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6 Tools To Build The Next Pokemon Go App

6 Tools To Build The Next Pokemon Go App

Pokemon Go has clearly taken over the world. In fact it’s difficult to take a trip even to the grocery store, without encountering at least a few people who are playing this addictive game. The folks at Niantic have certainly done a wonderful job of creating an app with mass appeal. Have you ever dreamt of creating an app that is as successful as Pokemon Go? Believe it or not, it can be done. You have to begin with a creative frame of mind and a willingness to work hard. You also must be detail oriented or partner with someone who is. Finally, you have to have the right tools to design, develop, launch, and maintain your app. The following six tools can help you get on the right track.

1. Google App Engine

Google App Engine was developed as one of the tools that make up the brand’s cloud hosting tools suite. It is a PAAS (platform as a service) that allows developers to launch and host apps without spending too much time concerned with server management. It is extremely easy to use. Simply set up your SDK (Software Development Kit) kit and create a configuration file. Then, use GoApp to launch. This tool even allows you to develop locally before you deploy. Google uses a tiered pricing system that includes a free option for smaller projects. In addition to passing off server management tasks, this utility also does scaling for you. It will even tackle high availability for you. Finally, let’s talk about power and reliability. If you want to develop and deploy an app that gets Pokemon Go level big, don’t you want to host it on one of the strongest infrastructures on the internet?

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2. Unity

This game engine is fairly easy to use thanks to a well-written interface. It also allows you to port your app to a variety of different mobile platforms. If you are also interested in getting your new offering to consoles, you can also use Unity for that purpose. In fact, it offers desktop and web plugin support as well. Unity offers support for a variety of assets for 3D game development, but it is also a great environment for developing and launching 2D games as well. Their pricing runs about 75 dollars per month per seat. However, you can get a free edition if you meet certain income and funding requirements. If you want really awesome graphics in your new app, you should definitely check out this tool.

3. QASymphony

Testing; you don’t want to release an app that is buggy or full of defects. Ensuring that your app is bug and defect free means you’ll need to harness the power of software testing. Testing with the goal of eliminating or minimizing bugs requires a suite of QA testing tools that are compatible with agile development, are easy to set up, have a simple interface, and are competitively priced – you can find all of this with QASymphony. The qTest by QASymphony is a test management platform that allows teams to centralize, organize and report on their software testing efforts. More importantly, qTest helps with ensuring that software testing efforts are keeping track of and minimizing defects. From creating test plans, managing test cases, tracking defects and executing tests, qTest by QASymphony allows teams to test faster while reducing higher quality apps. qTest integrates with automation tools, bug trackers like Bugzilla and ALMs such JIRA as where teams can get real-time integration at the requirements and defect level. All in all, this is a solid suite of QA tools that helps teams ensure they’re releasing the highest quality, bug free apps into the marketplace.

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4. LibGDX

LibGDX is a Java-based game development library that you can use to develop games to be deployed across a variety of platforms. This includes desktops, mobile platforms, and the web. You may not fall in love with the setup process. It is a bit complicated and it takes some time to get things up and running. However, even if you are an absolute beginner at game development, it is a process that you should be able to navigate, and once you’ve gotten past the learning curve, you’ll see that it’s much easier in the future. Once you have things setup, you will love the features and functionality. You get fast prototyping capabilities and the ability to test and debug natively without needing to deploy. If you run into problems support and documentation are both superb, and there is an active community of LibGDX users who are very willing to help you with any issues you come across. This is definitely the game development framework you want to have at your fingertips in order to launch an app that has mass appeal.

5. AutoDesk

You don’t need the backing of a huge studio to create a game that does big things. AutoDesk provides you with the tools that you need to design the story behind your game, create your concept art, and to ultimately bring the game you have been visualizing to life. AutoDesk offers up a suite of tools for indie game makers that gives the capabilities to design, create, and launch 3D games with great character development, rich background environments, high performing graphics, and amazing storylines. Once you’ve gotten your design down, you will be able to use Maya LT to create 3D models of your characters from your concept art. The game kit is available to download for free, and it’s all you need to get started. If you are new to game design, this is the perfect tool for you.

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6. Perforce

This is an ideal tool for version control, which is a must have for any game that is going to have mass appeal. In fact, game developers have been using Perforce for years. Versioning is what allows you to develop and deploy multiple versions of your app. For example, you might choose to launch a free version, and then put out a premium version of your app with added features. You might also use versioning to deploy slightly different versions of your app to different geographical regions. With perforce, this process is made much easier, and it automates much of the organization and tracking that must be done.

With these tools in your pocket, you have everything you need to create an app that has the potential to be as big as Pokemon Go. You just need to add your own creativity and know-how to the mix.

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Last Updated on June 17, 2019

40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone (all categorized based on their functions) to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

For Getting Things Done

1. OmniFocus

This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

Download it here.

    2. Forest

    Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

    Download it here.

      3. Things

      Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

      Download it here.

        4. 30/30

        Recently covered here at Lifehack

        , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

        Download it here.

          5. Any.Do

          A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

          Download it here.

            6. PocketLife Calendar

            This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

            Download it here.

              7. Asana

              We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

              , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

              Download it here.

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                8. ToDoist

                This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                Download it here.

                  9. FlowTasks

                  From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                  Download it here.

                    10. Calendars 5

                    This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                    Download it here.

                      11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                      A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                      Download it here.

                        12. Due

                        A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                        Download it here.

                          13. Checkmark 2

                          I use this app

                          for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                          Download it here.

                            14. TeuxDeux

                            Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                            Download it here.

                              15. Wunderlist 

                              Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                              Download it here.

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                                16. Nirvana

                                For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                Download it here.

                                  17. Priorities

                                  An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                  Download it here.

                                    For Building Habits

                                    18. Productive

                                    With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                    Download it here.

                                      19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                      You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                      Download it here.

                                        20. Streaks

                                        This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                        Download it here.

                                          21. Remember The Milk

                                          Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                          Download it here.

                                            22. Day One Journal

                                            When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                            Download it here.

                                              For Files Organization

                                              23. Evernote

                                              Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                              Download it here.

                                                24. Pocket

                                                You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                Download it here.

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                                                  25. Sync.Me

                                                  This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    26. Droplr

                                                    One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      27. Dropbox

                                                      Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        28. iDolly 

                                                        In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                        Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          29. Soulver

                                                          It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            For Working Smarter

                                                            30. Captio

                                                            A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              31. Drafts

                                                              A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                  33. Doodle

                                                                  This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                    I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                      A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        36. GoodReader

                                                                        This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          37. LogMeIn

                                                                          Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            For Improving Security

                                                                            38. 1Password

                                                                            There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                              You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                              All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                40. Truecallers

                                                                                Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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