Evoke is a powerful, yet easy to use, system that will allow you and your existing staff to create sophisticated business apps in a fraction of the time. After downloading Evoke and logging in with your account details, the system is easy to navigate using the navigation menu on the left of the screen, leaving the main part of the screen as your evoke workspace.
You will need to select the app, in your account that you want to work on or choose to create a new app, which will setup a new blank app with default pages and menu items for you to change.
We use various terms, consistant with App development, within Evoke and you will find our Glossary helpful to ensure a consistant understanding of these terms. The following is summary information regarding using Evoke, it is designed to give a very high level overview of some of Evoke's features, it is not a full user guide. To understand more about Evoke please contact us for a full demonstration of the product.
The initial "App" screen (Shown on the right) allows you to set up the location of your login page, how you will validate the user logging in and what to do upon a successful login i.e. display another screen. It will also allow you to set up or use a saved "Theme" for your App, identify the different access control user groups that your app will use, specifiy the developers you approve to work on your app, etc. For more information on App settings please see "App Settings".
The Entities section in Evoke allows you to define and set up the data structure for use by the User Interface (UI) in your App. This usually will be a supset of the data structures in the databases that you use in your backend products or database. In addition you can set up App User Interface only properties, classifications and selectons. For more information on Entities please see "Entities".
You will need to link some or all of your UI data structures in evoke to the actual databases in your backend system/database. The Repositories section of Evoke allows you to define the different databases that you will access, if the access will be direct or through stored procedures, the connection method and location of the database(s). For more information on using different repositories in Evoke please see "Repositories".
Data Mappings in Evoke allows you to link a UI data structure property to the corresponding database colummn/field. In addition, you can define selections that you want to run against database tables/files and choose different mapping schemes. For more information on Evoke Data Mappings please see "Data Mappings".
Evoke has a comprehensive menu sub-system which allows you to define your menu structure, who can use which menu options, the menu hierarchy and how the menu options operate. For more information on Evoke menus please see "Menus".
Each menu item links to its own Page Series. In this section you can add pages, link in other pages, import pages and set actions and selections that will be run when a Page Series is accessed. For more information on Page Series' please see "Page Series".
Data Sources are the data areas held within the UI, structured by the Entities, that are used by the App pages and Functionality Actions in the App. You can add multiple Data Sources for each Page Series and set criteria against these. For more information on Data Sources please see "Data Sources".
Pages are where you define each screen that the user of the App will see. A WYSIWYG interface makes it easy to structure pages, create adaptations, include images, text and data widgets. For more information on Page Series' please see "Pages".
Generating Your App
The Evoke generator uses the design of the app that you have created and converts it into hard IDE content in order to deploy the app. This content may then deployed as Web Apps, Hybrid Apps or Native Apps or the complete generated Visual Studio or Xamarin projects can be accessed to add customisation if you wish. For more information on the Evoke generator please see "Generator".
Now that you know a little about using Evoke, please contact us to ask for a live demonstration of the product or check out one of our demonstration apps that have been created:
A simple Sales Order Processing App - this App can be reviewed in a running environment at SOP demo App
You can log into the runtime of this demo app using the username "demo" and the password "demo". On the customer page use "Car" as the search prefix