G Suite Admins have started to be notified that App Maker will be shutdown on January 19, 2021. In the turndown notification Google cited ‘low usage’ as the reason for the shutdown. This news comes shortly after the announcement of Google acquisition of no code platform AppSheet and AppSheet is identified as one of the alternative platforms:
Due to the specific source code used for App Maker, you can’t directly migrate your apps to another platform. Depending on your use case, we recommend these alternative tools:
If you use App Maker to automate business processes: Use AppSheet, a new addition to our app development portfolio that has capabilities similar to App Maker. App Maker data is stored in Cloud SQL, and App Sheet supports Cloud SQL databases. This allows you to build an application on the existing database tied to your App Maker app.
If you use App Maker to develop apps: Use App Engine to build and deploy applications on a fully managed platform. App Maker data is stored in Cloud SQL, allowing you to build an App Engine application on the existing Cloud SQL database tied to your App Maker app.
If you use App Maker for data collection: Use Google Forms, which has many new features that were not available when App Maker launched.
Google included the following schedule for turndown:
Today, existing apps continue to work. Though App Maker is no longer under active development, the service will continue to be maintained.
Starting April 15, 2020, you will no longer be able to create new App Maker apps. You will still be able to edit and deploy existing apps.
Starting January 19, 2021, App Maker apps will stop working and you will no longer have access to them. App Maker data stored in Cloud SQL will remain unchanged and continue to follow the policies established by your Google Cloud Platform (GCP) account.
Monitoring Google App Maker adoption in our Organisation. For this I realized an Apps Script project calling the Cloud SQL Admin API, a REST API for administering your instances programmatically in order to Lists instances under a given project in alphabetical order by instance name. Data will be displayed on a DataStudio dashboard.
Google App Maker allow you to create responsive web-app fast in your company. What about create an internal challenge ?
In this post Jérémy Dessalines highlights the benefits of using Google App Maker to rapidly develop a web based game and all in a couple of lines of code:
The app benefits from Google App Maker to authenticate the user, create a responsive application that allows the visualization of good practices in the form of cards. … Access is secure and restricted to a small group of users via a Google Group.
We’ve gone over the basics of App Maker, but now it’s time to explore the interface further. Alexandrina Garcia-Verdin goes over how to utilize and modify tools and widgets, in this episode of Sheets to Apps!
A few months ago my team was challenged to digitize the work of the General Services Department in our offices. To improve the process we created a Google App Maker web-app designed to be used on Chromebooks in tablet mode. To track usage and movements, Cloud SQL stores data in tables: packages, movements/history and anomalies declared by teams. In order to retrieve the hexadecimal code of the badge, it’s really easy. A card reader behaves like a keyboard !
Welcome to the Sheets to Apps Show, where we talk about how to tame endless spreadsheets into productive applications. App Maker is a tool that empowers a wide range of individuals in an organization to turn important processes that live in spreadsheets. Join us and see how App Maker can help you in your everyday tasks!
Is there a Sheets or Excel file you and your team have been using that you find is not very user friendly and is very tedious to maintain? If so, learn how you can start managing the same data in App Maker by building your first simple app!