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App Creation #6 – App Inspiration – Introduction

When considering the enormity of app design, one of your first steps should always be to analyse any possible competition to your project and whether your wonderful brainwave has actually already been released to the world in some form or another.

Before we even venture to this conundrum, you need that all important bright idea or inspirational moment, which can be just as terrifying. Fear not as now we shall embark on a little adventure of our own, examining a small selection of apps that are already available – tried and tested by the millions of users who now own app compatible devices.

There are so many directions I could guide you through and trust me the app landscape can be a pretty brutal one with such an enormous population of hungry developers and publishers. Take heart from the fact that success is achievable and the app world is a truly exciting area to explore.

Apps appear in many variations of design and functionality, yet there are key elements that you will notice on our journey. The really special apps contain something that leaps out at you in a single glance. This could be a very elaborately animated interface, a fully featured tool or indeed something completely wacky that catches your attention by outright tomfoolery.

So without any hesitation, let’s take a look at a few apps I personally handpicked for various reasons and hopefully it will stir those creative juices…

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There are literally hundreds of thousands of applications and games available to download using the digital marketplace. These range from basic clocks to fully fledged 3D gaming experiences rivalling even the leading portable devices that usually only specialise in this field.

Your challenge is competing with this vast library of already impressive offerings which, although a daunting prospect to the fledgling traveller, can be navigated successfully with the right ideas and implementation. Whether you want to create an income generator or simply desire recognition for your efforts, this book will aim to show you the path and inspire your imagination to overflow with possibilities.

Allow me to guide you through the wilderness and raise your chances of realising your development dreams by detailing different routes with this light hearted tour of the Apps terrain. Featuring a myriad of exciting and surprising examples, you can glean important suggestions for your own creation.

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Written by James Woodcock

James Woodcock is a Freelance Journalist specialising in gaming and technology. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.

Experience in classic game music MIDI enhancement. DVD and HD Video capture, editing, scripting and creation. Podcasting, Internet Radio DJ and Musician.

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Starting out as an artist at Revolution Software, he moved over to production before settling as a writer-designer. With various titles like the Broken Sword series behind him, Steve turned to Freelance in 2004 and in 2008 earned a Writers’ Guild Award nomination for So Blonde.

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