Another update is bringing some cool new features to Appery.io; features designed to make the platform even stronger and more attractive. With this update, we’re excited to share the results of a lot of hard work.
Along with the warmer weather, spring has brought a sweet new upgrade to Appery.io. What have we got for you? Here are the main improvements:
- Build Mobile and Responsive Web Apps with our New AngularJS & Bootstrap Visual Builder
- New “App Creator Express” feature
- Themes moved to plug-ins section in the UI
- Server Code UI upgrade
Check out our webinar, “How to Build Responsive Web and Mobile Apps with Appery.io” to learn more!
- Team collaboration enhancements
- URL-based security in Secure Proxy
- Faster proxy
- Sharing with Appery.io support
- New XHR implementation
Big Upgrade: Brand New App Builder UI, New Model and Storage Feature, Improved Editors for REST Service and MappingPosted: September 21st, 2014 | Author: Dmitry Zaytsev | Filed under: Features, New release
The Appery.io platform was upgraded with a number of new features. This is a quick overview of what’s new.
First, we got a new splash screen…!
The Appery.io team just released a number of really nice features. Learn about what’s new in this post.
App Builder improvements
New jQuery Mobile Popup component
The new jQuery Mobile Popup component gives you more power to build app UI. The component can be used to notify the user to confirm an action, or just display any important information.
More List options
We added a number of properties to the list to simplify UI building. For instance, it is now easy to make the list read-only.
We also added the ability to manage the list items order. You can do this by using the Index property in the Properties panel:
A better way to select icons
Everyone likes icons, and there is now a better way to select one. If the component supports an icon (List, Button etc.), the Icon property will be available:
By clicking “Choose,” the icons list will appear:
This is much more fun as you can see the actual icon.
Cloud database improvements
The Appery.io cloud database got a number of very useful upgrades.
By adding the ability to manage database indexes, we allow you speed up the frequently used queries. It’s a good thing to use when transferring a lot of data between the devices and Appery.io backend:
To reduce data transfer and speed up the app, use the MongoDB Projection concept that the Appery.io database now supports. By using Projection, you can selectively retrieve columns from the database without the need to transfer excess data (columns). This will decrease the data being sent to the client (app), and also increase app responsiveness.
New ACL editor – for simplified database access rights
User access control is now more flexible with the new ACL editor. You can specify access rights for each user separately, for all users at once, or just for the user that created a specific collection entry:
The Appery.io database now supports the Media Manager that helps manage files. You can upload and delete any sort of files directly from the database console by using it:
It’s now possible to get a file list based on the Files collection content and provided ACL for every file (you can of course control user access rights for files too).
Database versioning for more peace of mind
It’s always a good idea to make a backup of your database. With the new database versioning features, you can create versions (backups) of the database and restore to a particular version instantly:
Server Code improvements
To make development and testing faster, we combined the Script tab and Test tab into a single page. You can now quickly test the script and see the execution result without the need to switch tabs:
The Server Code API was upgraded with a new service – multiUpdateObject. By using it, you can update multiple objects via a single REST service. See the Server Code API to learn what functionality can be used on the Appery.io server side.
Customer Console improvements
Customer Console is a great way to create a development process where a customer can manage databases and push notifications without the developer attention. The Customer Console adds the following new features:
- Export/import database data in JSON or CSV formats.
- Schedule push notifications.
To simplify working with Push, we have moved the Push tab together with the app. So now it’s a lot simpler; with every app, you can enable its own push capability:
If you new to Appery.io Push Notifications, we recommend starting with this tutorial.
App exporting improvements
With every new Appery.io update, our goal is to make app development faster and simpler in the cloud.
We pushed a number of really nice features over the weekend. Check out the release notes and what’s new. A full blog post is coming up shortly.
As many of you know, we attempted to upgrade our platform this past weekend and had to roll the update back because of technical issues we encountered. We made the tough decision to roll back the upgrade because, although painful, it would be least disruptive to our customers. What happened is not acceptable to us. We are growing fast and many of you rely on our platform for your business. We are conducting a review of our process to ensure we deliver with quality each time.
Is my account impacted and if so what should I do?
Fortunately, for most of you, there was no impact. However, if you opened and modified one of your projects between the times of Sunday at 4 AM Pacific and Monday 5 PM Pacific, some of your updates may have been lost as we rolled back to the earlier release. If you believe you may have lost some of your changes, there is a good chance we can help you recover them. Please contact our support channels so we can help you.
I will say this again, what happened over the weekend is unacceptable. We are already looking at ways to improve new features roll out. In addition to improving our internal process, we are also considering deploying a beta system to both get early feedback on new features and also improve the quality of our new releases. Another idea we’re considering is enabling users to manually upgrade their apps to new versions of our App Builder, rather than automatically updating them. This would give you more control over your projects. I’d love to hear from you about these and other ideas you may have. Please feel free to write to me directly at email@example.com
Max and the Appery.io team.
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Appery.io developers: we just upgraded the mapping feature in Appery.io! It’s now a lot more powerful and flexible. This post is a quick overview of what has changed. The two links (Mapping, Model and Storage) provide more details on the new features. Read this post and then visit the links to learn more.
- Model and Storage
This is how the old mapping looked. This shows a data source (service) has been added to the page:
Clicking on Edit Mapping, would open the service request mapping:
and this is service response mapping:
New service events and mapping
The new mapping is a lot more flexible and greatly simplifies building mobile apps in Appery.io. When you switch to Data view, a data source will now be shown like this. Make sure to click the expand arrow on the left to see the data source events:
The mapping in Before send event and in Success event – that’s the exact the same old mapping Appery.io had before and the one you are used to. When a service was invoked, the request mapping would happen on Before send event and response mapping would happen on Success event.
New Mapping action
The new Mapping action allows you to invoke mapping on any event, not just on service invocation (last in the list):
The new Mapping action can also be invoked from the UI:
For example, on button click, you can move data from page to storage, or from storage to page:
Mapping: page, service, storage
The mapping is no longer limited to service-page mapping. You can now map data between page, service and storage. This is where the new Mapping actions comes into play. Before you could only map between page and service. Now you can map between page and storage (local storage, session storage). In other words, you can map data from page into storage, or move map data from storage to page. Here is how the new mapping looks:
Notice that on the left side there are: Page and Storage. On the right side there are: Page, Storage, and Service Request. With the new mapping, we have simplified mapping between Page, Storage and Service.
Please read the following pages that explain in more detail the new features:
- Model and Storage
Appery.io platform adds speed, server jobs, Google Analytics, Windows Phone build, Customer Console, more Webhooks, and many more featuresPosted: April 15th, 2014 | Author: Dmitry Zaytsev | Filed under: New release | Tags: release
The Appery.io team released a number of really cool features over the weekend. Here is what’s new.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Custom domain HTTPS hosting
Appery.io apps can be hosted on custom domain, and now the custom domain options also supports https.
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.