Building your own app – should you choose a Plus or Pro app?

App Building, New Features Liz Bollema 16 Feb 2013

You are about to create an app using AppMachine. But two different types of app are available – so how do you decide which it’s to be? A Plus or a Pro app? It all depends on your wishes. In this post we’ll tell you about the differences between the various kinds of apps.

Plus

Do you you want to make native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8? And go further in graphic terms? Plus is the answer. AppMachine pulls out all the graphics stops with the Plus app. The possibilities are virtually endless. Would you like to customise an app to the smallest detail? With different colours in each screen? Go ahead. Would you like to determine where your icons should go down to the last pixel? Would you like to pinpoint the target location of the text precisely? Use animated buttons that light up when tapped? All this and more is possible with our Plus app – designers can really let rip with this one. The Plus version also comes with free use of push notifications,  advanced analytics and the use of many more building blocks.

Pro

Would you also like to include your own data, tables and screens in your app? Then the Pro app is the way to go. It offers all of the options of the Plus apps, but takes app development one step further. It allows you to create an app that retrieves its data from your own database. For instance, you can load data from an Excel sheet in the AppMachine CMS and use the table in your app. If you then create a link with an XML or JSON feed, the data in your app can even be updated automatically. Connect to web services or bring your own JavaScript. This makes the Pro app the most flexible among our apps.

So how should you choose an app?

It depends on your wishes. If you need native apps -and most of us do so- you can start with a Plus app and see if it fits your needs. Thinking about data linking? Upgrade to Pro!
It’s one of the great thing about AppMachine: you do not have to choose a particular app in advance. You can simply start building a Plus app. You will receive a notification when you add a Pro building block or want to use a feature that belongs to the Pro app. AppMachine will ask if you are sure you want to take this step. So you will never be confronted with any surprises. And since you only pay when you publish, you can check what it will cost you beforehand.

So … start today with AppMachine, build your own app!

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