A new Kickstarter project by Chris Harris, Glide aims to simplify app creation with drag & drop of text and images in Dropbox and a variety of templates for different app types and native iOS features.
From the project's page:
Building an app yourself is hard work. Normally you need a lot of technical skills that most people don't have. Glide makes it easy to create beautiful apps that look professional right from the start.
You simply put text, images and movies into folders, and Glide will build the app for you. When you change the content, the app updates automatically.
We have created a number of award winning apps using Glide, but we believe that everyone should be able to afford their own app. This Kickstarter is our way of making this happen.
If this sounds too good to be true, Harris and team have been building apps with Glide for years, including The Loop Magazine and Wonders of Life. Glide has been optimized for various app types, and it also sports integration with iOS features such as push notifications and iBeacon.
This is an interesting project for me, especially because it's entirely based on files in Dropbox, which makes content creation easy for someone who primarily works on iOS.
Here's how Marco Arment describes Glide:
I’ve never seen anything quite like Glide, and I think it’s going to be huge.
The best way I can explain it is that Glide is to apps as Squarespace is to websites: it lets you build a lot of common app types (especially content, informational, and portfolio apps), with very little effort or expertise, and yields stunning results.
I'll keep an eye on this. You can check out the Kickstarter campaign here.