Developer wants to make program that lets amateurs create iOS apps, Photoshop-style

May 1, 2012
Tech

As the world of mobile apps grows, more and more businesses are looking for a way to expand into the space and leverage the popularity of Apple’s iOS devices as a means of marketing to, and engaging with, potential customers. But there’s a roadblock to taking advantage of the ecosystem – knowing how to code. […]

As the world of mobile apps grows, more and more businesses are looking for a way to expand into the space and leverage the popularity of Apple’s iOS devices as a means of marketing to, and engaging with, potential customers.

But there’s a roadblock to taking advantage of the ecosystem – knowing how to code. App design is the realm of computer programmers, but it doesn’t have to be if one company can make its vision a reality.

As Mashable reports, startup Radical Flow is working on a Kickstarter campaign to help it create a new batch of software that would make it easy for non-code monkeys to make robust iPhone apps of their own. It’s a web-based HTML 5 app that would function something like Photoshop or perhaps Powerpoint, the company says in its Kickstarter pitch. The software would provide users with a blank slate on which to build their apps using its built-in interface, and then help publish it to the iTunes App Store. Apparently, users wouldn’t need an Apple developer account, either.

Right now, Radical Flow has earned a little more than $3,000 of its stated goal of $75,000, which it says it’ll need to build the web app. Hitting the funding goal will help pay the development team, legal and server fees and other costs, as well as help eventually port the capability over to the Android ecosystem, too. The web app will also be designed to help experienced coders make the process of creating iPhone apps easier, Radical Flow says.

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If you do want to create an iOS app but you have no technical savvy, Radical Flow’s app seems like it’ll be helpful, but it’s also not the only game in town. Web app Appmakr promises speedy app-making prowess. For an app-based app-making solution, you can check out my Apps – Powered By iGenApps, which also makes app-creation fast and easy. Both solutions require a developer account, however – which will cost users $99, paid to Apple. Downloading my Apps also costs $1.99

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