On March 31 we held our first-ever user webinar, and we had a lot of fun interacting with the 100+ attendees that participated. We are looking forward to more webinars! Given the interest to do more webinars like this one-- especially the section where we explained the concept of column structure-- we are pleased to announce another series of webinars where we'll do deeper dives of the platform.
We received more questions than we could answer during the time allotted, so we decided to detail the rest here.
We answered questions from 31 different people in this post, which you can read below. Hope you find them useful!
Yes there is. You can choose which table or slice each view in your app points to. When you navigate to UX, you can select the data for the view, and also the type of view to display. The current available types for views are: Table, Form, Chart, Map, Gallery, Deck, and Slideshow.
Learn more about the different views here.
Yes, the Key is also known as the Primary Key. You want to have a column that has unique values in every row. That’s how AppSheet will be able to uniquely identify any row in your data to display it in the app.
Learn more about it here.
Yes, it’s possible to have an order form in your app. In fact, we have a sample you may copy and customize for your specific case.
Check out the Order Capture App.
We are working on a way to add labels. Right now you can add an icon using formatting rules in the Advanced Editor.
Learn more about it here.
Yes you can! It is published on our YouTube Channel.
Right now the behavior you describe is not available but we’ll make sure to pass it to the engineering team, who will evaluate if we can add the solution in the future.
Right now, it’s not possible. We use an open-source library call Font Awesome to provide the icons. The icons we use in all our views and action buttons comply with the Font Awesome library. We’ll pass this request to the engineering team to see if there are opportunities for more customization options.
Right now it’s not possible but we are always exploring adding more data sources. We've had several requests for this, so we’ll explore with the engineering team if it’s possible to add cloud-based Access tables.
Yes it is. Instead of using type ENUM, choose ENUMLIST from the Advanced Editor>Data >Column Structure tab.
If you go to the Advanced Editor>Data>Column Structure, you’ll be able to configure your dropdowns (ENUM and ENUMLIST) to also allow for other values and the option to auto-complete other values. Simply locate the column you want to edit and select the Edit button to the left. You’ll see the options for 'AllowOtherValues' and 'AutoCompleteOtherValues' in the pop-up window.
Slices are available in the Advanced Editor>Data>Slices tab. Slices is what we call filtered views on your data. You can create slices based on conditions and formulas and each slice will be treated as a table. In the Advanced Editor>UX>Views tab you can make the selection to only show the data from the slice in the app.
Learn more about slices here.
Google Sheets' API doesn’t recognize data submitted via the API itself and most times scripts and add-ons don’t recognize data entered. You might try using time-triggered scripts which should help you overcome that.
Yes you can. Please check the Expressions and Slices articles in our documentation to get more details on how to write those expressions. Slices will give you the ability to only show certain rows/columns based on the data they contain.
There are different methods to show only data that corresponds to the user of the app. Most solutions generally require you to add a column where you include the email address of the app user that should see the row. After assigning the rows to each user, you can use Slices or Security filters to only show the matching rows to each signed-in user of the app.
Learn more here.
Yes, this depends on how you set up write/read/delete in each table of your app. You can set up the table to allow for Adds and Updates which will allow your app users to add new rows and also edit existing rows. You can set up the access levels in the Advanced Editor>Data>Tables tab.
Yes it can. You simply need to add a table and give access to the app with 'Adds only' or 'Adds and Updates'. This will let the app user to enter a new row like a survey. Each column would correspond to a question and you can modify the behavior of the form in Advanced Editor>Data>Column Structure tab, adding features like SHOW_IF, REQUIRED_IF, and other rules to make the forms/surveys richer.
Yes you can. You can create a virtual column or add an actual column in your sheet. In the Advanced Editor>Data>Column Structure tab, find the column where you want the key to exist and locate the INITIAL VALUE section. Enter the expression: UNIQUEID() and a unique number will be generated every time you add a row. If you already have multiple rows of data in your app, you can simply enter a value in the Key column and end it with -01, then drag down the cell to have the -01 change to -02, -03, -04 and so on.
You can use References between tables. When you do this, you’ll see inline views in the app showing the related records between tables. When you add a new row with a reference, the Primary Key of the referenced table becomes a dropdown in the app.
Learn more here.
Simply add a column with the name Picture or Image. AppSheet automatically treats the column as an image capture column and when you click on the corresponding row from the app, the app user will be able to take a picture. The file will be saved in your cloud storage and the corresponding spreadsheet cell will be populated with a text reference to the file.
Yes, the app can be used from a browser. You’ll find a link to the browser view in the Share tab in your app.
We’re not sure if we got your question correct, but we'll try our best. Right now you can use the SHOW_IF function in your forms to show/hide a question based on a response in the same row. If you want to bring data from another table to the form, you can do it via de-references. This means you’ll have to create a reference between the two tables first and then bring data from the referenced table to your form so you can choose to hide or show a question. We’d love to learn more about this scenario-- feel free to contact me (Santiago@appsheet.com) explaining your scenario a bit more. We might include it in one of our future deep-dives.
We are working on a Google Calendar implementation. The functionality is still in beta, but you can test it to add rows to Google Calendars and read from Google Calendars. To test it, go to Add Data Source in your AppSheet account to add a Google Calendar. Please get back to us with feedback at community.appsheet.com.
You can always create a new app by going to www.appsheet.com >My Apps>Make a New App.
There are some ways to troubleshoot your app if you fall into errors while building it. You can regenerate the app by clicking in “Regenerate Column Structure” in the Data>Column Structure tab. You can pick a new spreadsheet from the Data tab as well. And you can always contact us through community.appsheet.com with any help you need with errors or warnings.
There are several AppSheet users with similar patterns that can share their approach in the AppSheet User Community. I’ve built a few apps for inspections that follow a model similar to what you want to achieve. Please contact me Santiago@appsheet.com with any questions.
AppSheet will automatically include the formula from your spreadsheets and re-apply it when you add a new row through the app. You can learn more about it here.
AppSheet can calculate duration in several scenarios. You can also use a formula in the spreadsheet to calculate the duration.
Learn more about calculating duration in AppSheet here.
Do you want the to see the data but not be able to edit it? We have an option for EDITABLE_IF which allows the column only to be editable if a value in a column (an email address, for example), is equal to the user’s email. This would make the column only editable if the signed-in user is the person that created the column.
Are you adding locations directly in the spreadsheet or capturing using AppSheet?
If you run a test capture in the mobile device, you’ll see how the GPS module submits the data. For example, I ran one data capture for my current location and got the following:
If I enter those values in Google Maps, I get a proper map location. Please let us know at community.appsheet.com what type of GPS coordinates you are entering in the LatLong field and we’ll help you troubleshoot it.
That type of bulk operation is not yet available but it’s certainly a interesting proposal! We’ll pass it along to the engineering team.
The best way to do this is to use security filters. Learn more about it here.
AppSheet is unable to load charts from the spreadsheet software. Nonetheless, we have a view type that lets you chart data in your app. You can test the Chart view and try Histogram for a count of values in a column, or to also chart row or column data. Learn more here.
That is not behavior we’d want to see! Unfortunately, it does happen and different things can trigger the errors for apps coming from Excel. It can be that you are using formulas to name your column headers, the table is not easily identifiable in the sheet, or there are formulas and functions that trigger calculation loops when the app is built. The best way to find help is to contact AppSheet Support here.
Our recommendation is to use the CONCATENATE expression in a virtual column to gather the values of the three columns. If the consecutive columns are named: Street, City, and State. AppSheet may be able to pick up the full address automatically. This possibility depends on AppSheet’s algorithms and the existing data in the app so it may not recognize the whole address every time you create an app with the three columns.
You need to make sure the collaborate option is set to EDIT. When the user sees the app in My Apps, they should click on the app icon to see the app definition. If you keep seeing the same behavior, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so we can troubleshoot your app.
We are working on getting all the same behaviors as with Bing maps in the new Google Maps implementation. Stay tuned.
Are you trying to open the app editor with the app or the full screen app in the browser? If the latter, it may be that the app requires you to sign in and as you are no longer the owner, you are not authorized to see it. If you are authorized to see it and still get an error, please contact us at email@example.com and we’ll take a look.
We currently don’t have timed triggers for new data-- only triggers based on changes to the data via workflow emails. If you are using Google Sheets or Forms, there are other add-ons and scripts that might help you achieve this. You can ask the question in community.appsheet.com where you’ll find some advanced users that have been using other add-ons and scripts to achieve similar goals.
Right now we are planning on updating all the templates used to display the data in the app. The goal is to let you concentrate on setting up your data rather than designing the template pixel by pixel. That said, we’d like to get your feedback on the look and feel of the app so we can incorporate user suggestions in future updates. The engineering team is always checking for feedback on community.appsheet.com.
Great feedback! One of our goals is to always show a the latest version of the app as you customize it. But there is also value in not reloading the page every time you do a change if you prefer to test the app with further changes. The challenge is to help you understand what may have triggered an error in your app. This is easier to track down if we check for integrity every time you introduce a new change.
This is a great question. AppSheet provides several layers of security which are all explained in this detailed article:
Also, you can review the article below specially tailored for IT departments:
We are happy to provide further details and specs upon requests to IT departments in government and commercial organizations. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for the request! We’ll be adding examples that create and read events in a Google Calendar soon. Stay tuned! In the meantime, make sure you start testing Google Calendar as a data source by going to this link.
While our Scanner supports multiple symbologies, there are some that are not yet fully supported. You can contact us at email@example.com with your specific case so we can review if it’s connected to symbologies or if its something we can enable in your app.
We call worksheets tables when they are added to the app – they are connected between each other via References. This means that one sheet is a “reference” to another when you create the connection based on the data in a column.
You can learn more here.
Now, you may be asking for the ability to start a form in one table and then jump to another table if required (based on some rule in your app). We currently don’t have that functionality but it's on our list to discuss.
As always, please make sure you join the AppSheet User Community.