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Is GameSalad a good option for me, to build an app?

RichardRiRichardRi Posts: 2Member

Hi,

I have an idea for an app I’d like to create.

I’m not a developer and I’m not great at technical things.

I do use adobe photoshop, illustrator, and indesign – that’s about the limit of my technical skills.

I’d like to know if gamesalad would be a good option for me.

…Or is there another tool that would suit me better…?

A little about the app I want to develop:

The app is not a game.

Relatively speaking, I don’t think it’ll be complicated to make; but it does involve more than just static pages:

The app involves the user inputting text, saving text, scrolling through items, switching to different pages.

Ideally I want to create the app for all platforms, but if there’s a tool that’s better for my purposes and it only creates for iOS, for example, then I will opt for that to begin with.

A tool that is easy / quick / intuitive will be best for me.

But more importantly it absolutely needs to produce a technically solid product.

Is gamesalad the best option for me?

Or is there a better option for my purposes (and my low-level technical aptitude)?

Thanks.

Comments

  • ThoPelThoPel GermanyPosts: 184Member, PRO
    edited August 2015

    Hi @RichardRi , welcome!

    Some brief questions

    • How many text? (one word ... some sentences ... multiple pages)
    • How important is social media or push notifications? (Facebook, Twitter)
    • Static "item catalog" or an online database?
  • KevinCrossKevinCross London, UKPosts: 1,893Member

    I would not recommend GameSalad for any app that requires text input. It's ugly!

  • jigglybeanjigglybean Posts: 1,584Member

    The great thing about Gamesalad is that there's a ton of video tutorials teaching you almost everything. Google search 'How to add a score in gamesalad' for example and its all there.

    I don't think any other drag/drop platform has in depth guides like this - and free templates!

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  • RichardRiRichardRi Posts: 2Member

    It sounds like gamesalad might not be the tool for the job.

    Anyone recommend a tool for this?

    Re people’s replies:

    Thanks ThoPel,

    — Users will input a lot of text in the app. Mostly it will be short sentences as separate itmes. But lots of them.

    — There’s no plan to integrate social media except as buttons for people to recommend the app to their followers.

    – i don’t know if static "item catalog" or an online database. I’m not technically minded and I haven’t got a technical person on board yet.

    Thanks Kevin,

    When you say it’s ugly; do you mean visually? Is gamesalad restricted in visuals I can use? Or do you mean technically the related code isn’t elegant?

    Thanks jigglybean.

  • ThoPelThoPel GermanyPosts: 184Member, PRO
    edited August 2015

    @RichardRi said:
    gamesalad might not be the tool

    Yes that's true

    @RichardRi said:
    Users will input a lot of text in the app.

    @colander added a example below. Probably a stopgap.

    @RichardRi said:
    There’s no plan to integrate social media except as buttons for people to recommend the app to their followers.

    Twitter is okay. But Facebook not really.

    @RichardRi said:
    I don’t know if static "item catalog" or an online database.

    What a kind of items you are using (images, sounds, ...)?

  • colandercolander Posts: 1,610Member
    edited August 2015

    You can do text input in GS there is a behaviour for it. It is not attractive because the input box fills the screen.

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