App Producing Software

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by moonandstar, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. moonandstar macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2008
    Just a quick question if anyone is aware of any kind of software which allows you to create an app using a graphical interface?

    This would allow people to make an app who have no knowledge of coding but have many good ideas and creative enthusiasm.

    A piece of software which allowed users to create an app using graphical interfaces and than converting the app into code which would be accepted by apple would be a big hit in my opinion?

    Does such a software exist or am I just wishful thinking?

    I look forward to your replies and input.

  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    For any moderately complex app this is not really going to be possible. The software can either churn out cookie-cutter apps with no differentiation or it will require the ability for the user to customise the behaviour, logic and presentation of the components which at some level will require programming.
  3. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Have you considered maybe, IDK, Interface Builder?

    + XCode has a graphical user interface. Granted it's all text but that's called LEARN TO PROGRAM IF YOU WANT TO PROGRAM.

    Honestly, who thinks you can program without programming?
  4. xStep macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2003
    Less lost in L.A.
    Taplynx may be an option if you don't want to learn Cocoa.

    This article discusses Monotouch which may allow easier entry for C# coders.

    Adobe has something for bringing Flash apps to the iPhone too.

    Briefs allows you to do mock ups. This may be handy if you don't know how to code but want to pass a basic design onto a coder.

    In the 90's there were tools that allowed you to build much of your application via GUI design tools. In the end though you still had to know how to apply your business logic. You don't here of these tools any more.

    The reality is that there is no magic available. If you want to write applications, you need basic logic and programming skills.
  5. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Apple recommends using paper and pencil, not software. Get one of those pads that's the size of a device's display. Draw up each GUI view and sketch out any elements or images needed to mock up your app. On a larger sheet of paper show all the views with a flowchart of how they connect. Maybe use photoshop or some other drawing app if you really need more detailed graphics.

    Then present your mockup to an experienced web developer (for web apps, or a knowledgeable iPhone developer if you need any on-device specific features).

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