Development, regardless of platform, could stand to be a little easier. That's especially true when it comes to mobile development, one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Not everybody has the necessary skills to create sophisticated mobile apps from scratch so some development outlets are creating tools to make it easier.
Application Craft announced this morning that it intends to change the face of mobile development with AC Mobile Build. The company has already made a name for itself with an easy-to-use app development platform, and now it's bringing a similar philosophy to mobile development.
AC Mobile Build is being billed as a competitor to Phonegap Build, Adobe's mobile development tool. Much like Phonegap Build, AC Mobile Build packages HTML5 apps into native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. What sets it apart from Phonegap Build is that AC Mobile Build supports Phonegap/Cordova plugins like Xtify push notifications, client-side SQLite database support, ZXing bar code scanner and more.
“With every feature that we add to our platform, we are focused on eliminating the complexity of app creation,” said Freddy May, Founder and CEO of Application Craft. “We are huge fans of Cordova and Phonegap Build but our customers have been demanding plugin support as well as tighter integration with our own development platform. AC Mobile Build helps us better meet their current and future needs.”
AC Mobile Build is available to all developers for free. It even supports apps not built with Application Craft's platform. With that being said, however, Application Craft is definitely trying to woo over developers with a new 14-day free trial. After that, developers can sign up for the Pro subscription for $14 a month. You can find out more here.
For more on AC Mobile Build, check out its page here. It definitely has a leg up on Phonegap Build for now due to its support of numerous plugins, and future versions will even have support for custom plugins.