Build apps, the budget-friendly way

You don't need to be a coding champion. With a little perseverance and the right tools, you can create an app sitting at homethese five options will help

Shweta Taneja
Published17 Jun 2014, 09:45 PM IST
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Head to the right platform.

GoodBarber

If you want great design templates for your app, head to GoodBarber. The platform has a strong focus on app design and offers more than 50 colourful, highly customizable design templates to get you started. Its newer platform, Salvador, gives you six browsing modes to choose from. You can also add new content (articles, videos and photographs) from your GoodBarder app without needing an external source.

Platforms: iPhone, Android, HTML5

Price: Free 30-day trial; starting from €16 (around 1,300) a month

www.goodbarber.com

Conduit Mobile (COMO)

To open up a small online shopping app for your business, Conduit Mobile is the best option. The app builder offers business-specific designs and a simple drag-and-drop interface. For example, there are special templates for restaurants through which they can offer discounts, list menus prettily and link up their social networks. The app’s e-commerce partnerships include Shopify, Etsy, eBay, etc.

Platforms: iPhone, Android and HTML5. It is expected soon on Windows Phone.

Price: Starting from $33 (around 1,980) a month
www.como.com

ShoutEm

ShoutEm’s interface offers customization options and integration with existing Web sources like WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud. The monetization options include e-commerce, in-app subscriptions, deals and coupons, and support for all major advertisement networks, like Google AdWords, etc.

Platforms: iOS, Android, HTML5

Price: Starting from $19 a month
www.shoutem.com

AppMakr

Features in AppMakr include push notifications, HTML5 functionality, high-resolution photo galleries, navigation control, even monetization. The builder also helps you publish a test app to see how it will look in a user’s phone before publishing it to the app store. And it will give a rating to the app so that you know whether it’s likely to get rejected during Apple’s review process.

Platforms: iPhone, Android, HTML5

Price: Free, with advertisements; starting from $1 a month for an advertisement-free version
www.appmakr.com

GameSalad

GameSalad makes it possible to build a game with a simple drag-and-drop interface. It takes a while to understand the software, features and game elements, but once you’ve done that, the tool is quite easy.

Platforms: iOS, Android, Kindle, Windows 8, Mac

Price: Free for publishing on iOS and Web; $299 a year for Android and Windows 8 versions
www.gamesalad.com

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