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Sliding and Fading forms and controls

AppStudio 5 lets you use visual effects on controls and forms. The new functions are: fadeIn(msecs): Fades a form or control in. msecs is milliseconds to take for the effect. A value of 2000 would be 2 seconds. The default … Continue reading

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Updated Open Samples window

As the number of samples that come with AppStudio ever increases, we wondered about ways to make to easier to find relevant samples. There are close to 200 of them now: something needed to be done. Here’s the new Open … Continue reading

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New Function List for the Code Window

When we were coming up with ideas for AppStudio 5, we looked at the blank Toolbox space beside the Code Window. Could we do something useful with it? Yes, we could: We display a list of the functions and subroutines … Continue reading

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Using the new Calculation control

The Calculation control lets you display the result of a calculation without doing any coding. As the input values of the formula are changed, the value displayed in the control is automatically updated. It’s much like a Label, in that … Continue reading

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Using the new Generic control

Recently, we added the new Generic control. It’s simply a wrapper to make it easy for you to create a custom control. To use it effectively, you need to know a little about HTML. The control, by default, creates a … Continue reading

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Locking screen orientation on Android

Chrome 28 and higher now supports setting the orientation in your app. Simply do the following: screen.orientation.lock(“landscape”) screen.orientation.lock(“portrait”) The screen will then shift to the orientation you specify and ignore the actual orientation of the device. This only works on … Continue reading

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Improved deploy to the test server (nsbapp.com)

In 4.2.6, we’ve made a number of improvements to deploy on our test server, nsbapp.com. Now it’s faster and much easier to launch apps on devices. Plus, all your apps will be in one place.

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AppStudio and Google Glass: Native apps

While web apps work OK on Google Glass, if you want to make an app which looks great, is easy to use and can take advantage of Google Glass, you will need to make a native app. Fortunately, it turns … Continue reading

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AppStudio and Google Glass: Web Apps

Google Glass is a wearable device: it looks like a pair of glasses with a small video screen by your right eye. Since it runs Android: we were automatically interested. Can AppStudio used to create apps for it? It turns … Continue reading

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Using the PhoneGap CLI

To date, we’ve encouraged our users to use PhoneGap Build to make their native apps. It’s quick, easy to use and meets the needs of most users. PhoneGap Build is a wrapper built on top of the open source Cordova … Continue reading

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