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NEW FEATURE: PUBLISH TO YOUR OWN APP STORE ACCOUNT

It seems you’ve all been slaying your hydra and making your offerings, because surely, this must be a gift straight from Applympus. Finally you can publish to your own App Store account! 

So, a while ago we opened up for publishing apps to your own account on Google Play. This unlocked the possibility to make money on your app, not to mention people would know who was behind it. No doubt a welcome change, but far from perfect with heavy-hitting App Store left out of the equation. Well, ladies and gents … say hello to perfection, ’cause that just changed. From now on your genius creations can be published to your own App Store account as well.

And speaking of publishing your app, ever heard of that dude in hell pushing a huge boulder up a hill only to have it come back down every time? That’s kind of what it normally feels like. Only worse. From providing screenshots to filling out forms, there’s a lot of boring stuff you’re forced to deal with. And no, not only when getting it out there for the first time. Every. Single. Update. That big-ass stone smacks you right in the face. Ouch!

To make sure publishing remains 100 percent torture free we give you: iOS Automatic – the iOS equivalent of Android Automatic. With this blessing the boulder turns into pebbles right before your very eyes. Updates to both content and meta data will happen at the click of a button, just the way we like it.

If you don’t have an iOS Developer account, check out our guide on how to get one here. And for those who don’t feel ready to take this step just yet, publishing on the AppSpotr account is still around as an option.

Well, what are you waiting for? You have an App Store top chart to conquer!

 

APP OF THE MONTH: WHYNOT NIGHTCLUB

When you think of Scotland, what’s the first thing to cross your mind? Men in skirts? Good ol’ Nessie? Face-painted Mel Gibson? Wrong! The correct answer is Edinburgh based nightclub WhyNot. At least after you’ve downloaded September’s App of the Month with the same name.

What happens in Edinburgh stays in Edinburgh. Isn’t that how the saying goes? No? Well, maybe it should. At least if partying there is even half as hype as September’s app of the month would have you believe. WhyNot Nightclub prides itself on being the most famous and popular club in the capital of Scotland. And while we haven’t been there to find out if these superlatives are warranted (add to bucket list: “find out”), we do know for a fact that they’re at least getting the marketing right.

 

Where da hoes at? The menu screen.

Where da hoes at? WhyNot Nightclub’s menu screen, that’s where.

 

WhyNot Nightclub covers all of the things you’d want in a club app. We’ve got the News & Offers where you can read about upcoming events, claim special offers such as cheaper entry and mixes from the resident DJ and so on. There’s also The Club, where we’re introduced to the thematically different but equally spectacular dancefloors in both pictures and text. Our Nights lists all of the club nights throughout the week. And thanks to Guest List we can sign up to save some money better spent on the Drinks Menu.

 

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Check out “The Grid” and the rest of the dancefloors. If the lasses are as spectacular as the interior, sign us up!

 

The WhyNot Nightclub app is professionally crafted through and through. Crisp icons, great content and a nice, consistent visual theme. But its real strength lies in the functionality that is intimately tied to the club. Especially the Guest List. This function alone is enough of an incentive for people to use the app, and ultimately up their clubbing at WhyNot.

 

 

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Get on the guest list for cheaper entry! This is just one of many awesome ways to utilize our Forms module.

 

A great philosopher named Paula Abdul once said – while using a Mexican worker as a chair, but let’s not dive into that – something about giving love and getting it back in spades. We don’t remember the exact quote, but it’s a winged one. Anyway, the guys at WhyNot Nightclub have obviously taken that message to heart, as they focus on rewarding their app users, which is sure to win them more customers. Such infinite wisdom!

Okay, that settles it. **** Vegas! We’re going to Edinburgh for our next “conference”. Regardless of how that goes, a Vodka-on-the-rocks solid five out of five hangovers from hell to this splendid app.

 

NEW FEATURE: GOOGLE ADMOB

With the possibility to put a price tag on AppSpotr apps, you can now cashcowify your creations. And guess what, making money on our platform just got even easier. Ladies, gentlemen, genderfluid and otherkin … we present: ads!

Starting today, the world’s number one echo system for in-app advertising is supported in your favorite app builder. And this means? Bingo – as many of you have requested, you can now show ads in your app! Google AdMob gives you full control of your advertising and makes it easy to maximise revenue. Customise your advertising by choosing your preferred ad format, filtering out ads you don’t want and lots of other stuff we won’t go into detail about here.

How to grace your creation with this splendid tool, you ask? It’s really simple. First off, get a Google AdMob account. Check. Submit your details to our system. Check. Lo and behold! For a mere two bucks a month, beautiful ads will now be displayed in your app. Paycheck!

Yep, that’s pretty much it. Now go make the world a better place by serving your users all those private-parts surgeries and Game of Thrones rip-off strategy games they never had a clue they needed.

APP OF THE MONTH: BEATZSPIRE

August’s App of the Month brings some serious untz untz untz to the table with an app dedicated entirely to underground electronic music. Whether you want to discover new artists in the genre, listen to old-school classics or watch the DJs out there go at it, Beatzspire won’t leave you disappointed.

Electronic music has literally exploded in the last couple of years with artists such as Avicii and Swedish House Mafia dominating charts and clubs across the globe. But for those who are really into the genre, big names like these don’t define it. There’s a huge underground scene for electronic music across a wide spectrum of subgenres and artists waiting to be explored. And that’s where this app comes in.

 

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Lots of content spread across five different categories: News, Discover, Classics, Mixed and Live

 

Beatzspire gives you everything from new releases and old-school classics to top-tier mixes and even recorded DJ performances to discover. Enjoy all of the sweetest tracks and live-performance videos in trip hop, dubstep and all the other subgenres we hardly knew existed. With new content added regularly, this is a great place to get your daily fix and keep yourself updated on the scene.

 

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Beatzspire takes full advantage of AppSpotr’s convenient real-time updating system by adding fresh content every week.

 

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Dig to some of the sharpest DJ performances out there with embedded YouTube videos, brought to you by our one-buck premium module Content+.

 

Beatzspire delivers a huge library of songs and videos wrapped in deep but logical structure and slick design. Whether you’re a casual fan of house music interested to see what the more obscure corners of the genre offers or a hardcore electronica elitist that knows the scene like Ben Affleck knows Matt Damon, this app is a must-download. Five out of five pills you have no idea what they’re doing (don’t take them!) from the AppSpotr team.

THE FUTURE OF APPSPOTR

During our first year in the game, AppSpotr has attracted 130,000 unique users from all around the globe. Pretty damn awesome if you ask us. And, again, assuming we’re asked (after all, this is our blog), it’s only the beginning. With fresh $$$ in the bank and a stronger-than-ever belief in our service, here are a couple of appic things to expect from us in the future.

 

PUBLISH TO YOUR OWN APP STORE ACCOUNT

As many of you have requested, it’s now possible to publish apps to your own Google Play account. Soon the same will happen for App Store. What this means? Total control of your app, including the option of putting a price tag on it. Keep your eyes open for this change in the upcoming weeks.

 

IN-APP ADVERTISING

Another widely requested feature, soon brought to you by your favorite app builder, is the possibility of allowing ads in your app for some extra dough. First out is Google AdMob for Android, ready for launch like about right now, with iOS functionality following shortly after.

 

USER-BUILT TEMPLATES

Our first step towards opening up the AppSpotr Marketplace for all you creatives out there will be user-built templates. You know how it works. Come up with a concept, pick your modules, work some design magic and put a price tag on your fab creation. Then lean back and watch both your bank account and your karma meter go Jack and the Beanstalk. Yes, this is really happening! Soon.

 

USER-BUILT MODULES

Making AppSpotr a place where coders and non-coders coexist in perfect harmony. That has been our vision all along. Because let’s face it, even if we spent every waking minute inventing and building new modules, there are limits to what our time and creativity could achieve. And you know what we say to limits, right? Screw them. We don’t want to put coders out of business. We want to make them more business. That’s why, in six months or so, we’re opening up our platform for everyone to build and sell their own modules through our Marketplace. We can’t wait to be hit by the hailstorm of creativity this will unleash. Like a big-ass all-you-can-eat buffet with a thousand chefs lining up just waiting to serve you. Or, if you will, like a WordPress for apps. That’s where we’re going.

NEW MODULE: CONTENT+

Level up your app with Content+! Equipped with a bunch of exclusive features and our first-ever web-shop function, this module unlocks entirely new possibilities on the AppSpotr platform.

The latest addition on our Marketplace is the roided twin of trusty ol’ Content. Content+ builds on the concept of its lighter sibling and boosts your app with embedded sound and video, maps, tables and galleries. Supporting purchases through PayPal, this module is our first step towards integrated web-shop functionality.

Content+ is available for $1 a month on AppSpotr Marketplace.

Appy building!

 

 MODULE FEATURES

  • PayPal button for web-shop purchases
  • Embedded sound from SoundCloud
  • Embedded videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Vine and Bambuser
  • Swipeable image gallery
  • Tables
  • Maps

 

 

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