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Container, Part 2: Putting controls inside

In our last blog post, we looked at how the new AppStudio 5 Container control could be used to create your own controls. Today, we discuss how the Container can be used to group controls. There are a few reason … Continue reading

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Container, Part 1: Make your own control

One of the new controls in AppStudio 5 is the Container. It has a couple of uses: you can create your own controls with it, or you can use it as a container for other controls. We’ll deal with the … Continue reading

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Simulate an Actual Device for Testing

Want to test how your app will look without have to download to a device? Recent enhancements to Chrome make this possible. Now it’s easy to watch the affect of different screen sizes and rotation on your app – all … Continue reading

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Including Files with your App

The Project Explorer is the table of contents for your app. Whenever you add a Form or a Control to a Form, it gets added to the Project Explorer. You can include files in your app by dragging them into … Continue reading

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Styleheaders: Advanced Styling

Styles are a powerful tool for shaping the appearance of your controls. To a large extent, AppStudio lets you avoid having to learn a lot about them: it just handles them for you. But if you want to do something … Continue reading

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New, Improved Native Build Status

AppStudio lets you make native apps using PhoneGap Build (PGB) quickly and easily. PGB is a web service which compiles your web app into a native app and lets you download it, usually within 30 seconds. It’s much easier than … Continue reading

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Modal Forms

AppStudio 5 makes it easy to have Modal Forms in your app. A Modal Form pops up over your app, dimming out the rest of the screen. The user has to close the Modal Form before continuing with the app. … Continue reading

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Panels for navigation, forms, inspectors and more

Ever wish you could slide a list of options in from the left or right? How about a compete form? The new Panel control lets you do this. Have are some examples: When you activate a Panel, it slides in … Continue reading

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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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