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ViziApps Expands Intuit QuickBase Support – Now includes Sub-Account Authentication and Query Response Limits

Companies worldwide use QuickBase to create cloud-based business process applications, without doing any coding.

Those businesses often require access privileges to company data at different levels of authorization.These QuickBase apps can run on iPhones, iPads, and Android smartphones and tablets.

For example, a Sales VP may have a higher level of authorization than regional sales people have. While the Sales VP may access sales results in all regions, an individual sales person might have access to sales results only in his/her region. When an end user logs into their QuickBase ViziApps app, their login credentials will automatically determine which data to select depending on their level of authorization.

Here’s how it works. When you register QuickBase as a data source for your ViziApps app, you will see a dialog box like the figure below. Add the field names in your app that will be used for end users to login and access your QuickBase data. Then, when the app runs, your users just login and the data query you designed in ViziApps uses the authorization from their login.

Also, the ViziApps Studio now enables you to specifiy a limit to the number of responses for any data query, since large data sets may have much more data than is needed by a mobile user.

ViziApps Supports QuickBase for Mobile App Data Integration

Now, using the no-coding ViziApps mobile app development tool, enterprise and small business users can easily create QuickBase mobile apps.

Companies worldwide use Intuit QuickBase to create cloud-based business process applications, without doing any coding.  With ViziApps, they can build mobile apps that support the processes vital to their business – for the iPhone and iPad, and Android smartphones and tablets.

ViziApps provides several features for creating QuickBase mobile apps:

  • A drag and drop process for creating QuickBase database operations, using familiar database commands such as select, insert, update and delete. Adding QuickBase database operations to your mobile app takes just minutes.

  • A graphical test for verifying that database commands work properly right in the ViziApps Studio.

  • The  ability to view a hybrid mobile app in preview mode to ensure that it is running correctly before it is published.
  • The ability to see your app design running, with QuickBase access, on a mobile device in seconds, without wires.

Because ViziApps provides a no-coding process for mobile app development, business and IT professionals can quickly and cost effectively use the ViziApps tool to build mobile business apps that empower employees, partners, and customers. With the new support for QuickBase, ViziApps provides organizations of all sizes the mobile app data integration their users need to perform effectively virtually anywhere and anytime.

Speed Your Mobile Apps to Market in a Major App Store

New, disruptive technologies are enabling business and IT people to create robust, visually appealing, data-centric mobile business apps quickly and cost effectively. Using a tool like ViziApps they can build mobile business apps without acquiring new technical skills, hiring expensive outside consultants, or trying to justify a large mobile development budget.

But after a mobile app is completed using DIY app tools like ViziApps, app creators must contend with the app publishing process, which can be intimidating and time-consuming. Fortunately, ViziApps has streamlined and simplified the publishing process to help eliminate much of the confusion app creators need to complete, publish and speed their apps to market. Online help documentation and videos in the ViziApps Studio provide step-by-step directions on how to get a ViziApps-built app published in the Apple App Store or in Google Play.

To publish an app in the Apple App Store using ViziApps, for example, you just need to complete three steps:

  • Prepare the data, icons, images and other items that will be used to promote your app in the App Store with iTunes Connect
  • Brand and build the code for your app using ViziApps
  • Deploy your app to iTunes Connect with the Application Loader.

Deploying An App to iTunes Connect

The process for deploying an app to iTunes Connect has changed over time, so be sure to download and refer to the current iTunes Connect Developer Guide for the latest information.

Knowing what you will need to take your completed mobile business apps through the build and app publishing process will help you plan your time at the onset of your mobile app development project to make your apps available to your users on schedule.  By clearly understanding the steps you will need to complete to meet the unique requirements of the Apple App Store and Google Play, you will avoid unnecessary delays and ensure that your mobile apps will be ready when your users expect to start using it.

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Mobile App Market Will Surpass $30 Billion by the End of 2012

According to new data from ABI Research, to-date revenues accumulated by the worldwide mobile app market will exceed the $30 billion milestone by the end of this year. That figure includes revenues from pay-per-downloads, in-app purchases, subscriptions, and in-app advertisements. The $30 billion total is almost twice the amount for cumulative mobile app revenues that was reached by the end of 2011.

The Mobile Application Markets Research Services at ABI Research provides data on mobile app stores, looking at the distribution and economics of mobile apps, with information on download volumes, revenues and business models, as well as trends for different types of mobile apps.

Regarding trends in the application storefront market, ABI Research senior analyst Aapo Markkanen asserts that “Google deserves a lot of credit for rehabilitating its proposition as an app distributor in the past year or so. If the old Android Market was a garage sale of the industry then the new Google Play has begun resembling a respectable department store. We estimate the Android developers’ share of the annual app revenues to set around one-third.”

Ouriel Ohayon, co-founder of Appsfire, an apps discovery company, recently told The Next Web that Apple has received 1 million mobile app submissions since July 2008 and that there are currently 736,247 offered in the App Store. Google reports that it has 700,000 mobile apps in its Google Play store.

Snap To It! How ViziApps Supports Mobile App Screen Layout

By Neil Perlin, Hyper/Word Services (www.hyperword.com)

One of the hardest parts of creating mobile apps is to align all the screen objects – labels, text entry boxes, and so on. Aligning the bottom of a field label with the bottom of the corresponding text entry box, for example, can be difficult to do. Checking the result by eye or by holding a ruler up to the screen sort of works but is inefficient. ViziApps offers two ways to address this problem, a built-in alignment tool and the ability to use an external alignment grid. This post describes both methods.

The Built-In Snap to Grid


Selecting this button in the ViziApps Studio makes screen objects automatically align themselves on predefined grid lines. (Using this feature is like using a sheet of graph paper that can automatically move your drawings to specific grid lines.) Say, for example, that you insert a label and move it to a position with X and Y coordinates 14 and 74, as shown below.

You set the grid spacing to 10 pixels, by clicking the icon on the right side of the Snap to Grid button as shown below.

That label’s X and Y coordinates now default to 10-pixel positions, such as 20 and 70. By doing this, you are limited to moving the label in 10-pixel units.

This feature not only lets you put objects precisely where you want them but also helps align multiple objects. No more tedious pixel-by-pixel movement to align two labels. Just position the first label at an X coordinate of 20, for example, then move the second label until its X coordinate also snaps to 20, as shown below.

The External Alignment Grid

The Snap to Grid feature is very useful, but there are two design considerations to keep in mind.

  • You can’t see the grid position. You have to assume that the objects are moving where you want them. They are, but you may want to see what’s going on.
  • The grid positions are absolute, but you may want to use them as guides. For example, you may want to customize where the descenders of letters like “y” touch the grid baseline rather than use the predefined snap-to grid settings.

To address this, you can create a graphic the size of the canvas and draw your grid on the graphic, as shown in the example below.

This graphic is easy to use – make it the app’s background image during development, then replace it with the real background image once you finish placing all your screen objects. (Thanks to Dan K, in ViziApps Support, for providing this graphic.)

Either approach works fine. Just don’t use both on the same mobile app development project or you may find that the objects you so carefully aligned using the visual grid suddenly shift position if you turn on the Snap to Grid option.

Features like the alignment tools make mobile app development much simpler and more efficient than coding by hand. You’ll find other helpful features in the ViziApps Studio, and there are more features for building mobile apps in the works.

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Enhance Your Mobile App with a Navigation Bar

ViziApps helps you enhance the user experience for your mobile apps with an easy to use Navigation Bar. By adding this feature to the mobile apps you create with ViziApps, you make it easier for users to move through your apps and access the features and data they need. No longer will you need to place a unique Home button, for example, on every page of your app.

With the Navigation Bar displayed at the top or bottom of each page, your mobile apps will provide a straightforward way for users to immediately find and use the features they need. ViziApps’ new Navigation Bar capability also streamlines the app building process, by allowing you to incorporate one consistent set of icons that will appear throughout your app.

Mobile App Creators Can Enhance Their Apps With JavaScript

ViziApps enables creation of enterprise mobile apps without coding. However, it also lets app builders enrich their mobile apps and user experience using JavaScript.

Now, a new video provides users a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the ViziApps drag and drop designer and JavaScript to create visually appealing, data-rich, robust mobile apps.

The video demonstrates how to build a mobile app for business use in the ViziApps Studio and incorporate custom scripts, libraries, and plug-ins to provide functionality beyond what can be done without coding. Some examples of enhanced functionality that use of JavaScript can provide include:

  • Using the accelerometer
  • Enhanced media capture (media files)
  • Managing connections (checking network state and cellular network information)
  • Enhancing camera operations
  • Using the compass
  • Accessing on-device contacts (work with the contact database)
  • Managing file transfers
  • Integrating geo-location mapping
  • Playing media (record and play back audio files)
  • Sending notifications
  • Accessing storage (hook into native storage options)

For help with other ViziApps capabilities, consult a complete listing of tutorial videos for app builders here.

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Snap to Grid Capability Eases Mobile App Design

In response to customer feedback, we are always adding new features to the ViziApps mobile app development tool. By enhancing the tool, we’re enabling enterprises and small businesses to more quickly and easily design and publish mobile apps to promote their business and strengthen customer and partner relationships.

One of the newest features in ViziApps is Snap to Grid.

This feature lets app creators easily place widgets or other graphics in a design, positioning and sizing them just the way they want them to fit. By making it easier to align design components in an app, Snap to Grid helps speed ViziApps-built mobile apps to market.

A recent survey by App Central revealed that many enterprise mobility projects are not necessarily covered by IT budgets. Instead they may be funded by business units, marketing, sales and executive accounts. As a result, enterprises often must scramble to find the budget and technical resources needed to meet requirements for mobile apps that can boost employee productivity and enhance customer relationships.

With ViziApps, any enterprise group can design and build their own mobile apps at no cost. Then, after their app is completed, ViziApps charges a low monthly subscription publishing fee, based on number of app pages and users. Making updates to a published app is free. Updates are pushed to app users automatically, at no additional charge.

As a result, enterprises can take advantage of the ViziApps no-coding approach to mobile app development to design build mobile business apps in much less time than a traditional software development project would take. When the need for a new mobile app arises, users with sophisticated computer skills can create branded apps quickly. And because ViziApps fees are very low, both business units and IT teams can now provide mobile apps for use by customers, employees, partners, suppliers, and others on a very reasonable budget.

Online Guide Helps ViziApps Users Build Data Rich Mobile Apps

ViziApps provides app creators with a major advantage – the ability to quickly produce data-rich mobile business apps without coding.

And now, with an online guide available in the ViziApps Studio, app makers have a handy reference to help them build apps using Google Docs spreadsheets for access to a wide range of data, including text, images, and maps.  The searchable documentation speeds development of robust data-rich apps for the iPhone and iPad and Android smartphones and tablets.

Designing and building a mobile business app with ViziApps is free. If you haven’t already, sign up for a ViziApps account here.

To check out the data management documentation, simply look for this button in the manage data catalog and click it:

ViziApps users tell us that delivering their business data into the hands of mobile users is driving new revenue and attracting new customers for their business. Providing mobile access to business data is what sets their apps apart from their competitors.

To make the most of your business data in your next mobile app, take a look at the new data management documentation in the ViziApps Studio. There you will learn how to present and manage data in a way that gives your app users the information they need – wherever they are.

Topics covered by the data management guide include:

  • Introduction to database commands
  • Updating and deleting data
  • Incorporating images and maps
  • Using Google Docs spreadsheets
  • Data Management best practices

This is just a sampling of the topics provided to help app creators select, create, and efficiently manage data for use in their mobile business apps. Check it out by clicking the “Spreadsheet User Guide” on the Manage Data page in your free ViziApps Studio account.

 

Make A Mobile App for Conferences and Convention Centers

Taking part in conferences and trade shows can be overwhelming.  Participants find themselves in an unfamiliar, often hectic environment, and typically put in long hours on their feet.

A well-designed mobile conference app can improve that experience significantly.  Serving as a useful event guide, it can provide an easy way to consult session and special event schedules, find a good restaurant, and navigate the conference venue.   By placing all the information participants need right in their hands, a mobile app eliminates confusion, simplifies scheduling and allows both attendees and exhibitors to focus on business.

ViziApps lets conference and convention center management, as well as show sponsors, build custom mobile apps for use on the iPhone, iPad or Android smartphones or tablets. Using a drag-and-drop approach and without coding, they use ViziApps to design and make a mobile app like the sample shown here.

Or, if they prefer, a ViziApps mobile app design professional will build one, tailored to their business requirements.

And now, with newly integrated in-app payment processing capability from ROAM Data, a conference app built with ViziApps can be used for on-the-go payments on a conference show floor.

By offering access to rich data sources, like Google Docs spreadsheets, SQL databases, and web content, a mobile conference app can also provide an easy, convenient way to keep internal users, like convention center staff, informed and productive.

To understand your options for building a hybrid, native, or web conference app, contact us at sales@viziapps.com. Or check out a sampling of the types of app you can build with ViziApps here.

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