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Welcome to Mobile App Blog. This is where we publish news and tips about building and publishing for mobile devices.

MAM is a user friendly app making service. We have assembled all the tools you need to create, build, style, configure and publish your apps.

MAM is an easy to use process. We guide you through step by step. Clear instructions are included in our tutorial library.

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Mobile App / PWA Editor Update

Mobile app editing just got easier. The development team came up with a better way to use the editor. We have separated the simulator and editing tools. This does 2 things. First, the silulator is no longer affected by edits. and Second you can switch between development tools easily.
Mobile app editor screenshot

HTML Editor, Layout Elements and Design Toolbox are all on the left side now, (instead of inside the simulator). The simulator is now just that and only the simulator. This is a much cleaner approach to design and layout.

Testing has shown this approach to be a much more stable environment. In the past it was possible to lock up the simulator by doing too many changes too fast. You should now experience much less wait time while testing updates. Give it a try.

Data Storage Restrictions And Permissions For Mobile Apps

Data storage restrictions and permissions
The question came in. "Can these apps use local storage?" Referring to the apps made here at Miappmaker.com. The short answer is "yes, they can." The long answer is more complicated.

Data storage can be done in so many ways that a 'type' is assigned to them. There are text, image and video types. Data types can be stored on the device or saved to an external storage, i.e. sd card or usb drive.

There are a lot of different restrictions and permissions required for an app to access local storage. There are also several different programming considerations. For instance available storage space can be limited. Learn more about data storage and mobile apps. Here is the long answer.

Update 4.2.6 Guideline by Apple Review Team for App Store

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We win. Independent mobile app developers, that is. Apple has recently relaxed it's 4.2.6 guideline on minimal functionality. Which read:

"Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected."

But now reads

"Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected unless they are submitted directly by the provider of the app's content. These services should not submit apps on behalf of their clients and should offer tools that let their clients create customized, innovative apps that provide unique customer experiences".

What does this mean? It means the content owner must create their own Apple Developer Account and submit new apps under their name. No longer can a 3rd party developer handle App Store submissions. Sort of!

It also means the process has changed. Instead of relying on your developer to do all the work and handle all the publishing costs the app owner must also become a certified Apple Developer. (This is just being greedy on Apple's part. They are hoping every small business that only needs one app will pay them a yearly fee for the privledge of publishing it in the App Store.)

Consequently, customers must now shoulder the cost of publishing themselves Sorry about that. Miappmaker has in the past absorbed all publishing costs and shared the benefits with it's customers.

Going forward new app owners can expect a $100 yearly fee for an Apple Developer Account. MAM will assist in the setup and configuration as part of the app generation service.

Meanwhile, MAM is in the process of developing Progressive Web Apps as an alternative to iOS mobile apps. PWAs are much cheaper to develop and publish than Apple apps and can have most of the same functionality.

Progressive Web App Available on Miappmaker

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Hi all I am pleased to announce the addition of Progressive Web Apps to our mobile app builder platform.

While still in the early stages of release we offer 29 pagetypes to work with. Of course adding your own pagetype is also possible.

PWAs use the latest HTML5 language and CSS to create a mobile friendly web app. With Apple's decision to limit app store approval to native iOS apps it may be next to impossible to get your app approved. But why bother when a PWA works just as well.

If you own a website you are half way there. PWA's require a domain or sub-domain name as they really are just a small website. The big difference is their ability to work offline.

PWA's work just like a native mobile app in that they can be activated through a home screen icon. PWA's do not have all the features of a native app at this time. However many new features are being developed for future release.

How To Make a Progressive Web App

  1. Select a template
  2. Create app using the 'WebApp' platform. Make sure the features you want are supported by PWA.
  3. Set or skip the configurator settings. You can return to this step before publishing.
  4. Enable Progressive Web App. In this step go to the 'General' tab check the option to be enabled and save.
  5. Edit PWA. Fill in the form as well as possible. If you don't have all the iformation you can return later to finish.
  6. Build your app in the 'PWA Editor Dashboard.' Configure each section until you are happy.
  7. Ready To Publish. When ready click the 'Publish' button it takes you to the 'Media' page. On this page enter your icons and graphics.
  8. You will need to have a domain or sub-domain ready for your PWA. Without this your app will not be published.
  9. QR Code and link to the PWA are delivered.

Seems complicated to me too. For a more detailed tutorial see.

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