The Android App Creation ToolboxJuly 16th, 2012
When you first look at AppsGeyser, sometimes it’s hard to see what you’re looking at. It’s not just a platform for developing Android apps. It’s a whole toolbox that can be used to make great apps.
When you first go to the AppsGeyser site, and click Create Now, it looks like you have three options. At the bottom of those three, there is blue text which says ‘more options,’ giving a total of five options. Let me explain what each one is good for!
- Website: This is the simplest option. If you have a website, you enter your URL (the web address that starts with http://) and POOF you have an app. The downside of this type of app is that the app will only work correctly if the user’s device is connected to the internet.
- HTML Code: There are two ways to use this feature. Either you can use HTML or you can use the text editor. If you’re creating content, you’ll probably prefer the text editor, because it’s just like using Word or another word processing tool. If you got widget code from another site, or if you’re copying a part of your site from the HTML, you can choose the HTML option. This is a great option if you want your app to be available offline, and it doesn’t contain a lot of data.
- Video Stream – This one’s easy. Just turn your YouTube Channel or Playlist into an app. Again, this kind of app will only work if the user’s device is connected to the internet.
- Zip Archive – This one is the most complicated option, but it’s also the most powerful one. If you’ve ever used DreamWeaver, FrontPage, or KompoZer, you understand that making a website isn’t making a single webpage. Instead, you make a group of interlinked pages, including separate files for the images. Once you’ve made all of that, you can include all of the relevant files in a single zip archive, and upload it to AppsGeyser. The reason this is such a powerful option is that this option allows you to give your users a full app which is available even if the mobile device is offline. If there are parts of the app which should update more often than every few weeks, such as a blog or a schedule, you can add them to a webpage which is online and link from within the app.
- Document – This is a PDF or Document (from Word or similar). Like the Zip Archive option, this allows you to make your app available offline. If you’re making an ebook or a how-to guide, this is a great way to make it. You can always link to a blog in your document to add information regularly.
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