GoodBarber 4.5: speed and productivity to create the apps of the future
Written by Jerome Granados on Tuesday, May 29th 2018
"Multi-platform" users are a majority in almost every country of the world (source: comScore MMX Multi-Platform, Dec 2017) The challenge to offer a perfect UX, both on mobile and desktop, has never been so important. Your users are expecting to find you everywhere, in the Stores, on the Web, from their smartphone, their tablet and their computer.
This multi-channel presence is not a luxury, but a necessity. However, few have the expertise, the human, technical and financial resources to offer their users an experience that rivals the one proposed by big names on the web.
As an App Builder pioneer, GoodBarber has always given you the opportunity to be at the forefront, well before anyone else. In 2011, it was with the creation of native apps, only offered at that time by a small niche of developers; and since 2017, it's with the creation of Progressive Web Apps, a concept that feels like the renewal of the web and the future of apps.
4.5 is a version that consolidates the versatility of GoodBarber to create the apps of the future. Every time, GoodBarber faces a double challenge. Design the tool that creates cross-platform apps and imagine the interface that lets you take advantage of the power of this tool as intuitively as possible.
New builder: increased productivity
With GoodBarber 4.5, the organization of this menu has been improved and new features have been introduced, in order to increase the productivity of expert users, and to facilitate the onboarding of new users.
Builder > Wizard - Easy getting started for Beginners
It is possible to close the wizard at any time. If you are a reseller and do not want to offer the wizard to your customers, you can disable it. For this, edit the access rights of your user.
Builder > Content - App structure clearly visible
Builder > Content - New Content Tab
From this tab, you manage, in the center of the screen, the content of your app.
In the table view, you can filter the content by page and by category. On each line, shortcuts make it possible to perform quick actions, like publishing or un-publishing the content.
A very visible action button at the top right of the screen allows you to add content. When you save new content, you are automatically switched to the preview tab.
For more comfort, "About" and "Contact" pages are edited in the center of the screen, like any other pages of the CMS.
In the "Form" pages, the action button for editing the form is now much more visible.
Builder > Design - Gathering all parameters
Thus, in this menu, you will find for example the screens to configure the home, the internal pages of the app and any visual elements such as the logo, the icons and the launch screens.
Builder > Design - New Global Style and Custom Themes
To create your own theme, use the Add button at the top right of the panel. You will then have access to all the parameters of the theme. Each color is accessible for each area of the app. Once your work is complete, do not forget to save your changes and give a name to your theme.
Your theme will appear in the list of color themes. Each new page you add will have the design defined by your personal theme.
Builder > Full preview in the browser
It is very convenient to check your changes in real conditions, before publishing them. In order to distinguish the production version with the working version, a top bar is displayed at the top of the screen to identify the latter.
Builder > New Settings menu
Builder > New sizes for the panel
The partially deployed mode allows users working on laptops to keep the panel opened while browsing the preview or editing their content.
Builder > A carousel for choosing templates
Team > Enhanced right management
The roles of designer and content producer can be clearly defined by opening and closing access to menus and content pages of the app.
Now the menus to which the team member does not have access to are hidden.
GoodBarber 4.5 - The fastest App Builder
Although it may go unnoticed, the work that has been done is huge. The risk when a product evolves is that performance deteriorates as the features scope grows. It is a pitfall that we are constantly fighting against. In parallel with the changes made to GoodBarber by the Product team, engineers are constantly striving to optimize performance.
GoodBarber 4.5 was an opportunity to do a lot of optimization work, starting with focusing our efforts on the most used pages of the back office.
The difference is noticeable, the back office is fluid, fast and very pleasant to use.
A solid structure for future evolutions