This transition may have an impact on you if you’re a Classic App template maker.
What does this mean for templates?
As of today, Classic Apps templates (formerly known as Apps templates) are no longer be visible in the Template Store
Classic Apps templates are still accessible through their direct links, but will not be listed or discoverable in the Template Store
These templates will still work as expected for building Classic Apps
All Apps templates (formerly known as Pages templates) will remain in the Template Store and will continue to work as expected
All Classic Apps (previously known as Apps) created from templates will remain active and continue functioning
Why the change to templates?
We want our template makers to start building templates for Apps and stop building for Classic Apps.
Apps templates are adaptive and fully optimized for mobile and desktop devices. They maintain all the same core capabilities as Classic Apps, and include powerful new functionality such as Big Tables, Actions, and Integrations. Classic Apps do not support these features.
For that reason, we strongly recommend that you build all future templates using Apps rather than Classic Apps.
What action do you need to take?
You don’t need to take any action at the moment.
We’ll have more details to share soon on how to resubmit your Classic Apps templates as Apps templates. We’re also working on tools to simplify the migration from Classic Apps to Apps.
Thank you for being on this incredible journey with us!
But templates are not allowed to be in the store with google sheets. I do agree it should be an option. I don’t like that it automatically converts the excel to glide tables without giving you the option.
Are all templates in the Template Store strictly built on Glide Tables?
Is it a requirement for all new templates to be submitted to be built with Glide Tables or can we submit templates based on Google Sheets
Glide will only accept them if they are built with Glide Tables. Potential customers of your template may not have a google account, so using glide tables guarantees that anyone can purchase and use your template right out of the box.
Nothing is stopping a user from attaching a google sheet once they copy a template. The problem is that not everybody has a google account, so it’s not a very good experience if someone copies a template and they can’t use it because they don’t have a google account. I work at a business that does not use Google products so any templates based on google sheets would be useless, whereas a template based on Glide Tables is universal. The beauty of Glide is that you can adapt any template to your needs, whether that’s attaching your existing google sheets, an excel sheets, or airtable.
It’s pretty easy to add tables to an app regardless of the source. Yes, a user may have to manually make some changes to adapt the app to their data, but that would be the case regardless if they have existing data in an existing google sheet.