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Category: Feature

  • Feature: Try Calcapp without creating an account

    New users can now try out Calcapp without providing their e-mail address and without having to wait for a confirmation e-mail.
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  • Feature: You can now set your password

    You can now change your password using a new account settings box. If you have a system-generated password, you will be asked to change it the next time you sign in. Finally, you can now reset your password.
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  • Feature: Insert images in text boxes

    You can now insert your own images in text boxes. They can either be centered or float to the right or to the left of the text. A slider lets you adjust the image width. Images work offline and are responsive, meaning that they work well on any screen.
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  • Feature: Use your own logo

    Use your own logo with your app to raise awareness of your brand. The logo is displayed on the loading screen and on home screens your app has been added to.
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  • Feature: 26 fonts for use in text boxes

    You can now use 26 new fonts when formatting text in text boxes, including serif, sans-serif, monospace and playful display fonts. Custom fonts work even when your app runs offline.
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  • Feature: Formatted text improvements

    Calcapp now supports text alignment, underlined and strikethrough text and different font sizes. You can also upload your own images and make use of 26 available fonts.
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  • Feature: Use spreadsheet data with drop-down fields

    Import spreadsheet data directly for use with drop-down fields. Paste the data from your table into our app to automatically generate Calcapp formulas.
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  • Feature: Edit drop-down values as text

    Values of drop-down fields can now be edited as text. This feature makes it possible to paste values from a spreadsheet all at once. It also enables more efficient keyboard editing.
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  • Feature: Customize the loading screen

    You can now customize the loading screen, also known as the splash screen. Change the colors or hide the logo, the progress indicator or both. You can also fully disable the loading screen, which is useful for apps embedded in web sites.
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  • Feature: Color themes and app-wide colors

    You can now set base colors for your entire app through the start screen. These colors affect not just your panels but also the loading screen. We have also added a theme selector with five pre-defined color themes to allow you to more easily experiment with colors.
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  • Feature: Powerful new text-processing functions

    Calcapp now supports three new text-processing functions, enabling you to determine if text matches a certain pattern and to extract and replace text, also using patterns. The three functions use so-called regular expressions.
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  • Feature: The CHOOSE function, an alternative to IF

    The new CHOOSE function can be used as a compact, fast alternative to IF in some situations. Use it together with the Index property of drop-down fields to quickly return data matching a value selected by your user.
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  • Feature: The Index property of drop-down fields

    The new Index property of drop-down fields returns the numeric position of the selected value and the Size property returns the number of values. Index is designed to work well with the new CHOOSE formula function.
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  • Feature: Apps in languages other than US English

    Calcapp now supports 79 languages and 147 language variants, enabling numbers, dates and times to be formatted correctly. We have translations for app text provided by Calcapp in 30 languages. Five languages have been translated by human translators and the rest using machine-translation.
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  • Feature: Change the size of your app user interface

    Use the new zoom level feature to make apps appear larger or smaller. Associate a formula with the zoom level property to give your users control over the size with, say, a slider or a switch field. Be sure to make these fields persistent so the zoom level is remembered.
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  • Feature: Determine labels through formulas

    New properties enable you to set validation messages, field units and labels of groups, fields, buttons and list panel options through formulas. This feature enables your apps to more closely adapt to values entered by your users.
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  • Feature: Format numbers with new functions

    Use four new functions to turn numbers into formatted text strings. Another four functions convert numbers stored in text strings to pure numbers. All new functions take the app language into account and support 147 language variants.
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  • Feature: Calcapp Creator has a new start screen

    A new start screen now greets you when starting Calcapp Creator. Use it to set app-wide properties, like the app language and zoom level, and to change the app name. There are also links to various resources.
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  • Feature: Determine the device type from formulas

    New properties help you determine if your user is using an iPhone, an Android device, a Windows PC, an iPad or a Mac. Use this feature to do things like only showing a text box if the user is running an iPhone or changing app colors based on the operating system.
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  • Feature: Pad numbers with leading zeroes

    You can now pad numbers with leading zeroes by setting a minimum number of integer digits in the inspector. With a minimum number of four digits, 23 is formatted as 0023. As a bonus, we show how to accomplish the same thing using formulas and share some news regarding the venerable IF function.
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  • Feature: Force a 24-hour clock for time fields

    Some countries use a 12-hour clock in everyday life, but a 24-hour clock in some professions. Our new release enables you to use a language that normally uses a 12-hour clock and still use a 24-hour clock for some time fields.
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  • Feature: Customize subject lines of reports

    Assign subject lines to reports you send from apps with our new release. You can determine the subject line using a formula, enabling you to include parts of the report in the subject line itself. Use this feature in conjunction with labels or rules in your e-mail client to automatically sort incoming reports.
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  • Feature: Apps now load faster

    The largest apps created with Calcapp can take can take a long time to load. Today, we are speeding up the process considerably by compressing apps and PDF reports before they are downloaded.
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  • Feature: Change numbers rapidly with sliders

    Sliders enable users to rapidly change the value of a number field within a defined range. On mobile devices with cumbersome on-screen keypads, we expect sliders to become the preferred way of experimenting with numeric inputs.
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  • Feature: Increase and decrease numbers with steppers

    Steppers enable users to quickly increase or decrease numbers using dedicated buttons, displayed next to the value. A variety of properties are available for customizing steppers, including minimum and maximum values.
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  • Feature: The new TONUMBER, TOLOGICAL and TOTEXT functions

    The new formula functions TONUMBER, TOLOGICAL and TOTEXT make it easy to convert values to numbers, logical values and text strings, respectively. Converting numbers stored as text to true numbers was previously impossible if the number had a fractional part.
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  • Feature: New tour template

    The tour template shows off many of Calcapp's features and has been completely rewritten. The new tour demonstrates steppers, sliders, number formatting, date calculations, cross-references and more. There's even a color selector for the background color.
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  • Feature: Remove the navigation bar from apps

    Remove the navigation bar from shared apps that have only one panel simply by ensuring that you don't type a panel title. This change especially benefits apps embedded in other web sites.
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  • Feature: Better process for updating shared apps

    The Share app button now reads Update app if your app has been shared. Changes you make to an app never go live for your users until you give the go-ahead by pressing the button.
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  • Feature: Links

    Calcapp now supports inserting links to web addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers. Linking to a phone number enables users on cell phones to place calls directly from an app. E-mail links cause a user's e-mail client to appear, with the recipients, subject line and message body you specify.
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  • Feature: Formatted text

    Calcapp now supports formatted text in text boxes. Use bold, italic, quotes, links, various headings and bulleted and numbered lists. All features are keyboard-accessible for a smooth typing experience.
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  • Feature: Open reports directly from your apps

    Reports can now be opened directly from an app, instead of having them e-mailed. Use the new feature on its own, or use it as a preview feature your users can use to check reports before sending them.
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  • Feature: Select colors using formulas

    Colors can be selected using formulas that take into account values entered by your users. You can use this feature to create field validation that really stands out or to enable your users to select their preferred color scheme.
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  • Feature: Custom app colors

    Give your apps a custom color scheme by setting only a few base colors and Calcapp will figure out the rest. You can also set colors individually for precise control.
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  • Feature: The new color picker

    The new color picker allows you to select the colors used in your app. You can select colors either from a palette with colors that work well together or any color by selecting a hue, saturation and brightness. It also supports entering named colors and colors from the color models RGB, HSL and HSB (HSV).
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  • Feature: More flexible panel removal

    Our next release enables you to remove panels without also removing the panels that follow them. As a result, you can now do things like removing the first panel of an app without touching the rest of the app.
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  • Feature: Copy and paste panels and fields

    Use our new copy and paste feature to copy fields and other items from one panel to another or to copy entire panels. This is a great way to copy data from one app to another.
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  • Feature: The Panels sidebar

    The new Panels sidebar allows you to quickly move to individual panels. You can also reorganize panels by dragging and dropping them. For better control of your panel structure, copy and paste panels instead.
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  • Feature: Insert panels anywhere

    Our next release will allow you to insert panels anywhere in your app. You will also be able to copy and paste panels and fields and other items. A new sidebar will give you an overview of your panels and enable you to reorder them.
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  • Feature: Insert cross-references in formulas (video)

    You can now reference fields from other panels by clicking on them when you're editing a formula. You can also reference buttons and the other items that make up an app from your formulas by clicking on them.
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  • Feature: New calculated properties

    Fields, buttons, calculation panel groups, text boxes, list panel options and panels now offer a variety of calculated properties you can use to make your apps more dynamic. This post offers the complete list.
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  • Feature: Introducing calculated properties (video)

    Use formulas to hide and validate fields, make buttons grayed-out, determine the recipients of reports and more through calculated properties. These formulas are evaluated when your app is run and make it possible to build far more dynamic, complex apps.
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  • Feature: Cross-references

    Use cross-references to refer to other panels with our next release, enabling you to build truly large, inter-connected apps. This update also lays the groundwork for calculated properties, which are coming soon.
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  • Feature: Data validation

    Use data validation to flag invalid values with our next release. Specify allowable intervals for number fields to determine validity. A later release will allow you to use formulas to determine if a field is valid or not.
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  • Feature: Customize the sender of reports

    Customize the sender of reports that are e-mailed from your apps with our next release. Soon, you will also be able to determine the sender using a formula.
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  • Feature: A grab bag of improvements

    Access the formatted values of fields from formulas and prevent persistent fields from being reset with our upcoming release. Also, apps will look better on desktops and on tablets and the app creation experience will be improved.
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  • Feature: Automatic naming of fields

    Starting with our next release, fields will be given names based on the captions you type for them at all times. This makes formulas easier to read. You can still assign names manually.
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  • Feature: Send PDF reports

    Starting today, you can now send reports as PDF documents. PDF files are great for storing in document management systems and can't be easily changed.
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  • Feature: Multiple lines in text fields

    Our November update will enable text fields to feature multiple lines. That may not seem all that significant, but has some interesting implications which we’ll explore in this post.

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  • Feature: Persistent fields

    We’re hard at work on a major update, one that will enable cross-references between panels, allowing one panel to reference fields on another panel. That work entails making major changes to how Calcapp works under the hood. As a result, that work won’t be ready for our November update.

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  • Feature: Reporting improvements

    Support for sending data collected by an app through e-mail or directly to a server you run was introduced in our October update. Based on feedback from you, we have tweaked some aspects and added a number of options. These features have been available since the beginning of November, meaning that you can use them straight away.

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  • Feature: Send app data to your own server

    Our October update enables users of your apps to e-mail reports to you. You can also send collected app data to a server you run.

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  • Feature: Send reports from apps by e-mail

    Being able to send data from the apps you build has been one of the most requested features since we launched the beta. Today, we’re happy to announce that this feature will be part of our October update.

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  • Feature: Reset fields to their initial values

    Our October update will enable you to add buttons to your apps that reset all fields of the current calculation panel to their initial values. Having the ability to reset fields enables your users to easily experiment with various values.

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  • Feature: Keyboard shortcuts

    Our October release improves Calcapp Creator’s support for keyboard shortcuts. We have tried to focus on common-sense shortcuts that will make using the product easier for all users. For instance, to navigate between fields, press the up and down buttons on your keyboard. To move from editing the caption of a field to editing its formula, simply press Enter – and then press Enter to move back to the field. Move to the panel preceding the panel you’re currently editing by pressing Ctrl-Left and to the panel following the current panel by pressing Ctrl-Right. There are also shortcuts for creating new items, deleting and moving them and for quickly moving to the inspector and back again.

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  • Feature: Formula bar

    We’re getting ready to release our October update. The headline feature is reporting, which in practice means support for adding buttons to your apps that send the data your users enter. We’ll have more to say about this feature in a future blog post, but we have also taken the time to improve smaller aspects of Calcapp Creator. This post is about the formula bar.

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  • Feature: Hidden fields

    If you have spent any length of time developing apps with Calcapp, you have likely found yourself having to include the same formula fragments in many different formulas. If you need to convert an input number to a different unit before using the converted number in three different formulas, you need to include the conversion logic three times.

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  • Feature: List fields

    Our upcoming release will introduce list fields: fields with drop-down menus.

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  • Feature: Offline support

    Our upcoming release has two major features, the first of which we wrote about yesterday: the ability to share apps with others. The other notable feature is that shared apps work even when you don’t have access to the Internet, like on airplanes or in rural areas with poor cellular coverage. Offline support has consistently been one of the most popular requests from our users and we’re happy we’re now able to provide it.

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  • Feature: App sharing

    We’re finally at a point where we can share details about the major feature we’re working on: app sharing. Soon, you will be able to easily share apps through e-mail, social media and through your own web site (by embedding your app into your site). You will be able to reach a shared app directly from a bookmark or from your phone’s home screen. Also, shared apps work when you’re offline.

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  • Feature: Switches

    Our upcoming release will feature 244 functions, support for formatting numbers and a function browser. Amid all the major new feature additions, minor features can easily be missed. One of these is support for switches, which allow users to easily toggle the value of a logical field.

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  • Feature: Formatted numbers

    In the current release, output numbers are always formatted with two decimal places at most. Input numbers are left alone. This is obviously quite limiting, and providing you with better control has been at the top of our to-do list for a while now. To format numbers, you use the new inspector at the left-hand side of the window:

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  • Feature: Improved error handling

    Our upcoming release significantly improves error handling. (Examples of when errors occur include when a number is divided by zero and when the wrong value is passed as a function parameter.) The current Calcapp release handles errors by failing silently, displaying nothing. That isn’t very helpful when you’re struggling to get a formula to work correctly.

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  • Feature: Dates

    Numbers can not only be formatted as fractions and percentages, but can also be formatted as dates and as times, which enables your users to enter such data. You can use date and time functions to manipulate the data entered by users and calculate new dates and times to show to your users.

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  • Feature: Insert field names in formulas easily

    With our upcoming release of Calcapp Creator, editing formulas will become more convenient. In particular, you will be able to insert the names of your fields simply by clicking on them while editing formulas. When you’ve reached a spot in your formula where it makes sense to enter the name of a field (such as after you’ve typed “+” or the name of a function plus an opening parenthesis), your fields will turn purple to indicate that you can click them to insert their names at the caret position. If you’re used to spreadsheets, this should be familiar.

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  • Feature: The function browser

    With 244 functions, you need an easy way to find the function you’re looking for and its documentation. To this end, we are introducing the function browser. It will be available in the same sidebar housing the inspector.

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  • Feature: 244 formula functions

    Our upcoming release will feature significantly expanded support for formula functions. All in all, we will support 244 functions, ranging from text- and date-manipulation functions to functions in statistics, finance, engineering and trigonometry. If you’re used to a spreadsheet like Microsoft Excel, the new functions should be familiar. Here’s the complete list:

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