Appy Builder is an independent and enhanced version of MIT App Inventor that builds upon App Inventor by adding many new features.
For the most part, Appy Builder’s interface is nearly the same as that of MIT App Inventor. If you have been programming apps with App Inventor, switching over to Appy Builder is very easy.
Appy Builder is built upon the App Inventor base but expands by adding new features and components:
- Appy Builder adds components that enable you to earn money with your apps by adding paid advertising within your apps or by offering items for sale from within your apps
- Appy Builder adds enhanced data storage features including SQL Lite
- Access to more “sensor” controls on your Android device, including Battery Status information. Access to some WiFi connection information (Is WiFi currently connected?)
- More components and properties (the User Interface Palette in Appy Builder has 22 components while MIT App Inventor has 14)
- Many components have more features. For example, a Label in MIT App Inventor has six properties but in Appy Builder, a Label has 16 properties that you can set.
- Improved Google Mapping capabilities.
- You can control the use of the camera flash in Appy Builder but not in MIT App Inventor.
- Appy Builder has an online forum for asking questions, answering others’ questions
The above is only a general summary to give you an idea of the enhancements available at Appy Builder.
MIT App Inventor showed the world that programming can be made easier by using a graphical user interface programming model. Further, App Inventor demonstrated that remarkably powerful apps can be created using this simplified approach to programming.
Appy Builder takes the App Inventor ease of use model and extends that to add more capabilities. Clearly, drag and drop programming makes programming accessible to more people. Appy Builder is an important contribution to the continually improving and evolving world of app development.
How to Use Appy Builder?
Go to: http://appybuilder.com
And sign in for a free account or a paid account. Paid accounts offer more features and capabilities.
Try it out! In addition to the generic “Free” account, you can also get 30 days free access to their Gold account to learn about their more advanced features and decide if those features are right for you.
I will be publishing tutorials on some Appy Builder features – I know that many readers are already looking for solutions that are provided by Appy Builder.