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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon
Soccer can be a really fun sport, especially when you’re playing against people around the world from the comfort of your iPhone.
Jail Football is an exciting and competitive game that puts a unique spin on this classic game by pitting convicts against correction officers.
Concept and Gameplay:
While nothing beats going outside and kicking a ball around, Jail Football, developed by Zaur Khadikov, does a decent job of recreating soccer in a less-than-desirable environment.
This isn’t your typical version of soccer where yellow and red cards are acceptable; this is an all out contact sport where violence is actually encouraged, and how fun is that?
Gameplay is well designed and straightforward in Jail Football, which makes the game incredibly fun to play. All you have to do is tap the player you want to control, then drag your finger back to aim the ball. If you aim at an opponent, you’ll run up to them and physically attack them.
Jail Football gives you quite a few options for gameplay, which is perfect for players who want to experience the game in various ways. For example, you’re able to hone your skills against the computer, or try your luck battling other players around the world.
You can even directly challenge friends to a match.
Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon
One of the things I really like about Jail Football is that it’s a very versatile game.
Along with various fun game modes to try, you can strive to be the best player by climbing the leaderboards.
The game seems to have quite a popular following already, which means you’ll have to work in order to achieve decent rankings.
You can also customize your avatar and name to your liking, which does add a nice personal touch to Jail Football.
Jail Football is available to download from the App Store for $0.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.
When it comes to fun games to play, Jail Football is definitely up there on the list. It has a ton of versatility and gameplay modes, which means it’ll appeal to all kinds of players.
Jail Football – Prison Soccer Maniacs requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPad.
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Miniwalla the Forest Story Is an Amazing Ebook for Children
Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon
There are plenty of children’s books available on the App Store, and the best part is that it seems like there’s a book to teach kids on almost every subject.
Miniwalla is an incredible free book for iOS that takes kids on an animal-filled adventure while teaching them important life lessons along the way.
Concept and Functionality:
Miniwalla, developed by Siu lui shirley Choi, is an adorable story about a boy named Henry and his parent’s wildlife refuge on the island of Java.
Like most children his age, Henry goes on adventures and tends to get into a little bit of trouble. Luckily his animal friends are there to help them and teach important life lessons like responsibility and teamwork.
Unlike most books that are available on the App Store, Miniwalla is fairly hands-off. What this means is that you won’t be manually turning pages; the book practically reads itself.
This is a nice change from books that are highly interactive because it allows kids and parents to sit back and experience the story of Henry and his friends.
What really struck me the most about Miniwalla is the amount of detail that has gone into illustrations, music, and storyline. Not only is this virtual book fun to look at, but the story is actually incredibly intriguing and fun to read.
Miniwalla iPhone Book
Perhaps the best thing about Miniwalla is that it includes a total of six different chapters for kids to read. Originally I figured that additional chapters would be unlocked via in-app purchase, but I was wrong; every chapter is completely free.
If you’re a parent who is trying to teach a child about the importance of music, you’ll be happy to know that Miniwalla was created by a professional composer. A fantastic score and original songs makes this app soar above others like it.
Miniwalla is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. There are no in-app purchases or ads.
Without a doubt, Miniwalla is definitely one of the best books I’ve ever reviewed.
Not only is it beautifully illustrated, but the story is enough to get parents and kids interested in Henry and his animal friends.
I can’t recommend it enough, and I wholeheartedly believe that this is an essential addition to every parent’s digital library.
Miniwalla the Forest Story requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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What do YOU think? We’d love to hear your comments, try it and let us know!
9 Most Useful Apps & Tools for College Students That Will Make You Smarter & More Productive
One of the hardest things for a student to do is to stay motivated and productive. We go through it, hours of sitting around procrastinating, waiting for someone to knock on the door or phone us asking us to come out so we can justify an excuse for leaving our work till a later date.
Unfortunately, the work still needs to be done and it’s even harder to go back to it. Luckily, thanks to the age of technology we live in, there are countless apps and tools we can download and utilise to alleviate our stresses and ease our pains. Here, to make your life a little easier and a lot more productive is my nine productivity and development apps and tools.
To kick start my list, an app/website that can help you know and throughout your life. Dictionary.com allows you to search words and phrases to find the meaning, allowing you to expand your vocabulary, enabling you to write and speak precisely as you mean to. Log on using your computer or download the app for your respective smartphone.
This free to sign up online community is packed full of budding writers and writing professionals. Together, this creates a rich online community that can educate and advise you on the best way to approach your writing based situations. Whether you’re looking for advice on format, topic, content, writing style, ways to stay productive or even how to write the first word, Paper Fellows has something for you.
Flashcards have long been used as an effective learning tool to teach us about a subject in short, digestible sizes. Even when you’re in college, flashcards are a fantastic way to effectively learn for an upcoming test. Specifically for iOS devices, Brainstorm allows you to download free or paid flashcards to use right on your phone, covering a whole manner of subjects.
Getting organised is one of the most important aspects of getting things done. If you’ve got an ever-increasing workload and one really simple way just to combine and refer to then Todoist is the app for you. Available on all smartphone devices with seamless syncing to your desktop computer, this is such as a great app to list out your jobs the day and get them done.
You could spend hours writing a perfect piece of content for your assignment only to hand it in and get a B, maybe even a C. It’s just not fair when the lecturer decides to mark you down just because there’s a typo or a spelling mistake that doesn’t really affect the overall content. To avoid this problem entirely, and to save you from doing it, upload it to Ox Essays where a professional writer can proofread your work for you!
Remember when you used to do mind-maps during your earlier years in school? The reason they used them then was that they’re visual and they work so well. They still work extremely well now! Simply download the software onto your desktop computer and get you organised and on the right path to creativity and increased levels of productivity.
The critically acclaimed king of list apps and productivity booster. Evernote simply must be on this list as it features on every productivity list. Even though at its core Evernote is just a to-do list app, there are so many features seamlessly integrated into the software, it really can change your life.
There’s one thing I do not miss about college would and that is referencing. The bane of my life, I wish had discovered CiteItIn sooner, a piece of free online software that allows you to create outstanding, professional looking references and citations that make your work look and sound incredible.
When researching for information for your assignment you may come across a simple sentence that says exactly what you mean but there’s no way to re-word it. You do this a couple of times in a 10,000-word assignment and you’re more than likely going to be caught out for plagiarism. This can even result in you getting removed from the course. To minimise and eliminate the risk, send off your work to Academized, a custom writing solution that can scan and check your work, editing it so it passes any plagiarism test.
17 Top App Makers to Create Your Own Mobile App – Without a Single Line of Code!
We’ve been following the website builder market for more than five years now and creating a simple website is not really much of a problem these days.
But does the same hold true for mobile apps? Can it be possible to create a mobile app without having a clue about programming languages?
While my wife was toying with the idea of creating a mobile app for her museum website, we took the opportunity to try out some of the best app makers on the market. There really is no shortage of companies offering this kind of service; we easily found more than 30.
Most of the app makers that we’ve tested offer two kinds of apps:
A HTML5 app is a mobile friendly version of your existing website. It will serve as an addition to your website exclusively for users on Smartphones and Tablet devices.
What most people will be keen on though, is a Native App that users can download on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store (and maybe, just maybe on the Window Phone Store).
A native app will also allow you to send those handy little push messages that hardly anybody knows how to deactivate.
While you can create your own HTML5 app for around $10-20 per month, creating a native app is not gonna be wallet friendly. Most providers will require you to fork out aroapund $40 per month to have it listed in the Apple, Android or Windows Phone ecosystems.
What we discovered here is an exciting market in its early stages; we expect a lot more to come in the future. For now, these mobile app makers are our favorites:
The app builder with the most interesting name comes from the French island of Corsica and impresses with beautiful themes. What’s more is that they offer some of the most advanced features such as social networking, chat, Geofencing and iBeacons. Get your native iOS and Android apps for $32 per month, also including an impressive web app that could pass for a professional website. They show an extensive showcase of apps that have been created with their system.
What we liked: their templates are beautiful and their pricing for native apps is very competitive. It also offers a lot of flexibility and cutting-edge features.
Where they should improve: doesn’t have its own online store but you can integrate Amazon, Etsy and Shopify.
Free Trial: www.goodbarber.com
Founded in 2011 this app maker is a very polished product. It features plenty of very powerful options. One of which, the location based directory for places proved particularly useful for our test project, a museum app.
Their monetization elements, such as their integration with Shopify and mobile advertising support help you to recoup what you spend on Shoutem. While it’s not the most expensive provider, it’s not cheap either: pricing starts at $19.90 (Basic) per month. In order to be able to publish to the Apple or Android app stores, you’ll have to at least pick their $49.00 Advanced plan.
What we liked in particular was that it’s fun to use but powerful at the same time, and the templates are really great.
What we liked: designs, location-based elements, ease of use, smooth handling of image uploads
What they should improve: they should add their own online store module
Swiftic (formerly Como) – The Swiss Army Knife of App Creators
This app maker, which was founded in 2010 in Israel claims to power more than 1 million apps around the world, making it one of the biggest fishes in the app pond. They provide a wide selection of building blocks such as a loyalty card feature, appointment scheduling integrations, ecommerce, user reviews and events. Most of the examples on their app gallery are restaurants, bands and other kinds of organizations that run events.
Swiftic just released a new pricing structure: now there is only one tier with either a monthly ($57), yearly ($48) or bi-yearly ($41) payment option. Part of these updates is also a bold 6-Month Success Guarantee, meaning that Swiftic will give you six months for free if you don’t manage to achieve “any meaningful business results” with your app.
We found seven different templates that you can combine with six navigational styles. Colors, background images and icons can be adapted with your own artwork.
What we liked: the editor is very well laid out and easy to use. Their features range is one of the most extensive and the designs are a definite plus. The Success Guarantee is quite reassuring.
What they should improve: their marketing. After registering they will send you promotional emails every single day for about a week… Update: Swiftic told us that they are currently changing their email marketing. If you have any recent experience with Swiftic’s newsletters, please leave a comment and let us know!
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AppInstitute are the largest app maker in the UK, and the winner of several startup awards. They have great ecommerce features, with highly customisable catalogue menus and loyalty options. You can also pay for everything without ever leaving the app.
They have a great booking feature, which is more powerful than it appears. Not only does it allow for appointment booking, but also creating rich events with video and other content.
Price-wise, you can get a native iPhone and Android app for $28 a month. This comes with basic push notifications and app analytics.
What we liked: Some of the features are surprisingly powerful when you scratch beneath the surface.
What they should improve: There’s a distinct lack of integration options within the backend.
Appy Pie, based out of India, is another app maker that claims to be the fastest growing app maker in the world. Although it’s difficult to test these claims, it does appear to be gaining popularity across certain parts of the globe.
With a relatively unique free plan option, this could be appealing to people just starting out. Although it’s worth noting it will only be a mobile website. You won’t get both a native iOS and Android app until you move up to a higher tier, roughly in line with the prices of other app makers.
The biggest thing Appy Pie has going for it are the unique features. They really do offer many of the things that other app makers don’t. For example you can add in-app purchases, connect databases, upload ebooks, and even create your own dating app! A lot of these features are often simply integrations, though, so be aware you may need to set up other accounts to get them working. This can sometimes be quite complex due the lack of detailed tutorials.
What we liked : They have interesting niche features, as well as many integrations, and are fairly easy to use.
What they should improve : Their poorly designed icons and templates often mean apps appear amateur, and we also found the support to be unresponsive at times.
In the video on their website they make a bold statement: one in every 20 apps out there runs on Bizness Apps. The Californian company started out in 2010 and has so far helped to put out more than 300,000 apps.
In order to create native iOS or Android apps you’ll have to pick their Mobile Apps plan for $59 per month. The editor is clearly structured and overall made a solid impression on us.
What we liked: they sport plenty of 3 rd party integrations including ways to capture leads.
What they should improve: It could be visually more rewarding; with other app building software we had quicker results.
Free Trial: www.biznessapps.com
This company started in 2011, allowing their users to create apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and also pure HTML5 apps. Their promise doesn’t end with a mobile app: in contrast to other app maker software they also let you create a responsive website that automatically syncs your app content. Currently, this feature is in an open beta phase.
There are four pricing tiers, ranging from Web Only (€5), Basic (€15) to Premium (€30) and Business (€50 & €200 setup fee). You can try out AppYourself for free, for as long as you want. In order to be able to actually submit your app to one of the app stores you need to be on, at least, their Basic plan.
Their features include ecommerce, table booking options via Open Table and Resmio, loyalty cards, photo galleries and of course, the usual news feed streams.
We like: Most of all, the interface is well structured and very easy to use. They feature their own online store module and support was quick to respond when we contacted them. Using their Connect App you can also update your app on the go.
Things they should improve: AppYourself is a German company and sometimes there are menu items that haven’t been fully translated. It’s not a big issue overall but it needs to be addressed.
Tip: Save 20% in your first year using the discount code “wtt20off”. Valid for all pricing tiers except for Business.AppYourself Video and Tutorial
Where are all the apps? According to Statista, there are around 2.8m apps on the leading three app stores. According to just Swiftic and AppMakr, a total of 3m apps have been created with their tools alone. This can only mean that a significant number of all apps never make it into the major app stores.
In contrast to Mobile Roadie, Mobincube positions itself as the website builder for everyone. Everyone can and should be able to build an app and also make some money using the Admob platform. Before you make money though you’ll have to spend some but don’t worry because Mobincube is very affordable: while they offer a free plan, their cheapest ad-free plan is priced at $9.99. Surprisingly, all of their plans allow you to ‘go native’, i.e. to upload your creation to one or all of the major app stores.
Update 3 June 2015: You can now add HTML modules into your app. Examples would be:
User account registration screens, embedded html5 games, advanced forms, access to different branches of the app depending on certain inputs (time, language, region, type of device, etc.) and animations.
What we liked: very competitive prices and plenty of templates to choose from. Also, some of the features seem quite innovative.
What they should improve: technical hiccups need to be taken care of, the templates can be a bit restrictive.
As one of the bigger players Mobile Roadie proudly showcase their clients: Disney, TED.org and Universal have apps made on their platform.
Given the price point ranges from $149 (CORE) to a hefty $799 per month (PRO) this company clearly has its focus on larger companies. We particularly liked their design options which feature great templates and give you plenty of options to tweak them.
They have a couple of nice community features such as chats and a fan wall that can be particularly useful for artists and bands. Musicians will also like the smooth integration of its music player.
There are also some very advanced features such as geo-targeting for your content. Because of its wide feature range getting the hang of this app builder will take more time than most of the others..
We like: Their templates are very elegant and they offer plenty of options to tweak the designs. All in all their features are extremely advanced.
Where they should improve: pricing of course as it’s not affordable for smaller businesses. It also took us quite some time to get to grips with the editor – the UI could be a more intuitive.
This name seems to have a deeper meaning. AppMachine automates as many tedious processes as possible. Just give them your website’s URL and they will import everything they deem useful for your app. Twitter, Facebook, RSS and even images can be imported if you wish. Quite unique and pretty useful!
The editor of this Dutch company is visually quite impressive but at the same time not overwhelming. We like their idea of using Lego building blocks. It’s one of the best app creators we’ve seen and although not all of the user interface was intuitive right from the start, we think that they have the potential to be one of the top players in this space.
Currently they offer two plans: Plus for $49 and Pro for $69 per month.
What we liked: powerful editor, a comprehensive building block selection
What they should improve: they should make the user interface a little bit more logic and faster
This Italian app creator features a drag and drop editor and has so far helped 500,000 apps come to life. Once you navigate the slightly confusing free trial vs. free account sign up, the dashboard and editor are surprisingly intuitive. Adding logos and other images is also extremely easy, as you can easily scale images and add effects effortlessly after dropping your image onto the page.
There is also a wide array of modules you can add to pages, such as eCommerce, multimedia, maps, calculators and loyalty tools. There are dedicated tools for all the popular social sites, as well as at least five modules for different restaurant sites, so there’s something for everyone here. AppsBuilder also have a handy dedicated resource section on their site with articles, eBooks, templates and even case studies, all available for free.
There are three pricing categories: $52 (Starter), $215 (Regular) and $269 (Scalable). In order to create a native iOS or Android app you’ll have to pick the Premium plan.
What we liked: easy to navigate editor, intuitive image editing with many options, good support
What they should improve: they have a free account (as well as their trial) but it’s difficult to access, should have different language options available.
This relatively new company calls Argentina home and has its focus on native apps. They claim to have almost 41,000,000 app views and rising, but apart from that, they’re a little mysterious, without even an ‘About Us’ or Company Profile on their site.
With MobAppCreator, users don’t have as many templates available to them as other builders, yet the editor itself is very user-friendly, with different modules explained clearly and without too much technical jargon. It’s a nice touch having a pull-out iPhone on the side that keeps an updated, clickable representation of your app which is refreshed with each new change. We did find some issues in the layout design once we started to change some of the module elements, though, and had to begin again just to reset it.
You have fourteen days to trial the service, with full functionality, but then the cheapest option starts at $32.50 per month. This isn’t too dissimilar to some of the other app building software on the market, as you’ll see below, but perhaps they could offer a few more templates for that price.
What we liked: the editor is relatively easy to use, they have their own online store module available for the South American market.
What they should improve: there could be a wider range of template designs, perhaps offer a free version that isn’t time limited but offers less options.
This app creator from Singapore shows almost 2 million apps on its counter; impressive. Next to their claim of creating an app “in only 20 minutes” the pricing page sticks out for us. Next to a free plan there’s a $1 and a $14 dollar per month plan making it one of the most affordable app makers.
However, after signing up we were quite disappointed. The visual appearance of their editor isn’t really state of the art: it looks like there hasn’t been a redesign for a couple of years. To be fair though, they offer plenty of building blocks and also the app design can be tweaked. It’s just not as much fun to work with this product compared to their more stylish competitors.
What we liked: affordable prices
What they should improve: their design and the editor, this product is due for a major do over.
Although the featured templates on this website don’t look too exciting, IBuildApp has been used more than a million times. Basic ($9.99 per month), Business ($39) and Enterprise/Agency ($99) are their pricing tiers. Free Trial: http://ibuildapp.com
Their well-designed website doesn’t reveal a lot about the company other than 30,000 businesses have used the software in one way or the other. You can choose between the free plan and a Premium plan ($49 per month). Free Trial: http://buildfire.com
If you don’t mind technical lingo or even embrace it, the “industry’s leading cloud-based rapid development environment for building mobile apps” might be your candidate of choice. It’s more of a technical infrastructure for apps than an app maker for end users. Free Trial: http://appery.io
Creating games is pretty much the ultimate challenge for programmers. For a mere $299 per year the Texan company provides a building block system for iOS and Android game creation. Free Trial: http://gamesalad.com
Yes – in fact app makers encourage it through their white label or reseller programs. They usually offer special deals when you create more than 3 apps with them, and they even remove all their branding (logo, brand name etc…). That way you can make it look like you created the whole app making platform with your own skills. You can even give your clients a login so they can edit the app themselves.
If you want more info about reseller programs or how to start your app reseller business, we have a dedicated blog post on the topic here.
It’s true that there are absolutely no programming skills required to build an app, however, if you actually want to have a chance of it being published in one of the App Stores you’ll need at least some basic image editing skills.
High quality visual components are key to creating an app that people will enjoy using. In addition you really need to know how to provide a valuable app – an exact copy of your website usually doesn’t cut it. You need to offer app specific functions or content.
As mentioned before, we think that there is a lot more to come in terms of functionality. Let us know what you think!
Have you tried any of them yourself? Which one do you like the most?
15 Aug 2016: Added new Goodbarber review video.
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