Developing Clouds

Apr 21 2014   8:32AM GMT

Build a Mobile Web App on Your Mobile Device in Under 10 Minutes

Michelle Greenlee Michelle Greenlee Profile: Michelle Greenlee

Cloud-based development tools are increasing in number. Few offer a touch interface for use on your actual mobile device. Adsy (current in beta) offers a mobile user interface for creating web apps fast. Basic services are available free and promise to remain free until…forever.
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Creating an account is simple. Register your email address and create a username then you’re ready to start creating. You can access the creation space on your mobile device or from a regular computer. Adding support for regular computers is a new feature of the once all-mobile product.

There’s nothing to download and no code to review during the creation process. Apps can span many pages and contain images, links, videos, and more. Free accounts have access to a few plugins.

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Adsy offers an intriguing approach to code-free development by giving users something they call “magic”. As you might expect, the magic isn’t really magic. In fact, it’s an onscreen click area selection tool. Activating the magic selection tool is easy – just click the pointed finger icon to activate it. Next, scribble your desired click area (greenish smudges outlined in pink below).  Designating a clickable area automatically brings up a toolbox of options available. I added simple external links to my generic Adsy app.

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I created a simple app in less than 10 minutes without coding. While Adsy is an interesting entrant to the code-free app dev market it’s not without weakness. The user interface isn’t quite as intuitive as I would like. I prefer to dive right in without reading instructions. Adding a simple onscreen tutorial would help ease the user interface learning curve. Adding more free plugins would also be nice. Details about each plugin’s functionality would be helpful too. Adsy probably won’t change your web app marketing strategy but it may enter your future plans as it evolves. This tool is definitely on my list of services to watch.

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  • adsyme
    Hi Michelle, thanks for your great review of our platform, which is still in early beta as you said. We have tutorials ready to be pushed but we wanted to release the tool without them to see how users would interact with the environment in the absence of guidelines (except watching our video, for the most curious ones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsga3mhjybA). And I can tell we've been pretty impressed by the resuts so far, especially from tweens & teens, who immediately "get it", certainly because they are digital natives. We have plenty of additional free plugins on the roadmap and are working hard on the social layer around the content (following other users, liking, commenting, messaging each other). adsy is aimed at becoming more than a mobile web app maker, our vision is to create a proper social platform open to third-party developers + to create sister products around the kernel of the platform. It's early days. Exciting times ahead ;-) I invite you to check out an app we created with 10 examples of things you can create with adsy at this stage: http://adsy.me/rFrowXoGqa
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  • AdamMargaret
    Thanks for the above information. it's really interesting messege for us. This article give us many useful information about mobile apps. This apps very effective for young generation. This apps is also user-friendly.
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