AppBuilder 2.14 Release Notes

Product version: AppBuilder 2.14

Released: November 4, 2015

Major Features and Updates

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following major feature across the AppBuilder clients.

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Breaking Changes

Warning When you update your app to target NativeScript 1.4.3, you might experience multiple issues due to breaking changes in the APIs. For more information about the major changes in NativeScript 1.4.3, see Changelog for the cross-platform modules, Changelog for the iOS runtime and Changelog for the Android runtime.
For more information about how to migrate your app to NativeScript 1.4.3, see Configure the Target NativeScript Version.

Warning When you update your app to target NativeScript 1.4.3, AppBuilder removes the tns_modules directory from your app and updates your package.json to reference the modules as an npm package. In addition, AppBuilder removes App_Resources\Android\values*\styles.xml which might cause the action bar in Android apps to appear twice.
For more information about how to migrate your app to NativeScript 1.4.3, see Configure the Target NativeScript Version.
For more information about how to work around the double action bar in Android apps, see Known Issues with Frameworks.

Warning Deprecated support for NativeScript 0.10.0 and 1.0.1. You can no longer change the target NativeScript version to 0.10.0 and 1.0.1. You will still be able to develop and build existing apps that target NativeScript 0.10.0 and 1.0.1.
Support for NativeScript 0.10.0 and 1.0.1 will be removed in a future release.

Warning Removed support for NativeScript 0.9.0. You can no longer build apps targeting NativeScript 0.9.0. To be able to continue development, you need to manually migrate your app to a later NativeScript version.

  1. Create a new blank NativeScript app.
  2. In the newly created app, replace the /app folder with the one from your NativeScript 0.9.0 app.
  3. In the newly created app, in the /app/App_Resources folder, copy any unique platform-specific assets from the /App_Resources folder from your NativeScript 0.9.0 app.
    Make sure to preserve the initial directory structure of App_Resources.
  4. Address any breaking changes in the NativeScript APIs in your code.

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Features and Updates in the In-Browser Client

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following features and improvements in the in-browser client.

  • Improved handling of expired, invalid or missing certificates.
  • Introduced Intellisense for NativeScript 1.4.3.

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Features and Updates in the Windows Client

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following improvement in the classic Windows desktop client.

  • Improved publishing to Telerik AppManager.
    • You can choose to immediately publish your apps after a successful upload.
    • You can choose which distribution groups will be able to access your app.
    • You can choose to send email and push notifications for your published app.
    • You can choose to create a public record in Telerik AppManager.

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Features and Updates in the Extension for Visual Studio

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following features and improvements in the extension for Visual Studio.

  • Introduced Intellisense for NativeScript 1.4.3.
  • Improved publishing to Telerik AppManager.
    • You can choose to immediately publish your apps after a successful upload.
    • You can choose which distribution groups will be able to access your app.
    • You can choose to send email and push notifications for your published app.
    • You can choose to create a public record in Telerik AppManager.

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Features and Updates in the Command-Line Interface and the Package for Sublime Text

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following features and improvements in the command-line interface and package for Sublime Text.

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Features and Updates in the Companion Apps

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following features and improvements in the Cordova developer apps.

  • Introduced support for Android 6.0 (Android API Level 23).

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following features and improvements in the NativeScript developer apps.

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Notable Resolved Issues

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following notable resolved issues.

Functional Area Notable Resolved Issues
General
  • If you export an app which contains an empty file, you cannot unzip the archive on macOS systems.
Mobile Devices and Platforms
  • If your app contains build configuration-specific .abignore files, you cannot build for Android.
  • When you deploy your app on the Apple Watch, the icons for the watch app are always the default AppBuilder icons.
  • If your app targets Apache Cordova 4.0.0, you cannot build and run your app in the iOS Simulator.
In-Browser Client
  • You cannot delete items from the root of App_Resources.
  • Sometimes, AppBuilder does not save changes to Properties correctly.
Windows Client
  • If you have both a regular PNG and a 9-patch splash screen for the same screen resolution, you cannot build your app for Android. The following error message appears: Resource entry splashscreen is already defined..
  • If you are running different versions of the classic Windows desktop client and the extension for Visual Studio on the same system, you cannot simultaneously run the device simulator from both AppBuilder clients.
  • In the device simulator, if you open a modal alert while a non-modal alert is open, the simulator becomes unresponsive.
Extension for Visual Studio
  • If you have both a regular PNG and a 9-patch splash screen for the same screen resolution, you cannot build your app for Android. The following error message appears: Resource entry splashscreen is already defined.code>.
  • If you are running different versions of the classic Windows desktop client and the extension for Visual Studio on the same system, you cannot simultaneously run the device simulator from both AppBuilder clients.
  • In the device simulator, if you open a modal alert while a non-modal alert is open, the simulator becomes unresponsive.
  • When you switch between apps, Properties might not show your app configuration properly.
  • When you create an app from a sample, the app does not appear in the list of recently opened apps.
  • You cannot configure plugin variables longer than 50 characters.
Command-Line Interface
  • In the device simulator on Windows systems, if you open a modal alert while a non-modal alert is open, the simulator becomes unresponsive.
Package for Sublime Text
  • You cannot deploy your app on multiple connected devices simultaneously.

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