I have published a Template app. How will it be migrated from Google Drive?

Once you have updated to Mabui 77 go to “Studio”. Template apps that you have published will be highlighted in bright blue to indicate that they need to be migrated. You will also see a message asking you to migrate your template apps.

Just tap on a highlighted template app, and you will be taken directly to the publishing screen. Use the “Start pre-migration checks” button followed by “Go to publishing” then “Migrate app”. You should then see the message “Thank you – this app has now been successfully migrated to the new platform.” and the blue highlight will be removed from studio. You can then update your template app from studio as before.

New users will require Mabui 77 in order to use the migrated template.

I have published a public or private app. How will it be migrated from Google Drive?

Once you have updated to Mabui 77 and migrated your studio, go to “My Apps”. Apps that you own will be highlighted in bright red to indicate that they need to be migrated. You will also see a message asking you to migrate your apps.

Just tap on a highlighted app to migrate it. You should then see the message “Thank you – this app has now been successfully migrated to the new platform.” and the red highlight will be removed. You can then use and update your app as before.

I use Mabui with the same email on more than one device. Do I have to repeat the studio migration on each device?

Yes – when you open Mabui 77 for the first time on a second device you will need to go through the studio migration screen as before. The process is the same but this time you may be prompted to download the migrated studio that was uploaded from your first device to the Mabui platform.

To ensure that your studio continues to be synchronised correctly on multiple devices you must ensure that each device is updated to Mabui 77 as soon as possible. If you only upgrade one device then the two devices will be checking against different backup copies of your studio and they will no longer be synchronised correctly.

How will my studio be migrated from Google Drive to the Mabui platform?

When you open Mabui 77 for the first time you will be taken to a screen for migrating your studio. There are two stages:

1. First the normal Google Drive studio sync process will occur – this prompts you to download your latest studio if available (if you use Mabui on more than one device).

2. Then the studio data on your device will be automatically uploaded to the Mabui platform. Future studio synchronisations or backups on that device will use the Mabui platform.

How is the new Mabui 77 different?

The main difference is that users will no longer be required to give Mabui access to their Google account details (through Contacts permission). Your shareable app files, and any new media files you attach will now be uploaded to the Mabui server instead of your Google Drive folders.

We also expect the new version to be faster and more reliable.

Do I have to do anything myself?

Yes, but we have made it as easy as possible. Just get the Play Store update and follow the simple on-screen instructions. It only takes a few moments to migrate a Mabui app.

Does the migration affect me?

If you are an existing Mabui user this change will affect you if you have either:
– Published an app of any type
– Installed an app or used a template app published by somebody else

When does the migration start?

As soon as Mabui v77 is available on the Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.catalistapp.mab).

This is expected to be 24th September 2019.

Why is Mabui moving away from Google Drive?

The reason Google Drive was selected was for access to an almost unlimited amount of free shared file storage, and built-in functions enabling synchronisation controlled solely from users’ devices. This enabled us to build and provide a global app platform at a very low cost.

This approach has proved to be very problematic for 2 reasons:

1. Users don’t like being asked for permission to access their Google account details (with Contacts permission), or to give access to their Google Drive folders. This is completely understandable and must be changed. There have also been many failed installations connected with the Google Drive setup process.

2. Reliability of Google Drive. There have been numerous instances of unexplained events where app file sharing settings are removed, disabling the app in question. Mabui adds sharing to files, but never removes sharing, so this appears to be an issue with Google Drive. It is both unacceptable, and probably out of our control to fix.

For these reasons we have extended the Mabui platform to replace all essential Google Drive access. This will provide a much better user experience and make app building accessible to many more people.