AppStudio 7.3.2 released!

We’re pleased to announce that 7.3.2 has been released.

This release has new features and housekeeping. A few bugs have been squashed, links updated and the offline Wiki has been improved.

Web Assembly modules are now supported. Just drag and drop them into the Project Explorer and they will be deployed with your app.

Here’s what is new and fixed in the new release:

  1. IDE: Web Assembly modules now supported.
  2. BS4: datalist property added to Input control.
  3. BS4: inputmode property added to Input and Textarea controls.
  4. BS4: Dropdown and Hamburger: items can now be disabled, active or a heading.
  5. BS4: Input now allows quote characters in placeholder property.
  6. Deploy: .wasm files dragged into the Project Explorer will be properly deployed.
  7. Documentation: Wiki updated.
  8. IDE: Allow unicode characters in css files added to the project.
  9. IDE: Link to icon/splashscreen utility updated – old provider ceased operations.
  10. Libraries: The BASIC functions library can be added to JavaScript apps.
  11. avaScript: The format() function is usable without needing BASIC.
  12. Register: Correct server path

The easiest way to get the update is on the Help menu – “Check for Updates…”

New Bootstrap 4 Input features

With the release iOS 12.2, we are able to add a couple of new features to the Bootstrap 4 Input control. (These features are in Chrome 69+ as well). You’ll need AppStudio 7.3.1.2.

These new features will help users enter information more quickly and accurately.

DataList

DataList lets you control the hints the keyboard brings up as the user type into an Input control.

Suppose our datalist is the following: Bob, Carol, Ted, Alice and Caroline. Here how it will look on iOS:


Continue reading “New Bootstrap 4 Input features”

2019 Programming Contest

Our sixth NSB/AppStudio Programming Contest is underway! We’re looking forward to cool entries which take advantage of the capabilities of devices, desktops and AppStudio.

We have three categories:

  • Business – apps for business, government or non profit organizations
  • Fun – Games, hobbies, entertainment or whimsical creations.
  • Education – Apps written by students or teachers (or for them to use)

All registered AppStudio users are welcome to participate. Prizes are $100 USD in each category.
You may enter more than one program. Judging will be by our experts. All judging is arbitrary and final. We will be looking for quality, performance, ease of use, sophistication and overall coolness. Apps can be whatever you like: Enterprise, business, commercial, education, games or even something whimsical.

All programs must be written using NSB/AppStudio. Entries may be commercial, shareware or freeware, and for iPhone, iPad, Android, the desktop or multiple platforms. Please indicate with your entry whether we can share your program or screenshots with the public.

NSB/AppStudio is an easy to use tool for creating iOS, Android and Desktop apps. Use the Design Screen to layout your app, then add code in JavaScript or BASIC. AppStudio runs on Mac and Windows computers. Apps can be distributed directly or through app stores.

Send your questions and entries to support@appstudio.dev.

The deadline for entries has been is Monday, May 6, 2019 at 12:00 midnite EST.

Have fun!

AppStudio 7.3.1 released!

We’re pleased to announce that 7.3.1 has been released.

This release is mostly housekeeping. A few bugs have been squashed, links updated and the offline Wiki has been improved.

Projects which are JavaScript only will be a bit smaller – we’ve moved the BASIC-specific functions to a separate module which isn’t loaded if it isn’t needed.

Here’s what is new and fixed in the new release:

  1. BS4: Alert: Allow multiline value
  2. BS4: Label.text can be used – same as Label.value.
  3. BS4: Select control: value of 0 now works properly.
  4. BS4: Warning if mixed BS3 or jQM controls when control added.
  5. Deploy: Pure JavaScript apps no longer include BASIC functions (smaller deploy)
  6. Deploy: hfunc.js split into appstudioFunctions.js and basicFunctions.js
  7. IDE: Change company branding
  8. IDE: Change links to appstudio.dev
  9. IDE: Save As with manifest file set to “nocache” fixed.
  10. IDE: Update slogan
  11. Installer: Better method of loading tkinter.
  12. jQM: jqmList now includes fastclick.js in the project.
  13. Register: Improve “need to update” message.
  14. Samples: ElectronWeather updated.
  15. Samples: Improve button appearance in Datatables sample.
  16. Toolbox: Some autocomplete hints fixed.
  17. Wiki: Offline wiki updated with latest docs
  18. Wiki: Offline search fixed.

The easiest way to get the update is on the Help menu – “Check for Updates…”

Our website is now www.appstudio.dev!

The use of “nsbasic” in our web site’s name has become more and more inaccurate. Most of our new users aren’t here because they program in BASIC. They’re here to get an easy to use development tool which uses modern technologies and JavaScript.

When new domains ending in “.dev” were announced, we jumped on it. The website is now http://www.appstudio.dev, reflecting what the product is today.

Nothing else has changed. It’s the same team, the same product and support.

We still support BASIC. It continues to be an important language, both for people just starting out with programming and for people who learned to program years ago. It’s always been a comfortable language that lets you get things done. We continue to respect it.

The name changes are all aliased – there’s no need to change your bookmarks. The old links will continue to work as the always have.

AppStudio 7.3.0 released!

We’re pleased to announce that 7.3.0 has been released.

The major new feature is integration with Nodejs and Electron. With these, you can now build standalone apps for Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Node integration also opens up the npm directory of modules which can be included in your app – over 750,000 of them at last count!


Watch the blog – there is more information coming.

Here’s what is new and fixed in the new release:

  1. AppStudio can now build native apps for Windows, MacOS and Linux.
  2. Node and npm can now be used. Over 750,000 modules available.
  3. Electron support added.
  4. BS: Input icon can now be clicked on.
  5. BS3: Updated to Bootstrap 3.4.1
  6. BS4: Switch.text can be used to get and set text of switch.
  7. BS4: Updated to Bootstrap 4.3.1
  8. Docs: Using Node and Electron to build Desktop Apps
  9. Project Explorer: Allow files in project root to be dragged into Project Explorer.
  10. Run: Make Windows Executable (EXE) has been removed.
  11. Run: Package for Distribution using Electron has been added.
  12. Runtime: FastClick has been turned off.
  13. Samples: BS3 Hamburger: Label was hiding Hamburger.
  14. Samples: execPython removed.
  15. Samples: New ElectronWeather sample.
  16. Windows: installer rebuilt using pyInstaller 3.4

The easiest way to get the update is on the Help menu – “Check for Updates…”

The new CSSGrid Control

AppStudio 7.2.2 introduces the CSSGrid control, which provides a grid-based layout system, with rows and columns, making it easier to design web pages without having to use floats and positioning.

You can layout your form with areas, each of which can act as a container for the actual controls you will use. It’s a big help if you want to make a responsive layout.

There is reference documentation about it in the wiki – let’s walk through a tutorial of actually using it.

Support we want to layout a form like this:

This is actually how a lot of web pages are laid out. A Header at the top, a sidebar on the the left, some content in the middle and on the right, and a Footer at the bottom. For fun, we’re making a Footer which isn’t full width.
Continue reading “The new CSSGrid Control”

AppStudio 7.2.2 released!

We’re pleased to announce that 7.2.2 has been released.

It includes new features and some bug fixes.

  1. Controls: New CSSGrid and CSSGridItem controls.
  2. Documentation: Wiki updated with new controls.
  3. Documentation: Bootstrap 3 vs Bootstrap 4 doc improved.
  4. BS4: New link to preview icons.
  5. BS4 Card: new imageWidth property added.
  6. BS4 Switch: bug fixed – no size option.
  7. Installer: Windows signing certificate updated.
  8. Samples: New CSSGrid sample.
  9. Samples: Volt Storage sample – fix to password check.
  10. Icons: Update link to point to https://www.nsbasic.com/app/OpenIconic.html

The easiest way to get the update is on the Help menu – “Check for Updates…”