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CWWoodworking

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11-08-2018 12:06 PM

I would like an app for my stores to use for pricing, options, and orders.

How hard is this? I know nothing about computers and app stuff.


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#1 posted 11-08-2018 02:00 PM

Google Appcelerator. Its software made to allow making apps easier, but even then you need fairly strong computer knowledge…
Plus getting your apps listed in the Apple and Google app stores is a little bit of a task as well…

You’re probably better off looking into a responsive design webpage. In non techy, that means just a webpage that serves the same function you are looking for, but that is also designed to look good on any size screen (PC, tablet, or phone…)

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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#2 posted 11-08-2018 02:33 PM

If you’re interested in an E-commerce website, there are services that make it easier.

Wix.com
Weebly.com
Squarespace.com

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#3 posted 11-08-2018 03:17 PM


I would like an app for my stores to use for pricing, options, and orders.

How hard is this? I know nothing about computers and app stuff.

- CWWoodworking

Without experience you’ll find it very challenging. What platform are you interested in? Windows, Mac, IOS, Android, Linux?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 11-08-2018 03:18 PM

Not interested in e-commerce.

I have a website. Wife is a graphic designer and she knew enough to get the job done. Think she could figure out the app?

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#5 posted 11-08-2018 03:37 PM


I would like an app for my stores to use for pricing, options, and orders.

How hard is this? I know nothing about computers and app stuff.

- CWWoodworking

Without experience you’ll find it very challenging. What platform are you interested in? Windows, Mac, IOS, Android, Linux? Also, what do you want it to do?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 11-08-2018 03:43 PM



Not interested in e-commerce.

I have a website. Wife is a graphic designer and she knew enough to get the job done. Think she could figure out the app?

- CWWoodworking

No, an app involves software development which is not something you can pick up in a few weekends.

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BroncoBrian

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#7 posted 11-08-2018 04:03 PM

Definitely not.

You should look for apps that you can license or white label. Don’t try to develop something that already exists. Knowing graphic design and software development are as different as flying a jet and designing and building one.

-- I think they could take sesame seeds off the market and I wouldn't even care. I can't imagine five years from now saying, "Man, remember sesame seeds? What happened? All the buns are blank."

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#8 posted 11-08-2018 04:58 PM



I would like an app for my stores to use for pricing, options, and orders.

How hard is this? I know nothing about computers and app stuff.

- CWWoodworking

You say you want to do pricing, options and orders but don’t want e-commerce?

That sounds exactly like what you want to do. An app would actually require someone to know your business, be interested in an item and download the app to do business with you versus a website that someone can search on google and find you.

What are you thinking is the benefit of an app?

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#9 posted 11-08-2018 07:19 PM

Put a post at your local community college, check to see if any of the students there could put one together.

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#10 posted 11-08-2018 07:49 PM


Put a post at your local community college, check to see if any of the students there could put one together.

- WoodenDreams

That’s a really good idea. Another is to give a site like freelancer.com a try.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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CWWoodworking

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#11 posted 11-09-2018 12:09 AM

My goal for this would be just an easy accessible place for information. My website is nice but clunky for pricing and options. Thought the app would be easier. If they could somehow place an order, that would be gravy. Not required. And I don’t require any payment up front. That’s why e-commerce is not needed

Is there not a “square space” for apps? A prefab layout where you just plug and play?

You guys are right. My wife is not a code person. Definitely design.

This May seem like a lot of hand holding but some of my stores need it. Lol.

Also, it seems the more I put into things that set me apart from other small companies/one man shops, the more I get taken seriously. And more sales.

Thanks for everything so far

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lumbering_on

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#12 posted 11-09-2018 01:01 AM

As a lapsed code monkey, what you want sounds pretty simple for another code monkey to do. The SDK can be obtained here:

https://developer.android.com/studio/

However, as your wife isn’t a coder, you should find someone who can knock out an app for you. It shouldn’t take too long as the SDK is already designed to do a lot of the UI for you. The calculation part is so simple that anyone who can program ‘Hello World” could do it with their eyes closed.

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CWWoodworking

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#13 posted 11-09-2018 03:27 AM



As a lapsed code monkey, what you want sounds pretty simple for another code monkey to do. The SDK can be obtained here:

https://developer.android.com/studio/

However, as your wife isn t a coder, you should find someone who can knock out an app for you. It shouldn t take too long as the SDK is already designed to do a lot of the UI for you. The calculation part is so simple that anyone who can program Hello World” could do it with their eyes closed.

- lumbering_on

So your available and VERY cheap? :)

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#14 posted 11-09-2018 04:59 PM

LOL – actually, I work as a network engineer these days. However, it would be easy work for any local college student.

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#15 posted 11-09-2018 05:58 PM

I’m still curious why you think it’s easily accessible when someone has to know about you first and then have to download the app.

I’m not shooting down your idea, I’m just curious your line of thinking. If it works, I don’t think anyone would be averse to implementing it themselves. Just about every website template can do exactly what you’re doing with options and all of that. If yours is clunky, just fix it to something that’s not clunky.

It comes down to the question. Why would someone download an app for info on a piece of furniture they want to buy? Also, you’re restricting the information to someone’s phone or tablet and also, android or apple. The process to just get the apps approved is not simple.

So, if someone wants to look on the computer, they’re left out.

Fyi, I don’t like to download apps unless it’s something I’m going to be using often. If I’m actually doing research and shopping specifics, I prefer to use my computer, not my phone.

I’m still open to being convinced though. If there is a benefit, I’d like to know what it is and maybe I, or others here can take advantage of it as well.

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