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What is AppFurnace?
AppFurnace is a set of online tools that help you to create all kinds of apps without having to be a programming genius.
Who's using AppFurnace?
AppFurnace has been used by designers, artists, games designers & educators, and has been used to make apps for people like the Tower of London, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Vision Conference Bristol.
What can I do with AppFurnace?
How do I use indoor location?
As soon as there is a cost effective widely used technical solution for instrumenting indoor spaces we will make sure our tools will be able to use it. For now the easiest and cheapest solution is to use QR codes as a way of delivering rich media at a specific indoor location. The printed codes can also be attached to physical objects and signs making them the most precise way of locating your story. Here’s a tutorial on how to use QR codes in AppFurnace.
Can I use AppFurnace for teaching?
Yes. We would love it if you wanted to use AppFurnace as an integral part of your course. If you are using AppFurnace for teaching, why not let us know about it?
Can I use AppFurnace to make Android apps?
Yes. Since December 2011, you can use AppFurnace to design apps for both iPhone and Android platforms. This post explains more about using AppFurnace for Android Development.
How large can my App be?
If you want to distribute your app through Apple then you need to keep the app under 50MB. If an App is over 50MB then you can only download it over WiFi which does tend to cut down the number of people who might try it (this is Apple’s policy).
We recommend keeping your Android apps below 50MB as well, as keeping apps small means that more people are likely to download them, regardless of their WiFi connectivity, which is much more important if you’ve got a location-based app that may be away from WiFi hotspots.
What happens if I use up my AppFurnace storage quota?
All users get 1GB of storage, which should be enough for most people, but if you would like more space, we’ll be launching our Professional Account soon.
What language are the AppFurnace tools written in?
To make the AppFurnace mobile apps we’ve used the native language for each platform so that you don’t have to, that’s Objective-C for iOS and Java for Android. These apps also benefit from incorporating the industry-standard PhoneGap engine.
When you make an app in AppFurnace the result is a blend of mobile HTML5, PhoneGap and extra native code that we have crafted to make your app stand out, such as great audio playback and QR reading.
Why should I register as an Apple or Android Developer?
Only registered Developers can publish apps on the App Store or Android Market, and the App appears under that developers name. Calvium are of course registered developers and if you want us to publish a free app for you then we can – it would just cost you more.
If you want to charge for your app then you will need to be the publisher so that the revenue from the app flows directly to your bank account.
Being a registered developer also has other advantages in that you get direct access to analytics, documentation and you can easily change the details about your App if you need to.