How to make a app for free (or for $100,000)

I keep getting asked in real life how much if costs to develop an app. Here are my answers in order of ascending cost;

1) It can be free if you use a site like http://www.como.com They have different pricing structures but if you are looking for something simple to (for instance) remind parents where and when this weeks soccer game is and who is on roster to bring the oranges you can build and publish an app for free.

2) Sites like como also have a ‘premiuim’ option for apps. You can also use sites like 99designs that allow designer to compete to design your app with 7 days of iterations. Then you can get a tender on building the app.

3) You can outsource the building to another country with a cheaper rate using a site like elance.com You’ll have to contend with time differences and potential language issue but providing you vet carefully for the required skills you can pick up excellent programmers for less than you’d pay in the UK/US/Canada etc

4) You can have it all done locally by students. It will take longer than a skilled professional but you’ll get some innovative designs and they’ll get some money for beer food

5) Get it done by a local professional. This is the most expensive, yet least stressful option. You can meet them, call them and discuss changes. Hopefully the extra communication and cost leads to a speedy delivery of a premiuim product.

So what are you waiting for? Go get started on your next project…

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Download My Makeup Collection on iTunes and Google Play.

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How to make an app for free (or for $100,000)

I keep getting asked in real life how much if costs to develop an app. Here are my answers in order of ascending cost;

1) It can be free if you use a site like http://www.como.com They have different pricing structures but if you are looking for something simple to (for instance) remind parents where and when this weeks soccer game is and who is on roster to bring the oranges.

2) Sites like como also have a ‘premiuim’ option for apps. You can also use sites like 99designs that allow designer to compete to design your app with 7 days of iterations. Then you can get a tender on building the app.

3) You can outsource the building to another country with a cheaper rate using a site like elance.com You’ll have to contend with time differences and potential language issue but providing you vet carefully for the required skills you can pick up excellent programmers for less than you’d pay in the UK/US/Canada etc

4) You can have it all done locally by students. It will take longer than a skilled professional but you’ll get some innovative designs and they’ll get some money for beer food

5) Get it done by a local professional. This is the most expensive, yet least stressful option. You can meet them, call them and discuss changes. Hopefully the extra communication and cost leads to a speedy delivery of a premiuim product.

So what are you waiting for? Go get started on your next project

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Download My Makeup Collection on iTunes and Google Play.

 

How to get the app of your dreams developed (or not)

One of the most common questions I get when it comes up in conversation that I have developed an app is “Actually I have this GREAT idea for an app. How do you go about getting apps developed?” So I thought it might be worth a post talking about the steps involved in making that app that you sketched on the back of a napkin one time 😉

Step 1 is a project scope. This is where you work out what you want to do, who you are targeting (which devices), how you think you will commercialise the idea. This is your business case where you think about what a reasonable budget would be for your project. The broader your targets the larger your development expenses will be so it’s worth trimming this to a realistic level (rather than wanting to target all devices, which is especially trick on Android). It also helps to look at your competitors and research which apps are in this space already and how to differentiate yourself from them.
Step 2 is wire framing where you work out what you want displayed on each screen but with not much design aspect (black and white ’sketch’ style). This is something you might do yourself or outsource. You can look at places like 99designs that can do this step for around $1k
Step 3 is design where you work out what you want the app to look like (think colour schemes and so on). This can be outsourced again or done in house if you had expertise.
Step 4 is prototyping – this really needs to be done by someone in the coding game. You develop an initial dummy app and get some users to try it and view/record how they use it. It reveals all sorts of details like whether your button are in the right place, whether people are searching for features that should be clearer to access and so on.
Step 5 is coding – self explanatory! This is getting a functional app out.
Step 6 is bug testing (also somewhat self explanatory)
(3-4-5-6) overlap to some extent as hopefully you are testing your designs throughout and going backwards and forwards).

As to choosing your developer, best bet is to find a developing group that has developed something with a similar look and purpose and depends a lot on the type of app you are looking at producing. The cheapest option is usually to outsource through sites like elance, but this can require substantial product management. Local producers tend to be pricier but easy to communicate with.

Let me know if you have any other questions or queries you would like covered.

My Makeup Collection for Android

I am extremely happy to say that I *finally* can link you to My Makeup Collection on Android. My Makeup Collection is the latest and best way to organize your swatches and makeup collection in your phone or tablet. It’s a great addition to our iphone app which has been very popular with our users.

If you want some more info you can check out the website at My Makeup Collection, and our facebook page has lots of updates and cool links.

The My Makeup Collection app – finally in release (and free for this week!)

I’m excited to say a side project of mine has finally come to fruition and some regular readers may have already received this email from me directly. I have just released my first app!

The app is called My Makeup Collection on iTunes and It allows you to post short form reviews from your phone (with a photo/swatch and some brief usage notes) to facebook or email, and post notes as well as posting ‘looks’ with (tap to tag) notes on which products have been used (for nail art this will be the polishes used). I think this will sit nicely between tweets and longer blog reviews.

It also as some other functions like the ability to keep a track of your swatches on your phone so that you can check existing swatches and compare in store and hopefully avoid coming home with dupes! You can also save swatches of polishes you like in your wish list, then compare them in store to the polishes in store. This will be really useful when you are searching for dupes for those really hard to get your hands on indies… or really expensive high end new releases!

It also has a function that allows you to send your entire collection (or a selection) back to email to maintain any current stash spreadsheets.  It has a wishlist that can be sent as well. The data is all kept private. This is simply a tool for keeping a track of your makeup collections.

The website for the app is http://www.mymakeupcollection.com and the app is free this week at (https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/my-makeup-collection/id689768608?mt=8). I hope you all enjoy using it.