them)

No update is complete without bug fixes. So, yes, we fixed many large and small bugs to make the platform better.

Keep in Touch

If you run into any hiccups with this release, please reach out to us via the forum or by sending us an email. (To send us an email, sign in to the platform and click the Get Help link at the top.)

Our developers are always happy to help you with your application. Thank you for your business, and we hope you enjoy these new improvements to our platform.

The Summer Release Has Arrived!

In this release, launching this weekend, we have a lot of good news for you about these topics:

  • Toggle component
  • Chart component
  • Fonts
  • Emails from Server Code
  • Datetime component
  • CurrentItem
  • API Express backups

So, without further ado, let’s look at each in more detail.

Ionic 4 Toggle component added

We continue to improve the Ionic 4 framework in our platform. Now we have added a new component, Toggle. If you don’t know, toggles change the state of a single option. They can be switched on or off by pressing or swiping them. Please check:

Chart component updated

The Chart component has proved to be a useful and frequently used feature. We have finished beta testing, fixed some issues, and are now ready to fully roll it out for production.

Font handling improved

We have added the ability to set the default font in App Settings. It is applied in the Visual Editor to have the same font displaying as the Preview and can be reset just like the icon.

Feature to send emails from Server Code added

Now you can send emails using Server Code (our feature for writing app logic on the server using JavaScript). We are sure that this will be a very useful for our users and that they will appreciate it.

Datetime component improved

Now, using the Datetime component, the user can enter hours and minutes into the database without adding the TSC code.

CurrentItem options added

Developers can now update and delete currentItem from an array.

API Express project backup upgraded

Security providers will now be added when you export an API Express project.

 


Bug fixes

What update goes without fixing bugs? So yes, we fixed a large number of big and small bugs to make the platform better.

Appery.io Ionic 4 Webinar

The Appery.io Team has released the new version of our Visual Editor — Ionic 4 with support of all our Low Code features including Drag and Drop, Data Mapping, Event Panel, and more.

Join Head of Development at Appery.io, Alexander Antsypov, as he demonstrates how to leverage all the power of Appery.io to build and ship cross-platform apps.

When: Wednesday, May 21th at 9 a.m. CST

Questions we’ll answer during the webinar:

*  What is a low code development approach
*  How Appery.io works
*  How to get started building your first Ionic 4 app, including a live demo
*  How to link database and your mobile application
*  Plus, a bonus Q&A with the Head of Development of Appery.io, Alexander Antsypov

Register Now

May 2020 Release: Small Things, Big Difference

The May release for Appery.io mobile app platform is coming this weekend. The main new additions are:

  • Default Proxy
  • Ionic 4 DateTime component

Default Proxy

Our current implementation only allows calling REST services via the API Express service. Many users find this feature to be convenient. But, not all user do.

Starting with this release, you will be able to connect your REST APIs via proxy. We had such a feature a long time ago, but now we are reintroducing  it—this time much faster and even more stable.

Ionic 4 DateTime Component

We are constantly improving on our most advanced framework, Ionic 4. In this release, we are adding the DateTime component:

DateTime presents a picker interface at the bottom of a page, making it easy for users to select dates and times.

Bug Fixes

We work hard every day on bug fixes, many of which are rolled into this release. We are really happy to have you using Appery.io, so we want to make the platform the smoothest, most comfortable, most reliable place to work in possible.

Greeting Spring with a New Appery.io Release

Our March platform update rolled out on March 1. We continue to focus our main efforts on the most advanced Appery.io framework, Ionic 4. We have already added plenty of Ionic 4 tutorials for it (for example, making a todo list app, using Google maps, working with the ngx-translate library, and adding file uploading). Now we are going to add new components. Just take a look at the new palette:

Checkbox

Checkboxes allow the selection of multiple options from a set of options. Of course, you know this. And now the corresponding component is available for Ionic 4!

Form

You have to agree that it is much easier to create different forms (like login and signup forms) with a special component.

Link

The link component is used for navigating to a specified link. Similar to the browser’s anchor tag, it can accept an href for the location and a direction for the transition animation.

Chart Component

Now you can add and display any type of chart from the popular chartjs library by just clicking one button!

And More…

We have simplified working with some Cordova plug-ins (Camera, Push), added the capability to quickly delete Server Code folders with content, and added the “File” type for an Input component.

Appery.io Community: Video Channel

An integral part of Appery.io’s success has always been its strong community of developers. Now we have come up with a new way to support this community—a YouTube channel called Appery.io Community. This channel will include new tutorials from the Appery.io team, but, more importantly, it will also include videos submitted by our developer community. Submitted videos can explain different features of Appery.io, or they can showcase developers’ own apps developed with Appery.io. With this channel… Ugrade your development skills by checking out the videos. Upload a video to share your app with the world or a potential customer. Upload a video Appery.io tutorial that you created on your own.

Let’s get started! Send me your videos (or your ideas for videos).

Meet Our Last Release of the Year

In this release, we focused our efforts on Ionic 4 features.

We added PWA support for projects created in Ionic 4. (If you have forgotten what this is and what it’s for, please check this useful post.)

Also, we added the ability to use default values (strings, numbers, booleans, and values chosen from select) in the mapping for beforeSend actions in Ionic 4 projects. We are sure that many of our users will be happy to use this feature in their projects.

Finally, we improved splash images for iOS including launchscreen for iPhone X.

Happy Holidays from the Appery.io Team

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See what we achieved this year!