activate & publish

Test, activate, and share Apps

Updated: October 19, 2020

You must "activate" your App in order to share it with end-users. After activation, you can use your App's shareable link to distribute it to others or create a button/link on your website.

Test Mode vs Active Mode

TEST MODE

All apps begin in Test Mode. It is 100% free to build apps in Test Mode. In Test Mode, apps also have a badge in the right-hand column of the app and "Hidden content" icons indicating if there are Questions or Elements that are not displayed because of "Show If" logic:

While in Test Mode, your apps are restricted in certain ways: 

  • Documents: Documents produced by your app include a watermark.
  • Email: All emails, regardless of whom they're addressed to, are sent to you, the account holder.
  • Payment: Payments made via Stripe or LawPay payment blocks are not real. You can use test credit card numbers like 4111 1111 1111 1111 for Stripe or these test card numbers for LawPay.
  • HelloSign: Signatures of documents are not valid.
  • Additional: We may apply other restrictions based on usage and circumstance.
ACTIVE MODE

To activate your app and remove the restrictions listed above, click the activation toggle in the App Builder: 

Depending on your Community.lawyer subscription, you may be blocked from activating your App until you upgrade.

Developer Mode: Snapshots, Fast forward, Sandbox

Whenever you as the app author launch your app from within the App Builder (i.e. by pressing the "Build and Run" button), you are provided access to Developer Mode. These are tools that are only visible to you as the app author, not any other users of your app:

  • Save Snapshot: When you click the "Save Snapshot" button, all of your inputs for that app session are saved under the Snapshots tab in the App Builder. You can then re-run those saved sessions whenever you want, automatically advancing the app using the stored inputs. This makes it easy to rapidly test changes to your app or template logic.
  • Fast forward: When you run a Snapshot and go back in your app to change an answer, you can teleport back to the end of the snapshot by clicking the Fast forward button.
  • Sandbox: When you run a Snapshot, you can run it in Sandbox mode. This will suppress outbound webhooks and emails, letting you test your app without cluttering your database or inbox with fake data.

For more information about Snapshots, Fast Forward, and Sandbox, please watch the video below:

Every activated App comes with a "shareable link", a URL that can be used to distribute the App to end-users or with which to create a button/link on your website.

You must use this shareable link when distributing your App or creating a link/button on your website. You can't simply copy the URL from a web browser.

After you activate your App, you can find the shareable link here: 


Sharing Apps with legal professionals

Activating your App allows you to share it with end-users (via the shareable link). You can also share your App with other legal service professionals, allowing them to duplicate your App for their own practice. This is known as publishing your App.

Read the next lesson to learn more:

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