Create and view apps using Spec

Spec is a natural language interface that enables you to create an app by describing its requirements. The more you use Spec, the more it learns about your app requirements and customizes its suggestions.

The following sections describe how to use Spec to create and view apps:

Supported views using Spec

Spec supports the following views of your app:

  • List view - View the details of your app using natural language.

    Spec list view showing natural language details

  • Graph view - View the details of your app and its relationships in a graphical form.

Create an app from an idea using Spec

To create an app from an idea using Spec:

  1. Go to appsheet.com/spec.

  2. Enter the type of data that your app manages, or select one or more of the suggestions. For example, you might enter or click products, organizations, or drivers.

  3. Continue to refine your app.

    Refine your app using Spec

    Tips:

    • Use the suggestions provided by clicking on them or using them as a guide to enter more requirements.

    • Toggle between the List and Graph views.

    • View and interact with your app in the preview pane.

      Preview your app in the Spec interface

  4. When you are finished, click Save & Refine.

  5. Enter a name for your app and click Go to build your app.

A table schema with sample records will be created in your default cloud data service (for example, in Google Drive as a new Sheet).

When your app is ready, a dialog displays. You can try out your app in the right pane or click Customize your app to open the app in the AppSheet editor.

View an app using Spec

To view an app using Spec:

  1.  Open the app in the app editor.
  2. Select Settings > Data: Relationships.
    The app is displayed using Spec.
  3. Toggle between the List and Graph views, as required.
We've made some improvements to the app editor.
You are opted in to the new editor by default, but you can switch back to the legacy editor at any time.
 

If you are using the legacy navigation

 To view an app using Spec:

  1. Open the app in the app editor.
  2. Select Info > Spec.
    The app is displayed using Spec.
  3. Toggle between the List and Graph views, as required.

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