Since launching Ionic Creator into the wild in July of 2014, over 80,000 developers have used it to rapidly prototype their Ionic apps.
While we could not have been happier with the response that Creator received, we knew that there were definitely things that could be improved upon. And many of our awesome early users made sure to let us know! 🙂 A huge priority for our team over the past six months has been to make Creator the best it possibly can be.
And with help from the entire Ionic team, I’m pleased to announce the new Ionic Creator is here!
We’re so excited for you to finally get your hands on it. We’ve been working quietly on this new release for the past 6 months. We’ve added new features, polished existing ones, and fixed issues that many of you were facing. Let’s dive in!
Drag & Drop Components to Create your App
Creator comes with a library of drag & drop Ionic components that you can use to build your app. We’ve gone through each component and made sure that they are easy to use and have the editable properties that you would expect.
Some notable improvements are: the ability to create form and list elements without any restrictions as to where you can place them, the ability to upload images that will be exported with your project, an update to the latest Ionicons, and a reworked Tab system.
Interact with your Creator App in Real Time on your Phone
Sure, you can play with the app you’re creating in your browser, but wouldn’t you rather play with your app directly on your phone while creating it?
The Creator Mobile App allows you to do just that.
It enables developers, designers, project managers, and clients alike to preview, test, and interact with their mobile prototypes in real-time. With automatic project sync and distraction-free live previews of your prototypes, you can access and preview your projects (or projects shared with you) from literally anywhere with an internet connection.
Experience your Creator prototypes like native apps, without any browser bars or unnecessary UI to get in the way. With a minimal and focused feature set, it’s an intentionally simple app that’s a joy to use.
The Creator App for Android is already available, and the iOS version is currently awaiting approval by Apple.
Export Code Exactly How your Developer Would Write It
The downfall of many visual editors is the code that they produce. It’s normally ugly and virtually unusable for a developer. The first thing they have to do is completely rework that code.
Not with Ionic Creator.
We’ve completely redone the Creator export functionality. It now exports a beautiful multi-file project:
- Your Routes are all programmed for you, including complex abstract nesting.
- Images you’ve uploaded are downloaded with your project.
- Blank controllers are configured for each page of your app, so you can get right to coding.
- Each page also has its template separated into its own file for easy editing.
- Absolutely no restructuring or changes are required from your developer.
- Projects can be bootstrapped with the Ionic CLI so you can go from Creator to fully set up Ionic project in seconds.
- Projects can also be exported as native IPA/APK files directly from Creator.
Share your App with Anyone, Collaborate with your Team
Not only have we created a new Dashboard for you to view all of your projects, but we’ve introduced a new Sharing and Teams feature.
While you’re working on your project, you can share it with anyone using email, SMS, or by sharing your unique URL. The special Sharing page allows people to jump in and play with your app without the distractions of the Creator editor. You can also password-protect your projects, so you make sure only the people you select have access.
But that’s not enough: We decided to take it a step further. Now, you can invite your entire Team to your project and allow them to edit, preview, and export the app alongside you. Everyone on your Team can also use the Creator Mobile App to preview the project in real time on their phones.
The New Creator is Live. Right Now.
Head on over to UseCreator.com to experience the new version today. There is no waiting, and no line: You can access and play with all of these new features immediately!
Not only that, but if you’re interested in one of our Pro plans, you can use the promo code “IONICROCKS” for an additional 10% off per month.
This code will expire next Friday (11/20/15).
As always, let us know what you think. Your feedback and support helps guide our development on the product. We look forward to seeing what you think of the new version!
Continue the discussion on Product Hunt or below in the comments!