Appsbar, a startup launched last year in Deerfield Beach, Fla., has become a go-to destination for small companies with relatively little tech experience that want to create their own mobile applications. The company announced last month that it had signed up more than 90,000 users to its services and that its users had recorded more than 9 million downloads from all the apps built using Appsbar.
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Users start by signing up for an account on appsbar.com and can then start designing their applications on their PC, Mac or tablet. The service then provides users with a number of templates and code libraries they can use to set up their app's basic layout and provide users with key information about their business, including directions, prices and regularly updated sales notices and event reminders. Appsbar also makes sure that each app developed on its platform supports HTML5 so their apps can be shared across different platforms and websites.
Heather Caunt-Nulton, a Boston-based henna artist who created a mobile app using Appsbar, says that the app is particularly intuitive for users who aren't very experienced with computer programming language. She says that using Appsbar saved her a lot of time since she was originally planning to trying learning app development on her own.
"I do some basic HTML coding to make my own website and I have a slight amount of experience in C++ code, but I'm not a programmer," she says. "I was looking into what it would take to learn [mobile app development] and it was possible, but it would have been a lot more work than it would have been worth."
Caunt-Nulton says that she wishes the program gave her more flexibility for how to lay out her application's main menu, but adds that "for a free service, it's good for what it is."