When I first heard about AppCooker I thought “ok cool another iPad mockup tool”. Ummm… not quite.
First let’s enumerate the problems entrepreneurs and developers often encounter in the app creation process:
- They don’t know, or neglect to make a plan for how to make money
- They do not understand the process of making an app and what makes a successful app
- They don’t know how to organize the flow of the functionality/mockups
What I love about App Cooker is they have taken a wholistic view of how to create an app. It’s not just a mockup tool it also include a bunch of other cool features to keep people from wasting enormous amounts of time and money on app ideas that suck or won’t make money.
Define. Describe. Refine.
This is an incredibly helpful place to start when you’re in the early phases of brainstorming your app idea. You’re first prompted to create a “Product Definition Statement” that clearly defines what the app does and who it is for.
Rarely do people create a PDS, and this is how app development gets out of control. If you can create a PDS, tape it to the wall, and design and develop around that single goal, you will be way ahead of 90% of app developers.
On the right column you are also prompted to think about 5 key areas that help you evaluate the potential for success:
Based on your star ratings for these areas, the app gives you feedback on the feasibility of your app idea.
Is Your App Idea Cost Effective?
This is my favorite area of the app. They do a great job of helping you:
- define and track the costs of developing your app idea
- define monetization strategies
- calculate the profitability potential of the app
Store Submission Info
App Cooker does a great job of giving you tips within the app so that when you get ready to submit your app to Apple, you’re not left scrambling to define:
- your keywords
- app description
- store name
- categories it should live in
The obvious feature App Cooker provides is a mockup tool, which is incredibly robust. Not only does it allow you to build out individual screens, it also allows you to arrange them to be navigable and to switch orientation.
AppCooker isn’t just a mockup app, it’s a business tool that anyone serious about making apps should have in their toolkit. In fact, you should pick it up now while it’s still at its $19.99 introductory price, (even though it is still worth the $50 they will eventually charge).
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