AppMachine is an app building platform offered by a company of the same name, which is based in the Netherlands. The first thing you’ll notice is its playful interface. The editor builds the apps with Lego-styled building blocks, and the overall styling is based on primary colors. AppMachine leaves no stone unturned to make app building a fun experience. And this is exactly how app building should be.
Ever since their inception in 2013, AppMachine has more than 200,000 apps to their credit. AppMachine does not cater to a particular market, rather they provide one of the most versatile app builders that can help you make app for almost any market you want to target.
AppMachine definitely seems to be a fun and amazing app builder to use. Let’s take a closer look at their platform and test its mettle, this is our AppMachine review!
In simple terms, AppMachine is easy to use and navigation is fairly easy. And then there is the Lego building block style. God, don’t we all love Lego, until we step on one with bare feet. One thing that may bug you is the bug in the CMS, which prompts you to sign up every time you go to the “My apps” category.
AppMachine offers a plethora of modern looking, functional and easy to use templates for you to choose from. Flexible template design also allows you to either change the overall look of the theme, or just change any particular block. And then there are numerous font styles to choose from, giving your app a unique and individual appearance.
The best part about the interface is that it supports 10 languages. And right now they are conducting tests to support multilingual apps, a feature which is currently available only in the pro version. While other app builders require you to make different apps for different languages, AppMachine comes forward as a great tool.
You can create a ‘products’, or ‘list’ section, in which you can include the product and add price tags as well. You can also include links which directs the app user to a detailed product information, which can be a pop-up, or a new page altogether. Furthermore, AppMachine also allows you to include the checkout option, where you can integrate PayPal to facilitate secure online secure payments.
Apart from the standard social media platform such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, AppMachine also allows you to integrate Google+ on your apps. And there is something very interesting, the “Discography” block, which lets you import music directly from iTunes. You can also integrate SoundCloud on your app using the ‘Music’ feature.
AppMachine has a rich, thorough, and easy to navigate knowledge base. Moreover, their support services are quick, helpful, friendly and timely. And while there are beta features which are not made public yet, the support team also takes care of these features with same enthusiasm. The only issue is that they don’t have live chat support right now.
Once again, we are going to talk about the Lego blocks! Yeah, some people may think of it as a gimmick, but the surprising and awesome factor is that this feature actually works! The responsive and quick interface makes the whole app creation task fun and time saving at the same time.
As for now, AppMachine is the only app builder we have tested so far that supports all the platforms, such as HTML5, Android, iOS, Windows, and Blackberry mobile phones.
- iPad support: only in the “Pro” plan.
- Push Notifications: available in both Plus and Pro plans.
- Location Based Services: available in both Plus and Pro plans.
- RSS Feeds: available.
- Reseller Program: available as a “Reseller Bundle” and “Reseller Bundle XL” plan, check the Pricing section for further details. In this feature, you get access to a dedicated CMS, which can also be accessed by your clients, and there will be no AppMachine branding on the apps.
- Team Management: available
- iBeacons: not supported
- API: available in Pro plan.
Testing and Analytics: Available.
AppMachine offers four subscription plans:
- Plus: $49 per app per month (billed annually) and $59 per app per month (billed monthly)
- Pro: $69 per app per month (billed annually) and $89 per app per month (billed monthly)
- Reseller Bundle: $99 (3 Pro Apps, 6 seats $33per app, per month, billed monthly) Contact AppMachine for annual plan pricing
- Reseller Bundle XL: $300 (billed monthly) (30 Pro Apps, unlimited seats $10per app, per month, billed monthly) Contact AppMachine for annual plan pricing
For the annual billing cycle of Reseller program, visit AppMachine’s request info page.
AppMachine app builder is really commendable when it comes to functionality and user experience. There’s not much that we can complain about, so that’s a good gong for these guys. The interface is simple, appealing and fun to use. Being just more than 3 years old, the company is young, yet constantly innovating, evolving and trying to include new features. Right now they are planning to upgrade their interface, and it’s in what we call the closed beta version. Even then, they are offering all the support they can to their selected beta version users.
The well designed editor and feature packed platform really makes app making easy and time saving. Yes, there are some features that we feel are missing, but that doesn’t take away the fun factor we experienced while testing AppMachine. Did we mention that we really loved the Lego building blocks? May be we did, but we would like to say it once more, Lego!!