Compiling Apps for Distribution
A typical VisualNEO Web app may contain text, images, animation, sound, video and other elements. These elements may be separate files stored in various locations on your computer. Before you can begin distributing your finished app, you will need to collect all of this content into a single folder or a special packaged file. This final step in the process is called compiling.
VisualNEO Web’s Compiler is capable of producing finished applications in four different formats. These include:
- Web Application / Website (HTML)
This type of app, also known as WebApp, can be run locally or uploaded to a web server and accessed through a web browser like a website.
- Mobile Application (Phone / Tablet)
Mobile apps are designed to run on a mobile phone or tablet using the Android, Apple iOS or Windows Phone/Mobile operating system.
- Windows Desktop Application (EXE)
A app compiled to this format will generally look and behave like a traditional Windows-based program. In most cases, it will appear inside a window with a border and a title bar.
Each of these formats has advantages and disadvantages. VisualNEO Web's compiler can create Web and Windows Desktop Applications on its own. Mobile Applications for Android, Apple iOS and Windows Phone devices will also need to be processed by an easy-to-use online service called PhoneGap Build. The compiler generates a special ZIP file that is uploaded to PhoneGap Build where it is converted into a native Android, Apple iOS or Windows Phone app that you can post to App Stores or download directly onto your device*.
*Apple devices do not permit compiled apps to be downloaded directly. Instead they must be passed through an Apple Store account.
Installing Apps on Android Devices
In order to install your Android app you will need to configure your phone/tablet to allow non-app-store applications to be installed. To do this press the "Menu" button from the device's main screen and tap the "Settings" icon. Then tap "Security" and check the box next to "Unknown sources." A message warning you about the risks of installing non-market applications will appear. Touch "OK" to accept.
After that you can install your app by downloading the APK file from your PhoneGap account using your device's web browser. However, it's actually easier and faster to download the APK file to your computer, connect your device via USB cable, then use Windows Explorer to copy the file to your device. After downloading or copying, you may need to launch your file manager app and tap the APK file to install the app.
After installing your app you may want to go back to settings and turn off the "unknown sources" option for security.