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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 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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