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6 Cloud-Based Tools To Help You Build A Web App With Ease

6 Cloud-Based Tools To Help You Build A Web App With Ease

In just a relatively short amount of time, building mobile apps has transformed from a process that included lots of knowledge in developing into something that almost anyone can do. Cloud-based tools are quickly becoming the norm for app developers, and these are some of the highest recommended tools, each one being ideal for certain developers.

1. Conduit

This is possibly the most simple mobile application builder that can be found. The company boasts that there is no coding necessary to build, and setting up designs is quick and easy. Apps can be developed for both iOS and Android in just a matter of minutes. The tool comes with a variety of components like social feed, events, RSS, notifications, e-commerce and more. The builder will even submit your app to app stores on your behalf. This is the perfect solution for someone that is not very technical.

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2. Softarex

When taking action to build a web application, Softarex eases many aspects associated with app development. This tool will allow for a centralized location of backup for all data, which is protected by high security. Communication among team members becomes easier, and the software can be accessed from multiple locations. Softarex provides continued maintenance and support, system administration, and even software development making it the perfect solution for publishing and advertisement, healthcare, education, and communications. These users can enjoy a reduction of nagging software updates like those for traditional programs, and a decreased cost of infrastructure on users’ computers.

3. Appery.io

Formerly called Tiggzi, this platform can be described as a “cloud-based HTML5, hybrid mobile and jQuery mobile app builder”. It is quite easy to use, and it builds HTML5 applications that are cross-platform, using jQuery mobile. It is supported by Android, iOS, and Windows phones, so it is accessible to everyone. Because the builder runs on the cloud, there is nothing that users have to install or download, so it is quite easy to build the app. It has been described as using a powerful drag-and-drop tool as a visual builder.

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The company says that a mobile user interface is not useful without data, so the app connect to any REST API that can be used easily in the app. Developers can even test the REST API prior to using it on the page and promptly define the service response structure. This makes trying a new service very quick and easy.

4. Codiqa

For those who are more of a designer and less of a programmer, Codiqa is made for them. It is not focused on developers and has a drag-and-drop interface for fast and easy building of mobile prototypes. It even has a preview mode to test the prototypes. The program builds the app with 100% HTML5 components as a cloud-based platform. The basic thing to know about Codiqa is that users can take their idea, make it into a prototype, and be left with useable, real code. Unlike many web app developers, there will be no need to code it all over again after the prototype.

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5. Knack

Knack is a great way to build a simple web app. The do-it-yourself tool is focused on building apps that work with your data. This platform allows for the ease of including functions like search, data display, and custom forms. The company is quite new, but it has attracted a dedicated customer base including a variety of startups that use the platform to manage and track fleet assets, job dispatching, taxes, and truck mileage. There is also a firm that uses the platform to create custom reports and pivot table searches. Knack provides a way to find and sort and explore and share data.

6. Kinvey

Kinvey could easily be the most technical of all cloud-based app development platforms. If you are familiar with programming, it can be the most powerful tool at your fingertips. The company has described itself as “taking a hassle out of building and operating mobile backends”. It will eliminate risk by reducing backend development from months to just hours, allowing the prototype faster with much less effort. Users also do not have to pay for the platform unless their app is successful. Large companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Fetchnotes have built their apps on this platform. For those who are more familiar with developing apps, it is worth a closer look.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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