Menus

The Evoke Menu builder helps you adjust the menu in your app design to have the look, feel and function that you want and you believe is right for your customers.

Menu Style
Menus in Evoke Apps will adapt automatically.
On a desktop computer you can choose if the user will see either the "hamburger button" menu, a tiled menu, a icon/text based menu, a text only menu or a minimal menu (just the icons) when they open your app.
On mobile devices the traditional "hamburger button" menu will appear, top left, as the default menu. Clicking the "hamburger button" will reveal the menu in the style you choose from the list above.

Your app users can select their own menu style, when using the app, or pin/unpin the menu between the desktop style and the hamburger button style.
They simply use the ellipsis menu available at the top of the menu bar in each app (see image left) to select their prefered menu view.


Menu Styling
All the styling aspects of your app menu can be configured as part of the app design theme, you can:
  • Set the colours for the menu background, header, etc.

  • Add a help button in your App menu that will allow your App users to access App specific user help (that you are able to set up). Choose 'in app' help screens or access an external URL for context sensitive help web pages.

  • Display a Logo or corporate message that will appear, near to the bottom, on the menu bar of your App.

  • Change the default Main Menu Text and add a small icon/logo to be included with the text.

  • Customise additional images and styles of you app menu.

Using the Menu Builder
The Evoke menu builder makes it easy to create your menu, you can select:
  • The menu caption

  • If you want a icon next to the caption and pick the image from your computer

  • If the menu should be available when the app is running offline

  • Change the order of your menu captions

  • Add or remove menu items

You simply add menu items to your menu as either "Siblings" (menu items on the same level) or "children" (menu items one level down) and you can continue with this process for as many menu items and menu levels as your App needs.
In the menu section of Evoke, in are "Node details" for each menu item (see image) there are the options:
"Caption" - this is the name that will appear in the app menu.
"Name" - this is the internal Evoke name for this menu item.
"show image" check box - Once checked two new entry boxes appear. In the new entry boxes you enter the paths to TWO images:
  • a light image "Image (white) path" and

  • a darker image "Image (darker) path".

The lighter image will be shown in the main part of the menu and the darker image is used ONLY if the menu has child menu items (it will appear in the lighter "back" menu navigation box.).
"Page Series" is the Page Series that this menu item is linked to (see Linking menu items below).
"Network Connectivity Mode" indicates if the menu should be available when the app is running offline, this setting is described in more detail below
"Access Control Summary" describes any specific user security or navigation controls and is described fully in the Access Control section below.

Please remember to also set the title image in App Settings. See 'Show main menu title image' (Checkbox), in App Settings, which controls the image used in the menu title.

The menu images are to be uploaded in two formats as they are used against a dark and a light background. These images must be fixed sizes: 28px height and 28 pixels width. If you wish to use double, triple and quadruple density images to have extra crisp images on different density displays then in addition to the initial image selected, upto three further images can be placed in the same location (Windows folder) as the initial image. Use the naming convention "initial image name@2x", "initial image name@3x","initial image name@4x" with sizes 56px by 56px, 84px by 84px and 112px by 112px for the additional images.
Menu Icons are provided by you, however, there are dozens of great websites offering free icons and premium icons. Google search "icons".

Access Control of Menu Items
Evoke offers Access Control to provide completely unique App experiences for each user, based on their user group/level or data (either entered or retrieved from the database). Each menu item can be:
  • Visible and Enabled for this user

  • Visible and Disabled for this user so the user can see it but maybe not use it until they upgrade to a premium account or similar.

  • Not visible or enabled for this user

Access Control is described in more detail in the
evoke access control section.
When you set up either user group access control or data based access control for menu items, page components, etc the access control summary box will show either "Controlled via User Groups" or "Controlled via Data" to show that an access control has been set for this menu/page component/etc and which type it is.

Linking Menu Items
Each menu item is named and then linked to a Page Series to define the screens and functionality that touching/clicking the menu item will call upon.

Network Connectivity Mode
The Network connectivity mode setting for a menu node allows you to define whether the menu option is to be available if a native version of the app is running on a device which does not currently have a live data connection (offline). There are 3 options available:
  • Always

  • This setting indicates that the menu node will always be displayed (and can therefore be selected by the user) irrespective of the current status of a data connection on the native device.

  • Online-only

  • This setting indicates that the menu node will only be displayed if there is currently a live data connection available on the native device.

  • Offline-only

  • This setting indicates that the menu node will only be displayed if a live data connection is not currently available on the native device.