2018 Reviews

Top App Development Software - 2018 Reviews

Last updated Sep 7, 2018

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  • Appy Pie

    An app maker with extensive drag and drop app creation tools

    • $7 - $33/mo.
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Users without any coding experience, who are looking for a very simple and quick way to create an app.

    Not for:

    Users looking for an app with very specific or native app functions.

  • Shoutem

    A platform to build, publish, and manage native apps with ease.

    • $19 - $149/month
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Pairing an easily managed creator with professional custom development to extend functionality and design

    Not for:

    Computer-graphic intensive apps such as video games

  • Swiftic

    A DIY app creator with many features focused on customer loyalty

    • $41 - $57/mo.
    • Money back guarantee
    Made for:

    Small to medium-sized businesses in need of a robust loyalty solution or method to drive brand engagement.

    Not for:

    Users looking for a custom or intensive backend database.

  • OutSystems

    Build Enterprise-Grade Apps Fast.

    • Custom
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Enterprise clients in need of an app solution including development and management.

    Not for:

    Small business or any client with a small budget.

  • Mobincube - Mobimento Mobile

    An app creator with the ability to customize and monetize users apps

    • $3 - $99/month
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Users looking for the ability to simply build their own apps. Great for educational purposes.

    Not for:

    Users looking for a US-based support team.

  • MagPlus Designd

    A mobile app creation software with features great for publication organizations

    • $499 - $2999/month
    • One time fee option
    Made for:

    Users looking for a mobile application development tool that are familiar with Adobe InDesign or are looking to build an app from a publication.

    Not for:

    Users unfamiliar with Adobe InDesign or users looking for the most customizable app development solution.

  • Alpha Anywhere

    An app development software capable of creating mobile apps offline

    • $1499 - $2499/year
    • One year contract
    Made for:

    Users looking for rapid mobile development using Javascript and BAAS (backend as a service).

    Not for:

    Users looking for a simple or code-free app platform for do-it-yourself app development.

  • AppInstitute

    An app builder with strong drag and drop tools and mobile marketing integrations

    • $35 - $150/mo.
    Made for:

    Users looking for an app builder with many industry specific templates, great for users looking for a United Kingdom-based support team.

    Not for:

    Users looking for a tool to provide them with a highly  customized backend database.

  • Appsmakerstore

    A DIY app maker with a strong support team for any desired customizations

    • $41 - $49/month
    • One month contract
    Made for:

    A DIY solution for the users looking for in depth but pre-defined and industry specific templates.

    Not for:

    Users needing an intensive or custom backend framework.

  • Unity Technologies

    A cross-platform gaming app development tool

    • $75/month
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Users looking to build games across platforms with extensive features and vibrant graphics.

    Not for:

    Users looking to build simple gaming applications.

  • AppSheet

    A mobile app development software that turns Google Docs into apps

    • $1 - $5 user/month
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Users familiar with Google Docs,  Microsoft Excel, and other spreadsheet tools interested in easily creating a mobile application.

    Not for:

    Users looking for a native application, Windows app, or highly customized backend solution.

  • Kinvey

    A fully managed BaaS app development platform that is secure and scalable

    • $24,000 - $60,000 app/year
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Cross-development platform for iOS and Android. Kinvey's BaaS (backend as a service) reduces database management time

    Not for:

    Users who want an app with a customizable backend that gives them the full functionality of a native app.

  • GoodBarber

    A customization focused app maker with access to many plugins and APIs

    • $16 - $48/mo.
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Small and medium sized businesses looking for access to their app's source code and multiple plugins for extensive customization.

    Not for:

    Users looking for extensive e-commerce integrations or direct phone support to their European-based support team. 

  • Yapp

    A simple app creator great for larger groups, meetings, or event planning

    • $400 - $1,600/year
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Users looking for a simple and easy tool to build an app for their social circles, sports teams, conventions, and other organized groups or events.

    Not for:

    Users looking for a mobile app development tool with extensive customization, monetization, or e-commerce integrations.

  • Kalipso Studio

    Mobile Application Generator

    • 83€-150€/mo
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Free runtime, RFID/NFC components

    Not for:

    iOS cross-platform development

  • Telerik

    An app platform with cloud integrations aimed at enterprise clients

    • $39/user/month
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Software testing, Microsoft stack, report server

    Not for:

    Non-technical DIYers

  • Appsmoment

    An app maker for building apps and games for all platforms

    • $0 - $29/month
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Users looking for a cross-platform app builder with an extensive list of available features. 

    Not for:

    Users needing rapid iterations once their app is published. 

  • GameSalad

    A mobile app development software with a specific focus on mobile games

    • $19 - $29/month
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Users looking for an easy way to build mobile and web gaming applications, limited knowledge of coding needed.

    Not for:

    Users looking to build non-gaming mobile or web applications.

  • Apple Xcode

    The native integrated development environment for building Apple apps

    • $99/year
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Users looking for the correct app platform or integrated development environment to build a truly native Apple application.

    Not for:

    Users looking to build an app for any other platform outside of Apple.

  • Xojo

    A cross-platform development tool for desktop, web, iOS, and Raspberry Pi

    • $99 - $1,999/year
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Users looking for a cross-platform app development tool that is also capable of developing applications for Raspberry Pi, iOS, and web apps.

    Not for:

    Users looking for a simple, DIY drag and drop app development software, or a tool that will allow them to develop Android apps.