Have you ever had an amazing idea for an iPhone application but didn’t have the means to get it off the ground? Producing an iPhone app can seem like a daunting task to even the most experienced developer, so what about the folks that are just starting out?
I’ve been tinkering with XCode for over a year now and still can’t quite make heads or tails of a lot of things. Luckily, there appears to be a few options for novices to turn ideas into apps without any programming…
I’ve seen several of these services over the last year or so, but Appmakr seems to be the most streamlined. The free website allows you to build an iOS app from start to finish, and will even help you submit your creation to the App Store.
Even though the service is tagged with the Beta moniker, it’s been around for over a year, and currently comprises over 1% of all App Store apps. The platform is based on RSS power and HTML coding, so no object-oriented programming is required.
The RSS component makes it easy to make your own RSS feed reader or app for your personal website. When using the in-app HTML feature, you can call on the iPhone’s camera, accelerometer and other built-in components.
Appmakr allows you to upload your own app and in-app icons, or you can choose from their [awful] selection. You’re also given the opportunity to upload your own splash screen and other images for the software.
You’ll need a $99 Apple developer account to build the app to your device and submit it to the App Store. If you’re worried about the money, just let Appmakr help you insert ads into your application, and you’ll make that hundred bucks back in no time.
As you can imagine, you don’t have the freedom in Appmakr that you would in building your own application, but the service is great for beginners. Just make sure to stay away from in-app purchases until this whole Lodsys thing gets hashed out.
Have you tried Appmakr? Or are you just an app user?