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Michael Haas
Michael Haas on 22 Jan 2018
Commented: Adam Filion on 6 Nov 2019
I have to decide whether to use App Designer or GUIDE. Can somebody give a list of difference and pros and cons? Also, can files created with GUIDE be packaged into an app?

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Adam Filion
Adam Filion on 23 Jan 2018
This partly depends on the version of MATLAB you are using as App Designer has seen large improvements in recent releases. If App Designer supports what you need, use it instead of GUIDE. A few reasons:
  • MathWorks is no longer putting development effort into improving GUIDE, and hasn't for several years. Meanwhile a significant development effort is going into improving App Designer.
  • App Designer looks much better and is easier to use than GUIDE.
  • As of R2017b, App Designer can pretty much do anything GUIDE can do.
As for packaging MATLAB Apps, any interactive GUI can be packaged as an App, whether it was created with GUIDE, App Designer or manually from scratch.
Steve Tang
Steve Tang on 6 Nov 2019
Is there a way/tool to convert a .m file composed of uicontrol statements to .mlapp ? This .m file creates a GUI with uicontrol and that's the part I wish to automate. I'd manually take care of the other statements since the .m file executes the callback functions differently from that of GUIDE.
Adam Filion
Adam Filion on 6 Nov 2019
Hi Steve, unfortunately there is no way to automaticlaly convert a GUI created programmatically with uicontrol to an App Designer app. This will need to be done manually.
Note that if you do have a GUI made with GUIDE, there is a GUIDE to App Designer transition tool to help with the process, but it only works with GUIDE created GUIs.

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