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Our Year in Review: A Timeline of Features

 

It's been an exciting year since AppSheet first launched in October 2014. Back then we were still learning about the needs of our users, but we were committed to listening to customers and making decisions based on their needs.

One year later, we've received thousands of feature requests, and based on those, built a powerful tool for business productivity that has attracted close to 40,000 users in more than 150 countries. It's safe to say we're planning to stick around for the long-haul.

All along we've been adding features to make apps more powerful and providing more options and flexibility in the app creation process. Most of these additions have been based directly upon user feedback-- comments from customers who are innovating and building amazing apps every day. Our User Community has grown to more than 1,400 members, several of whom have become Community moderators as a result of their participation and mastery of the platform. We are constantly impressed by our users, their ideas, and the apps they create.

Below we rounded up some of the best features of the past year to get you thinking about what kinds of things you can do with your apps. We thought it would be helpful to see the important platform additions all in one place-- and fun to see just how much has changed in a year!

 

Winter 2014-2015

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  • GPS location functionality
    The LatLong Column Type helps you capture GPS locations in your apps.
  • Barcode scanner
    Check the "Scan" checkbox to create a barcode scanner in your apps-- since most smartphones come pre-loaded with scanning capability, no additional app is needed. Check out our Store Inventory app to see how it works.

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Spring 2015

  • Support for Smartsheet
    Connect your Smartsheet data to AppSheet straight from your Smartsheet account.
  • Prepare app for deployment
    We implemented a series of checks to ensure your app is deployable, reminding you to fix errors and add branding so your app is ready for launch.

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  • Transfer app ownership
    From the Settings>Security tab, you can choose to give ownership of an app to another user who will then hold the editing and customizing rights.
  • Weekly status emails
    These emails are designed to provide usage statistics for all of your apps based on whether they are deployable, their plan requirements, usage data, and more.
  • Workflow rules
    Send or receive emails when data is added or updated in the app.
  • Delayed sync
    If you're working offline, the Delayed Sync option allows you to postpone syncing until you're back on the network.
  • Multiple key columns
    You can combine key columns if just one column's data isn't unique enough to act as the sole key.

 

Summer 2015-Now

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  • Theme colors
    Choose from a set of 30 theme colors with dark and light background options.
  • Conditional branching
    Break input forms into pages and choose to show or hide questions based on previous answers in the form.
  • Office 365 add-in
    Connect to AppSheet from an Excel document with your Office 365 or OneDrive account.
  • App formulas
    Use app formulas to compute simple calculations straight from within the app.
  • Expressions
    Expressions allow you to compute new values from existing values.
  • Google Docs add-on
    The Google Docs AppSheet add-on is the fastest way to turn paper-based forms into mobile apps.
  • Table view
    The table view is ideal for handling larger data sets.
  • Virtual columns
    Use virtual columns to compute data in the app that doesn't live in the spreadsheet.
  • Icons as UX views
    You can set your UX views to display custom icons.

 

Posted by Julia Guthrie on Nov 1, 2015 6:24:59 AM