Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
 
General Information:
What is Appception?
 
AppBuilder:
What is AppBuilder?
What can I do with AppBuilder?
What kind of apps can be created with AppBuilder?
Does AppBuilder support PhoneGap?
What are some of the features of AppBuilder?
Is there a Demo?
How much does it cost?
I need help. How can I get my question answered?
 
AppBuilder: General Information:
Can I use Windows/Mac/Linux for AppBuilder development?
Which web browsers can I use for development?
What does it mean to Preview an app?
What are the Preview app modes?
What does it mean to Emulate an app?
How is an app run on a mobile device?
What Debug Tools are available?
How can an app be published?
 
AppBuilder: Help:
The Inspect buttons do not work. Why?
Can I use AppBuilder without logging into my account?
 
Device Information:
Can I access device sensors with HTML5?
How do I keep the screen active while debugging?
How do I connect my device to AppBuilder?
Can I download an app that has not been published to the Android Market?
 
JavaScript Info:
What JavaScript libraries can I use with AppBuilder?
 
General Information
What is Appception?
Appception is a mobile device software and services company, specializing in high productivity HTML5-based mobile development.
 
AppBuilder
What is AppBuilder?
AppBuilder is a cloud hosted service for building native Android apps with HTML5 (i.e. HTML/CSS/JavaScript).
 
What can I do with AppBuilder?
AppBuilder can be used to create native apps in JavaScript without programming in Java, and without downloading or installing the Java JDK, Android SDK, Eclipse IDE, or other software development tools.

Apps are built and previewed using a desktop web browser, then debugged on a cloud hosted version of the Android emulator, and tested on a physical Android device.
 
What kind of apps can be created with AppBuilder?
AppBuilder can be used to create nearly kind of app that can be built with JavaScript.
 
Does AppBuilder support PhoneGap?
Yes. AppBuilder has both native support for PhoneGap, and tools to help test and debug PhoneGap-based apps.
 
What are some of the features of AppBuilder?
See the AppBuilder description.
 
Is there a Demo?
Yes. The Demo is also the live system. Try it here.
 
How much does it cost?
Appception is free during the Beta period.

A pricing plan will be announced for the production release.
 
I need help. How can I get my question answered?
To get help with Appception or to get answers to specific questions, please use the 'Contact' link at the top of the page.
 
AppBuilder: General Information
Can I use Windows/Mac/Linux for development?
Yes. Development is done using a web browser on all of these platforms.
 
Which web browsers can I use for development?
AppBuilder current supports these web browsers:
  • Firefox 3.6+
  • Chrome 10+
  • Safari 5+
Note that some JavaScript GUI libraries may have other browser restrictions.

Also, pop-ups must be enabled in web browser Settings (or Preferences) to access certain features of AppBuilder.
 
What does it mean to Preview an app?
Previewing an app means that the HTML5 of an app can be run in a desktop web browser to take advantage of screen space and desktop browser debug tools.
 
What does it mean to Emulate an app?
Emulating an app means that the app is run on a cloud hosted Android emulator. The emulator is controlled and viewed through a window in the desktop web browser.
 
How is an app run on a mobile device?
An app may be downloaded and installed on a mobile device using a mobile web browser, or using the AppBuilder 'ABug' app. ABug can store the URL of the app and download and install it for every test or debug cycle.
 
What Debug Tools are available?
The Debug Tools include the following:
  • Inspect - display HTML, CSS, Script, DOM, or web Page information from the app
  • Log - display emulator or device log file
 
How can an app be published?
Published apps must be signed with a certificate. AppBuilder can be used to create a self-signed certificate, which is then used to sign an app. The app (file) can then be published on the internet or in a 'app store'.
 
AppBuilder: Help
The Inspect buttons do not work. Why?
To see output from the Inspect buttons, pop-ups must be enabled in your web browser.

Pop-ups are used to display information that may require a large amount of screen space in separate browser Windows.
 
Can I use AppBuilder without logging into my account?
Yes. Certain features of AppBuilder can be used without logging into your AppBuilder account. For example, it is possible to use PhoneGap while running your app within the browser. Device sensors can be simulated within the browser, or accessed on a remote Emulator or a mobile device.
 
Device Information
Can I access device sensors with HTML5?
Device sensors and other device-level functions may be accessed using PhoneGap.
 
How do I keep the screen active while debugging?
To keep the screen active, connect the mobile device to power and select the checkbox: Settings->Applications->Development->Stay Awake
 
How do I connect my device to AppBuilder?
To connect a device to AppBuilder, use the WiFi connection.
 
Can I download an app that has not been published to the Android Market?
Yes. To download a non-published app, you must give your device permission by checking the box:
Settings->Applications->Unknown sources
 
JavaScript Information
What JavaScript libraries can I use with AppBuilder?
AppBuilder is JavaScript library-agnostic.
Nearly any JavaScript framework, library, or GUI package can be used, including jQuery, jQuery Mobile, jQTouch, Jo, Sencha, xui, Zepto, and others.