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7 Tools New Mobile Developers Should Try

7 Tools New Mobile Developers Should Try

Mobile app development is a booming business. According to App Annie’s Mobile App Forecast Report, mobile app demand is growing. Expected growth is about 20% between 2015 and 2020. App developers are utilizing a variety of tools to keep up with demand.

Whether you are a new or seasoned mobile app developer, here are some tools you can use.

1. Appery.io

Appery.io is the only cloud-based, drag-and-drop app development tool and you don’t have to download any software to use it. This platform is great for new app developers because the GUI is very intuitive and easy to learn.

The only downside is the pricing structure. Prices can fluctuate every couple of months and they don’t provide a refund policy.

2. Build Fire

If you want to build apps quickly, Build Fire is arguably the best app development platform on the market. Build Fire developers can create new apps in as little as five minutes.

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There are a few reasons Build Fire is so highly rated by experts at CNN, Forbes, and Entrepreneur:

  • It doesn’t require any coding skills.
  • Build Fire comes with a number of great templates.
  • They provide great support.

Many new and experienced developers are using Build Fire to create apps for both Android and iOS devices.

3. Appcelerator

Appcelerator has been one of the most popular app development platforms since 2006. It relies heavily on JavaScript and MBaaS to create native mobile apps.

You need to be proficient in JavaScript to use Appcelerator. However, it’s one of the most versatile Activella platforms available.

It has extensive libraries of algorithms which can help you streamline the development process.  Appcelerator also has several mobile test automation and mobile analytics features, which will help you troubleshoot your apps.

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Appcelerator is one of the best platforms for developing commercial apps that work on multiple operating systems.

4. Alpha Anywhere

Alpha Anywhere is a specialized app development tool used for creating hybrid apps that can work offline. These apps are available on both desktop and mobile devices.

Alpha Anywhere relies heavily on SQL technology. The company provides great support for off-line mobile development.

5. AppInstitute

AppInstitute is another drag-and-drop app development tool that doesn’t require any coding. Unlike Appery.io, it does require you to download the software. However, it has some unique features that make it a great app development platform.

Appery.io also has a CRM tool for monitoring sales, analytics, and push notifications.

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6. AppMakr

AppMakr is another tool for developers that want to create apps without having to write code. It has a number of prebuilt functions that let you create native android and iPhone apps with minimal effort. You can also use AppMakr to build mobile websites in HTML5.

Unfortunately, like most code-free app development solutions, there are limitations. You may not be able to develop apps with all the features you want. If you really want to create a highly useful app, you’ll need to go back and tweak the code a little.

In other words, AppMakr is a great tool for developers without any programming background. However, developers that are proficient in JavaScript and HTML 5 have the freedom to create more powerful and feature-rich apps.

7. App Press

App Press is a mobile app development tool that was produced for front end designers without a strong programming background. It is built off of an Amazon cloud-based platform.

While you won’t be able to create the most sophisticated apps, App Press lets you create simple ones very quickly. The company claims that many of its new users are developing apps in as little as a day. More experienced developers can create five or more apps a day.

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If you need to create multiple apps quickly, this is a great tool to have.

Developing mobile apps from scratch requires extensive programming knowledge. Fortunately, there are plenty of great tools that streamline the process. Even experienced CSS, JavaScript, and HTML5 programmers are using these tools to create apps more quickly.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2019

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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