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Sharing apps

Use Calcapp Connect to preview the apps you’re building and to run your own apps. When you’re ready to let others use your apps, you need to share them. A shared app is available to anyone with access to a certain link you create using Calcapp Creator. (Think of these links as passwords, giving users access to your apps. Share them widely or only with a trusted circle of people — it’s up to you.) Shared apps can be used offline.

When you share an app, subsequent changes you make to the app are not automatically reflected in the shared app. This means that you are free to work on improvements to your app without interfering with your users’s ability to use the app. When you have verified that the new version of your app works well, share it again to make the old link you created reflect your new work.

To share an app, press the Share app button:

The Share app button

Sharing apps through e-mail

The dialog you’re presented with has three tabs, the first of which enables you to share apps through e-mail:

The e-mail tab of the share dialog

Enter the e-mail addresses you want to send the app to in the box to the left and optionally a personalized message in the box to the right before pressing the Send e-mail button. This is likely the easiest way to share apps with coworkers.

(Separate multiple e-mail addresses by putting each address on its own line. You can also separate them using commas or semicolons.)

The second tab presents you with a link you can share:

The link tab of the share dialog

The link you’re presented with is the exact same link that is sent when you e-mail apps. You can launch your shared app by pressing the rocket ship button, share it on social media by pressing the Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+ buttons or simply copy the link to your clipboard by pressing the button to the left of the rocket ship button. That way, you can share your app using other means, such as by pasting it into e-mail messages or posts on discussion forums.

Embedding apps in your web site

The third tab enables you to embed your app in your own web site:

The embed tab of the share dialog

When you embed your app in your web site, it occupies a rectangular area on your site where your visitors interact with it. The HTML code in this tab is intended for you to copy to your web site at the spot where you want your app to appear.

If you have direct control over the HTML code that makes up your web site and you have a passing familiarity with HTML, you should have an easy time making this work. If, however, you instead use a system such as WordPress to update your site, getting this to work might be more involved.

(For WordPress, you or the person who set up your site need to get technical with your WordPress installation to enable you to embed apps you create with Calcapp. You could install a plugin, for instance, but that’s beyond the scope of this guide.)

Now that you’ve learned how to share your apps with others, continue reading about using the inspector »