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How to Launch a New App

We talk about strategy all the time when it comes to developing an app, but it shouldn’t just stop there. With millions of apps in the App Store and Google Play Store, your app won’t magically become successful. This is why it is important to strategize how you are going to launch your new app. This blog post from ladder.io discusses an App Store Launch Plan that can help get you downloads fast, which is critical when it comes to mobile app marketing.

Overview of Phases:

Phase 1: Make sure everything works

  • Beta test your app
  • Build and test a final version
  • Seed early reviews

Phase 2: Get the word out!

  • Inform your insiders
  • Run ads
  • Make sure your App Store Optimization (ASO) is on point
  • Social, blog, and press

Phase 3: Keep the momentum

  • Re-engage your uses
  • Keep everyone updated when you update

Read it all here

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Save Money! Design Your App

Having an app developed can sometimes be a little costly. This could become a burden when you have a tight budget. Luckily there are ways to help cut costs! One of these ways is to have a clear understanding of what you want entailed in your app. This includes creating a feature list, branding, and designing wireframes for your application.

Some of you may be great at design, some of you may hate it, but trust me when I say it saves time! You don’t have to be an all start designer to create wireframes and get your idea across. There are websites and apps that actually make this really easy too!

 

Prototyping

Invison

Get high-fidelity in under 5 minutes. Upload your design files and add animations, gestures, and transitions to transform your static screens into clickable, interactive prototypes.

 

Marvel

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Create screens directly in Marvel or add your images from Sketch or Photoshop. You can even sync designs from your cloud storage!

 

 

Pop

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Have an app idea? Draw it on paper and use POP to make it come to life on your iPhone & iPad!

 

Color Schemes: 

Coolors.co

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Create, save and share perfect palettes in seconds!

Paletton

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Logos:

Free Logo Design

 

 

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99designs

 

 

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Last, but not least do your homework. It is also crucial to find similar apps out there that have features that you want to include. This will help save time and help ensure that your app stands out!

Essential Apps to keep up with the Presidential Election

If you are keeping up with the Presidential Election, here are some apps that can help you easily get the information you are looking for.

 

Where to watch the debates:

Most likely, you already have these apps and you can use them to watch the debate live from anywhere for free.

Twitter

Download here

Facebook

DOWNLOAD HERE

YouTube

DOWNLOAD HERE

 

 

Where to keep up on news about the candidates:

Election Central

The best 2016 election app! Follow the 2016 Presidential Election with the latest news on debates and candidates. Get the complete 2016 presidential debate schedules with details and push notifications. Also includes a selection of the latest news on all candidates in an objective, nonpartisan format.

Download Here

US Elections 2016 – Trump v Hillary

US Elections! Who will be the most powerful man, or woman in the world? Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Scott Walker or Ted Cruz?
Follow the presidential campaigns all the way, with a non biased feed, without missing a thing! Debates, press releases, media appearances, polls, opinions, analysis and more!
Stay on top of the 2016 US Elections!

Download Here

CNN Politics: Election 2016 data, news and video

Campaign 2016 is the data election, and CNN Politics is telling the story in an entirely new and compelling way with this exclusive experience.

Download Here

 

 

Where to support the candidates:

Use these apps to help support your candidate.

 

America First

This is the official mobile app for Donald J. Trump for President!
Stay up-to-date and always be one of the first to know the latest campaign news and events. Connect with other Team Trump supporters, earn badges and prizes, sign up to vote and much more. Help bring change and Make America Great Again — download the app today!

Download Here

Hillary 2016

With Hillary 2016, you can:
Complete daily challenges to help elect Hillary Clinton
Get rewards (digital and real-life ones!)
Design your own campaign HQ
Test your knowledge and become an expert on the issues
Compete against your friends and other supporters

Download Here

 

RAW by 500px – An interview with the Team Lead Mobile

 

Every once in a while, we like to reach out to other companies who are doing some awesome things with mobile apps, and ask them about their journey through from idea to launch. This week we got to interview Akbar Nurlybayev, Team Lead Mobile @ RAW by 500px.

Description of app:

RAW by 500px brings a simple and powerful photo capture, editing, and licensing workflow to your phone. Take beautiful photos with the manual camera controls. Process your photos using the fast professional style editing controls. Create and manage model releases and license your photos on the Marketplace.

Screenshots:

  

Where did you come up with the idea for this app?

The idea for RAW by 500px came from our Growth team and our VP of Design Adam Shutsa. 500px was traditionally at the very end of the creative process — essentially, a platform to publish your best work. With the new app, the goal was to position 500px at the beginning of the creative process. But we didn’t want to build just another app. We wanted to innovate when it came to user experience and design, and we wanted to use the latest iOS10 technologies, including support for RAW images.

What problem is this app trying to solve?

Our photographers are essential to our community. Currently 500px lets them license their work through our Marketplace. We wanted to take that one step further, and within the new product, streamline the process of giving money back to photographers.

How big is your team? What are the positions/experience of each?

The team that built the RAW by 500px app consisted of two developers — and then three developers as we approached the launch date. Design was led by Adam and we had a dedicated product manager who prioritized work and made sure we stayed on course. We also had members of our “data guild” make sure the assumptions we made building certain features of the app were proven by data.

Did you develop this app in house or hire someone else?

To fully control the user experience and overall polish, and to retain intellectual property, the decision was made to build the app in-house.

How long did development take? What factors influenced the development time?

From first commit to the version 1.0 that we shipped to the AppStore, it took 64 days. Since we had a hard deadline, which was the launch of iOS10, we had to stay focused and prioritize things that made it to version 1.0. Having a dedicated product manager to steer course helped tremendously.

Did you have a beta tester process?

We did reach out and recruit members of our community to test out the app and build an initial set of filters. We actually shipped the app with some of these filters.

How are you spreading the word about the app?

We’ve used our social channels and reached out to our media partners. We’ve also asked our influencers to promote the app through their social channels.

What are your future goals and aspirations for this application?

RAW by 500px is our mobile and photographer facing side of our Photography on Demand. This means we will be adding in photography Assignments in the near future. In addition, we are iterating on capture and editing tools so that taking and editing photos will not only be easy but also enjoyable.

Why should people download this app in one sentence?

RAW by 500px brings a simple and powerful photo capture, editing, and licensing workflow to your phone.

Word of advice to people looking to have an app built?

Stay focused and have fun!

You can download the app on Apple’s App Store here!

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9 apps to get you an A+ in class

Well it’s that time of year again. Time to hit the books, study and take care of homework. School can be pretty stressful at times, but luckily there are a few apps that can help ease the pain and get you to that A in class.

 

  1. Evernote

Let Evernote change the way you organize your personal and professional projects. Dive in: take notes, create to-do lists, and save things you find online into Evernote. We’ll sync everything between your phone, tablet, and computer automatically. Download here

 

 

2. Bubo – Time Management

Bubo, your personal task management assistant is finally here! With Bubo, you can easily add tasks that are on your ToDo list. Just give your task a name and a time limit, tap start, and Bubo will do the rest.
Bubo lets you know how much time is left, when you are expected to finish your tasks, and will even alert you when your time is up! Download here

 

3. MyScript Calculator

Easy, simple and intuitive, just write the mathematical expression on the screen then let MyScript technology perform its magic converting symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time. Download Here

 

4. RefME – Citations made easy

RefME is the world’s leading and most accurate multi-platform tool for automating citations, reference lists and bibliographies in over 7,500 citation styles, including Harvard, MLA and APA. The RefME iOS app allows users to generate citations by scanning book or journal barcodes and sync them with RefME.com. Download here 

 

5. DuetDisplay

If you have an iPad or iPhone, this app will turn it into a second computer monitor for you no matter where you are! Built by ex-Apple Engineers, this application goes hand and hand with your Macbook or PC to increase productivity and give you the space you need. Download here

 

6. Pocket Schedule

Pocket Schedule is one of the best tools to track down all your courses, classes and assignments. Once you use the app you will want nothing else to make your school life easier. Download here

 

7. StudyBlue

No need to create a bulky stack of paper flashcards! Make flashcards on web and take them with you on your phone. Having your quality notes, flashcards, and study guides on your phone makes studying productive. Download here

 

8. Sleep Cycle

Getting good grades doesn’t just rely on studying and doing homework. It’s also pretty important to get a good night’s sleep. Luckily Sleep Cycle helps to make sure you are well rested. Sleep Cycle is an intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed. Download here

 

9. Spotify – Student discount

Whether you need some music to help you focus or unwind, Spotify is perfect when it comes to finding hand curated playlists. Did you know that students get a discount too?!? Download here

 

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