Dropsource

Build & publish a native mobile app without writing any code

#2 Product of the DayDecember 13, 2017

Dropsource is a web-based platform for developing truly native, data-driven mobile apps. It enables developers of all levels and types to visually build custom mobile apps, without writing any code.

Connect to any REST API, easily share prototypes, install on mobile devices, and get clean, editable Swift or Java code. Free trial, no CC required.

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Reviews

  • Pros: 

    fast and easy prototyping. drag and drop is great. the sample apps are easy to walk through as well to get around the product

    Cons: 

    iOS isn't universal yet. I had to create image assets again for all the different phones and ipad sizes.

    For my only con, if you switch it to universal then it just works. Easy enough to make your ios app universal. Just need to generate new images assets.

    I have 1 app waiting for review that i made entirely with dropsource and added in extras like universal and access to the torch/light. It dropped my production time by 75% for the app portion. The api portion for my app easily integrated which helped a good bit. I have 4 other apps in the pipeline that i will be using with dropsource as well.

    Support is top notch, even before i was a paying customer my questions were answered fairly quickly and changes were rolled out as fast as possible.

    Cost for the premium apps is cheap for the features you get. I am not a mobile developer but i can hold my own with web development so dropsource was able to bridge that gap for me and get my apps developed quickly.

    Matt has used this product for one year.
  • LevonFounder, Zeroqode & Bubblewits
    Pros: 

    - intuitive, easy to learn visual editor

    - lots of videos, articles and other learning resources

    - great support

    Cons: 

    - no undo button :)

    Dropsource is a great alternative to building mobile apps with code. No-code development is at least 4-5 times faster and less costly than traditional programming.

    Levon has used this product for one year.

Discussion

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Amos Gyamfi@amos_gyamfi · Digital Designer from Helsinki, Finland.
According to this article, https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/0..., Apple is trying to ban App generation services. How will Dropsource tackle this problem?
carlos garcia@androidlove · Co-Founder, Internet Missionaries
@amos_gyamfi Agreed, hopefully this is not affected.
Nate FrechetteMaker@natefrechette · CTO & Co-founder at Dropsource
@amos_gyamfi Great question! We’ve certainly been keeping an eye on Apple’s App Store policies, but these changes do not impact us or our users. This is primarily because of the following: 1. We are not a template based solution. Each app is custom built by our users and Dropsource generates the code specifically for that app (every app is unique). 2. Our apps are 100% built with native Swift. It is not HTML5 / JS wrapped in a native webview. 3. When we submit apps for our members, we work with users to confirm they meet Apple’s standards of ‘minimum functionality’. If they don’t meet these standards (e.g. an app is only a webview or does not provide unique value to App Store members) we advise the member on how to improve the app to meet Apple’s standards. As with any app, Apple does retain the right to reject apps for myriad reasons, but so far, we’ve not had any apps built on Dropsource rejected based on this updated review policy.
Scott BowlerPro@scotty_bowler · Co-founder ChooseHolly.com
@amos_gyamfi @natefrechette Looks like Dropsource is the future :)
Emmanuel StraschnovHiring@estraschnov · Founder, Bubble
Congrats on the launch!! It's great to see more teams working toward the no-code goal!!
Nate FrechetteMaker@natefrechette · CTO & Co-founder at Dropsource
@estraschnov Thanks Emmanuel. We're big fans of bubble.is! For anyone interested, we have a couple tutorials and how-to's for integrating Dropsource + Bubble. https://help.dropsource.com/docs... https://help.dropsource.com/docs...
LevonPro@levon377 · Founder, Zeroqode & Bubblewits
@estraschnov @natefrechette And we actually have a backend built on Bubble that can be very helpful for Dropsource users - most of the API endpoints such as user authentication, emails, sms, stripe credit card charges already preconfigured and tested to work with Dropsource apps :) https://zeroqode.com/backends
Nate FrechetteMaker@natefrechette · CTO & Co-founder at Dropsource
Hi, I’m Nate, one of the founders and CTO at Dropsource. 3 years ago, we started this journey with a vision to change the way software is built, helping makers and businesses break through barriers and bring their ideas to life. Today, Dropsource is helping to do just that. Dropsource is a web-based platform for developing truly native, data-driven mobile apps. It enables developers of all types to visually build their apps from the ground up—without writing any code. While we have a lot that makes us unique, here are my top 5: - 100% visual. Everything is done with our drag-and-drop editor. - Native performance & features. Snappy loading, touch gestures, GPS, push, phone access…you name it, our apps can do it. - Truly native source code. Our system generates clean, editable Swift and Java code and we give you full access and ownership. - Flexible data integration. Connect apps with any REST API using OpenAPI spec (Swagger). - Custom apps, really. Our platform isn’t built around templates that you reskin. We give you a canvas and you build a real, powerful app. Your feedback is welcome and we’re here all day to answer your questions, so fire away! ps. Our marketing guy says we’re offering a Product Hunt exclusive deal for the next 30 days. Get 20% off your first month’s Premium subscription by using the following coupon code at checkout: PHUNT20
Aaron oleary@aaronoleary · Lover of food, technology and writing.
@natefrechette "Truly native source code" that's a breath of fresh air right there.
LevonPro@levon377 · Founder, Zeroqode & Bubblewits
@natefrechette Congrats with the launch Nate, it's exciting to see more no-code tools disrupt the way web and mobile applications are built. Keep up the good work!
eboy@eboy · Art Director & Illustrator. Erosner.com
Exciting!
carlos garcia@androidlove · Co-Founder, Internet Missionaries
Way too expensive! $39 a month per app. We will release updates to our app once a year and use web views to the extreme!
Paul BergMaker@pjberg · Chief Product Officer, Dropsource
Thanks for the feedback. We try to keep our pricing competitive, and you only need to pay for Dropsource when you need Premium features. You can use our free Basic Projects for as long as you like! Happy to explain more.