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Poexis

Poexis is a platform in which users can build an app according to their needs with very little effort. Usually building an app is a time-consuming and resource intensive process. To build an app a person without high technical abilities has to rely on software developers and designers. A platform like Poexis provides a solution to develop an app with very less or no code.
Poexis is a powerful platform that can build apps from Presentations. Specifically from Google Slides at this point. All you have to do is build a presentation following a few rules and a simple structure, and then hit the 'Publish' button. Poexis will convert your presentation AKA Slide Deck, into an app and host it for you. The apps build using Poexis support installing in mobile or pc, through any modern web browser. The apps take only very less storage space and even work offline.
This guide is a quick overview of app development, the entire platform, and some of the things happening behind the scenes. All the sections detailed here have in-depth explanations on a separate help page. You can refer them if you run into any issues or need a better understanding of what is going on. All those pages will be linked here. Let's go through it.

Overview of App Development

An app is used to solve a particular problem or use as an aid in a particular use case. Usually, before developing an app, we will have a clear set of features defined or contents prepared. Then we go on to build an app. In general, there are three stages of app development,
  1. 1.
    Plan
  2. 2.
    Build
  3. 3.
    Publish
Poexis helps you to plan and organize your content in a better way, by providing templates and examples. To build an app you can use Google Slides. Publishing involves hosting your app and making it available through a URL. We take care of that part also. You don't have to do any form of setup to get your app published.

Plan

Structure of an app

Understanding the basic structure of an app will help you to organize your content efficiently.

Basic Structure

The final app that you will build will have three parts,
  • Title
  • Menu
  • Content
The Title contains the name, color, and logo of your app. You will use the Menu to navigate between different sections of your app. The Content consists of all the elements that you want to add to your app.
Contents are grouped into Sections.

Templates

Templates give you a quick start to build your app. Depending on your use cases you can choose an available template.
Templates also contain special layouts useful for a particular use case.

Build

Layouts

Layouts are a way to arrange elements in a slide.

Title

Title layout is used to define some major elements of the app, such as name, primary color, and logo.
Menu layout contains all the elements in the navigation menu.

Section Header

The elements in an app need to be grouped and arranged into different sections. For this, a special layout called 'Section Header' is used. Assume it as the title of a particular section. You will add slides and elements belonging to that section under the corresponding Section Header.
To navigate into a section in the final app, that section needs to be linked to the 'Menu'. The Menu will contain links to all the sections. will show up as a menu entry. So the menu can be used to navigate between each section.
Section Header will be automatically linked to the next slide in the document. To add a new section to the app,
  • Add a Section Header followed by a slide with any one of the content layouts.
  • Link the Section Header slide to the corresponding menu entry.
  • Add elements to the slide with a content layout.

Content Layouts

A set of content layouts will be available in each template to organize your content.

Mapping

Every slide in the slide deck has a layout. This layout is used to indicate where to place the elements of that slide in the final app and also how to arrange that element. The figure given below explains this relation,
Fig 1: Mapping between Google Slides to Final App
The left side shows different slides in a typical Poexis template. The name given in each slide is the layout name of that slide. As shown in the figure, elements in a slide with the 'Title Slide' layout go to the 'Title' part of the final app.
  • Title Slide > Title
  • Menu > Menu
  • Section Header, Content Area, etc > Contents
That explains the 'where to place the elements' part. But what about 'How to arrange the elements?'. That will be explained in a section further below.

Publish

Publishing

Share

Install

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