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  • A status report

    We're currently busy introducing paid plans to Calcapp, which explains why the blog has been more quiet than usual. Our post has more details on what we're currently working on.
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  • We've successfully moved Calcapp to Google Cloud

    Calcapp was successfully moved to Google Cloud today. Calcapp Creator was read-only for roughly an hour and Calcapp Connect was fully offline for three minutes. All services are now fully operational.
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  • We're moving to Google Cloud on September 30

    We will move Calcapp to Google Cloud on September 30. Running shared apps should not be impacted by the switch, but you will be unable to make changes to apps for an hour or more on September 30. The new servers will make our web site speedier.
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  • Calcapp is moving to a new cloud provider

    Calcapp will move to a new cloud provider in September to ensure that we continue to deliver a great experience as we grow. The service may be unavailable during short intervals when we make the switch, but apps you have already accessed or installed should continue to work.
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  • Making Calcapp Creator faster than ever

    Calcapp Creator will soon be much faster when editing large apps. Changing a field name or caption will be up to 30 times faster and memory usage is expected to drop to half of what we currently use. We realized these gains by embracing modern web standards.
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  • Need help converting your spreadsheet?

    Do you have a spreadsheet you'd like to convert to an app? Get in touch with us and we'd be happy to assess whether Calcapp is a good fit at no charge. If you need us to do the conversion work, we'll give you an estimate of the work involved and charge you an hourly fee for our time.
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  • Supporting apps not in English — and a teaser

    If your app isn't in English, your users are not getting a great experience today: Numbers may not be formatted correctly and some messages are displayed in English. We're working to improve this situation.
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  • A progress report

    Cross-references will be available in February and calculated properties will be available in March. Once we end the beta, pricing will likely depend on if your app is for private or public use. Calculated properties will make your apps considerably more powerful.
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  • Cross-references and calculated properties

    With our upcoming release, you will be able to reference fields that are part of other panels in formulas. You will also be able to use formulas to determine if a field is visible or a button is enabled, the color of a field, the recipients of an e-mailed report, and more.
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  • Sprinting toward the finish line

    We launched the Calcapp beta early this year and have spent the entire year consistently improving the service. In June, we launched a major update with 244 formula functions, formatted numbers, a function browser, switches, text fields, date and time fields, reworked error handling and a brand new web site. Our August release finally made it possible to share apps and to use them offline and improved the experience on Android devices. The September update added drop-down fields and hidden fields and fixed a large number of bugs.

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  • Suppressing error values in shared apps

    Have you ever created an app using Calcapp only to find that your app displays error values in red? These error values are there to help you diagnose formula errors, but look unprofessional in apps you distribute to end users. As such, error values won’t show up in shared apps once we release our October update.

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  • Growth

    When you’re busy creating apps in Calcapp Creator, the changes you make are constantly sent to our server for safekeeping. (Once every five seconds, in fact, meaning that you stand to lose at most five seconds of work if you, say, suffer a power outage.)

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  • Feature: Back navigation on Android

    Our next Calcapp release is taking shape and we’re hoping to release it in August. While the headline feature will be the ability to share apps with others, we have managed to add a few minor features as well.

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  • The Calcapp survey

    While Calcapp Creator has a few thousand users, getting feedback is always a challenge. We think that we have a pretty good idea of what we’ve gotten right so far and where we still fall short (as discussed in yesterday’s post), but the more feedback we get, the better the product gets. If you haven’t already, please take the Calcapp survey and help us improve.

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  • Future plans

    Thanks to all the e-mail feedback we receive (keep it coming!), we have a pretty good idea of what we’ve gotten right so far and where we still fall short. Here’s an incomplete list of the things that we hope to address in the future:

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  • What's next: App sharing

    This week saw the release of a major update, bringing 244 functions, support for formatting numbers and a function browser. While Calcapp Creator and Calcapp Connect are now far more capable, we still have a lot of work to do.

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  • More flexible layouts for your apps

    The way the fields of your apps are laid out will change with our upcoming release. Field captions will no longer be limited to one row, and neither captions nor the fields themselves will be cut off arbitrarily. (The new release does away with trailing captions.)

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  • Formula functions specific to Calcapp

    Of the 244 functions supported by our upcoming release, 242 are intended to be compatible with spreadsheets and two are specific to Calcapp: ISDEFINED and BLANK.

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  • New formula syntax

    We’ve made a few changes to the way you write formulas in our upcoming release, mainly to improve compatibility with Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet applications. With these changes, it is far more likely that you will be able to carry over formulas simply by copying them directly. These are the changes:

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  • Removed layout features

    While our upcoming Calcapp release brings many new features to the table, a few are slated for removal. We are removing trailing captions and separators.

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  • A major update is coming!

    We released the first preview version of Calcapp Creator and Calcapp Connect early this year. We have spent the majority of our time since then on a major new update based on the feedback you have given us. We’re excited to finally be able to share details on what this new release will contain.

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  • Introducing Calcapp and our new web site

    Today we’re excited to launch a new web site for Calcapp, which includes learning resources, this blog and an opportunity to sign up for our preview release. Our aim with Calcapp is to allow you to create calculator apps using the skills you’ve already honed when creating spreadsheets. Today, mobile devices are everywhere, and yet creating line-of-business apps for your company is expensive and time-consuming. We aim to change that.

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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.

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  • Unveiling Calcapp Creator

    The first preview version of Calcapp Creator is nearing completion. It 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. The first preview version will only allow web apps to be built, though, and the feature set will be limited compared to what we hope to deliver in the future. Once we release the preview version, we need your help to guide us in the right direction, to help us prioritize features and ensure that we build a product that solves your problems and meets your requirements.

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