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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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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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