April 30, 2021

Deployment Time: 11:20 AM PST

Features & Enhancements


Bug Fixes

Item Description
Bug An issue was fixed that prevented the Task search from working properly. Deployed to all.

Rollout changes

Item Rollout status
You can now resize columns in the Table view. New: Deployed to all.

Previous: 100% of free users and 33% of paid users.

"Automatic updates" triggers background sync on start. New: 100% of free users and 66% of paid users.

Previous: 100% of free users and 33% of paid users.

Preview announcements

The AppSheet Preview program lets app creators try out new app features that are not yet fully supported. Learn how to participate in the AppSheet preview program for app client features.

  • No new preview features were released today.

What's currently available in the Preview program?

Item Description
Feature Google BigQuery data source

For details, see the official announcement on the AppSheet Community.

Feature Chart Editor

App Creators can now make use of our new chart editor and the new and improved charts it can create. Learn more.

Feature Filters in AppSheet applications
  • App users can now filter items from a collection of records based on column values. The feature is available both on mobile devices and desktop computers. Learn more.
  • In the Search box, you can now filter by label.
Feature Resizing column width in table views
  • App users can now resize the width of columns in any table view. Simply click and drag the separator between column headers.

This is a nice feature. As many readers of this page already know, it’s a device- or user-specific adjustment (the default for the app isn’t changed). I think it can be useful in dealing with situations where columns are too narrow to display data properly.

It works in the browser and on Android and iOS devices. However, the browser interface has an advantage that the smartphone interface seems to lack at the moment:

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The browser interface gives the user this visual feedback that says “OK. You’ve grabbed the separator. Now you’re ready to drag it.” I realize that the exact same visual feedback may not be appropriate for smartphones because the user’s finger is in the way but I think that some kind of visual change that indicates “ready to drag” would be nice. As far as I can see now, there isn’t any such feedback on iOS or Android.


Adding @RamyaKolluru @Mike_Moss FYI

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This is good feedback, but I’m also unsure how to better visually indicate that the feature is available to the user on mobile devices.

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Perhaps a hint can be taken from what happens to the cursor when it is successfully “grabbed” in iOS:

The vertical bar is elongated, making it possible to see it under your finger.

So, how about something like this? (Imagine the user’s finger on the line between “RN” and “Word.”)

As with the cursor, everything should go back to normal when you take your finger off.

Or, perhaps some sort of magnifying class type effect would be good.


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Don’t know if this’s too much request.

Could users have ability to move table’s columns as desired?