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The Knack team on web applications, online databases, and beautifully designed products.

 

New Feature: Two Column Forms

09/24/2013 Posted by Brandon

You’ve been asking for it, so we delivered. You can now add two-column layouts to you forms to add your inputs to.

Inputs are added to groups, and each group has an option to control the number of columns:

You can add multiple groups and use different columns for each to control layout and alignment.

You can drag your inputs from group to group and column to column to update the layout. You can also click and drag the icon above a group to change the order of your groups.

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New Feature: Custom Calendar Event Colors

09/18/2013 Posted by Brandon

We’ve added the ability to add custom colors to your calendar events:

You can now set the default background color and add multiple rules to apply different background colors to your records.

This feature is in beta so please get in touch if run into any issues.

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Custom Javascript & CSS

09/05/2013 Posted by Brandon

We're pleased to announce an exciting new feature: the ability to add custom Javascript and CSS code directly to your apps!

One of the strongest features about Knack is that designers and developers can easily use jQuery and CSS to customize each app.

Until now, this was only possible by first publishing your Knack app to your own website and adding the code there. Any code you applied wouldn't be available on the hosted Knack apps at knack.com. So if you weren't interested in publishing your app to your own site you were out of luck.

We've now added the ability to add this code directly into your app, so it can be applied to both hosted and published apps. We've combined it with the API tab under Settings:

There are separate editors for both JavaScript and CSS. Each editor is color-coded and will follow common syntax highlighting for those languages.

Some notes about this custom code:

  • Any code added will be called after all Knack code and styles have been loaded.
  • You don't need to wrap the JavasScript code in window.KnackInit().
  • JavaScript code has access to the Knack $ jQuery object.
  • The code is called for every load regardless of which scene is first viewed.
  • You can still add code and CSS to your site if you want to limit customization just to your published apps.
Please note that although we're providing these tools we can't debug or add code for you. If you'd like us to provide these services please consider filling out a request here:

https://www.knack.com/custom-development/

New Help Desk

08/12/2013 Posted by Brandon

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new help desk:

http://support.knack.com

Our support desk has been lagging for some time and was long overdue for an upgrade.

Why did we wait so long?

  • The Knack product was evolving so quickly that maintaining support was cumbersome. With the product now becoming quite stable we felt it was a good time to tackle support.
  • We do a lot of personal support with chat and email and knew the support experience wasn’t being compromised.
  • We were too busy adding new features!

So why now?

  • We wanted to improve the support experience for those users that weren’t interested in personal support. We take a lot of pride in our email and chat support, but realize many users still just want to review quality support materials on their own pace.
  • With our website redesign it became even more obvious that our help desk was the glaringly behind in the quality department.
  • We recently completed some major projects and had the resources to commit to it.

So what’s new?

It was a complete overhaul so there are a lot of new touches:

New Design:

The new help desk has a clean simple design that stays out of your way. All the tutorials are grouped into major sections and divided into shorter articles.

Help Widget:

The builder has a new help widget that is tied into the help desk:

You can browse all the content right from the builder. There’s also buttons for starting a chat or submitting a help request.

Support Tickets:

All requests through the widget, the website, or email now go to a centralized ticket system. This will ensure that nothing gets lost and your requests get handled in a timely and thorough manner.

New Content:

We’ve written dozens of new articles and covered every aspect of the builder. Every section has been reviewed. Each article will link to other relevant articles when referenced.

We’re excited that this new support system will help Knack be even easier to use and help us support you even better.

Please let us know how we can continue to improve the support experience.

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Feature Upgrade: Date Equations

07/26/2013 Posted by Brandon

We’ve upgraded our Equation field type to include date calculations.

Date calculations will allow you to create dynamic equations combining date fields, the current time, and your own time values.

Some common examples of date equations are:

  • Calculating age by subtracting birth date from the current time
  • Calculating expiration dates by adding days to a start date
  • Calculating time spent by subtracting a start date from an end date

How does it work? When you add or edit an Equation field you can determine if it’s a numerical or date type:

Selecting Date will display any eligible date fields you can add to your equation. There’s also a special Current Time field you can use to represent the current time when the calculation is run.

You can control the Date Type. This will convert any numbers used in the equation into the selected date type. In the example below the 30 will add 30 days to the start date since days is selected as the type.

Date Equations are in beta so please let us know if you run into any issues.

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New Feature: Repeating Calendar Entries

07/22/2013 Posted by Brandon

We’ve upgraded our Calendars to now allow repeating calendar entries.

You can format any Date-Time field to use Calendar Options:

This will add two options to your Date Inputs:

  • All Day
  • Repeat
All Day will remove any time inputs and display the event as an all-day event in the calendar.

Repeating will allow you set various repeating options:

These events will then display as separate repeating entries on a Calendar.

When editing or deleting a repeating event you’ll have the option of updating the entire series of events or just the event you’re working with.

Repeating calendar events are currently in beta. If you run into any issues, please let us know so we can investigate.

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Feature Upgrade: Filtering by Logged-in User

07/15/2013 Posted by Brandon

We added the ability to filter records by the logged-in user to your Knack views.

This is useful in a scenarios where you want to display child records that are connected to a parent object and to the logged-in user:

  • Show tasks for a specific job that are assigned to the user.
  • Show comments about a specific project the user added so they can edit them.
You can add a rule to the Data Source by setting a connection field to the logged-in user:

Combined with the form rule to assign a logged-in user to a record, you can now easily add user functionality to any child object in your database.

If you just need records directly connected to the logged-in user you can click “Add View” to any Entry Scene for all your options.

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Feature Upgrade: Reusing Scenes

07/11/2013 Posted by Brandon

Today we released a feature that was commonly requested: the ability to reuse scenes.

For complex applications you may be listing the same records in a variety of ways in many different places.

When a user clicks on one of those records, you can create scenes to view more details about that specific record, edit it with a form, or even show connected records.

Sometimes these scenes can get quite complex, so re-creating them each time you list those records can be cumbersome and inefficient.

We’ve added the ability to link to another scene so you can now reuse these scenes. These links are available in the Links and Special sections of most views:

Currently there are a few limitations:

  • Only scenes that are directly connected to an Entry (top level) scene are eligible. We’re working on selecting any scene.
  • Only scenes displaying the same object as the view are eligible. We’re working on adding scenes displaying connected objects.
We’re excited about this new feature. Please let us know if you run into any issues or have any suggestions on how we can improve it.

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How To Videos

07/09/2013 Posted by Brandon

We’ve released two new videos in a series where we are walking through how we built some of our example apps. First up: our Member Directory and Purchase Order apps.

Purchase Orders

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Member Directory

view app

Let us know which apps you want to see videos for next.

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Welcome GoDaddy Easy Database Users

07/01/2013 Posted by Brandon

GoDaddy recently closed down their oneline database product called Easy Database. We’ve since recieved a bunch of visitors from Easy Database users looking for easy to use alternative online database.

Welcome to Knack!

Knack is a great fit for GoDaddy websites and Easy Database users:

  • Knack apps can be published right to your GoDaddy websites and look great.
  • Knack databases are super easy to set up and use.
  • Our support is world class.
  • You won’t find a better combination of price, features, and usability.

We hope you give Knack a try! And welcome to all of our new customers that have come from GoDaddy Easy Database.

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