It’s been a while since we’ve released update to Native Studio. Franky, we’ve been pretty busy with custom integration projects for the whole summer. Most of the Native Studio’s recent development work has been targeted to plugin API, Custom Plugins and fixing bunch of minor but pesky bugs.

We’ve been working together with enterprise grade MBaaS provider and will announce big news later this year.

Whats new in Native Studio 1.7.8

We’ve released a minor update (version 1.7.6, build 286) to Native Studio. Update should come up automatically when you open the app. If you haven’t installed the app download it from here and start your 14 day trial.

Whats new

We’ve released an 1.7.5 (283) update to Native Studio (the app itself is called Neonto Studio Pro). This update adds an awesome feature for app localization. It’s now possible to change app’s language “on the fly” based on the Data slot value.

Check out the YouTube video where we add English, Finnish and Swedish translation to a simple “hockey quote” demo app.

Download the example project seen in the video from here.

Localization sheet and Runtime Language setting.

Remember when Instagram abandoned the strict square format and allowed your posts to be shared in both portrait and landscape orientation? Neonto’s Native Studio allows you to do the same thing and create Lists with varying Stencil heights. This applies to both text & image, and actually makes working with dynamic, live content a lot easier.

It’s a two-step process.

  1. Make a List (if not sure how, it’s thoroughly explained in this post.) Then, just go to your Stencil screen and…
Drop it down low

2. … throw Expanding Text Field and/or image Elements into Scroll Flow in the Elements list to make their…

What happens after this tutorial

Our latest major update includes the (much anticipated) feature that enables you to filter and search through lists. It has quite many possible applications, but here’s one of the simplest: how to add a search bar to your app projects. This project features a Spotify-like app with a list full of songs, and the users will be able to search through based on artist and song titles. You can download the project here.

The wedding app saga continues! This time, we’re creating a form that enables the wedding app users to RSVP to your invitations — in other words, send data to a data sheet. This is made possible by our Google Sheets plugin.

I’m continuing right where we left off, so what I’ve got here is a list of wedding photos (fetching images and descriptions from a Google Sheet — described in part 1), and a Details View screen (illustrated in part 2). …

You can use Native Studio even if you want to create a simple clickthrough prototype. Just import mockup screen images and set up the “hotspot links” and run the app in simulator or real device.

Scroll Flow element group is super handy for making mockup images “scrollable”. Just create “mockup” image of your app’s screen and make it taller than the device/simulator screen. Import the image to Native Studio and drag it to Scroll Flow element group and you’re ready to test it with real device or simulator.

Here’s my workflow this scenario

  1. Create mockup screen image in Photoshop or Sketch and save it as…

Profile pics in a prototype? No problem! Native Studio’s Photo Picker plugin — together with the Shape mask effect — enables the users of your app to snap their own profile pics. (In an easy way. Trust me on that. Even Medium says it’s a 3-minute read!)

So you’ve got your design canvas, and you’ve got a vast array of elements to choose from. Here’s a quick overview of how to bridge that gap between them: this is the Aligning Elements in Native Studio post. Also includes a few tips on how to make your prototype work on actual devices — no matter the size — from the get-go!

Dragging elements

The easiest way to align Elements is by dragging them to (and around) the design canvas. Of course, it’s not the most scientific approach — have a look at what happens when the devices get bigger. …

Here’s a simple tutorial for a simple function — making your buttons interactive (i.e. do stuff)! There are only three simple steps:

Step 1.

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