Apps

Jesse's Apps Book

The apps book is out! Copies are now shipping to bookstores. Or you can order from Amazon.

It's a concise book about these new technologies designed for people who want to get involved. You'll find out how apps work and how you can become a developer -- whether you want to be a hands-on developer or a designer or someone who uses apps in your business plan.

The first half of the book introduces you to the technologies in pretty basic terms. (I've written other, more technical books on the topic.) Then, in the second half you'll find eight specific strategies for ways in which you can use apps. We've seen this new world explode with activity. Apps are now part of standard business plans, but they're also part of strategies for non-profits and political candidates of all stripes. 

What apps have going for them are their numbers. They can be incredibly cheap to produce and distribute, but with the right design and promotion, they can reach large numbers of people. I also talk about the small/small paradigm: a low-cost app reaching a small number of people and still being profitable and productive.

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Bento and iPad: The Start of Something New

Just posted a Bento extra on the Web. It looks at Bento on iPhone and iPad, providing comparisons of the same library on both devices and on the Mac desktop.

Bento and iPad: The Start of Something New

Bento is a great companion for iPad: both of them demonstrate the beginning of a new chapter in software development. I know we've periodically had new chapters in software development (game changers, killer apps, and The Next Big Thing--all thousands of them), but this time it's real.

Don't take my word for it, take a look at the software. Bento on the Mac (it doesn't run on Windows), is a terrific personal database. The folks at FileMaker put their decades of database expertise into a new product that defines a specific space and fills it with features. You can see it in action here.

Get Rich with Apps! is on the Kindle, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Get Rich with Apps! is available on paper (from Amazon) and -- to no one's great surprise -- in iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Buy the Kindle edition here and download the iPod/iPod touch/iPad Kindle app here (the apps are free -- see Strategy #1 in the book for a discussion of how you can give an app away while generating income through its functionality.

A single purchased copy of the Kindle edition can be deployed on up to four devices simultaneously.

The accompanying image is captured from Kindle on iPad displaying a page from the book.

Apps.gov

There's an article on Apps.gov elsewhere on this site. I discuss what it is (a clearinghouse from the General Services Adminsitration--GSA) of apps and other software available for government use often with preferred pricing. There are also add-on agreements even for free apps that sometimes modify the terms of service for government use. Several download links in the article and more on the site itself.

Citizen Reports on iPhone and iPad

City of Portland Citizen Reports is a terrific app and a great contribution to the world of public apps.

It's a classic iPhone app that relies on the camera and GPS. Take a photo, note your location (automatically or manually on a map), choose your category (Street Lights, Potholes, etc.), and add your comments. Your contact information can be provided, but it's optional. You can also track your previous reports.

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