What is VoltBuilder?
VoltBuilder is a replacement for PhoneGap Build.
It works as a web service. Zip your project, upload to VoltBuilder, and download executables for Android or iOS.
We were users of PhoneGap Build long before they became part of Adobe. One by one, the friends we made at Nitobi drifted away and PhoneGap itself withered. In September, 2020, Adobe announced they were discontinuing the service. There was going to be a big problem unless something was done.
We had the advantage of starting with a clean slate. We were able to simplify and speed up the workflow. We also kept it framework neutral: VoltBuilder does not depend on any AppStudio products, nor does it restrict the use of other frameworks. There is nothing to install.
VoltBuilder compared to PhoneGap Build
|Apache Cordova Version||8.0.0||10.0.0|
|Android API version||API 28 (Android 9)||API 30 (Android 11)|
|Signing keys||Stored on Adobe server||Only uploaded during build|
|Source code||Stored on Adobe server||Only uploaded during build|
|Targets||Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8||Android, iOS|
|Google Play Store compliant||Until Aug 3, 2020||Yes|
|Upload to Play Store?||No||Yes|
|Apple iTunes compliant||Until Jun 30, 2020||Yes|
|Upload to iTunes?||No||Yes|
|Submit from||Windows, MacOS||Windows, MacOS|
|Android Build time (secs)||26||21|
|iOS Build time (secs)||55||44|
We continuously update the VoltBuilder toolchain to the latest versions.
Who is NSB Corporation?
We started in 1993 at the introduction of the Newton to fill the need for easier to use development tools. Our first product, NS Basic/Newton, was a success. When the Newton was cancelled, we introduced NS Basic/Palm, and later added NS Basic/CE.