Software to Make Apps

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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 keronpollard
      thanks for recommend titanium code s/w
  • 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 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 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 PaulKlein
      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      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.
      Thanks Will for the info. This will be helpful as I get busier with apps.
  • 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 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?
  • Profile picture of the author JobsAllOver
    Thank you for the very extensive list. I'll be coming back here shortly.
  • Profile picture of the author McCoy
    I would recommend AppMakr you can try that..
  • Profile picture of the author NXmarketeer
    If you are serious about it go with: Unity3D (free)

    If you are super serious about it then its: Xcode (also free)

    If you are mainstream go with: Adobe AIR (Flash) or Flex (Flash Builder)

    ... just my 2 cents
  • Profile picture of the author gohicks
    Game Salad is another you could look at for creating Games. Game Design Engine, Make Games for iPhone & Android - GameSalad
  • Profile picture of the author gohicks
    Do you know of anything similar to Mobile Roadie but cheaper. They have a great CMS for developing Apps but their monthly fees are very expensive.
    • Profile picture of the author ChristopherGabriel
      Hi,

      I have extensive experience with most of the mobile application development SAAS companies, and I have had the best experience with Seattle Clouds.

      I really liked Buzztouch too, but compiling the apk file through eclipse was a pain after 100 apps.

      Just some info from someone in the mobile app trenches.

      Cheers,
      Chris
  • Profile picture of the author shoopt
    The business of mobile apps development have caught fire as the world is going mobile. There are a number of resources available over web that claims to easily create mobile app as per your usage. I have gone through a lot of them and didn't find any resource worthy to develop a business specific app. Even I have made a few apps using power point but found these process are useless if I want some professional mobile app.
    My point for you is, if these resources are this much good why there are organizations for apps development?
    So if you wish to have an app that generate business for you, better follow standard guidelines of apps development or have it made with some professional mobile apps development company.
  • Profile picture of the author DaneSebastion
    Hi there,

    I have had a look at the lists so far, is anybody here in the Apps marketing area that can provide an updated list on which Apps builder is the best for providing my local businesses an App with push notifications etc etc. It needs to be able to do Apple, Android and maybe put out a html5 mobile page as well.

    Cheers

    Dane
  • Profile picture of the author Virtualghost
    Anyone buy "android app creator software" and tried it?Seems cheap enough but want to know any reviews.
    Thanks
  • Profile picture of the author Aweinerws
    There are many software programs which will help you develop advanced apps. But it is essential to know how to use software apps in various projects. There are companies which are into software app development. If you want you can contact one such company for your projects.
    • Profile picture of the author Nutrifitness
      Originally Posted by Aweinerws View Post

      There are many software programs which will help you develop advanced apps. But it is essential to know how to use software apps in various projects. There are companies which are into software app development. If you want you can contact one such company for your projects.
      Which companies do u recommend??
  • Profile picture of the author ionext002
    appmaker is a cool tool
  • Profile picture of the author londoncoffee
    My own 2 cents worth of feedback here is this: its not the app software that's the problem, it's getting clients who will actually listen to you for more than 60 seconds. Many of the app makers mentioned here are great. But your typical client can barely understand stuff like Responsive Web Design and Push Notification. If you have the gift of selling, then you're gonna make it irrespective of the software. Same problem with selling web design. I have people who say 'oh i'm fine thanks, i have a FREE yell.com website or i have a wix website, get lost!'
    Try explaining that these site makers suck. They're not interested.

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