Today we are probably bringing you one of the most exciting news in years, so don’t miss out any information on this topic.
You will surely like it!
We started Kodular back in July 2017, nearly 6 years ago, as a “fork” of the MIT App Inventor 2 project. Since then, we have been adding many new features to what is now known as Kodular Creator. But in fact, the base project was still there, and Kodular Creator would not be possible without all the effort from the original developers. So we wanted to give something back, and we have ported some specific features back to the original project, and some of us even worked in the project as part of programs like Google Summer of Code.
But during these past months (and years), we have realized that maintaining two separate projects and services was a tough task, and it may eventually become more difficult with the iOS version being open sourced anytime soon. So, after talking for a couple of months with both the MIT App Inventor and the App Inventor Foundation teams, we are proud to announce that…
MIT App Inventor, App Inventor Foundation and Kodular teams are joining forces to collaborate on the development of the App Inventor platform!
You heard it right, Kodular team will be collaborating and contributing to the development of the App Inventor platform. We will start by donating the Kodular Creator software and integrating portions of it into the original App Inventor platform.
What does this mean? Well, this means that…
- App Inventor will be rolling out technical changes that will support different interfaces for the web editor. This will enable a huge revamp in the App Inventor User Interface, moving it to a more modern look and feel. It may not look exactly like Kodular Creator, but the idea is to improve the user experience and tune a couple of things according to user feedback.
- You will receive at App Inventor a bunch of new components and features that were available in Kodular Creator but not in App Inventor. A lot of new functionality will appear for App Inventor developers!
- We will also be developing a couple of new features for App Inventor, and continue to contribute on a regular basis to the development of the App Inventor platform. This will benefit the entire App Inventor development community.
And you may be thinking how all this process will look like. Well, Kodular team will be actively contributing to the open source repositories of the mit-cml organization. You will be able to see how the progress is going, and even provide feedback for this migration!
And the big question is: When is this going to happen? We are targeting this coming year for the beta release of this next version of the App Inventor platform.
As the outcome of this collaboration, Kodular Creator will be deprecated. But there’s nothing to worry about, as you will be able to migrate all your projects to App Inventor in a seamless way. Once the time comes, you will be able to move your projects from one platform to another automatically.
Our ultimate goal is that once all the project is finished Kodular Creator development will sunset and move to an end-of-life support phase, where you will be able to only view and edit your projects, but not build them into apps. And finally, it will be fully shut down so you can keep developing your projects directly in App Inventor with all the existing and new features.
We will also provide a snapshot of the latest working version of Kodular Creator so you can run it offline in case you don’t want to migrate your projects to App Inventor. But keep in mind that no updates for it will be provided, so Target SDK might become a bottleneck in the future.
For users who have purchased Kodular Premium, don’t worry. Once we provide the ability to migrate your projects and all Kodular-only features are available at App Inventor, you will be able to cancel and request a refund for the non-used time of your subscription. All the futures that we will be migrating to App Inventor will be free of charge on their platform.
PS: You will find a post right below this topic with a list of FAQs, in case we missed anything. We’ll keep updating them with new questions as they keep appearing.
We are really excited about this collaboration, as we will be building a way more powerful platform to build your apps!