In today's tech-savvy world, you will find apps for anything and everything under the sun. Apps have pretty much covered a lot of ground, including entertainment, information, social networking, gaming, location, businesses, utility etc. and on browing app stores, you will come across apps that belong to individuals who are not necessarily celebrities. You will come across apps for local groups too. Having an app has become the coolest thing. And thanks to the many online tools, creating an app has literally become a child’s play. How is that possible? Well, because these tools do not require you to have any knowledge of coding. You simply have to provide the content, select the theme, the colour scheme and the other nitty-gritty, and let the app simulator take care of the rest. And within a matter of few hours, you have an app for yourself. Even publishing the app on the app store is well taken care of. And the icing on the cake is that most of these tools let you create apps for free!    

AppMakr

 AppMakr is one of the most popular sites for creating app online

AppMakr is one of the most popular sites for creating app online

AppMakr is one of the most popular sites for creating apps online. Over ten thousand apps have been successfully created using this platform. Creating an app using this tool is quite a breeze and requires no coding skills; it lets you create app for iOS, Android and Windows platform. With a free account you can create a basic classic-styled app and if you wish for more features and customisation options, then you will have to pay a small fee for the premium features. AppMakr will guide you through the step-by-step process of creating an app; the result of every step that you select will be reflected in the simulator on the right side of the screen. This will enable you to view the app as it progresses through the several stages of development. You can add images, text, video, audio, HTML etc. Once you are done creating your app, AppMakr also helps you with publishing the app on the store. Furthermore, you can test the app and even update it using AppMakr after it is published. While developing an app using the AppMakr platform is free, you will have to make do with the ads. If you do not wish to include ads, then you will have to opt for the paid service. With the paid service, you can also monetise your apps; you can add your own channel or select from the list of available channels. AppMakr is perfect for creating RSS feed-based apps for your website, blog etc.

InfiniteMonkeys

 You require zero coding skills to develop an app using this platform

You require zero coding skills to develop an app using this platform

They claim that creating an app is as easy as peeling a banana and true to their word, the process of creating an app on InfiniteMonkeys is quite easy. To begin with, you have to sign into the app building platform called ‘The Machine’. You can do so using your Google, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo credentials; this is done for an easy and safe sign-up process. Your activities here will not be published on your social networking sites. Again, you do not require knowledge of coding; it uses the drag and drop approach, using which you can add the desired features into your app. For instance, if you are creating an app for your restaurant, then you can choose to add a menu card as well as a link to the reviews and images. You can begin with setting the title, the image and the colour scheme. The next step involves selecting the icons you want to add to the app. Next, add the information to be displayed on the app store and then proceed with publishing it on the platform of your choice. By default, the app will have ads, and if you wish to change this, then you will have to opt for the paid service. The paid service also has additional benefits like monetisation by adding your own ads or selling it as a paid app. With the paid service, you also have the option of one-click hassle-free publishing.    

GameSalad

 If you are looking to develop gaming app, then GameSalad is the ideal platform

If you want to develop a gaming app, then GameSalad is the ideal platform

If you are looking to create games, then look no further, as GameSalad is by far the best online tool to create gaming apps. You can create gaming apps for iOS, Android Windows and HTML 5. You can get started by clicking on the Creator tab and downloading the GameSalad Creator tool depending on the platform you want to develop the game for. The next step is to provide the name, description and instructions, after which you can move to the actual game development. From the Scenes tab, you will have to add scenes or the different levels your game will have, like the introductory screen, menu and the various levels. Next up is the Actors tab, which allows you to add the various elements like the characters, control, action, background etc. to your game. Each of these can be individually customised. Once you are done, you can test your game on devices of your choice to fix any issues that you may encounter. After you are satisfied with the game, you can then go ahead and publish it on the GameSalad platform as well as the OS you wish to. Any further updates that you make to the game will be easily carried out. The best part is that you can achieve all this without coding knowledge. However, it is not as straightforward as it sounds, and it’s better if you start with going through the tutorials. With the free account, you will be able to create your game, test and publish it on the iOS platform, but to publish it on the Android platform, you will have to get the pro account.        

BuzzTouch

 BuzzTouch requires some familarization with coding

BuzzTouch requires at least some familarisation with coding

If you have some coding knowledge and want to develop an app for iOS or Android, then check BuzzTouch, which is a free online tool. However, lack of coding knowledge shouldn’t pose much problem, as it has a feature called ‘buzztouch U’ that is a guide to learning app development using the platform. Once you go through the guide, you will be able to comfortably develop apps. BuzzTouch not only allows you to create an app from scratch, but also allows you to have complete control over your code as well as the ownership of the app. Here, you can create apps with the help of the plugins available for various purposes. These plugins are developed by members of the BuzzTouch community. While some of them are free, there are some plugins that you will have to pay for. Unlike AppMakr, BuzzTouch will not publish the app for you. Once when you are done with creating the app, you can download the source code and compile it using Xcode (iOS) or Eclipse (Android) SDK to publish it. After the app has been published, it’s possible to control and make changes to it using the BuzzTouch control panel. The site also provides a good support system to those developing apps using its platform. You can benefit from the how-to features as well as be a part of the forum to seek guidance from community members. 

Conduit

 You can add content from site as well as Facebook page

You can add content from site as well as Facebook page

Another online tool for app development, which is similar to AppMakr,, is Conduit. You can create apps for iOS, Android and the Windows platform. You need not have coding knowledge to develop an app on Conduit. Getting started is quite easy, if you have a webpage of your business, then you can type in the URL and it will pull the content from there. It can also import content from your Facebook page. Conduit will create a framework with your content; you can then navigate through the various steps to customise the content and even the style and feel of the app. You can remove or add content and select the colour scheme, the layout, the icons, etc. The changes that you make will be reflected in real-time on the cross platform app simulator on the right side of the screen. Click on the icon above to see how the app will look on the various platforms. You can also opt to add the ads for monetisation. Conduit also provides a way to test your app on a mobile device; you just have to download its mobile testing app ‘Conduit Re Vu’ and then download your app using the code. If you are satisfied with the app you have created, then you can begin with the process of publishing it on the respective app store; Conduit will guide you through the entire process. While developing an app is free, the free basic account has limitations. For instance, the number of app users with the free account is limited to twenty-five per month. On the other hand, with the Gold and Platinum accounts, it is up to 5000 users and unlimited users respectively. Also, with the paid service, you won’t have to bother with the hassles of publishing the app on the store, as the Conduit team will do it for you.  

RunRev

 Though you need to learn coding language, the apps can be deployed across platforms

Though you need to learn coding language, the apps can be deployed across platforms

With RunRev’s LiveCode platform, you can create interactive apps, games, and even ebooks and comics. You can develop apps for popular platforms such as iOS and Android. Developing apps using LiveCode is quite easy, as it employs a visual approach where you can simply drag and drop the various elements of your app. However, it employs a programming language, which it claims is more intuitive, easy to learn and understand. You will have to learn this language to develop on the platform; you can make use of the tutorials to familarise yourself with the same. But the advantage here is that the same code can be deployed across platforms. It has recently started providing monetisation options through ads and other means.   

ShoutEm

 Create apps depending on the category

Create apps depending on the category

With ShoutEm you can create apps for iOS and Android platforms. You can create apps depending on the categories like website based, location based, event based, radio apps, community based, or create your own custom module. When you start creating the app, you can import the content from various sources or add content as you go. At every level, you can add or remove content and create custom icons, colour scheme etc. ShoutEm offers a wide range of customisation options, both in terms of media integration as well as themes and styles. This results in beautiful looking apps in few easy steps. As with most other online platforms, even here you have the app simulator that reflects the additions or changes you make to the app. You even have the option to test your app before publishing it. The process of publishing is handled by ShoutEm. Once your app is published, you can publish updates using this platform. However, unlike other platforms, this is not free. The basic subscription starts from $19 onwards. There is a free trial option you can opt for and try before going in for the paid service. You can even integrate ads into your app to monetise it. You also have the benefit of having analytics to provide you with an idea about how the app is performing.      

AppsBar

 You can create apps for the iOS, Android, Windows and HTML 5 platform

You can create apps for the iOS, Android, Windows and HTML 5 platform

AppsBar is another hugely popular app development tool that allows you to create apps for the iOS, Android, Windows and HTML 5 platform. You can sign up for a free account or sign-in with your Facebook, Google+ or Twitter account. You can create apps in a couple of easy steps. Before starting, you can browse through the type of apps to know how to build an efficient app. Once you are ready to create your app, you need to select the kind of app that you wish to create from the available categories such as business, entertainment, events, social etc. Then you need to drag and drop it to the app simulator on the right hand side of the screen. Next, provide the app name, select the main image, the theme etc. Then create the pages that you wish using videos, images, text etc. For this, you simply need to select the icon and add the content. The final step is to publish, which will be taken care of by AppsBar. Your app will be first tested by an AppsBar developer who will check it for functionality and ensure that it meets the requirement of the app platform. If any changes are required, then the same will be incorporated. Once your app is accepted, then it will be published on their platform Appcatch, after which you can publish it on the platform of your choice. What’s more, it’s all absolutely free!   

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Publish date: November 9, 2012 4:32 pm| Modified date: December 19, 2013 3:55 am

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