As a web developer, Nick had clients requesting mobile apps but didn't have time to learn Objective-C for iOS. Nick utilized his web dev skills to create a responsive website that he could embed into his app using App Press. Through the use of App Press, Nick has expanded his offered services to clients while saving time and money. Here, Nick provides some insight into how App Press helped to expedite his design process.
Could you provide a brief background for the app project?
The Indiana Grown commission, a division of the Indiana Department of Agriculture, wanted a native app with the same functionality as their online food traceability program.
What is your experience with design tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator?
I am a novice at Photoshop, no illustrator experience at all. But I am a pretty savvy HTML/CSS designer.
Do you have any prior experience with building apps?
No. I’m a self-taught web developer and I love the hosted/SaaS model. But honestly, installed executable apps have always intimidated me. I’ve never learned how to write the code to do it.
What about App Press made you decide that it was the ideal tool to build your app?
I was able to create a native app that simply employs the existing HTML5/CSS website that is mobile-friendly. I had to learn no new code and I could rely on my existing web development skills to create my app.
Nick Carter created the Indiana Grown app for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) to meet the needs of Hoosier consumers who are looking to buy locally sourced products. This app helps to promote locally grown foods, local employment opportunities, and economic growth, while also building sustainable communities. (source: http://www.in.gov/isda/2513.htm).