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Feature Friday: Chat With a Bot and Improved Form Styles

 

Welcome to Feature Friday! First week of December and lots of updates to share.  We've recently made our chatbot functionality into public beta and it's available in the app editor and will soon be available in Facebook Messenger (other platforms to come). 

Leave your comments about new features here!

Open as Chatbot: 

Some of your app users may prefer to interact with you via chat instead of a stand-alone app. That's why chatbots have been growing as a customer engagement tool for businesses of all size. We are happy to introduce chatbot functionality in AppSheet apps! This will help you create structured and conversational data capture methods as well as help people navigate the data in your apps in chat mode. Want to see some examples, go to our samples page and search for chatbot to see some possibilities.

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Chatbot App will be released for Facebook messenger (still in Beta) and we'll be adding other places that accept chatbots in 2018. Stay tuned for more news in the next Feature Friday.

Side-by-Side form style: 

We've retired the old, broken Horizontal mode, but we think you'll like this much better. You can access it under UX > Options > Form Style.

Bonus: This update will also make quick edit columns match the rest of a side-by-side detail view.

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Find side-by-side as a form style option in UX > Views > Form > Form Style

Sample apps update: 

In an effort to help you find the right app to learn a new patterns or to use to get started with your own app and then customize it, we've updated the samples page with a search function that can identify certain keywords and list apps that you can copy or take a peek how they're created. Check it out.

How-to sample apps: 

Now that we're making it easier to navigate our samples, how about adding a new type of app for your learning pleasure? As part of our support efforts we have created a great number of apps that show specific aspects of app creation, they can concentrate on showing how to create a dependent dropdown or calculate the MAX value of a column to create a consecutive number. While those apps don't have a lot of functionality as apps, they are great didactic resources. Check out our how-to apps in AppSheet's customer support page

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Plan requirements are now available in the Manage tab:

If you want to evaluate which plan is required for the app you are creating, go to Manage > Author > Plan requirements and you'll get a tool that evaluates all the features that your app is using and if the app would be allowed under the different types of plans. This can help you make a better choice of subscription plan before getting your app deployed. 

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Scheduled workflows are now called Reports: 

You can automate actions with AppSheet in two ways, immediately after data changes and through a scheduled report. Data change workflows require the app user to take an action in the app to trigger the automation. Schedule rules... well, work on a schedule. We moved scheduled reports to a different type to better reflect the difference between both and for our users to have more clarity on which types of workflows they can run based on their subscription plan. 

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Find Reports in Behavior > Reports. And check our YouTube channel for tutorials and webinars about scheduling and automation!

What do you think about the most recent releases? Share your thoughts in community.appsheet.com

See you next week!

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Posted by Santiago Uribe on Dec 1, 2017 7:51:27 PM