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Hello!

It’s been longer than we’re comfortable with since we’ve written last, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been getting lots of exciting things done! Today, I want to show off a brand new exporting experience in Codiqa called, Dynamic Exporting.

When we first started development on Codiqa, we knew that being able to export clean HTML,CSS, and JS files of whatever you build would play a vital role in its success. Our assumption was correct, and in some ways, the code export is at the heart of the product. Without it, Codiqa would have merely been a mockups tool. And after all this time, the exporting function hasn’t really required too many major overhauls or improvements. Quite frankly, it just worked.

Yet, as we’ve continued development on the product, it started to become clear that the exporting could offer even more. Our customers were using Codiqa as a launching point for building a wide variety of apps- be them native iOS/Android, or browser-based web apps. We knew we could make this process easier for them, and today I’m excited to show off the first version! (And I say version 1 because there are many features close behind.)

export window

Here’s how it works:

When you click the export icon in the header bar of Codiqa’s builder page, it will bring up a modal with a few options. The email input, which will be pre-populated with the address you signed up with, is there so we can simply email you a download link which will be helpful when installing and debugging your app on a mobile device.

Next you have different formats you can export your project to:

  • HTML
  • Android
  • iOS: (Coming soon)
  • Windows: (Coming soon)
  • Blackberry: (Coming soon)

The HTML format is what you’re probably used to with Codiqa’s previous export. It packages up all the files into one zip file which can be extracted on your end. Previously, our export feature had external links to your uploaded images, and some external libraries to files like jQuery and jQuery Mobile. The zip file now contains all the files necessary to run your app, without any external links, and places all your uploaded images directly within the package. Note: Most of the time an HTML export will download to your browser immediately, but if there is a large number of images in your app then you’ll have to wait for the email.

Additional features following close behind for the HTML export is the ability to combine all the JavaScript files into one file, and all the CSS files into one file (and if you’re curious why then have a look at the “Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site“). Soon we’ll also add the ability to compress and minify files too!

Another feature we’re excited to show you is our Android build. This means that you can easily export your entire Codiqa project straight to an Android application file (.apk). Our beta version only builds in debug mode, but soon you’ll be able to “sign” your applications so they can be uploaded to an app store, such as Google Play.

Currently, iOS, Windows and Blackberry are all grayed out. This only means they are on our roadmap to complete! First to tackle is iOS…

Stay tuned, more to come!

As always, we love hearing your feedback and suggestions. What do you think of the new Dynamic Export? Is there anything we missed or could do to improve it’s current state? We’re looking forward to hearing from  you!

Ben

I'm Ben, one of the co-founders of Codiqa. I like pushing pixels and building simple products. Minimalist at heart. Say hello to me on Twitter!

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