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AppMachine Review

By
Mona Bushnell
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business.com writer
| Updated
Jan 20, 2018
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Creating an app used to be in the domain of computer programmers, plugging in thousands of lines of code to achieve the desired result. Today's app creation software, including AppMachine, takes a page from click-and-drag web design software to make building an app simple and convenient.

AppMachine

AppMachine

The Best App Maker and Development Solutions of 2019

The Verdict

AppMachine uses a block-building system that helps you create the layout of your app with ease. Additionally, the numerous support options and clearly labeled tools help you learn how to use the software quickly.

View all our recommendations for app makers and development solutions on our best picks page.

AppMachine offers two plans for businesses. If you want a straightforward native app, the Plus App plan costs $49 per month, per app (billed annually). At this price, you have an app previewer, push notifications, plus blocks (these are blocks like checkout, coupons, reviews) you want to include with your app. One nice feature with the Plus plan is that analytics are included (many app makers we evaluated only offer analytics with more expensive, higher tier plans).

However, if you want a more advanced app with richer features, say that you want to display your current inventory, connect to public or private web services, or add Javascript, the Pro App plan would be what you need. This plan costs $69, per month, per app. We evaluated the Pro Plan.

The good news is that AppMachine is free while you build your app. You have time to test out the look and functionality of your app at no cost. You only pay for AppMachine when you're ready to publish your app. Also, be aware that if you plan to publish your app on the App Store and/or Google Play, Apple charges a $99 annual developer fee while Google charges a one-time $25 fee.

The first thing one notices about AppMachine's interface is its use of Lego imagery to convey how you build the features of your app (these are referred to as the blocks). Lego is synonymous with building, so the choice of imagery is recognizable. AppMachine touts the ability to change your design down to the pixel, meaning that every single factor can be tweaked to suit your exact needs. When it comes to making your own app, you can modify each image and choose between eight navigation templates to make site interaction simple for your users.

AppMachine is easy to learn. Between the help resources, clean interface and building blocks, we were able to design our app immediately, and we had no prior experience creating an app. With drag-and-drop capabilities and a source code editor, we were able to easily customize our app.

When you start to build a new app, you're prompted to insert your website URL in order to carry over content. This intuitive feature removes a lot of the headache and time of uploading the images and content on your website separately to the app. On top of content that is automatically uploaded, social media links and RSS feeds also make the transition and are included in the app as well. Overall, this app maker builds on the brand you've already established.

AppMachine publishes across all platforms, which means your iOS app can be modified to accommodate an Android user and vice versa. The app software also supports Windows platforms. This saves you, the designer, from having to develop different apps for individual operating systems. After you create an app, either you or AppMachine can submit it to Google Play, iTunes and other app stores. If you're planning to offer a paid app in Google Play, App Machine will submit the app in the Google Developer console, but you'll need to set up a Google Checkout account and publish the app yourself. AppMachine doesn't currently offer a progressive web app option. If you want to white label an app, which allows you to remove AppMachine's branding so it looks like you did it yourself, AppMachine charges a $299 fee to remove its logo.

The final piece of the app-design puzzle is analytics. Anyone doing business online needs to have this information at their fingertips to track progress, performance, user information and more. You can either use AppMachine's built-in analytics dashboard or Google Analytics to link to your app. AppMachine makes it a point to mention that its analytical tools are more comprehensive than Google's, but both provide extra helpful insights.

AppMachine hosts numerous support options to help you learn the platform. With a searchable knowledgebase, you can find tutorials, frequently asked questions, a blog and user guides. The website also has video tutorials to help you learn how to use the different tools. If you have any problems or need help troubleshooting, you can contact technical support by phone or email, both of which are listed on the company's website.

AppMachine is a straightforward app creator that lets you start designing your app for free, thus eliminating any element of risk. You only pay when you are ready to publish your app. The unique block system of creation is a fun way to build and customize your app and makes this service stand out.

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AppMachine

AppMachine

The Best App Maker and Development Solutions of 2019

The Verdict

AppMachine uses a block-building system that helps you create the layout of your app with ease. Additionally, the numerous support options and clearly labeled tools help you learn how to use the software quickly.

Mona Bushnell
Mona Bushnell
Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based staff writer for Business.com and Business News Daily. She has a Bachelor of Arts in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College and previously worked as an IT technician, copywriter, software administrator, scheduling manager, and editorial writer. Mona began freelance writing full time in 2014 and joined Business News Daily in 2017. She covers business technology and reviews CRM systems.