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July 2, 2013

How to Create an App By Yourself

Apps may be created for any number of reasons. You may have found an app that you would like to use on your blog, but opt to create your own to avoid the expense of paying for someone else’s. You could create an app to market your home business or just for fun.

The following are four app creators that have a slightly different take on app creation:

An overview of the Google App Inventor  

This app program allows a user to create his or her own app for the Android operating system. It makes app designing easier and means the user does not need to have a full understanding of programming to create an app. It has a number of functions that allow the user to make fairly simple Android apps. The principle of the app inventor is to turn app creation into a more modular design platform. The user picks the function he/she wants, and then moves onto a GUI where he or she may manipulate those functions into the app user interface. From here, the user creates both the internal and external use and appearance.

The pros and cons of Google App Inventor 

On the up side, this creator is easy to use and open source. It works in a step-by-step method to make the construction process a little less complex. The only real con of the app creator is that its easy-to-use structure has made it more restrictive to use and, therefore, a more advanced user would not be able to be as creative as he or she would like.

The target audience for this app inventor is literally anyone who has intermediate down to zero experience with app building. A deep understanding of programming is not required to create an app, in the same way that blog CMS programs have enabled people without HTML code knowledge to create blogs. It can be used to showcase writing services reviews, or other useful posts.

An overview of the Zoho Creator 

This app builder allows the user to create apps by setting rules and having the app built on those rules. This is yet another way of creating functions first and then allowing the app to be built based upon them.

The principle of the Zoho Creator is to give the business or personal user a variety of business or number related tools. These tools may then be integrated into an app that is designed by the user. The Zoho Creator uses a drag and drop method to create the app.

The pros and cons of Zoho Creator 

The drag and drop interface is actually one of the more easy-to-use and recognizable drag and drop systems currently available. It has a builder that is reminiscent of a WordPress or Magento CMS. On the down side, however, it mostly offers business tools, most of which are better optimized on professionally created apps.

Zoho has tried to sell it as a business and personal use app creator, but it is clearly aimed at the business user. The only people who may be able to benefit, other than business users, are people who want to build apps to do their taxes or book keeping.

An overview of The App Builder 

This app creator gives the user a number of icons and headings that he or she may order, or they can add their own headers, icons, backgrounds and colors. It is a flexible creator that allows a user to customize as much as possible within the restricted confines of an app creator.

The principle of this app is that a user needs no programming knowledge at all. The company has created a tool that operates under its own rules, to the point where learning how to use the tool is all you need to do to gain full functionality.

The pros and cons of The App Builder 

Its biggest advantage is its “go live” function, which allows the user to pin the app to his or her website, either to sell it, make it available for people to download or simply as a marketing tool. Its update system is also quite modern. There are no real drawbacks — it does everything an app creator is supposed to do; it even allows you to create apps for iOS and Windows, as opposed to just Android.

The target audience for The App Builder? Almost anybody with an interest in creating an app. It can be used by a teenage girl to make an app involving images of the hottest celebrities, by a writer to showcase top essays, or an app for businesses to promote themselves.

An overview of the AppGeyser

This is a free service that allows you to lay out parameters for your app, and it is then created in a number of easy steps (they claim as few as two). The service also offers a lot of tools for post app creation promotion.

The principle of the app builder is to build apps that make money. It is a quick service that almost wants to take the work off of your hands, thereby making the process quicker and easier.

The pros and cons of AppsGeyser 

AppsGeyser allows the user to create and monetize apps very quickly. These apps may not be accepted into the big app stores, but money may be made via self promotion.

It emphasis on quick creating and marketing over substance, however is a drawback. The app creator is not built to give you lots of options and customizations (when compared with similar app creators). It is built to help you churn out a factory style app. Another con? The website shows a metric of how many apps are being installed at the moment, but the clock is only created via an html program that increases at random intervals (in other words it is a little lie).

The target audience for the AppGeyser

You will not have to read any posts to figure out that this app builder is for anybody who wants to make a fast buck. The web marketing of the app creator alone is crying out to all those people who have seen how much the successful app creators have made and want a piece of the action. If money is your only motivation then this is the app creator for you.

Conclusion

There are several app creators out there, and each has its own reason for existing. Each app creator offers something different, making it easier for users to find the creator that works best for them.


Emily Lucas is experienced freelance writer and blogger. Her areas of interests are very wide, but mostly she writes for educational websites and blogs. Her website: topbritishessays.com.

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