The Idea to App Blog

Quick bites of information about app development

4 Sketch Tips to Keep In Mind

The number one thing this website offers is free, printable iPhone sketch paper. We live in a world with an iPad that’s a sketchbook, where Wacom tablets are the number one choice for designers, where the Surface Studio just came out, and yet there are still...
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5 Creative Ways to Market Your App

Marketing is something that seems simple, because we’re exposed to it every day. Companies take out ads and pay money to put messages right in front of us. So if we want to market something we’re selling, obviously we just need to pay to get our message in...
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Small Changes That Can Make Your App Go Viral

Having an app go viral is the dream. Once we all start making our own apps, we go to bed at night staring at the ceiling and dreaming about what it would be like if we woke up tomorrow with a viral app, $10,000 richer. I’ve spent plenty of my own nights falling...
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For Guaranteed Sales, Build Your Audience Outside The App Store

When people want to make an app, building an audience seems like one of the least exciting things. Designing the app is excited, drawing the wireframes, showing our friends, testing prototypes – these are the exciting things. But as it always is, the exciting...
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Why You Should Hand-Draw Apps, First

You need to hand-draw your app if you want it to turn out well. I know, you’re not an artist, but hear me out. It seems like early on in life, everyone decides whether or not they have artistic talent. Everyone starts to doodle as a child, and some...
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I Will Never Keep an App Idea Private

As an app developer, I get a lot of people emailing me about working on their app idea. And about 50% of them say something along the lines of, “but don’t share this with anyone,” or “you need to sign an NDA before talking about our app...
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Building an Online Community, Part 3

LEVERAGE YOUR COMMUNITY Once you’ve got an online audience, it’s time to actually get that audience working for you through interacting with it.  If you don’t interact with the audience you’ve built, it will wither away and become nothing – interacting with your...
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Building an Online Community, Part 2

HAVE A GOAL Make sure to have a clear goal in mind when you are building your online community.  For someone who already works another job, maximizing every minute you spend working must make a difference.  You know what benefits you want from your community –...
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Building an Online Community, Part 1

One of the things that takes an app experience from good to great is having a great online community.  This can mean many things, from giveaways of related contents, featuring users of your app, or having a well-documented support portal  Users can then interact with...
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Give Your App a Personality

A truly amazing app needs to have it’s own personality.  It can’t just be an amalgamation of the default iOS buttons and random graphics you made in iPhoto – it needs to be cohesive, attractive, and the sort of app your target market would want. To...
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Design

4 Sketch Tips to Keep In Mind

4 Sketch Tips to Keep In Mind

The number one thing this website offers is free, printable iPhone sketch paper. We live in a world with an iPad that’s a sketchbook, where Wacom tablets are the number one choice for designers, where the Surface Studio just came out, and yet there are still...
Why You Should Hand-Draw Apps, First

Why You Should Hand-Draw Apps, First

You need to hand-draw your app if you want it to turn out well. I know, you’re not an artist, but hear me out. It seems like early on in life, everyone decides whether or not they have artistic talent. Everyone starts to doodle as a child, and some...

Give Your App a Personality

A truly amazing app needs to have it’s own personality.  It can’t just be an amalgamation of the default iOS buttons and random graphics you made in iPhoto – it needs to be cohesive, attractive, and the sort of app your target market would want. To...

Designing For the iPad Is Not Designing for a Big iPhone

Way long ago, in the yesteryear of 2010 when the iPad was just about to come out, many a joke was made about how it was a giant iPhone and wouldn’t do well. Why would we need a giant iPhone?  We already had the regular size iPhone, and that was good enough for us....

Wireframe Your Best iOS App Yet

This article originally appeared on Inspired Magazine.   There are some simple tips and tricks that can transform apps from just middle-of-the-market designs to winning, intuitive experiences which are successful on the iOS store.  These tips lie with the first...

Development

Do More (Than You Are) To Beta-Test

Beta-testing is a critical stage of app development that a lot of indie developers don’t spend enough time on.  I know, because I was one of them. Many indies build their app and they test it within their personal network and perhaps get their friends to test...

Don’t Make These iOS Gesture Mistakes

“What did you just do?” “This?” 4 fingers swipe across the screen, and it switches to the next app. “Yeah!  That!”   People know astonishingly little about the basic gestures on iOS, even this many years after the iPhone’s release.  The average person...

Save Time and Money with App Templates

One of the tools available to an app developer, whether they’re doing it themselves or working with someone else, is an app template. An app template is a set of code that is a skeleton framework for a certain type of app.  You can think of it as a...

The 3 Ways to Make an App

Many people have dreamed of building their own app, and now is always the best time to pursue your dreams. However, you may not know how to get started making your own app; this monster of a Medium post will go over all of the ways you can get your own app made, and...

You Can Make an App Without Programming

It is every other day you hear someone saying “Learn to code, start a mobile startup, make an app, change the world” instilling the inspirational idea into millions of people’s heads that they can teach themselves to program, and rise to be in the ranks of the...

Deployment

5 Creative Ways to Market Your App

5 Creative Ways to Market Your App

Marketing is something that seems simple, because we’re exposed to it every day. Companies take out ads and pay money to put messages right in front of us. So if we want to market something we’re selling, obviously we just need to pay to get our message in...
Small Changes That Can Make Your App Go Viral

Small Changes That Can Make Your App Go Viral

Having an app go viral is the dream. Once we all start making our own apps, we go to bed at night staring at the ceiling and dreaming about what it would be like if we woke up tomorrow with a viral app, $10,000 richer. I’ve spent plenty of my own nights falling...
For Guaranteed Sales, Build Your Audience Outside The App Store

For Guaranteed Sales, Build Your Audience Outside The App Store

When people want to make an app, building an audience seems like one of the least exciting things. Designing the app is excited, drawing the wireframes, showing our friends, testing prototypes – these are the exciting things. But as it always is, the exciting...

Building an Online Community, Part 3

LEVERAGE YOUR COMMUNITY Once you’ve got an online audience, it’s time to actually get that audience working for you through interacting with it.  If you don’t interact with the audience you’ve built, it will wither away and become nothing – interacting with your...

Building an Online Community, Part 2

HAVE A GOAL Make sure to have a clear goal in mind when you are building your online community.  For someone who already works another job, maximizing every minute you spend working must make a difference.  You know what benefits you want from your community –...

Building an Online Community, Part 1

One of the things that takes an app experience from good to great is having a great online community.  This can mean many things, from giveaways of related contents, featuring users of your app, or having a well-documented support portal  Users can then interact with...

App Analytics You Need

There is a lot of important data which the app store won’t collect automatically for you. Apple will tell you how many people downloaded your app and how much money you made, but that’s about it. Luckily, the free market has created a lot of solutions in the form of...

How To Make a Website For Your App

When making an app, one of the most obvious things you’re going to need is a website.  One of everyone’s first concerns when making an app is asking, “What does it take to make a website?” Actually, having a website isn’t even technically necessary.  Your app already...

Make Money by Setting Your App Free for a Day

People love free stuff.  A great way to boost sales for your app for free is to set it your app free for a day.  Yes, making your app free for a day can increase dollars for the next three months. Like any other discount or promotion, if you prepare and publicize it...

How To Make a Press List

Every app developer needs to contact the press. To get started doing this, you need is a mailing list comprised of news outlets, blogs, review websites, and any media outlet with a connection to your audience.  This is the list that you’ll contact when you have...