When I started this app business, I was really on my own. I had no idea of the tools or services that a lot of the online app companies provided. That was over a year ago. Now with the help of these app companies, I’ve 200 apps published and lots more on the way!
So how did I get to where I am now? With a lot of help from free and inexpensive online services. I made my business’s first dollars with an app I published which ran Chartboost ads, I grew my team through amazing online sites opt-ins and I’m totally obsessed with AppCooker. So without further ado…
40 Top App Companies I Can’t Live Without in 2013
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Testflight – The easiest way to get your app running on your device before its published.
AppCooker – Probably the best wireframing app in the business.
xCode – The program you use to make iPhone and iPad apps.
Shutterstock.com – Great option for monthly plans, DL 25 graphics a day.
Graphicriver – Tons of graphics on here too.
Photoshop – The bad ass of all graphic editing programs.
testico.net – A fast way to check if your icon will look great on an iPhone.
dafont.com – Probably the best font site on the planet.
99 Designs A great place to find really good artists & icon designs.
Georiot.com Update this with all your affiliate networks and generate one global URL. So handy.
Audacity – A great free program to edit sounds.
Audiojungle – My first port of call for music and sound effects. Great site.
fiverr.com – If there anything you cannot buy on this site for $5??! Love this site.
Chartboost – Great for direct deals, nags and more screens. One of my favouites.
Playhaven – Great for changing ad types dynamically. I use this a lot.
Applovin – The new kid on the block. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and mention me to get access.
Revmob – Probably the easiest and fastest to set up of the bunch.
Admob – Good banner ads with great fill rates. Definitely a convert.
Vungle – Video ads with higher than average eCPMs. Check it out!
Flurry – An ad solution for non game apps. Worth trying for sure.
Udemy – HUGE portal with online technology courses of all types.
Blue Cloud Solutions – Tons of info on app publishing and reskinning. Love it.
Ray Wenderlich – Great tutorials for iOS Developers, highly recommended.
Chocolate Lab Apps – Game developers app blog, xCode tutorials and app publishing advice.
Gamesbrief.com – A great site to stay up to date with the games world. Must read!
iTunes – The online shop for iPhone and iPad apps
Topappcharts.com – A great site to research app trends
Nextpeer – Multiplayer made easy. And great customer support.
Chupamobile.com – Tons of source code here to reskin. Must visit.
Apptopia.com – A place to buy and sell published apps. A wider cost range.
Sellmyapp.com – Even more source code here to reskin. Lots of interesting options.
oDesk – A great MASSIVE outsourcing site. Find any skills you need. Adore it.
Casual Connect – Very interesting app conferences held all over the world. I went to one in Germany.
GDC – The big game developers conference in San Francisco. Where it all happens.
Meetup.com – A great way to schedule and meet local app developers.
So that’s my list of the Top 40 App Companies that I can’t live without. Got an alternative option to one of the tools mentioned here? Did I miss something altogether? Let me know in the comments so that I can get to know more tools and maybe even improve how I’m running my business!
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