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Getting Calcapp Creator ready

The first preview version of Calcapp Creator is finally complete. There are some administrative tasks that need to be performed before we are ready to give our beta testers access to it, but it should not be long now. Since the last update, we have implemented the last of the features we had planned for the first preview release. This status update has more details on these new features.

(To launch the beta, we essentially, need to get our legal documents written and move Calcapp Creator and Calcapp Connect to the calcapp.net domain. We plan to have a privacy policy in place from day one as well as an end-user license agreement. Calcapp Creator will reside at https://creator.calcapp.net and Calcapp Connect at https://connect.calcapp.net in the future and both will use strong encryption to ensure that your data remains secure. In order for that to work, we need to procure so-called SSL (TLS) certificates.)

Calcapp Creator will allow people to leverage their spreadsheet skills to build calculator apps for iPhone/iPad and Android devices, as well as Windows and Mac desktops and the open Web. Refer to our status update for September for more information.

Previewing apps

Calcapp Creator has gained a preview feature, allowing you to run your apps inside of Calcapp Creator while you develop them:

The first screen shot

Normally, you use Calcapp Connect to run your apps (likely on your smartphone), and this tool can also be used to preview your apps while they are in development. Having an integrated preview feature is convenient, though, as it allows you to get a sense for how your apps will perform on a variety of devices. Press the left-most button in the preview sidebar to select from a list of devices to simulate and you will find that an iPhone 4 device fits a lot less content than an iPhone 6 Plus device, for instance.

The second screen shot

(Calcapp Connect will run best on smartphones in its initial preview release. We are committed, however, to ensuring that Calcapp Connect works as well on desktops and tablets in the future as it does on smartphones today. Also, we are planning versions of Calcapp Connect as native apps for iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows and Mac.)

Creating apps and opening them

The last feature we completed is the window that allows you to create apps and open them. This is the window you will be presented with after signing in. The first tab allows you to select from a list of templates. We anticipate adding quite a few of these in the future, but for now, there are only two: a blank app and a tour of Calcapp Creator (from which the screenshots above were taken):

The third screen shot

The second tab allows you to open apps you have created, rename them, duplicate them and remove them:

The fourth screen shot

The beginnings of a help system

We have started working on a help system. There is a page detailing how to add Calcapp Connect to your smartphone’s home screen, making the web apps you produce look and feel more similar to native apps (we are still planning true native apps, though). There is also a page documenting the Calcapp functions and operators available in formulas:

The fifth screen shot

Your account

Once our administrative tasks have been completed, we will create an account for every beta tester and send out an e-mail containing your user name and password. Our objective for the beta version is to get feedback that we can use to create a compelling product.

Thank you for your patience,

David Polberger
Co-founder, Neosupport AB

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