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I know a lot of people are interested in getting their piece of the metaphorical mobile pie, and I felt I should help people sort through all the info in cyberspace. So, let’s get to it.
Becoming a Mobile Developer (Sorta…)
What you will need:
1. A Computer
2. Basic Design Skills
3. Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, or something similar
4. Some start up capital (about $125 for an Android and Apple Developer Account)
5. Brilliant Ideas
6. Internet Connection (I assume you have this if you are reading this article)
I began making apps using a little program/website called AppMakr.
Step 1: Go to AppMakr.com and create an account
Step 2: Start brainstorming for app ideas if you haven’t already.
Step 3: At the AppMakr dashboard, click the “Create New App” button
Step 4: You will have to decide which platform to make your app for. iOS has the most option.
Here is where you need to get your design skills ready.
Step 5: You need to design your app icon, splash screen, and header.
- iOS Icon Size: 512 x 512
- iOS Splash Screen Size: 640 x 960
- iOS Header Size: 640 x 88
Step 6: Add you artwork to the app and begin adding tabs.
iOS has a few tab types available: RSS/Atom, Photo Album, Geo RSS, Post Message, Ning, and HTML/Phonegap.
Step 7: Once you add you tabs and fill in the app information, all that is left is to set-up push notifications, social sharing options, and deciding if you want ads on your app.
Step 8: Upload your app through Apple or AppMakr.
Your Done!!! You are now technically a app developer.
If you decide to upload the app to the Android Market or Apple App Store, both have available walk-throughs. (Be aware that to upload to Apple you MUST have an Apple Computer.) AppMakr is very flexible. It allows almost anyone to make an app, but you can also make a more professional looking app with the html/phonegap tabs. AppMakr has a good writeup on using the html tab feature.
Still have questions? Leave a comment here. I will reply as soon as possible.