App Press Review: A Useful Mobile App Development Tool

Mobile App Development Tool

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We discussed hybrid apps in our last blog. App Press is a similar web application that allows users to create simple, mobile apps using built-in tools. It has a browser-based, drag-and-drop interface, which allows you to create iOS and Android apps without having to write a single line of code.

In their own words:

“App Press is a web-based mobile authoring solution used to create, deploy and manage apps. It offers a service that makes code-free, cross-platform mobile app development as easy as maintaining a web site. With a range of plans for individuals to enterprises, App Press helps customers tell their mobile story.” (Source: http://www.app-press.com/#overview-sub)

App Press is a useful mobile app development tool, but there are some limitations with all hybrid apps. With hybrid apps, you can’t build a complex mobile app as easily as native. Below I’ve listed some advantages and disadvantages of App-Press as a mobile app development tool.

Advantages:

  • Faster time to deploy the app to App Store (or Google Play), compared to native.
  • Easy to develop, since you do not have to write a single line of code.
  • Lower the total cost of product, as you can easily port an app to another platform.
  • Easy maintainability, upgrades and future deployments.

Disadvantages:

  • Lack of user experience (in terms of animation or some specific user interface, like spinners or a custom UI able to move around the screen).
  • It may not have the ability to handle gestures (i.e. zoom, pinch, swipe, etc.).
  • Database or web service connectivity (it seems there is no way to connect the app with a database or web service).
  • Lack of performance (slow page loading, unresponsiveness/delay in click event).

Want to see an example of an App Press mobile app?

Here is a coffee photo app that was built using App Press:

https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/coffee-photos/id1048860353?mt=8

Conclusion:

With the wonderfully intuitive interface, combined with the widespread knowledge of designing with layers, this will be a very effective mobile app development tool for individuals with a design background looking to create apps. It is not made for the programming aspect of app creation. If you’re wanting a more complex app, get in touch with us today.

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