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With all the tutorials about iPhone/iPad app creation existing on the web, it seems anyone whos ready to learn about programming now has the possibility to create an for iPhone or iPad. With this new business created for Mr Anybody by Apple many iPhone developer tools and side services also appeared, some of which are absolutely awesome, in particular for indie developers.For the most indie ones, its very hard to keep track of all existing tools because they dont have friends or colleagues to talk to about this.My target in this post is to list all the iPad and iPhone developer tools and third party services I use or that Ive heard about positively.I have a wonderful idea to create an but I need to get a few thousand $ to start. !Many iPhone developer tools are free but it doesnt mean you dont need a minimum to start in good conditions!If you really need a few thousand dollars, you should use . The idea is simple: you present your project to the AppBackr community and tell them you need for instance $5000. Then people will give you money. In exchange for the risk they take, theyll be reimbursed out of the revenues of your with a margin, once your app is released.Id like to find a friendly community of developers to talk about my issuesIf you live in the US, youll find many Meetup opportunities. If youre too lazy to meet people physically, or too far away (which is my case since Im French and currently live in expatriation in Turkey), then there are several places you can try.Since I develop family friendly , I got the great opportunity to meet Lorraine Akemanns fantastic community called MomsWithApps. Theres also a forum called ParentsWithApps in which people are absolutely awesome. Topics tackled are : Reviewers, , Marketing strategies, app development etc.I also found a facebook group called iOS Developers: not so much traffic there but some nice guys ready to help you out or interact if needed.Id be happy to update this with any other ideas !Im blocked during by a #&@! error message: where can I find help?Your first tool, of course is Google ! Itll generally redirect you to the same places among which:Stackoverflow: I think in my case I must find 80% of my answers there. Its really a question/answer platform, not the right place to find friends or test your sense of humor.iPhoneDevSDK: a very nice forum, its worth registering I think.Where can I find icons for my ?First you need to remember that the toolbar is the bar that sometimes appear at the buttom of the screen, and on which you see several icons. Pressing on one of the icons will select a new View Controller to display a new view.First you need to understand that creating/designing for a toolbar is not as easy as it seems (you need to know what is a transparent layer): of course if you own Photoshop or a similar tool and know how to use it, then you should success (check out this page).However if you feel lazy, you should take a look at those websites on which youll find free sets that can be used in your apps: Glyphish or TWG.How to beta test my app (=get feedback before my app is released)?Case 1: you already know who will be your ers. Then Testflight is a no-brainer for you. This service makes it possible for your testers to install the app over the air (which means that they just have to click on a button on their iDevice to install the app, without connecting to any computer), and to follow-up error codes, waypoints and usage. Theres also a place to manage the feedback of the users and interact with them. Good news is that its still totally free at the moment.Case 2: you dont know where to find ers and need them in your exact target audience: In this case ReviewForDev is the service to use (discloser: our service !). Its a paid service because the beta testers are paid for their feedback. These testers are handpicked among all our reviewers because they are the most reliable. From each of them youll receive 3 sections: 1) I like 2) Suggestions/improvements [1200 characters minimum] 3) Conclusion. Each and everyreview is validated by ReviewForDevs team in order to be sure they comply with the review guidelines and will bring 100% satisfaction to the developer. We recommend using this service for a pre-release version, not for early stage debugging. The related feedback is private, thats why you wont see examples publicly. However we can show you examples if you contact us. Case 3: you dont know where to find beta testers, but their profiles dont really matter : in this case you can try thebetafamily. Its a free service with a nice interface so its worth trying. They are partly competitors of ReviewForDev so I wont comment too much :-) . I think the quality of the feedback is really inconsistent among the reviewers, but its pretty normal since theres no manual validation in their process.How to choose clever keywords for my app?Giving visibility to your app via the keywords youll choose is essential. Apple updated their ranking algorithm in regards to keywords a few weeks ago, supposedly in relation with their acquisition of Chomp a few months earlier. So you have to learn regularly about the latest changes in order to adapt.You can also use some tools specifically designed for App Store SEO, such as However I think this service is very expensive ($15/month). Another solution is to use google adwords (and its free): youll then be able to find new keyword ideas and check if they are popular/competitive, making the assumption that the analytics will be similar on the App Store and on the internet.Is there a tool to quickly render all the sizes necessary for the icon of my app?Yes there is ! You need to have a copy of Photoshop, then use App icon template.How can I design a cheap landing page for my app ?You can use For 1 app, its free and its also very easy/quick to us Heres an example for my app Tapikeo HDHow can I make a video trailer to present my app?The best tool I know and systematically use is screenflow: youll be able to prepare beautiful screencast (using the iPhone/iPad simulator).. During the film you can record your voice commenting the video, and show user interactions (tap, movements across the screen). How to follow-up my sales and rankings day after day?The basic immediate solution is to go to iTunes connect with your Apple Developer Ids but I think most devs will agree that the iphone is not looking good and the level of detail is not very interesting. Apple also updated their iTunes connect mobile App but I think its not very handy for a day by day approach.The service I use is iphone . Its a paid, reliable service that makes it possible to follow-up on all of your iphone . You also receive a daily report with your top five country downloads for each of your apps and related iphone . You can also track/anticipate your monthly payments with a conversion in any currency (for instance I use euros). Note that youll have to give your iTunes connect ids, but theres no risk. In my case, since I have several apps I pay around $6 per month.Some other developer colleagues use App Annie which also has a good reputation you can compare both servicesAs a side comment: Among these iPhone Developer tools, some services are free others are paid. In any case, I think you should test them at least once to make your own opinion.How to know instantly who uses my app and if I have new users ?For this I only found one service up to now: Tapjoy. You need to install their SDK in your app, then once your account is activated, the reactivity is amazing ! Try installing the app in any new iDevice and less than a few seconds later youll see it appear. This can be useful to track the effect of a massive download campaign for a free app for instance (new post on Facebook, push notification from a Review Site to their app user etc.).Youll also be able to know at any time how many sessions are live for your iphone app beta test.A few months ago TestFlight launched a new service called TestFlight Live and I was absolutely excited because I loved their first product but I found the result was not satisfactory at all : their iphone app beta test seemed very slow, the data wasnt updated during several hours sometimes etc. It seems they launched their iphone app beta test too early, which was very disappointing. So at that stage I dont recommend this iphone app beta test.How to know the way users are using my app, what they like or dont like?This field is called app analytics.The idea is to know exactly when users clicks on a button, reaches a waypoint and depending on your privacy policy (be very careful with that !), you can even know what they are writing. This is the equivalent of google analytics iphone app beta test but for your app.I currently use Flurry and I think its an excellent product. I also used in the post Localytics which proved to be good but slower then Flurry (it was 1 year ago, it might have changed since then). Youll find many other products but I only tested those two.In any case, you have to install their SDK into your app: it means a bigger size, and it has also many legal consequences, especially if you develop app for kids (which should comply with COPPA rules).How to get more than the 50 Apple promo codes?If you are and indie developer, then you are running after your promo codes and thats normal: assuming that for each new app release/major update youll send promo codes to at least 50 review websites/bloggers/influencers it means you shouldnt have much left to organize promo codes giveaways, since Apple only gives 50 codes per new app/update :)The solution for that is ReviewForDev : its not mentioned publicly but you can purchase gift codes for the main app stores (US, Canada, Australia, France, UK, Germany and Sweden). Each time you can get between 1 and 145 new codes to be used specifically in the App Stores chosen. So youve just sent 50 promo codes by e-mail but you are pretty sure some of the addressees wont use them. Bad news is that you are most certainly right. Good news is that theres a wonderful iOS app beta test service from our friend Daniel called Redeem-now. You enter your promo codes with a small description, and if your codes are not used, youll receive an e-mail alert to warn you. Of course you can also check the status of each iOS app beta test individually.This is maybe the most important thing (after marketing :) ) when developing apps: listen to customer feedback and improve your app regularly. Of course, you should correct all the bugs reported immediately, but when it comes to adding new features or deciding exactly about the list of improvements to implement, the picture might not be clear.ReviewForDev can also be your best friend for iOS app beta test. In ReviewForDevs community of reviewers, there are many different profiles: gamers, educators, teachers, SLPs, parents of kids with special needs, parents of kids with specific age etc. You just need to indicate who should iOS app beta test your app and if all profiles can be found, then youll receive in return a review for your app with propositions of improvements/suggestions. Check this example for instance.First you should start by reading your Developer License Agreement: then youll understand that purchasing iOS app beta test on the App Store is strictly forbidden by Apple who could revoke your developers license !This being said, the problem remains for each and every developer who would like to display iOS app beta test for their apps on the App Store. Most of the times, youll ask your friends and families about that. This will work at the beginning but it will certainly become painful to ask and re-ask iOS app beta test at each new update to all of them. Besides, itll be hard to get something better and more detailed than Great app or I love this app etc.A solution could be to use the massive reviews websites like this french AppVIP website. I tested it for my iOS app beta test : your memory chum 2 years ago: it was fun because I climbed the stairs in the French AppStore up to #2 overall and got a little more than 1000 reviews. So if you are an indie developer then you really need to feel like burning money to go for that kind of iOS app beta test services.There are better ways however: when you contact middle size review sites and that they agree to review your app, once the iOS app beta test is published I recommend asking them if they can also copy the conclusion of their review on the AppStore.In the same principle, if you purchase feedback for your app on ReviewForDev (published on the website) then you should know that most of the iOS app beta test reviewers are longtime reviewers and know how important App Store reviews are for the developers. So in many instances, theyll also post their conclusion on the App Store. Please note that you cannot contact iOS app beta test directly and that they are totally free to post or not to post.Thats it for now. If you want to recommend other iOS app beta test tools I didnt list just let me know and Ill consider updating this post. If you want me to keep this list alive and updated, the best way to thank me is to Google +1 or Like this post, or even better link to it from your own blog: each of these actions will make it rank better in Google :)
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