Developing mobile apps can be hard enough. Coming up with an idea, getting the idea on paper, and making it good enough to make an impact in the market can be pretty overwhelming. All of this doesn’t even account for how you are going to make the app in the first place.
There are literally dozens of tools made for app development. So many, in fact, that simply choosing a tool can be stressful.
To make it easier for you, we have listed some of the best programs for you to use to build your app. We have separated the tools into wireframing (prototype development) tools and finishing (graphic design) tools so that you know what tool will be most effective for what you need to accomplish.
First on the list is HotGloo. This UX tool is fantastic at providing you with the power to manage a variety of mobile app types. One great aspect of HotGloo is it’s interactive features, not least of which is the ability to have multiple users working in conjunction with one another, talking in through the built-in chat feature.
For both individuals and teams working on the wireframing of a mobile app, HotGloo is a great choice to get the job done.
Lumzy is a free web-based tool that can be used by developer for both websites and mobile apps. It offers great interactive features not often seen in similar tools.
Features, such as prototyping pop-up alerts and interacting with operating buttons to go through multiple pages offers increased app interaction that can often prove useful at such an early development stage.
Another benefit of Lumzy is the ease of connecting the project to your clients. Since the tool is web-based, all that is necessary for their viewing of the status is a weblink to the project. For a free tool, the benefits make this a great option for wireframing projects.
Mockingbird is another online tool that makes it easy for you to create prototypes, connect them with other wireframes, and share the prototypes as needed. SImilarly to Lumzy, Mockingbird can be used for mobile app and website development as needed.
The drag-and-drop feature of Mockingbird allows for easier prototype creation and altering, and features of your project can quickly be added, moved, and deleted as needed. Included in the drag-and-drop feature is the ability to snap icons into place as needed. This can make creating symmetry within the app a quick and painless process.
Cacoo is a more basic free wireframing tool It’s strengths are in drawing up the layout of the app rather than any prototyping of the features.
Photoshop is easily one of the most popular graphic design programs available. With the plethora of features available within the tool, it is not surprising what seasoned photoshop veterans can create.
For mobile app developers, photoshop can provide ample opportunity to take the bones of your app and make it beautiful. Aiding in seamless and eye-popping designs this is an absolute must-have for many mobile app developers.
If Photoshop is not your style, then look no further than Sketch. Sketch provides the design elements of Photoshop, but caters them to app UI designs. You can get the job done, start to finish, just using Sketch if you so desired. Without the gimmicks better served for those in photography and CG art projects, sketch streamlines the tools to make your app-building experience as smooth as possible.
Also, the export options make your projects easy to save and share with clients no matter what format they are able to use. To sum it up, Sketch is a fantastic one-stop-shop option for mobile app development.
7. Adobe Kuler
Finally, we have Adobe Kuler. This tool it focused solely on color-scheme development. With a wide range of color options, it is hard to be found wanting when using Kuler to develop the color layout for your app. However, if you are having trouble coming up with an idea, it has a pretty ingenious feature to help you out.
Say you are having trouble coming up with a good color scheme for your app. But then something colorful in reality catches your eye. All you need to do is snap a picture of it and Kuler will create a color scheme from the picture you took.
Made by the same company that makes Photoshop, Kuler is made to integrate with other programs pretty easily. In fact, it is even an app for the on-the-go app-development types.
There you have it, seven tools to make your mobile app the best that it can be. If you have questions or suggestions of other tools, please leave them in the comments below.