Which software to use for iPhone/iPad app

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Dee4088, May 21, 2011.

  1. Dee4088, May 21, 2011
    Last edited: May 21, 2011

    Dee4088 macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2011

    I am trying to design an app on the lines of http://www.piikeastreet.com/ interactive abc. While the wireframe for my app is ready, I am on the search for a good graphic artist who understands design for mobile devices. Wanted to know what software should this kind of a graphic I intensive and interactive app be designed on? Should it be illustrator/photoshop or something like flash.

    Also once the graphics are ready which kind of app should I build.. A native one or one on html5 ( as I may want to sell on other platforms as well). does aplenty take kindly to apps that are not developed on it's native iOS?

    If these questions should be posted on another forum please let me know.

    Thanks for your help,
  2. Pgohlke macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2009
    Centerville, Ohio
    Well first of all you could do HTML 5, but then it would have to be browser based with a paywall. If you want to make an apple for iPhone or iPad you have to code in objective c and then get a developer account from apple for $99 so you can upload the app to the app store. Most likely you would want to use illustrator because iPads, iPhone 4s, and other iPhones have different resolutions. The app that you linked to looks like they did it in illustrator and then animated it when they made the app by displaying one picture then the other.
  3. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    The ipad and iphone have terrible vector performance... they are much more efficient at pushing around bitmaps... so, photoshop is fine for developing assets... if you work in illustrator you will wind up rasterizing all of your artwork anyway.

    If you are going the HTML5 route, take a look at PhoneGap. Its an open source app wrapper that will allow you to deploy your app to multiple platforms.
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    If you don't understand the basics about iOS, it's a waste of your time.
  5. Dee4088 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2011
    Really? For what I've been reading online, vector images are the best for iphone, ipad as you can change the sizes easily.. I didn't know you have to change them to bitmaps... but thanks -- I'll find out more about this.

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