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phone app dev software

Discussion in 'HTML, Graphics & Programming' started by WrathOfAchilles, 11 Oct 2013.

  1. WrathOfAchilles

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Jan 2005

    Posts: 1,123

    Hi all,

    Ill prob sound like an idiot here as I dont know what im talking about - am asking for a mate...

    They have used some software to create an iPhone app - record results for their phd study and they wanted to port it to android but said its a dev/licencing cost of over 300 quid? Assume its software + license she is looking at buying. This sound right? There nothing free?

    Ta,
    Achilles
     
  2. InertProtocol

    Hitman

    Joined: 1 Sep 2011

    Posts: 955

    Location: Peterborough

    I've looked into this too. Nothing free that i am aware of.
     
  3. WrathOfAchilles

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Jan 2005

    Posts: 1,123

    she was looking at "livecode", this any good/something to avoid?
     
  4. InertProtocol

    Hitman

    Joined: 1 Sep 2011

    Posts: 955

    Location: Peterborough

    Hmm, that looks promising, never seen that before.

    Can't see the vids from work though but will definitely having a look at this tonight.
     
  5. Tilluss

    Hitman

    Joined: 15 Oct 2009

    Posts: 579

    Avoid it. I had someone come to me with an iOS app they had created with it, they had spent over a month developing it in LiveCode and the results were terrible. I took it and managed to replicate the app natively in 5 hours with better results.

    All of these cross platform development tools promise the world but I've yet to see a single one that comes close to yielding satisfactory results. Go native or a website, or don't do it at all.
     
  6. GravyMonster

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 14,591

    Location: The land of milk & beans

    I create mobile apps in C# using Xamarin, it's awesome. The only downside it you still need a Mac to create the UIs on and build iOS apps with. Android and WP you can build straight out of the box.
     
  7. davetherave2

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Mar 2003

    Posts: 2,582

  8. rsatd

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Jul 2008

    Posts: 2,807

    Location: London

    Phonegap is good unless you need to get access to internal functions like calendar for example. For android there is a plugin but i didint find one for iphone when I was looking to do something with it, but if you want to simple display/store/process some data, phonegap is actually pretty easy to use.
     
  9. Tilluss

    Hitman

    Joined: 15 Oct 2009

    Posts: 579

    I agree that it's probably awesome for simple generic apps, but for doing something more serious you need to be able to get past those layers that these solutions provide. Using the correct technology for each platform is vital to creating a great UX, something generic can never beat native for serious development.
     
  10. bam0

    Soldato

    Joined: 28 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,014

    Apache Cordova, write your app in HTML5/JS. Produce packaged apps for whichever platform, also free.