AppStudio 7.3.3 Released!

We’re pleased to announce that 7.3.3 has been released.

This release has new features and bug fixes.

Google has a newish tool called Lighthouse. You can run it in the Chrome Developer Tools, in the Audits tab. It checks your app for a number of good practices. This build has a number of features to improve your score.

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

  1. Controls: Allow multiple GoogleMaps in one project
  2. Deploy: png files were sometimes being translated to .js.
  3. Electron: Fix already declared variable.
  4. Installer: Installer enhanced for new MacOS requirements
  5. Project Properties: manifest has been renamed extraFiles. It still works the same way.
  6. PWA: infrastructure roughed in – not usable yet
  7. Runtime: Add HTML lang attribute (For Lighthouse)
  8. Runtime: Add meta description and theme-color (for Lighthouse)
  9. Runtime: Fix error in SQLite error handling
  10. Runtime: Improvements for Google Lighthouse audit
  11. Samples: Add BASIC library to some samples which need it.
  12. Samples: New PhoneGapZebraPrint sample, showing Bluetooth printing.
  13. Samples: PhotoGallery updated

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

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…”

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…”

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…”

AppStudio 7.2.1 released!

We’re pleased to announce that 7.2.1 has been released.

It includes new features and some bug fixes.

  1. BS4: New Toast control
  2. BS4: Select: No longer creates empty values for item
  3. BS4: Updated Bootswatch themes
  4. BS4: Switch: New Bootstrap native Switch replaces of Titatoggle’s Fliptoggle.
  5. Code Windows: Markdown (.md) files can now be edited.
  6. Deploy: loadType is now implemented.
  7. Deploy: new loadType: noload
  8. IDE: eslint dialog is reused (so there are never two visible at once)
  9. IDE: Project CSS is now marked up as CSS.
  10. IDE: Rare project corruption issues fixed – now it self fixes.
  11. IDE: Update copyright to 2019
  12. Project Explorer: Files can now be dragged and dropped. Will be deployed to the project’s root directory.
  13. Project Explorer: Folders can now be dragged and dropped. Will be deployed to the project’s root directory.
  14. Samples: Volt users – bug fixed in password check.

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

Something from the labs: Framework Converter

We’ve been working on a way to get projects using old frameworks up to date. Bootstrap 3 has been updated to Bootstrap 4. jQuery Mobile hasn’t been updated in 5 years.

The Framework Converter is an open source project which hopes to help with this. It replaces all the controls it can in your project with the latest version from Bootstrap 4. The new controls have the same names, positions, text and other values as the original control.

You will still need to work on positioning and styling so the result looks good. Especially in the case of jQM, the web has evolved. Fonts are bigger, there is more white space and layouts tend to be less busy. The Framework Converter does the heavy lifting – you’ll still have work to do.

We’ve put the project in a Github repo called framework-converter. There is also a Wiki page here: https://wiki.nsbasic.com/Framework_Converter.

There’s some interesting technology under the hood. The project is done in AppStudio, using Node.js with npm, a huge library of addons; and Electron, a technology for packaging JavaScript into a desktop app.

Give it a try – you’re certain to have questions. Feel free to post them to our web board. If you find issues, post them to the framework-converter issue tracker on GitHub.

AppStudio 7.2.0 Released!

We’re pleased to announce that 7.2.0 has been released.

This release has a couple of breaking changes. Please read the section “Important!” below!

  1. BS4: i18n support added to iconFeedback descriptions.
  2. BS4: Select: text property added.
  3. BS4: Select: value property changed to contain an index value.
  4. Common: Container (and other controls) no longer get error on .addChild()
  5. Installer: MacOS installer is now fully code signed.
  6. Installer: MacOS now built using PyInstaller 3.4.
  7. jqW: jqWidgets 7.0 is supported.
  8. Runtime: Delay on starting app in local browser in MacOS Mojave fixed.

Important!

  • Please note that the changes to BS4 Select will break code in some cases. See Wiki.
  • The new version of AppStudio may hang the first or second time it is run. Just restart it. This is due to the new code signing requirements of MacOS Mojave.

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