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FAQ

Actions

Yes, actions can be linked to records from other apps, enabling simplified task management across your organization’s applications.

Incoming

Incoming actions are actions that are directly assigned to you.

Outgoing

Outgoing actions are actions that you have assigned to other members of your organization.

Yes, you have the option to be notified when the recipient(s) of the action have viewed the action. Additionally, you can set up a reminder to notify you if the recipient has not viewed action within a specified time frame.

Yes, a notification will be sent directly to your workspace when the status of an action progresses. You can read more about how notifications work here.

No, there’s no limit to the number of people who can be assigned as recipients of an action.

Yes, you can track your time or view the time it took an action recipient to complete an action using the built in timelog. You can learn more about timelog here.

Action checklists are initially created using the Checklist Creator app. Once a checklist is created, it can be included in the details when creating your action.

Action stages are the phases or specific statuses that an action goes through during its lifecycle. Action stages update automatically when specific tasks within an action are completed. You can also manually change stages if necessary by selecting the appropriate stage during the course of an action.

What are the specific stages an action can be in?

Draft: The action is still being planned and conceptualized.

Sent: The action has been sent out the relevant recipients.

Viewed: The assigned individuals have accessed and viewed the details of the action.

Active: The action is currently in progress.

Complete: The action has been reviewed by the necessary individuals in your organization and has been marked as completed.

Close: The action has been closed, meaning there is no further action required.

Recipients Action recipients have specific tasks and responsibilities that are detailed in the action directly assigned to them. Members  Members have access to view and edit the details of the action but they don't necessarily have specific tasks assigned to them unless they are also designated as an action recipient.

Appward Actions centralizes task assignment and tracks their progress through various stages. It is ideal for delegating and managing tasks for teams and projects. With features like customizable checklists, reminders, and approvals, it helps you manage tasks efficiently.

Announcement Director

Yes, you can customize the content of your announcement using the built in HTML editor. Here, you can format text, insert images, embed videos and tailor the announcement to your specific needs. 

Yes, you can reuse the same announcement as many times as you need to. Each dispatch of an announcement will be listed in the bottom portion of the Dispatches tab.

Yes, you can assign Appward as the sender by selecting the Sent by Appward checkbox in the Dispatches tab. This is useful for sending general announcements from the server.

Auto dispatching is a feature that allows announcements to be sent automatically based on predefined settings. To set up auto dispatching, follows these steps:

1. Navigate to the Dispatches tab
2. Enable auto dispatch by checking the checkbox

3. Select the sender and recipient(s)

4. Set dispatch date and time

5. Dispatch your announcement

For a more in-depth guide on how Announcements are created and dispatched, please check out our Getting Started with Announcement Director guide.

Yes, you can include images, videos, and GIFs in your announcement. 

Yes, you can view this information within the Dispatches tab. This section provides details such as the recipient list, the number of recipient views, recurrence information, and more.

To dispatch an announcement, navigate to the Dispatching tab within the announcement details. Here, choose recipients(everyone, specific members, or departments, set a lifespan for the announcement, and then press dispatch.

Announcement statuses indicate the current state or condition of an announcement within Announcement Director. These statuses include:

 

Draft : The announcement is still being edited or is not yet ready for dispatch.

Active: An announcement that has been successfully dispatched and is currently visible and accessible to recipients.

Complete: The dispatching process for the announcement is complete and no further action is required.

 

Announcements

To like an announcement, you can click the "Thumbs up" icon in the announcement popup window. This action will notify the sender that you have liked their announcement.

Yes, you can share the details of an announcement with another member by tagging them in a post. Use the @-symbol, select their name, and include your message to notify them directly.

Yes, you can view hidden or archived announcements by applying the appropriate filter. Click the Filter button and check the Archived checkbox in the popup to include archived announcements.

To hide an announcement, press the Hide button located in the top right corner of the app screen while viewing the details of the announcement. This will remove it from your visible list without deleting it.

No. The Announcements app is used solely for viewing announcements you have received. To create or edit announcements, you need to use the Announcement Director app.

Yes, you can view an announcement at any time even if you missed it at the time it was sent out.

Announcements, alongside Announcement Director, provide your organization with the ability to send and manage messages directly to employees' desktops, ensuring they receive and acknowledge important information. Announcement Director is where you can create and manage the details of an Announcement, whereas the Announcements app is where you can only view your announcements. 

The Announcements app is designed to serve as your central hub for viewing and posting about the details of your organization's announcements. 

"Posted by" refers to the person who sent out the announcement, while "Author" indicates the individual who originally created it.

API Functions

In the world of computers and software, an API (Application Programming Interface) is a bridge that enables different programs to communicate and share information, making it possible for them to work together and perform more advanced tasks than they could on their own. 

What is API Functions for?

API Functions is an app where you can build out your own API in Appward. With that API, you connect your external software programs with our suite of business management applications. It's like a digital translator that helps your software "talk" to ours.

How does it work?

By using API Functions, you can create a direct line of communication between your external software and Appward, either through a library of pre-built or your own custom-built actions. This allows you to share data and trigger actions in Appward from your own software.

Why is it important?

Imagine you have different software tools for your business, but they don't always work together. API Functions solve this problem by letting you seamlessly integrate Appward's features into your existing workflow.

What are the benefits?

  1. Efficiency: Save time by automating tasks and syncing data between your software systems.

  2. Customization: Tailor your connections to match your specific business needs.

  3. Flexibility: Access Appward's functionality from within your own software environment, making it easier to manage your business operations.

In short, API Functions make it simple to extend the capabilities of your external software by connecting it to Appward.

For each API function, there is a setting in the function details called Usage tracking

This feature can be enabled to track any time that the function is called in any of your apps. If you enable usage tracking by clicking the box, you can see all of the instances of that function being ran in the Usage tab.

Within this tab, you can see when the function was ran as well as all of the information that got passed via the function's parameters.

To sum up, usage tracking is an incredibly powerful feature that provides you traceability of every time someone runs one of you API Functions, regardless of where it is ran from.

App Creator

What is App Creator used for?

App Creator in Appward is a tool that lets you make your own apps, even if you've never done it before.

How does it work?

Think of it like building with blocks. You pick the pieces you need, and with Appward's low code environment, you can put them together to make your app. 

Key Features:

  1. Start from Scratch: You can start from nothing and create your app step by step.

  2. Ready-Made Templates: If you're not sure where to begin, we have pre-designed templates you can use as a starting point.

  3. Easy to Use: You don't need to know how to code. The interface is easy to understand, and you just drag and drop things where you want them.

  4. Make it Your Own: You can customize your app with colors, fonts and layouts to match your style.

  5. Connect with Other Apps: You can connect your app with other apps in Appward, like databases or special functions, to make it even more useful.

Why is it important?

App Creator is important because it gives you the power to make tools that work exactly the way you need them to. It's like having your own personal assistant for your business, without needing any fancy tech skills. Plus, it saves you time and money compared to hiring a developer to do it for you.

In short, App Creator is all about putting the tools of app-making in your hands, so you can build exactly what you need, quickly and easily. 

During the app creation process, you'll come across the following Settings screen.

When creating an application, you often need a way to store and retrieve data specific to that app. That's where database tables come in handy. Think of a database table as a digital storage compartment where your app can keep all its important information neatly organized. Your Appward software comes with a built-in database for you to not only use the provided database tables, but also create new ones (for cases like creating a new app). For reference, you can find your database and all of its datatables by going to the Database Manager app.

To make sure your app knows where to find its data in the database, you'll need to give it a name. That's where the Database table name comes in. It's good practice to name your table the plural of whatever data you are tracking. In the following example we are tracking invoice payments, so the table will be called "Payments". 

Note: If the table already exists in your organization's database, you'll see a message that tells you it exists, and all available information on the table will populate the Settings page.

Every piece of data in your table needs a unique identifier so your app can easily find, update or delete it. This unique identifier is called the primary key. It's like a special tag attached to each item in your storage box, making it easy to pick out exactly what you need, even in a large collection of data. It is good practice to name to primary key of your table is the singular of the table name like in the following example.

Now, let's cover the middle section for database columns.

Database columns are the individual fields or attributes within a database table where specific types of data are stored. Each column represents a particular piece of information about the entities or records stored in the table. For instance, in a table storing information about customers, you might have columns for their names, email addresses, phone numbers and so on.

The Existing columns in table field will check your database for the table name you've entered and return the columns for that particular table. If none exist, you can add whatever columns you want in the Columns to add section. 

Here's an example of adding a database column called "Description" to store the description of an invoice payment.

Note: The data types and lengths follow SQL standards. For more on how to use these, we recommend you refer to some introductory SQL documentation such as https://www.sqlcourse.com/.

Finally, there is a series of questions to answer where you can set up some presets. This includes various columns you can automatically add and whether or not you'd like to utilize Appward's built-in features in your app such as Posts and History.

Articles

Appward's Articles app is designed to centralize your company's knowledge base and provide a robust platform for creating, organizing, and sharing engaging content.

Organization Articles

Organization articles are created and shared exclusively within your company. These articles offer a valuable way to preserve and share knowledge, ensuring everyone in your organization has access to important information when they need it.

Appward Articles

Appward articles, provided by the Appward team, include templates, guides, best practices, FAQs, and other resources. These articles are accessible to all organizations using Appward but can only be edited, added, or removed by a member of the Appward team.

Yes, you can improve your article by adding images and videos, making your content more engaging and informative.

Tags are keywords assigned to articles to help categorize and improve searchability. They help you quickly find related articles on specific topics.

Yes, you can collaborate on an article with team members across your organization by ticking the Global Edit checkbox in your article's settings. 

You can create various types of articles, including guides, FAQs, best practices, templates, and knowledge base articles, tailored to meet your organization's needs. 

At the top of each article, you'll find buttons that enable you to share the article, print it as a PDF, or download it. When you choose to share, a link will be generated for you to easily distribute to others.

Yes, you can create private articles that will only be visible to you. You can do so by ticking the Private checkbox during the creation process of your article.

You can track changes made to an article by accessing the History tab. This feature allows you to view detailed records of who made each change, what the changes were, and when they occurred. 

Boards

Favoriting a board makes it easily accessible by adding it to the Favorites tab. This allows you to quickly find and access boards that are important or frequently used, without having to search through all your boards. To favorite a board, look for the button with the star icon on it, in the top right corner of a board. 

Yes, you can customize the colors of boards and lists to visually differentiate between them. This can be done during the add process , or when viewing the details of an existing board or list.

You can make a board private by adding exclusive members, who will be the only ones with access to the board.

To track time spent on a card you can use the built in Timelog feature. Navigate to the Timelog tab within the details of a card. Here, you'll be able to start, stop, and pause your timer as you go through your task.

The Schedule tab presents a Gantt chart illustrating board activities, detailing their start dates, duration, and end dates. 

Cards represent individual tasks within a board. They progress through various lists, reflecting the different stages of a task. 

To create a new board, start by click the + button at the top of the app. Once you've named your board and provided a brief description, you'll have the option to add board lists. These are the columns of your board to help you organize your tasks. You can think of them as different stages or steps in your workflow. For example, if you're managing a project, your board lists might include "To Do," "In Progress" and "Done." Adding these lists allows you to visualize and track the progress of your tasks as they move through each stage. 

Board contains a list of tasks, organized into columns that usually represent their status in terms, such as: Pending, In Progress and Complete. This visual approach to project management is commonly referred to as a Kanban. Boards help organizations visualize the work required for a project, collaborate together to get it done and track progress during the process. 

The Boards app is not exclusive to certain roles or departments; it's for everyone, from the top brass to the newest recruit. Whether you're a team leader coordinating projects, a marketer managing campaigns or an individual organizing personal tasks, Boards empowers your entire organization to stay organized, manage its initiatives and orchestrate productivity at every level.

What is a Board?

A Board, in the context of project management, is a visual representation of tasks and their statuses. Think of it as a digital whiteboard where you can organize tasks into columns or lists, with each task represented by a card. Boards help teams visualize their workflow, track progress and collaborate effectively on projects. In the Boards app, you can create multiple boards for different projects or teams, making it easy to manage tasks and stay organized. 

What is the Boards app for?

The Boards app in Appward serves as a dynamic project management tool, drawing inspiration from Kanban boards to help organize and track tasks effectively within your organization.

How does it work?

With the Boards app, you can easily browse through all of your organization's boards, cards and favorite boards. Within each board, you can track tasks using individual cards, which can include a description, assigned team members and collaborative features for logging progress and updates.

Key Features:

  1. Task Tracking: Organize tasks into cards within boards, allowing for easy visualization and management of project progress.

  2. Collaboration: Collaborate with team members by assigning tasks, updating progress and logging every step of the journey directly within the app.

  3. Progress Updates: Intuitively update the progress of cards using lists, such as from pending to in progress to review to complete, providing clear visibility into task status.

  4. Communication: Notify relevant team members or assigners of card updates via posts, facilitating communication and collaboration throughout the project lifecycle. 

Checklist Creator

A Checklist is a tool used to systematically go through a series of tasks or items, ensuring that each step is completed and nothing is overlooked. Think of it as a to-do list with added structure and organization. Checklists are commonly used in different contexts, from simple daily routines to complex project management processes. They help streamline workflows, improve consistency and reduce errors by providing a clear outline of tasks and ensuring that they are completed in a logical sequence.

What is a Checklist?

A Checklist is a tool used to systematically go through a series of tasks or items, ensuring that each step is completed and nothing is overlooked. Think of it as a to-do list with added structure and organization. Checklists are commonly used in various contexts, from simple daily routines to complex project management processes. They help streamline workflows, improve consistency and reduce errors by providing a clear outline of tasks and ensuring that they are completed in a logical sequence. In the Checklist Creator app, users can design customized Checklists to fit their specific workflows and requirements, enhancing efficiency and accuracy in task execution. 

What is the Checklist Creator used for?

The Checklist Creator app in Appward empowers users to design custom Checklists tailored to their specific needs, which can then be seamlessly integrated into various Appward applications. 

How does it work?

With the Checklist Creator, users can build Checklists to standardize and organize processes across different aspects of their organization, such as internal audits, project pre-processes, event setups and more. The Checklist design is highly flexible, offering a variety of check types including yes/no, written response, buttons and multiple choice. Additionally, users can assign scores to each check, creating a grading criteria that impacts the overall score of the process being assessed. The app also allows users to test the checklist before implementing it and collaborate with team members through posts. The Usage tab provides visibility into where active checklists are being utilized. 

Client Discovery

In the context of the Appward ecosystem, a client refers to an individual or entity that uses the organization's Appward system to access its applications and services. These clients could be employees, customers, partners or any other authorized users who interact with the organization's digital platform. 

What is a Client?

In the context of the Appward ecosystem, a client refers to an individual or entity that uses the organization's Appward system to access its applications and services. These clients could be employees, customers, partners or any other authorized users who interact with the organization's digital platform.

What is Client Discovery?

Client Discovery in Appward is a tool designed to provide real-time insights into the users (clients) currently logged into your organization's Appward system.

How does it work?

Client Discovery acts as your digital lookout tower, allowing you to monitor and track the activity of users accessing your organization's Appward system.

Key Features:

  1. Real-time User Monitoring: Client Discovery provides a comprehensive list of all users currently logged into your organization's Appward system, offering up-to-the-minute visibility into user activity.

  2. User Details: It furnishes detailed information about each logged-in user, including their username (the user from the organization), the exact date and time of their login, and their IP address.

  3. Insightful Metrics: By displaying the exact number of logged-in clients, Client Discovery offers an instant overview of user engagement and system usage within your organization.

  4. Security Monitoring: Client Discovery helps you identify and monitor unauthorized access attempts by providing visibility into the IP addresses from which users are logging in, aiding in the detection and response to potential security threats in real-time.

Why is it important?

Client Discovery is crucial as it provides valuable insights into user activity within your organization's Appward system:

  • Real-time Monitoring: Track user activity as it happens to stay informed and proactive in managing system usage.

  • Security Awareness: Maintain a secure and protected system environment by gaining visibility into logged-in users and their IP addresses.

  • User Engagement: Understand user engagement patterns and identify opportunities for enhancing user experience and system usability.

In summary, Client Discovery serves as a powerful tool for gaining real-time visibility into user activity within your organization's Appward system, empowering you to make informed decisions, ensure security compliance and optimize user experience effectively. 

Companies

From the company's details, click either the Delete or Archive button based on your requirements to manage company records that are no longer active or relevant. 

Qualification statuses are labels used to indicate the current relationship or approval level of a company within your organization. These statuses help identify the role and trust level of external partners, clients, and suppliers. To qualify a company, simply check the Qualification checkbox, which will apply a green checkmark to the company's profile image. 

You can search for a company using either the alphabetical filter buttons or the search box located at the top of the app screen. 

Yes, you can set reminders or notifications for tasks like upcoming contract renewals, qualifications, or important meetings associated with specific companies. This helps you ensure timely action and follow-up. 

Company tags help categorize and organize companies based on specific criteria, making it easier to search, filter, and analyze groups of companies. Learn more about tags here.

Appward supports collaboration with the use of posts, files and notes. Posts allow for real-time updates and discussions, improving team communication. Files can be securely uploaded and shared, ensuring access to essential documents and facilitating collaborative editing and feedback. Notes serve as a repository for ideas and meeting summaries, organized for easy retrieval.

You can view the Usage tab to see which projects, sales orders, or parts are linked to a specific company, providing you with a comprehensive view of its involvement across your organization. 

Yes, to view a list of contacts associated with a company, select the company and navigate to the Contacts tab. 

Yes, when adding a company, you can specify whether it is a vendor, a customer, or both. Vendors are companies from which you purchase goods or services, while customers are companies to which you provide goods or services. 

Appward Companies is designed to centralize contact information and maintain connections with organizations in your network. By linking contacts to company profiles, you can easily identify key individuals within an organization, improving your customer relationship management. 

Database Manager

What is a Database?

A database is like a digital warehouse where you store and organize information in a structured way. Think of it as a giant electronic filing system that holds all sorts of data about your business – from customer details to inventory records to sales transactions. 

Why is it important?

A database is crucial for a business because it serves as the backbone of all its operations. Here's why:

  1. Centralized Storage: Instead of keeping information scattered across various files and documents, a database provides a centralized location to store all your data. This makes it easier to access and manage information efficiently.

  2. Data Organization: A database allows you to organize your data into categories or tables, making it easier to find and understand. For example, you can have separate tables for customers, products, and orders, each with its own set of information.

  3. Scalability: As your business grows, so does your data. A database provides the scalability to handle large volumes of information without sacrificing performance or reliability. 

What is Database Manager used for?

The Database Manager in Appward is a tool that helps you organize and work with your organization's data in a straightforward way.

How does it work?

This app acts a digital filing cabinet where you can store, view and modify different types of information that power your organization's apps.

Key Features:

  1. Database Selection: Choose which database you want to work with - either your organization's main database or your own personal one.

  2. Table Management: See a list of all your data tables. Clicking on a table lets you see its structure (the columns it has) and its content (the records it holds).

  3. Data Editing: You can edit existing data, add new data or remove outdated information directly from the Database Manager.

  4. Table Customization: Rename tables, move them between different areas (like from organization to personal), or create new tables as needed.

  5. Column Customization: Adjust properties of individual columns within a table, such as their type or size, to better fit your data.

Why use the app?

Managing your organization's data effectively is crucial for making good decisions. The Database Manager helps you:

  • Understand your data better: By seeing how it's organized, you can get insights into your business.
  • Keep your data accurate: You can easily make changes to ensure your information stays up-to-date.
  • Adapt to changes: Customize your database structure to match the needs of your business as they evolve.

In summary, the Database Manager is a practical tool that lets you take control of your organization's data without needing to be a technical expert. It's designed to make managing data simple and efficient, helping you get the most out of your information. 

Deletions

What is Deletions used for?

Deletions in Appward is a critical tool designed to serve as a record recovery system for all Appward applications.

How does it work?

Deletions is your safety net for accidentally deleted records, providing you with the ability to recover any deleted record from any Appward application within a five day period.

Key Features:

  1. Record Recovery: With Deletions, you can restore any accidentally deleted record from any Appward application. Whether it's a contact from the Contacts app or a card from the Boards app, Deletions has you covered.

  2. Visibility into Deleted Records: Deletions allows you to see what the deleted record was, who deleted i, and from which app it was deleted. 

  3. Time Limit: Deleted records are retained in Deletions for a period of five days, giving you ample time to initiate the recovery process. After this time frame, the record is permanently deleted and cannot be recovered.

  4. Comprehensive Coverage: Deletions seamlessly integrates with all Appward applications, ensuring that no matter where the record was deleted from, you can retrieve it with ease.

  5. User-Friendly Interface: The interface of Deletions is intuitive and easy to navigate, making it simple for users to locate and recover deleted records quickly and efficiently.

Why is it important?

Deletions is essential because it provides a safety net for accidental deletions, ensuring that valuable records are not lost permanently. Here's why it matters:

  • Accident Prevention: Mistakes happen, but Deletions ensures that even if a record is accidentally deleted, it can be recovered quickly and easily.

  • Data Integrity: By offering a record recovery system for all Appward applications, Deletions helps maintain the integrity and completeness of your organization's data.

  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that deleted records can be recovered within a five-day window provides peace of mind and confidence in the data management processes.

In summary, Deletions is a crucial tool for maintaining data integrity and ensuring that accidental deletions do not result in permanent data loss. It provides a reliable solution for record recovery across all Appward applications. 

Departments

Departments are the foundation of your organization, offering the structure, specialization, and coordination necessary to achieve your company's goals. The Departments app allows you to create and manage departments efficiently within your organization. 

Departments are fundamental and are used in many of the core Appward apps such as Positions and Training Director.

Tags are custom labels used to categorize departments, providing better organization and searchability. For more on how tags are used throughout Appward, check out Using Tags

Yes, you can view the employees and their positions within a department. Select the department from the Departments tab, and a detailed view will display all the employees and their corresponding positions within that department. This allows you to see each employee's name, picture, and their role in the organization. 

By default, departments are sorted alphabetically.

Development Tracker

Scripting refers to the process of writing code to automate tasks or perform specific actions within software applications. In the context of Appward, scripting involves writing code to customize the behavior of Appward apps, create new features or integrate with external systems. You can use scripting within the platform to make your own apps and meet the unique needs of your organization. 

What is scripting?

Scripting refers to the process of writing code to automate tasks or perform specific actions within software applications. In the context of the Appward platform, scripting involves writing code to customize the behavior of applications, create new features or integrate with external systems. Scripting allows developers to extend the functionality of the platform and tailor it to meet the unique needs of their organization. With the Development Tracker, you can track all changes made to these scripts, ensuring that development activities are well-documented and transparent. 

What is the Development Tracker used for?

The Development Tracker app in Appward is a powerful tool designed to keep track of all script and screen development activities within the Appward platform.

How does it work?

The Development Tracker provides full traceability of scripting and development changes by capturing important details such as when a change was made, who made the edit, the amount of time spent on development and the specifics of the change itself.

Key Features:

  1. Change Tracking: You can see whenever a change is made to an Appward script or screen, ensuring that every modification is documented for future reference.

  2. User Identification: The Development Tracker identifies who made each edit, allowing you to quickly find out who is responsible for specific changes.

  3. Development Metrics: It tracks the amount of time spent on each script or screen development, giving insights into project timelines and resource allocation.

  4. Detailed Change Descriptions: For each change, you get a description from the developer, explaining the purpose and scope of the modification.

  5. Object Specifics: The tracker provides information on the particular object affected by the change, including the Appward object class name, quick script, object path and the actual new script.

Why is it important?

The Development Tracker is essential for ensuring accountability, transparency, and efficiency in script and screen development within the Appward platform:

  • Accountability: By identifying who made each change, the Development Tracker encourages accountability and responsibility among developers.

  • Transparency: It provides a clear and detailed history of development activities, allowing stakeholders to understand the evolution of scripts and screens over time.

  • Efficiency: With quick access to development metrics and detailed change descriptions, users can quickly search for specific changes and understand their impact without needing deep technical knowledge.

Goals

When you mark a goal as Complete, you have the option to notify the assignee and any member involved with the goal. This can be done through the notification options that appear. 

The Goals app is an individualized growth-tracking app that encourages productivity and development through planned-out objectives. It helps manage both short and long-term goals for you and your team. 

The Status field determines the current state of the goal. A newly created goal starts in “Draft” mode. Changing the status to “Active” assigns the goal to the assignee. Once the goal is completed, the status can be changed to “Complete”. 

No, each goal can only be assigned to a single person. However, you can add multiple members to track progress and collaborate on the goal. 

You can track time spent on a goal within the Timelog tab. Start and stop the timer as you make progress towards the completion of your goal.

You can set reminders for a goal by clicking on the Reminders button in the goal's details. Specify the person, date, and message for the reminder.

If a goal is in draft mode, it will only be visible to the creator of the goal until it is published publicly.

Yes, goals can be linked to reviews created in the Reviews app. You can view the linked reviews in the Reviews linked to this Goal field.

Members in a goal are individuals from your organization who have been given access to a goal by the creator. Members can track or manage the assignee's progress. They can also collaborate and provide input if required within the details of the goal. 

Yes, you can create private goals by selecting the Private checkbox during the process of adding a goal.

Help Creator

What is Help Creator used for?

The Help Creator app in Appward is a tool for making helpful content like guides and tutorials. You can organize it neatly and make it easy for users to learn about any topic you want.

How does it work?

With Help Creator, you can arrange your content in folders, like a digital filing cabinet. Inside these folders, you can create documents, chapters and topics to explain different things.

Key Features:

  1. Structured Content: Arrange your content neatly in folders to make it easy to find.
  2. Formatting Options: Make your content look nice with text styles, images, and links.
  3. Collaboration: Work together with your team to create and edit content.
  4. Version Control: Keep track of changes and go back to earlier versions if needed.

What can I create with Help Creator?

You can create guides, tutorials, manuals or anything else to help users understand your product or service better.

Why is it important?

Help Creator makes it easy to create helpful content for users, improving their experience and making it easier for them to learn and use your product or service. 

Importers

Appward offers helpful tools and services to streamline data import processes. Firstly, there's the Getting Started feature, specifically designed to assist new organizations in onboarding seamlessly. This feature helps import essential company details like Departments, Positions, Companies, Contacts and Employees into their respective apps. You can choose from a default list provided by Appward or add your own custom data.


Secondly, there's the Importers app, a powerful tool for bulk data import. This app allows you to efficiently import large quantities of data via spreadsheets. You have full control over what data you import and how you want to utilize it, whether it's creating Employees, Departments, Leads or other records.


If you require any assistance throughout the data import process, you can easily reach out to Appward support. They're available via phone at (818) 833-0088 or through email at support@appward.com. With these user-friendly tools and support services, Appward simplifies the data import process, ensuring a smooth transition for your organization. 

What is the Importers app used for?

The Importers app in Appward helps bring data into your organization's database easily. Whether it's contacts, leads or any other important information, Importers lets you upload data from spreadsheets or through API calls.

How does it work?

Using Importers is simple: you upload spreadsheets with your data or make API calls to fetch information directly into your database. Then, you can decide how each piece of data should be organized within the database.

Key Features:

  1. Data Importation: Easily bring in data from spreadsheets or other sources like API calls.

  2. Flexible Mapping: Decide where each piece of data should go in your database.

  3. Streamlined Process: Save time by avoiding manual data entry and reduce errors.

  4. Bulk Import: Bring in lots of data at once, making your work faster.

Why is it important?

Importers makes data management easier by automating tasks and giving you control over how your data is organized. This means less manual work, fewer mistakes, and better decision-making for your organization. 

Organizations

What is an organization?

An organization refers to a group of people who come together to achieve common goals and objectives. It can be a business, non-profit, government agency or any other entity that operates with a specific purpose. Within the context of the Organizations app, an organization represents an entity that is added to the Appward platform, where users can manage its information, users and resources effectively. Whether it's a company, department, team or group, the Organizations app provides tools for organizing and managing these entities within the platform. 

What is the Organizations app used for?

The Organizations app in Appward is a tool designed to streamline the process of adding new organizations to the platform and managing existing ones.

How does it work?

With the Organizations app, users can easily add new organizations to the Appward platform by specifying the organization's name and adding users. The app also facilitates the smooth onboarding of organizations by allowing users to import information such as contacts, departments, positions and employees. Additionally, users can make any necessary updates to existing organizations and check their existing database.

Key Features:

  1. Organization Creation: Easily add new organizations to the Appward platform by specifying the organization's name and adding users.

  2. Smooth Onboarding: Import information such as contacts, departments, positions, and employees to facilitate the smooth onboarding process for new organizations.

  3. Updates and Maintenance: Make any necessary updates to existing organizations and ensure their database is up-to-date.

  4. Database Check: Quickly check the existing database to ensure accuracy and completeness of information. 

Platform Guide

Appward's access control system is designed to tailor app access for different users, ensuring maximum efficiency and security. Admin-level users enjoy top-tier access, granting them permission to all apps within the platform. This means they have full control and visibility across the board. On the other hand, lower-level users' access is customized by admins. They only see the apps relevant to their roles and responsibilities, ensuring they focus on what matters most. With this system, you can confidently manage access levels, safeguarding sensitive data and streamlining workflows. Whether you're an admin overseeing the entire organization or a lower-level user focused on specific tasks, Appward offers a seamless and secure user experience. 

Our support team is available from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST. Feel free to reach out to us via email at support@appward.com or by phone at (818) 833-0088. 

You've got full control over your workspace appearance in Appward. Simply click on your profile picture in the top-right corner to access your User Settings. A popup will show up displaying your contact details. Click on the Settings button at the top to enter your account settings. From there, navigate to the Display tab, where you can customize your workspace background and adjust the colors of various Appward elements. With this level of customization, you can create a workspace that reflects your style and preferences, making your Appward experience truly personalized and enjoyable. 

To log out, simply click your profile image in the top right corner, then click the Logout button from the top of the popup window that appears. 

Appward's Spotlight Search feature simplifies the process of finding anything you need within the platform. To access it, click on the magnifying glass icon on the left side dock. Once opened, you can utilize various filters to narrow down your search, whether it's content from a post or specific app records. Refine your search by contact, timeframe or the type of object you're looking for. Once you've located what you need, effortlessly jump straight to its location within the platform. With Spotlight Search, navigating through Appward becomes intuitive and efficient, ensuring you find the information you need with ease. 

Appward is fully accessible from your phone, offering a mobile-friendly version of the platform. With this mobile version, you can conveniently access your notifications and Forum posts. Stay connected with your organization, communicate with colleagues, and stay updated on important developments—all from the palm of your hand. Whether you're on the go or working remotely, Appward's mobile accessibility ensures you're always in the loop and able to stay productive.

To make sure specific individuals are notified when writing a post or message in Appward, simply use the @Mention feature. This handy tool allows you to select contacts, positions or departments within your organization. When composing your message, type the "@" symbol, and a popup will appear where you can search through your organization's contacts, positions and departments. You can mention as many people as necessary to ensure they receive the notification. Once you send out the message or post, all mentioned parties will receive a notification. What's more, recipients can easily navigate to the location of the post by clicking the external link icon for full context and connectivity. With @Mentions, staying informed and connected within your organization has never been easier. 

Customizing your sidebar notification preferences in Appward is straightforward. Simply click on the notification bell icon located on the left side dock, then click the cog symbol in the top right corner. From there, you can adjust whether you want the notifications flyout to appear when a new notification comes in and if you prefer to have a sound accompany each notification. You can choose from a variety of pre-set sounds provided by Appward or even add your own. Once you've made your selections, click "Ok" to confirm your changes. These personalized settings ensure you stay focused and informed without unnecessary distractions. 

By default, Appward apps are anchored to the home screen, occupying the full screen and positioned at the top right corner of the workspace. However, if you accidentally un-anchor an app by clicking and dragging it around, its tab will no longer appear at the top of your workspace. To re-attach or re-anchor the app, simply click the anchor icon located in the top-right corner of the app header. This action will restore the app to its original anchored state, ensuring it remains easily accessible from the home screen.

Yes, you can view multiple apps simultaneously in Appward by opening multiple browser windows. Since each app window maximizes to your screen size, this setup makes it easy to multitask and access different apps at once. With this simple approach, you can efficiently manage your tasks and workflows, enhancing your productivity with Appward. 

To link to a specific record in Appward using AppShare, follow these simple steps:

  1. Create a Forum post or message to the relevant parties involved.
  2. Type "#" in the text to trigger the AppShare feature.
  3. Select the type of item you want to link to (e.g., Project, Article).
  4. Search and find the specific record you want to create a link for.
  5. Once you've selected the record, it will appear with a highlighted background color.
  6. From here, you can send the message, and involved party can click on the link.

By using AppShare, you can efficiently create direct links to records within Appward, allowing users to jump straight to the relevant information. This enhances connectivity and streamlines communication and collaboration within your organization. 

Appward's deletion recovery system provides a 5-day window for recovering deleted records, ensuring that you never permanently lose valuable data. To recover a deleted record in Appward, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Deletions app, located under the Utilities category.
  2. Within the Deletions app, search for the record you want to recover.
  3. Once you've located the record, hover over it to reveal the options.
  4. Click on the "Recover" button associated with the record.
  5. The record will then be restored and available again within your Appward account. 

This feature offers peace of mind and safeguards against accidental deletions. 

To remove a user from your organization in Appward, follow these steps:

  1. Access the Admin app, located under the Utilities category.
  2. Find the user you wish to remove from the organization.
  3. Select the user's record to view their details.
  4. In the top-right corner of the user's details flyout, click on the "Delete" button.
  5. Confirm the deletion when prompted.

To limit which apps users can access in Appward, you can use the Roles app found under the Utilities category. There are two ways to limit the apps of users:

  1. Roles management

    • Create specific roles with pre-set lists of available apps. Define the apps each role can access according to their responsibilities and permissions.
    • Assign users to these roles based on their roles and responsibilities within the organization.

  2. Utilize the Contacts tab to tailor app access for specific users

    • Navigate to the individual user's profile within the Contacts app.
    • Customize their access to apps according to their role, responsibilities and specific needs.
    • Adjust their access rights by enabling or disabling access to specific apps as required.

By leveraging the Roles app and the Contacts app, administrators can effectively control and limit which apps users can access within Appward. This granular control ensures that users have access only to the tools and functionalities necessary for their roles, promoting security and efficiency within the organization. 

Adding a new user to your organization is easy with Appward's Admin app. This tool, available in the Utilities category, is designed for admin-level users, making user management a breeze. Just open the Admin app, add the new user, connect them to an existing contact and set their permissions—all in one simple process. With its user-friendly interface and streamlined functionality, Appward takes the hassle out of managing users, making it a must-have for smooth organization management. 

To reset your password in Appward, you have two options:

  1. From the Login Screen:

    • If you're logged out of the platform, navigate to the login screen.
    • Click on the "Forgot password?" link located at the bottom.
    • Enter the email associated with your account.
    • If the email is found in the Appward database, a password reset link will be emailed to you.
  2. From Within the Platform:

    • If you're already logged in, click on your profile image in the top right corner of your workspace.
    • Select the "Change password" option.
    • A 6-digit code will be sent to the email linked to your account.
    • Input this code into the window that pops up in Appward.
    • Follow the prompts to reset your password.

Queries

What is a Query? A query is essentially a request you make to your Appward database to perform certain actions, like retrieving data or modifying existing data. In Appward, we use SQL (Structured Query Language) which is a specialized language used for managing and manipulating data. Basically, SQL is the language you use to write your queries in the Queries app. What is Queries used for? The Queries app in Appward is your go-to tool for writing and executing SQL queries to interact with your organization's database. How does it work? You can use SQL language to retrieve information from your database, Queries will retrieve that requested information from your organization's database and you can save that written query if you want to return to it later. Key Features:
  1. SQL Query Writing: With Queries, you can write custom SQL queries to search for, retrieve and manipulate data in your organization's database tables.
  2. Data Retrieval: Use SQL queries to find specific records, extract insights and perform analyses on your business data.
  3. Data Manipulation: Besides searching for information, you can also use SQL queries to add, update or delete data directly from the database.
  4. Query Management: Save your SQL queries for future use, allowing you to quickly rerun them or tweak them as needed for different scenarios.
Why is it important? Queries is essential because it puts the power of SQL query writing in your hands, enabling you to:
  • Search with Precision: Write custom queries tailored to your specific data requirements.
  • Manage Data Effectively: Perform data manipulation tasks with confidence, knowing that you're in control of your organization's data.
  • Learn and Grow: Experiment with SQL queries to deepen your understanding of your data and improve your data analysis skills.
In essence, Queries is a valuable tool for anyone who needs to interact with and analyze business data using SQL, providing a user-friendly environment for writing and executing queries without requiring advanced technical knowledge.

Report Builder

What is Report Builder used for?

Report Builder in Appward is a sophisticated tool designed to create beautifully formatted reports in PDF and Excel formats using data from your Appward applications.

How does it work?

  1. Select Data: You start by choosing the data you want to include in your report. This could be sales figures, customer information, project updates or any other data stored in your Appward applications.

  2. Choose App (Optional): If you're working with multiple apps in Appward, you can optionally specify the app from which you want to pull the data.

  3. Customize Information: Next, you add in all the details you want to see in your report. This could include specific fields, summaries, charts or any other information relevant to your report's purpose. 

Key Features:

  1. Customizable Reports: With Report Builder, you have the flexibility to design reports that display exactly the information you need. Whether it's sales figures, customer data, or project updates, you can tailor your reports to meet your specific requirements.

  2. Multiple Output Formats: Report Builder supports both PDF and Excel formats, giving you the freedom to choose the format that best suits your needs or preferences.

  3. Highly Customizable: You can customize every aspect of your report, from the layout and formatting to the colors and fonts used. This allows you to create reports that match your brand's style and reflect your professionalism.

  4. Data Integration: Report Builder seamlessly integrates with your Appward applications, allowing you to pull data directly from your databases and incorporate it into your reports. This ensures that your reports are always based on up-to-date and accurate information.

Why is it important?

Report Builder is important because it streamlines the process of creating professional reports, making it easy to communicate key information effectively. Here's why it matters:

  • Efficiency: With Report Builder, you can generate reports quickly and easily, saving you time and effort compared to manual report creation methods.

  • Accuracy: By pulling data directly from your Appward applications, Report Builder ensures that your reports are based on reliable and up-to-date information, reducing the risk of errors or discrepancies.

  • Professionalism: The ability to customize the appearance of your reports allows you to create polished and professional-looking documents that impress clients, stakeholders, or colleagues.

In summary, Report Builder is a powerful tool that empowers users to create custom reports with ease, allowing them to communicate key information effectively and professionally. Whether you need to generate sales reports, financial statements or project updates, Report Builder has you covered. 

Tours

The difference between a primary tour and general tour is that a primary tour is specialized—it holds settings to manage the Help Menu for its respective app. You can configure whether a tour is general or primary either when you're adding the tour: 



Or in the details of the tour:



Each app can only have one primary tour. You'll find the Primary Tour Settings in any primary tour's details. 



Here, you can adjust the Help Menu for the respective app. You can change the caption at the top, the description of the app, the colors of the popup, and the app image if necessary. 

The differences between app and workspace tours are:

  • App tours are meant to guide you through how to use an app while workspace tours are meant to guide you through the general platform
  • App tours are linked to a specific Appward app while workspace tours are not