App Wrap: "AppsBar" Lets Anyone Create An App
NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment “App Wrap.” NY1’s Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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Anyone who has a great idea for a mobile app but little or none of the programming skills required to create an app no longer have roadblocks. The new website "AppsBar" lets users both young and old create an Apple iOS or Android app from scratch.
Users start off by choosing a platform, and then an iPhone or an Android phone appears on the right of the screen. Everything on the app can then be seen as it appears on the actual device.
Next, they pick a category -- Entertainment, Non-profit, Personal, Business or Custom. Depending on the choice, there are different options for templates. Users take care of some design aesthetics, like picking a color scheme and choosing some background photos.
Then they simply add pages, containing calendar events, links, photos, video, forms, RSS feeds or pretty much anything.
For example, I created a simple schedule for my beloved Penn State Nittany Lion football team that allows users to instantly insert the schedule into a calendar and update each date with relevant game day info as it becomes available, like kickoff times and where it will be showing on TV.
You can save your progress and pick up where you left off at any time. But once you are done you simply hit publish and the site says it'll send your app over to Apple or Google for app store approval. If it gets the green light, it'll then show up in around two weeks as a download.
AppsBar, which is still in Beta, is absolutely free to use. Users just have to sign up with an email address, user name and password. The apps users create will also be free.
Developers say they will be updating their website, www.AppsBar.com, and adding new functionality every few weeks.