Even the code-illiterate can build passable apps using these four new platforms.
1. Bizness Apps
It’s a difficult platform on which to customize beyond color choices, but it’s a tool that’s incredibly easy to use.
Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android, HTML5
Price: $39 per month for the iPhone app plus $10 per month for an iPad, Android or HTML5 app.
There’s a better chance of creating and releasing a useful app with these features, but users also have a steeper learning curve than some of its competitors.
Platforms: Android and iOS
Price: A one-time setup fee of $99 plus a monthly fee of $25 for up to 50 users and two pages.
Other than adding content through multiple RSS feeds, uploading a photo gallery and sending push notifications, its code-free apps can’t do much. One appealing aspect for content creators, however, is the option to serve ads through several networks.
iSites, Swebapps and App Co offer similar approaches for content distribution apps.
4. Red Foundry
RSS feeds are the focus of the free version of the product’s point-and-click app builder, though it’s easy to add other extras like photo galleries, maps, social feed and commerce options like a Paypal donate button.
What’s most obviously distinct about the platform is its test-as-you go app,Viz. After you load the program onto your phone, you can use it to test your app as you build it.
The platform also makes widgets that show analytics, social activity and push notifications from your app that you can add to your desktop.