HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN IOS AN­DROID APPS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - DIY SPECIAL -

Apps are E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E! With over 25 bil­lion apps down­loaded on the Ap­ple App Store and an­other 10 bil­lion and more on An­droid mo­bile de­vices, apps are dom­i­nat­ing more and more de­vices ev­ery day, faster than you can imag­ine. Do you ever catch your­self say­ing “I have an idea for an awe­some app”? Well, it’s about time you scratch that itch, and dive into our primer on app de­vel­op­ment for the iOS and An­droid plat­forms. APPS DE­VEL­OP­MENT FOR THE SE­RI­OUSLY IN­CLINED FOR AP­PLE If you’re se­ri­ous about app de­vel­op­ment on the iOS plat­form, you’ll first need to down­load the iOS Soft­ware De­vel­op­ment Kit for the Mac plat­form (Mac only), which in­cludes Xcode (the de­vel­op­ment en­vi­ron­ment) and In­ter­face Builder, a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get)) user in­ter­face de­sign tool. From there on in, you can head over to the iOS Dev Cen­ter at http://bit.ly/JcRfXb to learn the ins-and-outs of iOS app de­vel­op­ment. Once you’ve tested the app on your local de­vice, you will need to sign up for the $99/year iOS De­vel­oper Pro­gram be­fore you can dis­trib­ute your app via the App Store. FOR AN­DROID As with the iOS plat­form, you’ll need the An­droid SDK set up on your Mac/PC, and we strongly rec­om­mend read­ing the An­droid De­sign guide at http://bit.ly/IhAlNK be­fore you even write the first line of code. Speak­ing of which, if you’re fa­mil­iar with com­puter pro­gram­ming ba­sics, head over to the An­droid De­vel­op­ers guide at http://bit.ly/Ibrs7x for a groundup tu­to­rial on how to de­velop An­droid apps. You only need to cough up the reg­is­tra­tion fee ($25.00) when you wish to pub­lish your fin­ished app on the Google Play store. APPS DE­VEL­OP­MENT FOR THE REST OF US The trou­ble is, for most folks, the process of app de­vel­op­ment is still a bit of a mys­tery, not to men­tion the spi­ralling costs of hir­ing a pro­gram­mer or the sheer in­tim­i­da­tion of go­ing it alone. Luck­ily, there are ways to cre­ate your own fea­ture-rich An­droid and iOS apps with­out hir­ing a de­vel­oper or wad­ing through mil­lions of lines of code. Most of th­ese are sim­ply tools that let you drag and drop app el­e­ments into app pages, not al­to­gether dif­fer­ent from us­ing Word or Pow­erPoint. FOR AP­PLE - APPMAKR (http://bit.ly/JpT0os): Do you have a pop­u­lar blog or Flickr feed, and want to make that into an iOS app for your read­ers? Us­ing AppMakr, this can be as easy as point-and-click. You can add feeds to the app, from text-based feeds to Flickr pho­tos or your Twit­ter ac­tiv­ity, and the app then lets you cus­tomise the colours of de­sign el­e­ments, the start screen, wall­pa­pers and icons. It’s re­ally that sim­ple. Be warned though, while the ba­sic ad-sup­ported ser­vice is free, if you want to go pro and get ac­cess to ad­vanced fea­tures to build, pub­lish, and mon­e­tise your app, you will need to pay a hefty $79 a month for the ser­vice. - APP PRESS (http://bit.ly/Izn4hk): Fa­mil­iar with de­sign tools like Pho­toshop? You’ll feel right at home with App Press, which al­lows you to use Pho­toshop or Adobe InDe­sign to edit pre­de­fined app tem­plates to start build­ing your app. You can even use the web­based con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem to man­age your app look-and-feel. Sub­scrip­tion op­tions are far more var­ied and flex­i­ble than AppMakr though. FOR AN­DROID - An­dromo (http://bit.ly/Iepfst): Billed as the “App Maker for Ev­ery­one”, An­dromo is a web-based app de­vel­op­ment sys­tem for An­droid. Apart from let­ting you add pho­tos and videos, blog feeds, mu­sic and so­cial shar­ing el­e­ments, you can fully cus­tomise the app ap­pear­ance as well. Free to use if you’re willing to split your ad rev­enue 50-50 with the An­dromo folks, and $99 for an ad-free app. - App­sBar (http://bit.ly/IjYXnK): Want a quick and dirty app for an event? Try App­sBar—a free to use web­site that lets you cre­ate smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tions for An­droid (and iOS) de­vices. Select the app type, choose some look and feel el­e­ments, add in page -el­e­ments—and you can sub­mit the app for pub­li­ca­tion to the Google Play store!

HELP­FUL LINKS

■ Build­ing ios apps from scratch: http://bit.ly/ib­srgy How to cre­ate your first iphone Ap­pli­ca­tion: http://bit.ly/iqzns4

BY TUSHAR KAN­WAR

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