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Want To Make An App? Start With These Prototyping And App Creation Tools

When was the last time you scanned the online market, looking for tools to assist you in creating your websites, web apps, or mobile apps? Most web designers and web developers know what their favorite app builders, wireframing and prototyping resources are, and use them repeatedly. What I’m suggesting is that you take up a fresh perspective, because you never know when you might find better solutions to rely on. Thus, I put together an updated list with amazing tools for prototyping and for making apps.

App Prototyping and Creation Tools

Apper

Appers’ is the generic term for creative professionals who don’t have to code when they’re working on a new web or mobile app. This exemption from manual coding makes our job much more enjoyable, not to mention that it saves a lot of time in the long run. IGenApps Inc. recognized this reality, and launched Apper, the ideal DIY platform for web designers who wish to craft, share, and eventually publish mobile apps, and do so with unprecedented ease.

Apper

I noticed that Apps made in this lab bear an uncanny resemblance to native apps. What is more, Apper offers a brilliant URL feature that is sensitive to the device your app is used on. Thus, the UI/UX will be optimized for Windows phone, Amazon Fire, iOS, and Android. The price that Apper attaches to continuous device compatibility and hosting of your app is only $4.99/month. Other expenses are not mandatory, and they result from your specific needs.

Siberian CMS

Siberian CMS reminds me of WordPress. It takes coding out of the picture, and allows users to customize their way towards an excellent app by dragging and dropping modules. Besides, it’s just great for kicking off and conducting your own app business. However, you need to understand that this is not a cloud-based solution.

In fact, it stands apart from other solutions, because you get to install it on your server, and it’s open-source. Seeing as you’re in possession of the source code for your apps, no doubts can ever arise concerning your ownership status.

Siberian CMS

You should also consider this wonderful tool as the basis for your own online app building platform. After a one-time payment of around $250, you can move forward with either of the two commercial versions that Siberian CMS has in store for you.

InVision

Although most of you have probably heard of InVision by now, I would like to mention this marvelous tool in my top three favorite resources, just to be clear. InVision is free to use by every prototype-making creative out there. Until now, 400K users, including titan companies like Adobe, Getty Images, and LinkedIn, testify for its utility when it comes to collaborating on designs, making prototypes, and sharing projects.

InVision

InVision is a revolutionary prototyping platform, insofar as it pays a lot of attention to design. To be specific, it supports integration with Photoshop, Sketch, and other similar software. So, designers feel right at home here, and are free to give their prototypes a proper shape. They will also find it very easy to put their app’s UX to the test, and then share it with collaborators or clients at any stage.

Proto.io

Check out Proto.io. It might just be everything you’ve ever asked for, from a code-free prototype building platform. First of all, it offers a razor sharp interface with drag-and-drop functionality, and you will discover that it’s a breeze to import your own design assets, or choose from iOS, Android, or Windows phone-specific UI elements, as well as thousands of preset icons. Besides, your prototype is bound to be very interactive, thanks to Proto.io’s engaging animations. Then, share your work in short URLs, or on the native iOS and Android player apps.

Proto.io

AppMachine

Have you ever used AppMachine? If the answer is yes, then you know that it’s an excellent tool, which does not charge anything while you’re building your app. The only cost is associated with publishing to stores. And you need to know that you can use AppMachine for both native, and web apps. Furthermore, you get 35 pre-coded blocks, not to mention that you can connect to web services, import data, and use CustomJS to add code, plus other features.

AppMachine

HotGloo

HotGloo is one of the most feature-rich wireframe UX prototyping resources that I have ever come across. It comes with an editor that is extremely easy to use, and it doesn’t take long to figure out how make the best of it. In addition, HotGloo offers a sizable wireframe widget library, and you can take your team members on board. Your prototype is gong to be 100% responsive, regardless of whether you are wireframing for desktop, tablet or mobile, and you can save it in any version before sharing preview links.

HotGloo

Yapp

Yapp is a free service that empowers designers and non-technical persons to create mobile apps for any purpose, in a matter of minutes. You will certainly appreciate its native mobile features, and the fact that the app you’re planning to release is going to be published instantly on online shops.

Yapp

AppArchitect

You could give AppArchitect a shot, next time. I bet you will like to work with this simple platform, which takes after PowerPoint, so even your grandmother would be able to pull off awesome mobile apps with flying colors. Besides, the apps made with this tool are not based on templates, which adds more points to originality.

AppArchitect

PowerMockup

PowerMockup is precisely what you needed, in order to come up with winning presentations of your wireframe. It’s a magical little add-on for PowerPoint – not an actual wireframing platform – , and that’s what makes it so valuable. If you have Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, or 2013, you can make a slideshow using wireframe stencils and icons from a vast library. On the flip side, you can also make brand new stencils with normal PowerPoint shapes, and add them to the library for future use.

PowerMockup

Justinmind

How about Justinmind? It’s a self-professed all-in-one prototyping tool that helps forge high-fidelity wireframes for mobile, web, and not only. It also incorporates pre-designed cards and patterns for Google Glass apps, and an exclusive library with menus, inputs, and controls to use when creating mockups for Windows 8 apps.

Justinmind

Mippin

Meet another worthwhile resource, named Mippin. Mippin licenses application-builder platforms, like its App Factory, to major handset manufacturers and mobile operators, and you can use the App Factory to fuel the building of your mobile apps. It will not take a lot of your valuable time – just a few minutes.

Mippin

POP

POP stands for Prototyping on Paper, and it manages to simplify the process of app building to the extreme. It targets entrepreneurs, ad agencies, designers, and students. Therefore, even the average Joe or Jane could learn to operate it and come up with beautiful apps after a couple of minutes.

POP

MobBase

Keep in mind to focus your attention on MobBase, the next time you need to make an app for bands, DJs, radio stations, and record labels. It would be a fitting option for any of these fan-laden projects, and it will enable you to easily create, launch,and manage apps meant for iPhone, Android, and the mobile web.

MobBase

Appy Pie

Appy Pie is confirmed to be a top-grade mobile app and game builder. On top of that, it’s free for everybody, and not to mention unbelievably easy to control. Appy Pie is a fine choice for working on an app destined for Windows 8 Phone, Android and iPhone. Lastly, it is very quick to publish you app to Google Play and iTunes.

Appy Pie

Mobincube

Finally, I have to write a few words about Mobincube, another superlative and universal app building platform. It even has templates with step-by-step guidance for common people. However, it might be an attractive tool for creative professionals,as well. When designers use it, they gain 70% of the revenue generated by advertisement.

Mobincube

Conclusion

Did you find any interesting information in this article? Tools for wireframing, prototyping and app creation are important, and every designer should make sure that they’ve secured the best that the industry has to offer at present. That being said, I hope I managed to give you many more valid options to choose from.

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