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What are people saying about NSB/AppStudio

Michael R. Does this tool also create .exe-files for windows itself?

Has it a source-level-debugger included?

Is C/C++ in a coming time about to be used as a (third) programming language?

Can you already point out some major improvements of v5?
Mar 7 2015 at 8:54am Copy Link
George Henne AppStudio can create desktop apps as Chrome Packaged Apps.

For debugging, the Chrome Debugger works well:

No plans for C/C++.

We're not talking about what is in AppStudio 5 just yet.
NSB Corporation - Mar 7 2015 at 9:04am Copy Link
Stefan Hauber I just read, that Google is about to abandon Chrome for Android.
How does that inflict NSB AppStudio?
Mar 7 2015 at 8:26pm Copy Link
George Henne Haven't heard this, and I can't find anything recent on the web about this. What did you see?

Chrome is one of the most important assets of Google: they want it running everywhere.
NSB Corporation - Mar 8 2015 at 5:34am Copy Link
peter anon I wish it wasn't so dependent on Adobe PhoneGap to compile mobile apps, but I bought it anyway.

Playing with the demo, it seemed pretty slick.

I hadn't realised it made Window's EXE and that you could ftp to your own server (html5 ?) so that was a nice surprise ;-)

@bits the checkout was still sticky - a page refresh to get the paypal button to appear at all and then a back button after payment , to get the paypal IPN to kick in.
I'm not sure why you don't get that fixed?
Sep 5 2015 at 2:16pm Copy Link
George Henne It could be any number of reasons. For support, please contact
NSB Corporation - Sep 5 2015 at 3:00pm Copy Link
peter anon @George. Yes thanks. I sent off the sample code in the email.
Sep 6 2015 at 4:29am Copy Link
Keith Sheppard this screen/page right above shows Vista as supported... just bought it... tried to start and the first message I get is that the platform is NOT supported...really ???????

Sep 6 2015 at 6:27am Copy Link
Dippy Dawg @Keith
Go to last section "Breaking Changes" and it explain why XP and Vista is no longer supported, due to IE 11's minimum requirements.
Hope that helps.
Sep 6 2015 at 10:44am Copy Link
Keith Sheppard yeah thanks, but this site needs to remove it as it is misleading !!!

i should have checked the authors website first. my bad !

but bits du jour... thumbs down to you today !!!
Sep 6 2015 at 1:08pm Copy Link
George Henne AppStudio Support here. We can confirm that XP and Vista are not supported - Microsoft no longer supports those operating systems with IE11.

We'll work with anyone who bought AppStudio and is affected by this to straighten things out. Let us know!
NSB Corporation - Sep 6 2015 at 1:22pm Copy Link
Robert Crombie I just purchased this.
I use XP 98% of the time, so I will have to get my act together and set up a W7 or W10 PC, to install this there. Which would you recommend ?

And it may take a while for me to stabilize that PC (Imaging/restoring the OS).
To not wear out my allowed number of installs, should I install the demo for a while ? (not enter the license key).
The demo appears to be close enough to fully functional for my early training days. AND if I have to dump my OS (reinstall or revert to an earlier image), I have not used up my install attempts.
What do you reckon about that theory ?

PS I am a long time VB6 developer, but have no App or web or Apple Store experience, so I was dreading the learning curve for app development.
The many testimonials affirm that what you have is a breeze compared to previous approaches.
Sep 6 2015 at 9:57pm Copy Link
George Henne Thanks for the kind words!

Windows 7 and Windows 10 work equally well for AppStudio. Personally, I'd go for Windows 10 - all the new stuff will work on it.

Don't worry about multiple installs off AppStudio - it's fine so long as you are the one using AppStudio.
NSB Corporation - Sep 7 2015 at 2:54am Copy Link
Robert Crombie I will see if I can fix the slight flakiness in the W10 drive, and use that
(Was an OEM W7 that I upgraded).

It is a relief that I can hack around without using up my installs

Thanks George,
PS More kind words -
The many testimonials also affirm that you are extremely responsive to queries and support requests.
(I added this, in the off chance that BitsDuJour carry forward the comments, if they offer your program discounted in the future)
Sep 7 2015 at 3:15am Copy Link
CodeDog I was out of town yesterday and missed this one. Hopefully it will be back soon...
Sep 7 2015 at 8:34am Copy Link
George Henne There are no plans for another BDJ offer at this time.
NSB Corporation - Sep 25 2015 at 7:22am Copy Link
CodeDog Thanks for the reply, George. Appreciate it...
Sep 25 2015 at 7:36am Copy Link
Dan Amiel Seems a little outdated, 2014 ?
May 8 2016 at 8:58pm Copy Link
George Henne How so?

We've made almost 300 changes to AppStudio 5 since it came out, implementing new features in HTML5 as the become available, as well as things the devices can do.

If there's something you're looking for, let us know. There's a good chance it will show up in an update.
NSB Corporation - May 9 2016 at 3:00am Copy Link
Dan Amiel In that case, send the deal online and i'll be there to buy.
May 9 2016 at 5:23am Copy Link
George Henne Thanks! It's scheduled to start tomorrow.
NSB Corporation - May 9 2016 at 5:40am Copy Link
Dan Amiel In the meantime, i downloaded and installed the demo.
Strangely, it asked me to install IE 11. As i run Win7 and never use IE because it would create compatibility problems on my system, i won't be able to buy your software if IE11 must be installed.
May 9 2016 at 6:01pm Copy Link
George Henne We use IE11 for the drag and drop Design Screen. It's the most compatible and reliable browser for embedding. You don't have to use it for any other purpose, so the rest of your system will run as usual.

All testing will be done using your favorite browser (Chrome is good, since it is the native browser on Android.)
NSB Corporation - May 9 2016 at 6:50pm Copy Link
Dan Amiel As i said, i tried to upgrade from IE10 to IE11 and i had to rollback because of incompatibilities with other parts of my system. Will AppStudio work with lower versions of IE ?
May 9 2016 at 9:01pm Copy Link
George Henne IE11 is required. Microsoft has come a long way with their browser technology. In IE11, they finally added support a lot of the new HTML5 features.
NSB Corporation - May 10 2016 at 2:29am Copy Link
umike In your video, you deploy the web app to your server. Can I deploy the web app to my server, maybe by saving first and then ftp to my server? I want the user to run the web app from my server.
May 10 2016 at 5:59am Copy Link
George Henne Yes, you can deploy to your own server. There's a preferences screen where you fill in the server name, user id and password for your server, and then it uploads just like it does to our server.
NSB Corporation - May 10 2016 at 6:02am Copy Link
Dan Amiel Purchased. I'll have to install it on my second PC, can it also be activated there ?
May 10 2016 at 9:22am Copy Link
George Henne Yes. The license is to you, not your computer.

Thank you - have fun!
NSB Corporation - May 10 2016 at 9:24am Copy Link
Dan Amiel Thanks mate. I'll get back to you through the support section should any questions arise in the future.
May 10 2016 at 9:52am Copy Link
CodeDog I missed this deal the last time it was here. Was going to purchase anyway, then life things came up. Glad to see it back, just purchased it...
May 10 2016 at 11:38am Copy Link
George Henne Thank you! Be sure and let us know if you have questions!
NSB Corporation - May 10 2016 at 11:41am Copy Link
CodeDog Thanks, George, I'll do that. I checked out the demo briefly last year and it looked good. I have a small project in mind that I'll be testing it on, should be fun...
May 10 2016 at 11:47am Copy Link
umike Installed the trial version and I see I can upload to my server. Great!
1) Is there a way to code the web app so that user can only run the web app in mobile devices and not PC? For example, if the user try to run the web app in their pc, they are redirected to the home page or something. Any demo on this function?
2) Is there a way to make native app with phonegap in my PC? The phonegap server is very slow in building and downloading.
Hope to hear from you before the deal ends.
May 10 2016 at 6:05pm Copy Link
mix624 Downloaded the demo but when starting it nothing happens when clicking "Continue with demo version" ?? Nothing appears nothing happens !? Windows 7 64 bit system.

I probably wont buy since the demo didnt even run and needed to try it around a bit since I cant even program (not even HTML).

Is it easy to create an app with small gif animations that run everytime I click my finger on it ? ( I find readymade gifs online and just paste the code somehow).

Then I would also like to have a counter showing how many times I have clicked the gif.

Every click should also vibrate.

Could you answer asap because then I might buy tonight, thanks.
May 10 2016 at 11:53pm Copy Link
George Henne 1. You can do this by checking the navigator.userAgent string, which identifies the operating system and browser. More here:

2. PhoneGap Build is an online system to make native apps. It usually takes about a minute, but can be longer at peak times.
You can also build locally on your system using the PhoneGap CLI, but it is much more complex to install and use. Docs are on our Wiki and on the PhoneGap site.
NSB Corporation - May 11 2016 at 3:16am Copy Link
George Henne If you've never programmed, you have some learning to do. It's worthwhile! There are a number of tutorials and courses here:

Demo not running: this is extremely unusual. Email me directly at and we'll diagnose what's happening.

1. Yes, it's easy to add images to a project. To do what you want, you'll have a button with a frame from the gif. When clicked, it hides and the actual gif is displayed at the same position on the screen.

2. To do a counter, you'll have code like this:
Image1.onclick = function() {
counter = counter + 1;
Or, in BASIC,
Function Image1_onclick()
counter = counter + 1
End Function

3. To vibrate, use this statement:
This causes the device vibrate for half a second. (Android only).
NSB Corporation - May 11 2016 at 3:26am Copy Link
Dan Amiel George by the way, my software doesn't run either after registering it like mix said. Isn't it because IE11 is missing ?
May 11 2016 at 6:09am Copy Link
George Henne Yes, IE11 is required. The Design Screen uses it to display your foms in the IDE. Since this a support question (not sales) please contact us directly at
NSB Corporation - May 11 2016 at 6:12am Copy Link
Mun Ng Can the apps produced be run without using internet?

Meaning could the apps produced be run offline.
May 11 2016 at 11:17am Copy Link
George Henne Yes, apps can run in offline mode. See Video 3 or Video 4 on this page:
NSB Corporation - May 11 2016 at 11:19am Copy Link
umike Can I make the user interface nicer like nice jpg as backgrounds etc? Any demo with nice UI?
May 11 2016 at 3:25pm Copy Link
George Henne Yes, you can put images as background (See the "Background" sample).

Here are some sample apps done with AppStudio:
NSB Corporation - May 11 2016 at 4:17pm Copy Link
umike Bought a copy. Thanks George for all the replies.
May 11 2016 at 5:44pm Copy Link
Petr Is AppStudio an open source software development platform? I am concerned about being locked in.

On your website, your FAQ states the product price is $99. So do we get an actual discount when it becomes available via BitsDuJour?
Dec 13 2016 at 9:25am Copy Link
George Henne AppStudio produces standard HTML and JavaScript files, which can be used by other tools and editors.

The FAQ was incorrect - it should have read $199. It has been corrected. Thanks for spotting this!
NSB Corporation - Dec 13 2016 at 9:35am Copy Link
Petr @George, thanks for the reply. I understand AppStudio outputs Javascript and HTML.

The reason I asked about AppStudio being open-source is to avert lock-in in case your company fails to update the AppStudio to keep it current, or in the event I want to extend it's capabilities. I find many of these app-generators have limits, which a developer doesn't discover until it's too late. I hate to get painted into a corner. Unless I can have access to the code generation templates and other aspects of such software, it will trap me eventually. This is the real question I need answered. Thx.
Dec 13 2016 at 11:34pm Copy Link
George Henne The code generation templates are all open - you can modify them or add new templates as needed. Your modified templates sit in their own directory, so new updates of AppStudio won't wipe your work out.

NSB has been making dev tools since 1994. AppStudio was released 6 years ago and had been steadily improved and updated ever since.
NSB Corporation - Dec 14 2016 at 3:14am Copy Link
Stefan Hauber Since new versions of AppStudio are published quite often, what is your price policy about upgrades?

What is the standard upgrade-discount? Are there special events (like this), where greater discounts are given and which applý to upgrading too? Is there a special condition for being able to upgrade to the newest version, e.g. having one of the last two versions of AppStudio?

If you can't say for the future, what is e.g. the upgrade price for v6?
Dec 14 2016 at 7:38am Copy Link
George Henne New versions have been generally more that a year apart. So far, they've always been priced at $49.95. Since AppStudio 6 was just released, it will be a while before the next release. Of course, we make steady point releases through the major release.

Charging for a new release gives us the resources to great new stuff - it's also makes sure we do the things our users want.
NSB Corporation - Dec 14 2016 at 8:25am Copy Link
Petr Hi George, Excellent that you have editable templates. Your upgrade price at $49 seems reasonable too. Some further questions please:

Q1: Can I incorporate 3rd party JavaScript libraries into the templates?

Q2: What do the templates look like? Is there some place I can review documentation and video tutorials before purchasing?

Q3: Can you compare your product to AlphaAnyhere, which is a competitor?
Dec 14 2016 at 9:48am Copy Link
George Henne Q1. Yes, a number of them do this already.

Q2. The templates live in the Toolbox folder in the AppStudio install folder. They're in JSON, so they are easy to look at and edit. Here are the docs on them:

Q3. Wow! AlphaAnywhere is $2500/yr if you want to use PhoneGap. No native Mac support?
NSB Corporation - Dec 14 2016 at 12:07pm Copy Link
Petr Thank to George,
I took a quick look at your template reference url. It seems your template only allow to define controls, not app logic, database connections, ability to connect to existing databases.... Please correct me if I am mistaken.

The AlphaAnywhere solution is a total solution for building apps with local storage or server-side storage and even hybrid storage that updates the server once an Internet connection has been re-established (if lost). The $1200 level is sufficient for my needs. But, I'm hoping your development system's templates are sufficiently flexible to allow building complete database apps.

Please direct me to further info, videos or tutorials... I am serious about evaluationg your product offering. Thank you.
Dec 14 2016 at 3:25pm Copy Link
Stefan Hauber @Geroge: Thanks for the answer. I agress, that 25% of the original price for an upgrade is a fair price. Is this also the upgrade price for ANY former version, e.g. v3 too?
Dec 15 2016 at 12:09am Copy Link
George Henne Stefan,

Yes, that is the upgrade price for all previous versions.
NSB Corporation - Dec 15 2016 at 2:53am Copy Link
George Henne Petr,

LocalStorage has always been there. Server side/Hybrid storage can be done using DropBox. It is also being rolled out as part of Volt. Volt is our solution for providing simple hosting and services for web and mobile apps.

We don't provide templates for database access. Local databases (SQLite) are easily accessed directly by JavaScript. Volt will have APIs to access desktop databases in the future.
NSB Corporation - Dec 15 2016 at 3:01am Copy Link
TAPTRONIC Are there any example apps, in Apple App Store, created with the platform that I can see?
Dec 15 2016 at 7:31am Copy Link
George Henne There are quite a few - but we don't tend to hear about them at AppStudio support once they are working. We hear from people who have questions during development ("How do I..."), but not after they get things working. It gets lonely. :-)

Here are some user comments:
NSB Corporation - Dec 15 2016 at 7:36am Copy Link
Terry User Hi George,

I have version Developer. While checking for updates a couple months ago, I thought I saw that you were moving to a subscription based model. I don't buy subscription software, so I hadn't checked again. And I can't remember where I found that information.

However, reading comments here and looking again at your site, it looks like it's still 'purchase once - use forever'. If that's definitely the case, I'll be upgrading to 6. It's a great program/utility, and a $50 major version upgrade is very reasonable.

Can you confirm this is the case? No subscription? Thanks...
Dec 15 2016 at 8:00am Copy Link
Petr @George, Please post some example apps that are currently in the PlayStore and AppStore. Thanks.
Dec 15 2016 at 8:02am Copy Link
George Henne Hi Terry and Petr,

The upgrade is indeed 'use forever', as is the purchase here.

It comes with a free 4 month subscription to our new Volt cloud service. If you don't want to use Volt after the four months, AppStudio will still work fine.

Volt adds a number of new cloud based features which AppStudio apps can make use of.
NSB Corporation - Dec 15 2016 at 8:18am Copy Link
Terry User Thanks for the info, George...
Dec 15 2016 at 9:50am Copy Link
George Henne That could have been worded better. It now reads"

"Billing: AppStudio is now distributed using a subscription, as well as a flat license charge."
NSB Corporation - Dec 15 2016 at 10:05am Copy Link
Dexter Bell "Q3. Wow! AlphaAnywhere is $2500/yr if you want to use PhoneGap. No native Mac support?"

I know nothing of NSB/AppStudio it is probably an excellent product. But there are other alternatives for PhoneGap development. I originally used Adobe's implementation but eventually found it rather limiting.

VS 2015 Community edition is free and incredibly powerful - especially useful for developing large applications for iOS, Android, Windows 8, Windows Phone and more. But you do need to also have an HTML editor for best results, I use Dreamweaver, the old Microsoft Expression Web (free now), and a plain text editor depending on the type of HTML file I'm editing (some of my HTML pages for the applications are over 5MB in raw form which break must wiziwig editors.)

I'm always interested in new approaches to cross platform development so I'll be downloading NSB/AppStudio too and see how it goes.

Just an FYI which you may already know,
Dec 15 2016 at 12:47pm Copy Link
George Henne The whole field of web app development is really fragmented. What we've tried to create is a curated stack which gives the developer everything needed in one install, with all the parts nicely integrated.

The HTML part is handled by a Design Screen, sort of like how VS would approach it. Drag and drop the elements to add them to the page, then integrate the code to go with it. It then generates the HTML, CSS and JavaScript modules, which can then be deployed a number of ways.

Be sure and send us your impressions!
NSB Corporation - Dec 15 2016 at 1:22pm Copy Link
Petr @George, Can you please detail what's in the Stack, from top to bottom.
Also, I'm particularly interested in database capable apps, so if your templates or IDE have built-in wizards or productivity tools for such apps, please tell me where I can review the details?
Dec 15 2016 at 2:53pm Copy Link
Terry User Thanks again, George. I just upgraded.

I do have one more question, though. I see that the purchase automatically included a subscription to Volt. If we decide to opt out of that subscription before the included period expires, how would we do that?
Dec 15 2016 at 4:21pm Copy Link
Dexter Bell @George,
Thanks for the great reply. Yes it really is fragmented with a one solution fits all, at least as far as I've seen, is still elusive. But then that isn't bad - it is still elusive for developing Windows desktop apps too.:-)

If you don't mind I'll contact you off-line with a brief description of what I'm doing and see if it fits with what you have. For instance one of the problems I'm looking to find a solution for is the ability to publish forty plus apps that have a lot of code in common (and some that is not in common) but all the text data is different. I can obviously do it but I'm looking for the most efficient ways to do it. (Think of 37 plays by Shakespeare and a few more by other Elizabethan/Jacobean dramatists each containing a minimum of four versions of the play.)

For some reason I'm now reminded of something a high-school teacher told me back in the '60s, "Never start vast projects with half-vast ideas!" I should have listened.

More directly to you in a week or so,

PS: it is really nice to see a vendor actually be responsive to questions while they have the products up for sale.
Dec 15 2016 at 4:22pm Copy Link
George Henne Petr: Good question - one that belongs in the FAQ. We'll do that tomorrow and put the link here.
NSB Corporation - Dec 15 2016 at 5:01pm Copy Link
George Henne Terry: Thanks for ordering the upgrade. Y

es, we'll send you a notice in plenty of time to cancel Volt. Though we hope, once you see what's there, you will see value in it!
NSB Corporation - Dec 15 2016 at 5:03pm Copy Link
George Henne Dexter: The rate of change is much greater than it ever was for Windows apps. Every week seems to bring a bunch of new and interesting libraries and tools. It sometimes feels like projects can't help being obsolete before they are finished. I worry how a lot of the completed projects will look, 5 years from now.

Yes, please contact us offline! AppStudio has a good community as well.
NSB Corporation - Dec 15 2016 at 5:07pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! NS BASIC Corporation has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 16 2016 at 12:11am Copy Link
Terry User George,

"Terry: Thanks for ordering the upgrade. Yes, we'll send you a notice in plenty of time to cancel Volt. Though we hope, once you see what's there, you will see value in it!"

Thanks for the reply and info. And yes, I'll be checking out Volt...
Dec 16 2016 at 1:29am Copy Link
George Henne Petr,

Here are the updated articles in the FAQ:
NSB Corporation - Dec 16 2016 at 5:57am Copy Link
Petr @George, Thanks for the reference to What's In The Stack. That's helpful.
Looking at your JavaScript tutorial, it looks like starting a new project required selecting a Form Size with options from iPhone 320x460 all the way up to Fire, Nook, Playbook at 1024x748.

My question is about best practice for developing just one App Form size and having it work on any mobile device. How do apps scale for varying display sizes?

When I develop web pages, I can specify different behaviors depending upon the current user's display size. For example, use different sized images, text and omit certain components for small form factors. How is this done with your development system? The idea is to write the app once and have it be viable on any mobile device. Of course there are minimums, so I wouldn't expect my app to work on a watch sized display. Thx.
Dec 16 2016 at 11:49am Copy Link
George Henne Hi Petr,

Here is an article to get you started:
NSB Corporation - Dec 16 2016 at 12:03pm Copy Link
martian User Hello! If I buy one licence, can I use for install on my iMAC and on my win notebook? Thanks
Jun 25 2017 at 6:41am Copy Link
George Henne Yes, you are welcome to install on multiple computers, so long as you are the only one using it.
NSB Corporation - Jun 25 2017 at 7:00am Copy Link
Antoine User I am not able to buy your software. Your system asks for a bits du jour password I have forgotten.
Is there any other way of taking advantage of your offer?
Antoine Hirsch
Jun 27 2017 at 2:15pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Antoine User, I just sent you the password reset email for the BitsDuJour account at your email address
BitsDuJour Admin - Jun 27 2017 at 2:16pm Copy Link
Molly von Holdt Hello! Trying to order for the past 30 minutes and it keeps giving me this error, There was a problem with that Transaction! Code: 666-3, please advise. TY! Molly
Jun 28 2017 at 9:39pm Copy Link
Joel User Got an email 25 minutes ago for this offer, but the page says its expired. Whats going on?
Jun 29 2017 at 3:36am Copy Link
Michael R. Since v6 of AppStudio is from 2016: Is v7 already planned or soon available and if yes, will there be a free upgrade for today's buyers?

Is there a minimum-version of android necessary to use (all modules of) AppStudio?

Recently I read, GoogleMaps is given free for Game-Developers. Will this than be usable with AppStudio (in the current v6) too?

Perhaps you also have references how to use navigation with AppStudio!?

Mar 20 2018 at 1:00am Copy Link
Dexter Bell Looks interesting for some side projects I'd like to do...

But while looking at your website I found a page which says that with the arrival of V6 you have moved to the subscription model rather than a one-time license fee. So,

1) If that is correct what is the difference from this offer?
2) If the answer involves using you server what does that add to the package (or detract from the project if it is not subscribed to)?
3) If the one-time license fee is still available, will it continue to be available in the future or will it be phased out?

One other quickie, does the program allow access to the normal javascript Regular Expression engine or, more generally, is the JA engine based on Chrome's V8 engine?


Downloading trial version now...
Mar 20 2018 at 1:30am Copy Link
George Henne Michael R: We're always working on the next release - but no announcement has been made about an AppStudio 7. We always protect recent purchasers when there is a new release.

There is no minimum version of Android to use with AppStudio. However, we recommend you use a version of Android which supports the Chrome browser (not just the old Android browser). There are are few devices left which do not support Chrome.

GoogleMaps is usable with AppStudio. In general, if it can be done using JavaScript, you can do it in AppStudio.

Can you clarify what you mean by navigation?
NSB Corporation - Mar 20 2018 at 2:08am Copy Link
George Henne Dexter Bell:

1. We support both a subscription and one time fee model. The subscription is $15/month and included upgrades. The one time fee gets you the current version: if there is a major update, you'll need to pay a discounted amount to upgrade.

2. The one time fee gives you access to the server if you're on the current version.

3. We periodically adjust pricing depending on market forces - it's impossible to make a commitment on future pricing.

extra: Yes, the Regex engine works fine. When running on Chrome and Windows, the V8 engine is used. On iOS and Mac, the Safari engine is used.
NSB Corporation - Mar 20 2018 at 2:14am Copy Link
Dexter Bell George User ?:-)

"We support both a subscription and one time fee model..."

Thanks for the great reply to each of the points. They back up various comments about your super support.

This may be one of the very few exceptions I make about not buying software that requires activation from any company other than the giants.

Thanks much, testing now.
Mar 20 2018 at 4:02am Copy Link
George Henne George User has been fixed in the profile - thanks for spotting that.

Let me know if you have more questions!
NSB Corporation - Mar 20 2018 at 4:14am Copy Link
Jeffrey Krzysztow I know this is late in the day but I noticed:

One time and Classroom licenses are a perpetual license of the current version, with no monthly fees. Upgrades to major releases are provided at a discount. The only Volt Feature included is temporary app hosting.

So the other Volt Features (User Accounts and Email) require a subscription?
Mar 20 2018 at 3:16pm Copy Link
George Henne User Accounts and Email will work, so long as you are on the current version.
NSB Corporation - Mar 20 2018 at 4:21pm Copy Link
Stefan Hauber To the former answer: Is there a minimum time, User Accounts and Email will work after a purchase. It would be frustrating if a new version would be published a few weeks after today and another purchase has to be done.
Mar 21 2018 at 1:14am Copy Link
George Henne We always protect recent purchasers when there is a new release.
NSB Corporation - Mar 21 2018 at 1:18am Copy Link
Jim Hampton The trial is a little annoying, just doing a basic msgbox test and when i hit F5 i get directed to your website to register it, really?

Also, it's not obvious, but can this do any type of database work? It's also not obvious if you can print to a file (Print #1 etc).

This has a very VB6 feel to, which i really like, but
Mar 21 2018 at 3:08pm Copy Link
George Henne Unless you've changed the options, F5 starts the app in the local browser. The Run menu has other options, such as Deploy to Volt, which is probably what you are seeing. In that mode, your app is deployed to a web server, so you can download it to a device.

The signon screen has the option of "I'd like to continue using the demo", where no signon is needed.

AppStudio lets you using SQLite for database work:

To save simple data, use localStorage (it's in the wiki too). You're not allowed to create actual files: that violates OS security. You can probably understand why apps you download from the internet might be a bit dangerous in that regard. :-)
NSB Corporation - Mar 21 2018 at 3:48pm Copy Link
Chris Why does the fine print say:

Upgrades to future versions of the software will be free for minor versions only.

But the About tab in the program says:

Renewal: 2019-03-22 00:00:00
Mar 21 2018 at 9:33pm Copy Link
George Henne That's a year from now. We're sure to have AppStudio 7 before then.
NSB Corporation - Mar 22 2018 at 4:18am Copy Link
K User Hi, can I use this to create an app for a WordPress site that uses gravity forms to submit data or it would just use a web browser control to access it?
Aug 21 2018 at 2:29am Copy Link
George Henne No one has ever asked this before!

AppStudio creates web apps. You can deploy them to a server and access them using a browser. You can also compile them into native apps which you can distribute through the iTunes and Google stores.
NSB Corporation - Aug 21 2018 at 3:57am Copy Link
Adam P I bought this from here Dec. 2016, and today went to download the latest version from Help, Check for Updates. Kaspersky popped up saying the download is infected by Trojan.Win32.SchoolBoy.edx.
Aug 21 2018 at 7:56am Copy Link
George Henne It's a false positive from Kaspersky - the build is clean.

Here is a bit more from Kaspersky:
NSB Corporation - Aug 21 2018 at 8:02am Copy Link
Adam P It's been a false positive since April 23rd, also flagged by ZoneAlarm. I've submitted it to Kaspersky, but until they remove the false positive I'll have to stick with the older version, since Kaspersky deletes the update as soon as I click on the download to run it, or even try to download it, and I don't want to run without virus protection to use the newer version.
Aug 21 2018 at 8:13am Copy Link
George Henne The 'Virus Protection" vendors are an ongoing nuisance. They all have different false positives. Each new build has to start over again in their databases - and we release new builds frequently.

Norton has been pretty good to us - one of their techs is an AppStudio user.

Our official advice is to turn off the "Virus Protection" just long enough to do the installation.
NSB Corporation - Aug 21 2018 at 8:18am Copy Link
Chris I purchased on 3/22/18. Will I also get a free upgrade to version 7?

Aug 21 2018 at 7:59pm Copy Link
guy t974 Hello , the website points to a subscription model ; does this offer let us use the software ( version 6 + 7 ) without monthly subscription ? Thanks !
Aug 21 2018 at 10:46pm Copy Link
George Henne Yes, it includes a year's subscription to Volt, which provides additional server side features. AppStudio will work fine even if you don't need Volt.
NSB Corporation - Aug 22 2018 at 2:38am Copy Link
George Henne @chris: We haven't made an announcement yet about the cutoff date for the free upgrades. We always give a generous period for this.
NSB Corporation - Aug 22 2018 at 2:41am Copy Link
Robert Crombie The AppStudio web site does not appear to have working examples of applications that WERE created by your program.
Shirley (Airplane) people would be interested in checking those out first (before purchasing) ?
Aug 22 2018 at 3:03am Copy Link
George Henne The Contests section shows some of the apps people have created:

AppStudio itself includes over 200 samples.
NSB Corporation - Aug 22 2018 at 3:07am Copy Link
DH007 Is AppStudio subscription a necessary pre-requisite to run the software?

I read on your Upgrade page that the v8 upgrade includes 4 months of AppStudio subscription and I am a little bit confused whether it means that besides paying here 100 USD I will need to enroll for some subscription to have the software working.
Jun 5 2020 at 2:41pm Copy Link
George Henne No, the subscription isn't required if you are not using any of our cloud based features.
NSB Corporation - Jun 5 2020 at 3:17pm Copy Link
DH007 Do you have any comparison table showing features included in subscription based cloud services? Just to have idea what I will not be able to do when not subscribing. Will I be able to deploy to desktop, iOS and Android without subscription? Can I compile to EXE?
Jun 5 2020 at 3:59pm Copy Link
George Henne Here’s a table:

Yes, you will be able to deploy to the desktop, iOS and Android.

The subscription gives you a couple of handy cloud based features:
- Volt, which gives you a place to host your apps, in case you don’t have your own server
- VoltBuilder, a cloud service which takes over the job of making native apps for Android and iOS. Think PhoneGap, but up to date and maintained.

Let me know if you have more questions!
NSB Corporation - Jun 5 2020 at 4:58pm Copy Link
Adam P I currently have 6.3. Is there any difference in features between this offer and the upgrade for $70?
Jun 6 2020 at 8:09pm Copy Link
az Mek I have just spend 2 hours to find more information about this product
the title is promising but the devil is in the details,
i would like to see more information then hello world,
how is the deployment done, say i am on pc and to deploy to ios you will need a mac address , how do you get this sorted.
can i access proximity function via this software
it's a lot of money to ask for even at 50% with a very little words as description
and wiki is not any better in explaining things, is there a youtube channel where i can see real application or at a least a tutorial from A to Z

I am sorry but i am not leaning towards buying at this moment due to limited information
Jun 7 2020 at 4:35am Copy Link
George Henne There are a few videos here which show various ways of deploying:
NSB Corporation - Jun 7 2020 at 5:21am Copy Link
George Henne "I currently have 6.3. Is there any difference in features between this offer and the upgrade for $70?"

No difference - it's the full edition of AppStudio in both cases.
NSB Corporation - Jun 7 2020 at 5:22am Copy Link
CFGuy Hi - I have read that some app builders charge extra for the ability to include/use "push notifications" on the app user's (customer's) phone. How does your program handle this feature? Thanks.
Jun 7 2020 at 7:11am Copy Link
George Henne We don't have any such charges. You're free to use any plugins or libraries you want.

It's possible that the push notification service you use might have charges.
NSB Corporation - Jun 7 2020 at 8:06am Copy Link
CFGuy George- thanks for getting back to me regarding my question on the "push notifications". Help me understand this issue a little better, if you don't mind. If I were to design an app in which a reminder would be sent to the user if a certain pre-programmed event (such as a certain time is reached (as a "reminder" function), or perhaps an event occurs) and it then pops up a notification message on the app user's phone or tablet, I had herd it is called a "push notification" (or am I "overgeneralizing" here?) Does your program have the ability to send such notifications, and if so, what are some reasons that an app programmer would need to utilize any "push notification services" (other than what your program already supplies)? I realize there's probably a learning curve involved in app programming, but it is something that has interested me for a while now, and your program sounds very promising and with today's discount, very reasonably priced. Thanks so much for all of your help and advice.
Jun 7 2020 at 2:41pm Copy Link
George Henne Keep in mind that this is a development tool. The Push Notification stuff comes from other parties: we don't pretend to be experts in other software.

That being said, AppStudio has an active user community. If you post to the board, you will probably hear from others who have actually done this.
NSB Corporation - Jun 7 2020 at 2:52pm Copy Link
Adam P So both this copy and the upgrade only come with a 4 month subscription to the online tools, then it's $10 / month if we want to keep using your online tools, but the main program keeps working, and minor versions are free for 1 year?
Jun 7 2020 at 7:17pm Copy Link
George Henne Yup!
NSB Corporation - Jun 7 2020 at 7:24pm Copy Link
HJ User Is there a pdf version of the handbook, reference, etc.?
Jan 24 2021 at 5:58pm Copy Link
George Henne Yes. Under the Help menu, the complete documentation is available in offline HTML, fully linked and searchable.
NSB Corporation - Jan 24 2021 at 6:20pm Copy Link
HJ User Thank you for your response, but my question was whether the documentation is available in PDF format.
Jan 24 2021 at 7:55pm Copy Link
George Henne The problem with PDF format is that hyperlinks don't work. The AppStudio documentation has lots of links in it, to make it more effective. If a command's description references a couple of other commands (which is normal), it's much quicker to click a link than search through a pile of pdf's.
NSB Corporation - Jan 25 2021 at 2:51am Copy Link
Bengt User Is this the pro version of ?
May 21 2021 at 11:44pm Copy Link
George Henne It's the Essential version. The difference from Pro is that it does not include 1-1 support and you get a discounted subscription to VoltBuilder. It's by far our most popular version.
NSB Corporation - May 22 2021 at 3:35am Copy Link
Ralf User I only got a 7 demo after buying it. do I get the 8 essentials later?
May 22 2021 at 7:36am Copy Link
George Henne @ralf, I'm not sure I understand your question. Feel free to email us - Sie koennen auch auf Deutsch schreiben.
NSB Corporation - May 22 2021 at 7:43am Copy Link
Ralf User Danke George!
Auf Deutsch: Habe nach dem Kauf bisher nur einen Download-Link zur 7er Demo-Version bekommen. Weder eine 8er Essentials Version noch eine Registrierungs-Info. Kommt das in einer weiteren Mail?
May 22 2021 at 7:47am Copy Link
George Henne That's odd - we have not seen an order from you here. Can you forward the confirmation you got to

(Ich schreibe besser auf Englisch!)
NSB Corporation - May 22 2021 at 7:51am Copy Link
Ralf User done
May 22 2021 at 7:58am Copy Link
George Henne That's odd - please try

(and could you forward the bounced email as well?)
NSB Corporation - May 22 2021 at 8:06am Copy Link
Ralf User done :-)
May 22 2021 at 8:12am Copy Link
George Henne Vielen Dank!

You should have your order confirmation now.
NSB Corporation - May 22 2021 at 8:15am Copy Link
Ralf User Besten Dank,hat nun funktioniert
May 22 2021 at 8:22am Copy Link
Steve Bigelow This sounds like a good tool for building apps from scratch. However... my use case is a little different: I'm trying to update an existing web app from ~ 2015 to take advantage of current JavaScript features and conventions. (The app is the usual mix of JavaScript, CSS, and HTML.) I want to be able to deploy to a traditional web server/ browser client, to a standalone Windows app (Electron?), and to Android devices (both phones and ChromeBooks). Any thoughts on whether my particular use case fits with what NBS/AppStudio offers?
May 22 2021 at 11:36am Copy Link
George Henne This doesn't sound a like a good use case. The advantage of AppStudio is that helps quickly build and update your app - but it sets up the project files in a certain way, which will be quite different from what you have now.

Thanks for asking!
NSB Corporation - May 22 2021 at 11:39am Copy Link
Steve Bigelow Got it - thanks!
May 22 2021 at 11:42am Copy Link
HJ User I installed the program on a Windows 10 computer. The release notes automatically opened, but the following error message was superimposed:
"Fatal error detected"
"Failed to execute script AppStudio"
with an OK button.

What do I do know?
May 23 2021 at 12:00pm Copy Link
George Henne Is this the first time you've installed AppStudio?

Email us at and we'll help.
NSB Corporation - May 23 2021 at 12:59pm Copy Link
Mark Krieger Do you not need to create apps in Xcode to post them on the Apple App Store for iPhones to use?
This looks like it:,SDK.
Jan 18 2022 at 11:01am Copy Link
George Henne No need for XCode. AppStudio hooks into VoltBuilder, which is a cloud service which takes care of building with Xcode and uploading to the Apple Store.
NSB Corporation - Jan 18 2022 at 11:12am Copy Link
Mark Krieger So I need my own VoltBuilder account for that, correct?
Jan 18 2022 at 8:26pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! NSB Corporation has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 19 2022 at 12:11am Copy Link
George Henne @mark kierger: Yes. If you're building simple Android apps, the free VoltBuilder account will do.
NSB Corporation - Jan 19 2022 at 7:13am Copy Link
CFGuy Dear NSB Corporation,
It looks like this deal is for the "Essential Edition" version of the program. If I purchase this version, and later wish to upgrade to "Pro" edition, would I be eligible for an upgrade discount? Another question I have in in regards to "push notifications" (or what I believe to be "push notifications"). My mother purchased and uses an app for her blood pressure that sends her a reminder every x number of hours to take her blood pressure. Is this a "push notification"? If so, if I were to use "NSB/AppStudio" "Essential Edition" to design an app that sends purchasers/users of the app notifications such as my mother receives every x number of hours to open my app and preform a function or check-in, am I able to send an unlimited number of such notifications to app purchasers/users, or are there restrictions or limitations to such a function? Please let me know, when you have a chance. Thanks so much for your help. -Cfguy.
Jan 19 2022 at 7:14am Copy Link
George Henne @cfguy: I notice you posted a similar question on our Support Forum:


and that it already has replies there. I'll be posting a response there as well.
NSB Corporation - Jan 19 2022 at 7:17am Copy Link

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