Dropsource

Build & publish a native mobile app without writing any code

5.0/5
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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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  • 267036
    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.
  • 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.
  • 849383
    Kolya STriangle
    Pros: 

    Connecting APIs is blazingly fast and easy, Swagger import, in-browser testing, great error checking, Swift export. Improving constantly.

    Cons: 

    Some slightly more complicated features missing - eg string manipulations, local storage.

    Excellent service for apps with external storage with an API and getting better every release. Already comes with several frameworks eg Firebase, but other can be added by exporting a project for Xcode which is really handy. With in-browser testing you don’t need a physical device to test. Absolutely recommend!

    Kolya S has used this product for one year.
  • 961006
    wellspushing the boundaries, fall back
    Pros: 

    fast, effecient

    Cons: 

    some of the steps are a bit convoluted, like adding static url to button event

    for getting a prototype to client without excessive eye candy, GREAT solution, so many powerful features that I have yet to explore, Far exceeded my expectations and has helped me greatly in punting the ball down the field and picking up in xcode for completing..

    wells has used this product for one month.
  • 1108963
    Tim KPawBoost
    Pros: 

    designers / developers can work together easily, iterate quickly, forces you to use swagger / document your API correctly

    Cons: 

    3rd party plugin support is growing but dropsource team has to add them, if you don't have an API already built it's tougher to use

    This is an MVP generation tool. Utilize the platform to iterate quickly, refine your idea, and launch into marketplace for very little cost. For most apps, the features you need exist in the platform...if they aren't there I challenge to think if you absolutely need them to prove your concept. Once you get traction / validation you are in a much better position to make app development decisions...and the value of dropsource has been justified.

    Tim K has used this product for one year.
  • 1109060
    Clayton GladieuxCo-Founder, PawBoost
    Pros: 

    No Swift no problem, all the features are there to build your native app once your API is properly formatted

    Cons: 

    More complex apps require longer build times and can therefore become difficult to iterate on

    We used Dropsource to build our native iOS PawBoost app when we did not have the resources available to contract out development or build it ourselves.

    As the non-technical half of our team, I had no problem using their editor to build out the visual side of the app. You will need a developer to format your API to Swagger specifications and hook up some logic/events in the app. However, no knowledge of Swift is required.

    The Dropsource platform has improved (and continues to improve) considerably since we first started using it more than a year ago. Would definitely recommend for those seeking a low cost way to validate their big idea.

    Clayton Gladieux has used this product for one year.
  • 1109083
    Mackenly JonesGive Me A Computer & I'll Be Happy!
    Pros: 

    Exports in native code, great support team, reasonably priced, can design an app for free, it's very easy to test apps.

    Cons: 

    Chat support is only on Premium, pricing is a little high since a lot of apps can't make that much money, & there is no way to work offline.

    I was on the pre launch list of Dropsrource since way before the first beta was released. I lobe this platform and find it's employees very friendly and helpful. They are always adding features that users ask for and answering questions. The biggest downside is that I have a hard time funding projects and finding clients because of it being priced close to other platforms (or maybe people are just too cheap). If you want to build an app for your church or business this is the answer!

    Mackenly Jones has used this product for one year.
  • 1109226
    SeanhootsModel Driven Engineering Advocate
    Pros: 

    1. Easy to learn

    2. Suitable to both developers and non developers alike.

    3. Great customer support from their chat service (premium only).

    Cons: 

    1. No redo/undo or backup yet

    2. No native calculations yet unless through an api

    3. Some unexplainable build failures once in a while

    As a bubble user, dropsource really provides a much needed solution and familiar environment for me to create native mobile apps using my bubble backend. Prior to learning about dropsource i was going to wrap my web application in a webview. So this was a breadth of fresh air when i discovered it. My experience so far has been very positive and their support has been great. It's still a work in progress but even with the current version one can still be able to develop a great app. Most of the issues i have, e.g. no redo/undo, no calculations, unexplainable build failures, are all temporary issues i think they're eventually going to address.

    If anyone is looking to develop a complex data driving native moble application without wanting to write code (this is also coding but at higher abstraction), i will highly recommend a bubble backend and dropsource frontend.

    Seanhoots has used this product for one month.
  • Pros: 

    Simple to use even for non-programmer and if you have any questions the team at Dropsource are very responsive to help out

    Cons: 

    For non-programmer it can be a lot of trial and error working out how the native app elements work

    We have built solution using Dropsource for IOS and Android native app working with bubble web app and backend. The solution provides an agile environment where changes take minutes and results can be seen by customers less than 1/2 hour. Love it

    Eric Schwantler has used this product for one year.
  • Pros: 

    Drag and drop and no App coding skills needed! Its like wordpress for mobile apps.

    Cons: 

    Custom widgets for specific use cases like list view with search need to be built seperately. Need an easy way to handle this.

    Its been super easy to use Dropsource and we actual built our delivery app using Dropsource in about 2 months flat and is available for download on Google Playstore. Check this out: http://bit.do/bac-vendor

    Dropsource to build mobile Apps is like using Wordpress to build a website. Best part is it gives you the source code and you can further tweak it, update and even enhance to build more powerful features. So you dont have to rewrite the App from scratch!

    I think its gone help a lot for aspiring entrepreneurs to build a MVP quickly and then reuse the code to add more features. Small businesses, bloggers should try Dropsource to build an App for thier websites. I see a great potential for millions of Wordpress sites have App presence. Just hook the Wordpress APIs to your Dropsource built App and power on!

    Thanks to Dropsource team for all the support to build our delivery app. Though Dropsource was still in Beta stage during those times but we got an awesome support.

    You should try it. Definetly recommended.

    Prabhu Stavarmath has used this product for one year.