Introduction to the Builder Bar Introduction to the Builder Bar

Introduction to the Builder Bar

Chandra Bergmann Chandra Bergmann

The Builder Bar is located on the leftmost side of the Airkit Studio. It is what provides easy access to Airkit's many Builders, the interfaces that allow you to construct and edit different components of your apps. Here, we discuss broadly what each Builder is and provide some context as to their use cases.

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Journey Builder

The Journey Builder is the Builder that you'll be taken to automatically each time you create a new application. It provides a big-picture view of how the component pieces of your application fit together, allowing you to visualize (and modify) the macro-scale user journey from start to finish. This is where you'll establish the entry points to your Airkit App, configure different events that occur within your Journey, and access Kitcloud templates.

Activity Builder

The Activity Builder provides the tools to define specific user interactions. This is the Builder you'll use to design the UI for your web apps, and it's also the Builder you'll use to create conversational bots, spanning any combination of voice and SMS.

Connection Builder

The Connection Builder is designed to be your gateway to the outside world and the place where you can perform more complex data interactions; think of it as the interface that allows you to use and modify data, both internal and external. You can connect to external services, encrypt information, use and transform data, and much more.

Media Library

The Media Library provides a means to store, organize, and easily access any images, documents, audio files, and videos that you want to use or display within your app.

Data Builder

The Data Builder has two primary functions: defining how data collected by your app will be structured (by creating custom App Objects), and accessing said data once its been saved. You'll use this Builder whenever you want to build an app that collects information from external sources and organizes it internally.

Theme Builder

The Theme Builder provides a way make stylistic changes that apply across your entire app. Most commonly, this is used to ensure apps are branded consistently.

Calendar Builder

The Calendar Builder is where you can define windows of time in which app users can schedule appointments using the Scheduler Web Control

Configuration Builder

If the Connection Builder is your gateway to the outside world, the Configuration Builder is your key to the gate. It's where you'll configure email addresses from which your app can send emails, URLs that launch your web apps, and phone numbers from which your app can make calls or send texts. It's also where you'll integrate and authenticate external systems of record.

Portal Builder

Portals are interfaces that allow someone to access select information from your Airkit app without giving them to access anything else. Most commonly, Portals are used internally, as they allow non-developer teams to view and even work with important data while preventing them from making any changes to the app itself by accident. The Portal Builder is where you create and edit these Portal Pages. In addition to giving you control over what data is displayed, the Portal Builder also makes it easy to streamline actions users of a Portal might want to take with the data. For more information, see Capabilities of Portals