Activating your app removes all the restrictions of test mode and provides you with a shareable link.
Publishing allows you to sell your app, or even entire projects, to other professionals on the Afterpattern marketplace (or your own legal automation marketplace). Publishing is optional.
All apps begin in test mode, which you can confirm by looking at the top-right of the app builder:
While in test mode your apps are restricted in certain ways:
Activate your app to remove these restrictions.
Activating apps requires an Afterpattern subscription. However, you can activate apps for free if you publish that app (or the project that contains that app) to the Afterpattern marketplace and allow anyone to duplicate it for free. We call this an "open" app or project, as in open source.
This is not only the most affordable way to use Afterpattern, but it's also the best way to contribute to our growing community of legal automation builders.
Check out our lesson to take advantage of this feature.