VoltBuilder Now Supports Unlimited Plugins

Until now, you could only use plugins on the list of approved plugins. With over 1300 plugins listed, almost any plugin could be used. After approval, new ones can be added.

We’ve enhanced VoltBuilder so it can use any valid plugin. If you’re on the Enterprise Plan, don’t worry if your plugin is approved or set up in NPM. You can load any plugin directly from GitHub, from a website or keep them right in your project.

You can now load plugins from the following places:

  • Directly from NPM (approved or not)
  • Directly from a Github repo - no need to set up in NPM.
  • Directly from a website
  • From a folder on your website
  • From a local folder on your computer

This allows you to use plugins which are not published publicly - if you have some proprietary code, it’s no longer a problem.

Full details are here.

What VoltBuilder Does

VoltBuilder is an easy to use wrapper for Apache Cordova and Ionic Capacitor. It builds native executables (.apk, .aab and .ipa) for Android and iOS from web apps. These executables can be augmented with native code plugins which extend capabilities far beyond what is possible in Web Apps and PWAs.

It works as a web service. Zip your project, upload to VoltBuilder, and download executables for Android or iOS.

In designing VoltBuilder, 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 use any other AppStudio products, nor does it restrict the use of other frameworks. There is nothing to install.

About Us

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. It also did well, so we added NS Basic/CE.

In 2010, we realized that JavaScript on mobile devices was getting seriously fast. Web pages in those days used a bit of JavaScript to augment the page: Could we flip things around and make JavaScript the core of web pages, driving the HTML and CSS? That resulted in AppStudio, targeting iOS and Android. It now has thousands of users in over 80 countries. More than 2 million students have learned how to program using it.

The same core group of developers has been at work on AppStudio for many years. We enjoy what we’re doing - we’ve built a loyal base of customers by treating them fairly and providing great support.

How to Get Started

Visit https://volt.build for more information, to sign up and get started. You can use the Free plan for limited testing, or sign up for a trial of the Indy or Pro plans. The first 15 days are free: you can cancel at any time.

If you’re coming from PhoneGap, there is a PhoneGap Migration Guide. You can also use the tutorial.

There is also a one minute video, showing you how to submit your app and download the result.