The Support Group Blog
Google App Maker is a great app development tool to help you streamline and improve the way you work. And, it's also useful for storing the important data that help you get your work done. It's an invaluable tool that allows you to log in from anywhere to view and edit your data. But sometimes you need a hard copy or at least a copy you can view offline. Who hasn’t printed an e-ticket for an event or a boarding pass for a business trip because it's just easier to pull out a piece of paper than to find, launch and then log into an app on your phone, which you hope has enough power? So with that reality firmly clenched in our fists, we created a way to share hard and soft files in Google App Maker.
Google App Maker is a wonderful tool for solving small problems throughout your organization. You can use it to create an easy way for your team to manage and share contacts or help you track the deadlines and budgets of your important projects. Google App Maker is great for so many things because it hides so much of the complexity of today's data-driven apps behind a drag and drop, "it just works" facade. However, if you're in charge of the Google Cloud instance that stores all this data, you'll quickly find that this ease of use comes at a cost…both mentally and monetarily.
Google App Maker is pretty stylish right out of the box. It has the modern and attractive Google Material Design theme baked right in. As you add new widgets, text objects and buttons, they are automatically styled using this well-known visual language. Nonetheless, there are some of us who would like to give our new apps a little personal flair. Whether it's because we want to get user buy-in or to brand the app so that it works seamlessly with our daily workflow, Google App Maker gives us the tools to put our own fingerprint on our new app. We just have to know where to go and what to do.
In an effort to promote shared learning and expand Google App Maker resources, we've created a sample file to demonstrate some basic Google App Maker capabilities including creating and managing contacts, distributing email messages and tracking various events and activities. You can watch the walkthrough and download the sample file to view some basic functionality in Google App Maker. The file is free and unlocked so feel free to explore and experiment with the tool before or as you begin developing your own apps.
We intentionally made this sample file simple in terms of function and data. We plan to gradually expand the capabilities and scale of the file over time and we will certainly share new developments with you.
Assuming you did meet Google App Maker, you've got your data in your slick new App Maker solution and you've shared it with your colleagues but of course, you want more. You not only need to store, display and capture new information, but you need to operate on it. Now that doesn't mean you have to take out a dirty scalpel or a rusty saw and go to town on your precious data, like some mad doctor, but rather add, subtract and divide it up like an equally mad accountant. So, let's review Google App Maker cold calculations.
We all juggle many different tasks during our workday – emails, phone calls, meetings, reports – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! There's barely any time to be productive when you have to process those emails, phone calls, meetings, reports, etc. and turn them into actionable – ideally profitable – work.
The constant pressure to do more with less demands focus on where we can find inefficiencies and turn them into improved productivity. One of the dark holes is the omnipresent spreadsheet. We all use them. It might be Excel or Google Sheets, but you have them sitting on your desktop and spitting out of your printer. We use them to track everything, but should we?
You've got organizational challenges, we all do. Maybe you want to create a schedule to manage your football team, a class roster to track attendance or a portal where parents and students can review assignments and grades. You don’t have time to install, learn and deploy a traditional productivity application, much more pay for one.
You might currently manage these common tasks with a disparate group of spreadsheets that you've cobbled together and shared with your team. This sort of worked pretty well when you first set them up, but now expectations have risen and users want different ways to view and interact with the information. Basically, your tool has become what folks refer to as the "spreadsheet from hell.” A tangled web of calculations and forms makes it frustrating to interpret and update the data.
We've been developing custom apps for more than 30 years and it's always exciting to see the space evolve. Now we welcome Google to the custom app neighborhood. The newest member of their cloud offering is called App Maker and just as its name implies, it is a platform for creating apps. Of course, we had to see what all of the excitement was about. We've actually been learning/playing with App Maker since it was released via Google's Early Adopter Program.
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