Software to Make Apps

Profile picture of the author GianPereyra by
Hello,

I've been noticing how many brick and mortar business have started using apps. Consequently, selling apps to these business seems like great niche, however I don't want to work with a freelancer.

So my questions to you guys is do you know any decent software to make your own apps?
#mobile marketing #apps #make #mobile marketing #software

  • Profile picture of the author HypeText
    If you know how to code then check out Titanium Studio....its Free and Open Source.
  • Profile picture of the author AppWarrior
    Hey... I noticed that there were no good answers here so I will help you out. I have used over a dozen app makers. The best by far is AppMakr. AppMakr.com.

    Here is a list of the top few app makers I know work as alternatives for you with a short description.

    Create Android App | Make Your Own Android Apps | Android App Maker | AppsGeyser
    AppsGeyser is the web platform that allows you to convert any web content to an Android App. With AppsGeyser you can convert any web content or widget into an App in 2 simple steps.

    Andromo – Free
    www.andromo.com
    Andromo is the App Maker for Everyone!™ In as little as five minutes, you can make an Android app to promote your business or launch your million-dollar idea.
    Follow the simple steps and plug in your content (things like websites, images, HTML/CSS pages, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, eBay, Blogger, iTunes, Tumblr, MySpace, LinkedIn and other RSS and Atom feeds). Andromo will turn it into a professional app that runs on millions of Android smartphones and tablets. And the best part is that it's free...

    Conduit Mobile - Free
    Create Mobile Apps | Conduit Mobile
    Conduit Mobile enables content providers and developers to create an app once and distribute it on all leading platforms, without any developing or coding skills. By cutting the technical workload, we allow publishers to focus on the content, delivering apps quickly, simply, and across all mobile devices. What's more, it's all absolutely free.

    PhoneGap – OpenSource + Free
    PhoneGap
    PhoneGap is an open source implementation of open standards. That means developers and companies can use PhoneGap for mobile applications that are free, commercial, open source, or any combination of these.

    AppsBar - Free
    appsbar - iPhone App Builder, Android App Builder, Windows App Builder
    Appsbar was introduced in 2011 as the first cost-free way for anyone, at any skill level and with a limited budget, to make rich, personalized apps that reflect their own personality, business or event with direct access to app stores. Appsbar meets the demand for a turn-key solution for creating and publishing apps, while eliminating the common hassles faced by even experienced app developers, including how to develop for multiple devices and platforms, how to beat long- wait periods for publication, and how to stop rejections from app stores.

    MobileRoadie – Paid
    Mobile Roadie - iPhone and Android Apps for Everyone
    Creating your own app using MoRo takes only a few minutes and costs pretty much nothing compared to making your own from scratch. Fans see your name and icon in the App Store, Android Market and App World and your app on their mobile device, while backstage you have a powerful content management system at your disposal to update the app instantly, any time, as often as you'd like.

    Let me know specifically what you want to do and I will provide you some more targeted resources.
  • Profile picture of the author GianPereyra
    Originally Posted by AppWarrior View Post

    Hey... I noticed that there were no good answers here so I will help you out. I have used over a dozen app makers. The best by far is AppMakr. AppMakr.com.

    Here is a list of the top few app makers I know work as alternatives for you with a short description.

    Create Android App | Make Your Own Android Apps | Android App Maker | AppsGeyser
    AppsGeyser is the web platform that allows you to convert any web content to an Android App. With AppsGeyser you can convert any web content or widget into an App in 2 simple steps.

    Andromo – Free
    www.andromo.com
    Andromo is the App Maker for Everyone!™ In as little as five minutes, you can make an Android app to promote your business or launch your million-dollar idea.
    Follow the simple steps and plug in your content (things like websites, images, HTML/CSS pages, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, eBay, Blogger, iTunes, Tumblr, MySpace, LinkedIn and other RSS and Atom feeds). Andromo will turn it into a professional app that runs on millions of Android smartphones and tablets. And the best part is that it's free...

    Conduit Mobile - Free
    Create Mobile Apps | Conduit Mobile
    Conduit Mobile enables content providers and developers to create an app once and distribute it on all leading platforms, without any developing or coding skills. By cutting the technical workload, we allow publishers to focus on the content, delivering apps quickly, simply, and across all mobile devices. What's more, it's all absolutely free.

    PhoneGap – OpenSource + Free
    PhoneGap
    PhoneGap is an open source implementation of open standards. That means developers and companies can use PhoneGap for mobile applications that are free, commercial, open source, or any combination of these.

    AppsBar - Free
    appsbar - iPhone App Builder, Android App Builder, Windows App Builder
    Appsbar was introduced in 2011 as the first cost-free way for anyone, at any skill level and with a limited budget, to make rich, personalized apps that reflect their own personality, business or event with direct access to app stores. Appsbar meets the demand for a turn-key solution for creating and publishing apps, while eliminating the common hassles faced by even experienced app developers, including how to develop for multiple devices and platforms, how to beat long- wait periods for publication, and how to stop rejections from app stores.

    MobileRoadie – Paid
    Mobile Roadie - iPhone and Android Apps for Everyone
    Creating your own app using MoRo takes only a few minutes and costs pretty much nothing compared to making your own from scratch. Fans see your name and icon in the App Store, Android Market and App World and your app on their mobile device, while backstage you have a powerful content management system at your disposal to update the app instantly, any time, as often as you'd like.

    Let me know specifically what you want to do and I will provide you some more targeted resources.

    Thanks for the great reply, this is exactly what I was looking for. Have you used any of these softwares?
  • Profile picture of the author xlfutur1
    Great post, thanks for listing all of those sources.

    My question is: how can a local business use an app? What are some good ideas for apps that would work for selling to offline businesses?
  • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
    Originally Posted by xlfutur1 View Post

    Great post, thanks for listing all of those sources.

    My question is: how can a local business use an app? What are some good ideas for apps that would work for selling to offline businesses?

    Around here ( daytona ) there is a growing trend, of places using them for reservations and appointments.

    I actually just saw a super cuts commercial plugging an appointment app.
  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    I had a quick play around with app geyser about a month or so ago. I created an app out of a mobile website within about 5 minutes and downloaded it on to my Android phone and it worked perfectly. It's free to use but I believe once you get a certain number of downloads (I think the lady said about 50) they then start charging you. I guess this is good because you will only be paying when/if the app becomes successful.
  • Profile picture of the author AppWarrior
    I have used all of them extensively for the past year and about 25 more different app builders. I may launch a WSO course explaining how to use my favorite app builders and how to profit in the app stores. It depends if I have a good experience on the Forum. So far it has been OK. Please try one of these app builders out and let me know if you would like to see a WSO about how to use them and make money. I may let you try my course for FREE if you give me an honest review. Of course, this is all depending on if I decide to actually do a WSO.
  • Profile picture of the author AppWarrior
    Originally Posted by xlfutur1 View Post

    Great post, thanks for listing all of those sources.

    My question is: how can a local business use an app? What are some good ideas for apps that would work for selling to offline businesses?
    1) I have built a few apps for local businesses. It is a way to make a quick $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the app. I think it is a huge money making market for 2012. Unlike selling websites to business which I think is now a saturated market.

    If someone can create a strong business and FINANCIAL model, they may have a sustainable wealth building system for themselves. It all starts with a solid financial model with key metrics. Someone who has this will skyrocket their earnings into the next highest tax bracket. I am looking to find a great partner that I can leverage the knowledge I have about apps to sell apps to small to medium size business.

    An example of how a local business can use an app is best described with a restaurant/tavern. If a bar can send a push notification for free or low cost drinks at specific time to people who buy their apps on a slow day of business, they can expect an increase in patrons who come to the restaurant. They would need a large network of people who have already downloaded the app and approved push notifications from the app on their smart phone. The best plan for local businesses is to not only have a robust app, but also have an extensive mobile marketing strategy.

    I know some distributors that help people sell apps to businesses but they are run by scam and rip-off artists so I don't want to name names. Beware of hucksters.

    2) Some ideas for small businesses:

    • A Mexican restaurant can send a push notification to app downloaders for FREE MARGARITAS!

    • A barber can send a push notification for 25% off haircuts for appointments schedule during slow business days or times.

    • I have many more, but I can't give you all my great ideas. :-)
  • Profile picture of the author DeVill
    Originally Posted by AppWarrior View Post

    Hey... I noticed that there were no good answers here so I will help you out. I have used over a dozen app makers. The best by far is AppMakr. AppMakr.com.
    Thanks for the list. Checking them out now. I'm still new to all of this regarding app technology/marketing.

    Can you tell us why you prefer AppMakr over the rest on the list?

    My situation is that I'm a novice to apps and have no coding skills, and a tight budget, but I'm good with idea creation and marketing strategies. I want to offer apps to entertainers to help them calculate&track their sales vs. expenses and keep notes of certain related things, and I also want to offer apps as an advertising/promotional tool to the clubs where they work. Preferably, I would control content management, but with the ability to let them manage their own content.

    I'm considering using Wordpress multisites (with a desktop version of the site plus a script for mobile-optimizing the whole site), with the main domain being my company's front end, and the subdomains being where I host the entertainers'/clubs' individual site with a web app directing users to those subdomains (without the url showing in the app). I would like it to be on my own domain and hosting account, make some extra cash running ads on the app, and completely own everything. If there's a way to make most of the content a native app, but with a link in the app leading to everything on the related subdomain (as mentioned above), that would be great. If I could do push notifications per club (to each club's subscriber list), and per entertainer (to each entertainer's subscriber list) that would be even better.

    Any suggestion from you or anyone else here would be much appreciated.
    Please keep in mind I have no coding skills and a very tight budget to get these apps made, so an easy way to do it all myself would be awesome.
  • Profile picture of the author cicolino
    I'm seling mobile sites and for premium client with hosting plan (monthly charge) I'm using app.cat right now for Iphones but in a future for android too.
    It serves as a special business card, I can anonymize for extra charge, can make updates, and looks nice. It's web based app
  • Profile picture of the author kedinc
    This post was awsome, with lost of great information that I have been looking for. I look forward to your WSO and would support you all the way. Thanks to all the other worrior who gave there comments and information about mobile apps.

    Thanks again.

    Ken
  • Profile picture of the author AppWarrior
    I prefer App Makr because it is backed (funded) by a company called Socialize. Drop-In-Simple Social Platform for Your App. Great as a ShareKit Alternative | Socialize | Socialize

    Socialize is a pioneer in technology for creating "social apps" for the App Stores. Social Apps are the huge money-makers in the app store. For years, App Makr was great, then they changed to a different paid business model a few months ago. I believe App Makr will move back to a model where it is less expensive again and allow you to add a multitude of social features to app you create within their software. If App Makr has fallen off a bit they will be back in full effect and competitive with other inexpensive app builders in the very near future. It is important to build apps now in App Makr and get them submitted/approved because speed of implementation is key here to make money!



    Originally Posted by DeVill View Post

    Thanks for the list. Checking them out now. I'm still new to all of this regarding app technology/marketing.

    Can you tell us why you prefer AppMakr over the rest on the list?

    My situation is that I'm a novice to apps and have no coding skills, and a tight budget, but I'm good with idea creation and marketing strategies. I want to offer apps to entertainers to help them calculate&track their sales vs. expenses and keep notes of certain related things, and I also want to offer apps as an advertising/promotional tool to the clubs where they work. Preferably, I would control content management, but with the ability to let them manage their own content.

    I'm considering using Wordpress multisites (with a desktop version of the site plus a script for mobile-optimizing the whole site), with the main domain being my company's front end, and the subdomains being where I host the entertainers'/clubs' individual site with a web app directing users to those subdomains (without the url showing in the app). I would like it to be on my own domain and hosting account, make some extra cash running ads on the app, and completely own everything. If there's a way to make most of the content a native app, but with a link in the app leading to everything on the related subdomain (as mentioned above), that would be great. If I could do push notifications per club (to each club's subscriber list), and per entertainer (to each entertainer's subscriber list) that would be even better.

    Any suggestion from you or anyone else here would be much appreciated.
    Please keep in mind I have no coding skills and a very tight budget to get these apps made, so an easy way to do it all myself would be awesome.
    Originally Posted by kedinc View Post

    This post was awsome, with lost of great information that I have been looking for. I look forward to your WSO and would support you all the way. Thanks to all the other worrior who gave there comments and information about mobile apps.

    Thanks again.

    Ken
  • Profile picture of the author toodise
    Appwarrior and everyone great posts... I have many many offline contacts to restaurants and I am looking for something I can offer to them in the way of a mobile app does anyone have a good one that could be changed slightly for their businesses.. Most of them already have a website not just a website that is optimized for a mobile device. the faster the better and simple is better.
    I have seen quite a few but an hesitant to pull the trigger on most of them because they seem like they are not flexible enough to be able to offer to many different restaurant types.. any feedback on this is very helpful.

    thanks mike
  • Profile picture of the author flyinghammers
    AppWarrior-

    Are you a developer? If so, which platform?

    Can you provide a screen shot of one of the few apps you have built? How about a link to the app so we can download it.
  • Profile picture of the author Vladcanada
    im interested too!
  • Profile picture of the author DigiMan
    QuarkXPress v9.1 offers a fairly easy method for building iPhone & iPad apps (but not Android apps). Plus Quark is an excellent alternative to Adobe Illustrator and Dreamweaver. Quark is an innovative website builder...and I bet it can do mobi sites with ease (though I have not experimented with a mobi site yet in Quark). Unfortunately, Quark is pretty darn expensive.
  • Profile picture of the author professorrosado
    Originally Posted by DeVill View Post

    Any suggestion from you or anyone else here would be much appreciated.
    Please keep in mind I have no coding skills and a very tight budget to get these apps made, so an easy way to do it all myself would be awesome.
    HTML - hyperlinked icons for each sub site - like app screen on any mobile/pad. Then look for app creator site to convert into app for you - there are free sites you can find listed here on WF (search) .
  • Profile picture of the author iSoftware
    I've heard good things about BizzNessApps as well
  • Profile picture of the author patrickwagner
    These type of App builders are going to continue to pop-up every week or so. This is definitively the way to if you want to create a simple app. I can't wait for something more robust or with lots of templates to start any of the popular type apps for your own brand or site. I like mobileroadie.com and andromo.com
  • Profile picture of the author PurpleNinja
    Is there any mobile application(iphone,ipad,android) that transform a wordpress site to a mobile application?

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