What Kind of App Builder Software Should I Use?


Hey, this is the Daily Overpass! My name
is Eric I make apps! So today, let’s answer the question what
kind of App Builder Software should I use? Alright. so today, I want to answer a
question that came in a few days ago from Noah Johnson. He said, “What app
building programs and websites do you recommend? I just build three apps off of
GoodBarber. Would it be okay to build apps for clients from these
drag-and-drop app builders instead of coding the app
from scratch?” Now, I know a lots of people, lots of, you know, small companies that
use these tools to – for their clients And to me, they’ve
always seemed really fascinating and when we look at the web, these app
builders is drag and drop, WYSIWYG app editors and the kind of things that my
clients would really, really love. And it looks they’re like the WordPress of a
web developer. I don’t know if you remember back in the day when you had to
get a custom HTML developer, do all your code, but now, you just get a theme, you do
everything – do everything yourself and you have that control. And my clients
would – a lot of my clients would like that kind of stuff. One of the big
questions they always ask us, can I change this after you give it to me? So, giving
them a custom like business app solution or AppyPie or GoodBarber solution
would be great. Like six months ago, I would have said, “Yes, definitely. Go
with it.” But there’s a few downsides to using these tools. The big one at the
moment is that Apple, a few months ago, they came out – they came out
with that rule ,I think it was four point two point six (4.2.6) or four point two point
nine (4.2.9), I can’t remember, but basically, they said any apps generated with a wizard
were not going to be accepted, which would made no sense. Because there’s
nothing to do with the quality of the app. It just had to be with – with the tool that was
used to create it and there was this big petition – for those of you, regular
viewers you’ll know there was that big petition and everything, and Apple soften their language on that. So that they’re saying is, that if you do
release it for your clients, make sure that they have their own individual
account. So, you don’t want to release them all underneath your account.
And I don’t know how stringent they are with that now. So the other – and on
the Android side, the big problem – cuz I checked I mean, I did a lot of
research on this about two years ago, because this is what I wanted to do. I
thought this would make it – this would make things much easier, make my life a lot
simpler, if my clients can update their stuff. We started a project that was
similar to this. We called the project Viaduct and it – we got about, hmmm,
from 60% of the way through with it and just never finished. It was just like to do
this, it’s gonna be too hard. So, you know, all these, like GoodBbarber, AppyPie, all
that stuff, they have their reseller accounts, so it’s contacting
all of them. And one of the big downsides on the Android side, at least as of
a year and a half ago, was that you couldn’t get the keystore files for
Android. So let’s say, you you release an app using one of these tools and you put
it on to Google Play, and it does really, really well. But then, your client wants
to do something that the tool doesn’t allow and you want to just
continue the development on that. On iPhone, you can. I mean. on iOS, it’s fine
because you could just do a new application in a new language and and
sign it with the same key and everything. But because you don’t have access to
that in on Android, then you pretty much just have to create a new one from
scratch and you lose all that audience and stuff like that. So now, I’d – now to be
honest with you, to be 100% honest with you, I’m not sure if that’s still the
case because I’ve never used Google Play’s new signing utility. I’m still – I’m
still doing the keystore file. (laughs) I trust the keystore files so I just – I’m still
generating the keystore, I’m compiling that into the app, and releasing them for
all the client apps – for our apps., for all of them. So, I’m not sure that’s
still the case. But if you do talk to – what I would do is I’ll talk to GoodBBarber,
asked about the Apple permissions or the the Apple reject rates and all that kind
of stuff. A lot of these – a lot of these app builder tools which are great, I
think they’re fantastic, it’s just that unlike the web, where
everything is free and open, Apple came in and clamp down on it for no apparent
reason at all. So, check with them to make sure that you can actually
release it on the App Store. Do a couple tests yourself, you know, tell your
clients -one of the things that I’m always doing is showing my clients how
to set up App Store, you know, here’s the instructions on how to set up
yeah, iTunes Connect, here’s how to set up the Google Play Store. And they always
call with the same questions, “How do I get uh, what is it, the TIN account or the
PIN account whatever. Those different numbers that you need. Make sure
your clients know how to do that and you release it underneath their
name. So anyway, that’s what I think. For those of you who are actually
working with these app builder softwares, if you find any difficultiess or hiccups, because like I said, I’ve done a lot of investigating into
this and I just haven’t actually pulled the trigger and done it myself, because
it was just easier. I felt like I just had more control if we just coded
ourselves. So, for those of you actually use these kind of things,
help Noah out here and let us know the kind of experiences you’ve had. You might
think that they’re great. Are you having trouble now since the beginning of the
year releasing these to the iTunes App Store? And anyway – so anyway,
Noah, I hope that helps. That’s it for today. I’ll talk to you, guys, tomorrow!

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