Dumè Siacci, Monday 4 November 2013

Highlight the content that attracts your readers

Your app is designed to give access to your content in a fluid, efficient, mobile-friendly user interface. So, what you want to do first, when you put content into your app, is to sync the last published posts of your website.   We also already talked about adding filters to show categories or on predefined searches, in order to refine your app's content.   But, do you think you really know what really catches your readers attention? GoodBarber knows :) A good way to enhance the user experience in your app is to push content that has already been proven to be popular content!   You've probably already noticed the Popular section in your GoodBarber backend. Its goal is exactly to display your most popular content. We'll review together everything that you should know to use it efficiently.
Dumè Siacci, Monday 28 October 2013

Create a mobile app for ANY website

We always talk about the dozen of connectors GoodBarber provides you to publish your content in your app. To this day, there are more than 30! But now, you may be wondering what a connector is? You might also be disappointed to see that your favorite platform isn't in our connector list.  We do our best to offer a native experience, synching content from the most popular solutions in the market, but there are thousands! Today, I'd like to introduce you to our custom connector. This connector makes GoodBarber compliant with all existing services to publish content. Of course, the downside is that it involves work on your part... but, by the end of this post, you'll see that it's not that difficult. Let's discover together how to create an app for your Joomla, Drupal, ezPublish, Spip ... or any other solution, even one created from scratch.
Written on Wednesday 23 October 2013

The 3 golden rules to make a successful app

With the rise of app builders, making an app has never been easier, but creating a successful app is a whole different ballgame. In a market where we count published apps by the millions and their downloads by billions, it is certainly not a piece of cake. Here are 3 points to focus on when making an app.  
Méryl Fiamma, Wednesday 16 October 2013

Be cool and use automatic notifications

Have you ever wanted to have someone do some stuff for you? When you're too busy to do it? GoodBarber thought of you, with the automatic push notifications, you'll be serene ;) If you don’t have the time to send a notification after you wrote your last article on your blog, turn on automatic notifications to trigger one as soon as your article is online. Make automatic notifications recognizable by adding a prefix to your messages in order to give your users a clear information.
GoodBarber Team, Monday 7 October 2013

Live+ Section

Hi everyone, we hope you had a great weekend! Let's start this week with one of the new features coming with the release of GoodBarber Salvador : Live+ Live+ is a new section inspired by our community. More and more radio stations use GoodBarber to create an app. With this new section, they can display the meta information when they stream their music. Among the informations displayed while you listen to music, you can find the artist name, the track cover, and some other useful details. Users have a direct link to buy a track or share what they are listening to.
Jerome Granados, Wednesday 2 October 2013

How to install a domain name on my HTML5 web app?

That's one of the great features that comes with GoodBarber Salvador. Every GoodBarber account has now a great web app, in addition to the native app for iPhone and the native app for Android! While the iPhone app is written in objective C, the Android app is written in java, this web app is written in HTML5. The web app runs on every browser, no matter the phone or the OS you use, that is to say that, now, your readers on Windows Phone or Blackberry can access your content from their mobile phone.  The web app is truly fantastic. It has the same look and feel as the native app. Our engineers made a great job because it was a big challenge to obtain such a result. Why? Because contrary to many app builders who run HTML5 apps encapsulated in a native shell, we decided to make the opposite. We looked at the native apps generated by GoodBarber and we ask our engineers to reproduce the same in HTML5. When you know GoodBarber's passion for native apps and the elaborated features and UX we provide in our apps, you assess the challenge :)
Written on Monday 30 September 2013

How to use our 6 new browsing modes?

Hello guys, last week we introduced the new release of GoodBarber Salvador. In this release you can find more than 50 innovative features. We will detail the main one in some articles and Friday Talks.  Today, we're starting with the 6 new awesome browsing modes and a classical "how to" use them, with some tips and tricks ;)
Méryl Fiamma, Monday 23 September 2013

How to make a clear app with a lot of content?

Hello GoodBarbers, today I am in a solving problem mood, good news right? ;) I am surfing on Internet a lot, checking blogs, websites, news, social networks and everything I am interested on. I noticed that many blogs have lots of content giving a lot of information with more than 5 menus and subcategories. So, I thought it would be a good idea to write an article about it and let you know that it is not a problem for GoodBarber. You can have all this content in your app ;) The little story before was just a story to start the article, and because I am speaking writing a lot ;) More seriously, in this article we'll give you all tips and information you need to easily create categories and subcategories but also keep your application clear.
Méryl Fiamma, Wednesday 11 September 2013

Apple keynote breakthrough: is your app being used during a bathroom break?

Hi everybody! Yesterday Apple revealed the new iPhone 5S and the new iPhone 5C. Like everyone we were super excited about this announcement. Apple's keynote are each time surprising and interesting. It's like to be at the theater when you're watching it ;) Anyway, we're pretty sure that you already know what are the big things coming out from Apple's keynote. What we like above all, it's the new M7 motion coprocessor. Do you want to know why?  Well, I'm sure everybody is pretty interested about the behavior of its users... But let's first check what is the impact of yesterday's announcement on GoodBarber.
Arianna Testi, Wednesday 4 September 2013

Forget about advertising, create an app for your brand!

The Murdoch University, Australia, and the University of Indiana, USA, studied how mobile apps can have a positive impact on users. The study consisted in comparing the impact on sales, after the use or not of a branded app. It confirmed that using branded apps has a positive persuasive impact, it can increase the interest in the brand and in the brand’s products, and it can also produce a large and significant positive shift in involvement. Apps also seem to be an ideal medium for educating people about new products, or products they have yet to try. Do not forget the high level of user engagement, based on the enhanced user experience apps can offer.
GoodBarber Team, Wednesday 28 August 2013

Why you should use the support?

How are the tickets you open from your back office processed by our Support team? We figured you’d be curious to learn what exactly happens when you send us a question. Plus, in this article, you’ll find some useful tips to navigate our platform as effectively as possible.
Dumè Siacci, Monday 26 August 2013

How to promote your app on your website?

Few weeks ago, Jérôme wrote a post giving you some advices to grow your app's user base. Of course, you have to get your app known on social networks and everywhere possible. But often, our customers forget to focus on the best place to promote their app: their own website! Readers coming to your website have to know that your app exists on the stores.
Méryl Fiamma, Wednesday 21 August 2013

Flat design meets GoodBarber

Flat design is The new way to create in the graphic world ;) In this article we're going to give you some informations about this new trend. You have probably already heard about it... Apple and iOS7, or Microsoft with Windows 8?    Yes?    You got it!
Méryl Fiamma, Monday 19 August 2013

Choose your push notification sounds

Hello GoodBarbers! We already spoke about the push, but did you know that we have more than 10 notification sounds for this option?
Mathieu Poli, Wednesday 14 August 2013

[Tech] Custom log lines (aliasing NSLog) #iOS #Objective-C

Any developer knows the importance of logging while debugging. The more you log, the faster and easier it will be to find anomalies in the source code. It allows for instance to look at the data received from the network, in our case, the responses of the requests sent to our architecture.   Anyway, two problems can appear around this problematic : - These logs, essentials in DEV, slow the app in PROD, and significantly degrade the user experience - The proliferation of logs makes the console unreadable very quickly, which requires rigor in writing their labels   To solve these problems we have chosen to implement a logging system tailored to our needs. The idea is obviously not to reinvent the wheel - the standard system proposed by the iOS SDK is very effective - but to provide a simple to use tool, that ensures readability and performance.
Lesia PIETRI, Wednesday 7 August 2013

New Theme : Asian Touch

Asian Touch is one of the 50+ themes available in your GoodBarber backend. Use it as a starting point to create your Beautiful App .   
Dumè Siacci, Monday 5 August 2013

How to activate the native YouTube player in your Android app

In last week update, we published a brand new feature allowing your users to watch YouTube videos directly from your Android app (either in articles and video sections). It uses the native YouTube player for a better user experience. If you've already re-built your app since the update #1238, you just need to follow these steps to activate the new player. If not, follow this quick process, re-build your Android app from your GoodBarber backend, and publish an update on the store!
Lesia PIETRI, Monday 29 July 2013

New Theme : Space

Space is one of the 50+ themes available in your GoodBarber backend. Use it as a starting point to create your Beautiful App.
Written on Wednesday 24 July 2013

10 tips to make your App Icon stand out!

If you don’t want to see your app drown in the mundane, check this out! In a world where app downloads are on the rise, you have to be different from other applications out there...  and it starts with the design of your app icon! Let me give you 10 tips to improve the design of you app icon and make it stand out! We all say that it’s not fair to judge a movie, a book or a packaging by its cover/design. But even if we say that, it's what we do. If we don’t like a cover or if it’s less attractive than another one we can just leave it! There are so many choices that we'll stop at the most interesting. The cover of a movie, for instance, is very important. It’s the first connection with the public and it has to convey the atmosphere of the movie with pictures, illustrations, fonts. Everything needs to be chosen perfectly and correctly. For an application, it’s almost the same. With the app icon, you have to make the users choose yours.
Lesia PIETRI, Monday 15 July 2013

New Theme : Diamond

Diamond is one of the 50+ themes available in your GoodBarber backend. Use it as a starting point to create your Beautiful App  . 
Dumè Siacci, Wednesday 10 July 2013

[Tech] How we do icon coloration at runtime #Objective-C #iOS

GoodBarber allows you to create full customized, beautiful apps, in just a few clicks. Among the hundreds of other features, we implemented an icon coloration process, which you can use to create beautiful design effects.  We chose to let you choose amongst a large icon set — you can even upload your own TabBar icons — and you can imagine that it was completely impossible to anticipate all the customization possibilities. So we started to think about an automated customization process for these icons, and we wanted to keep a standard-based icon set (white PNGs with alpha channel only). So here is what we developed to color the icons directly in the native client applications, with just a white PNG and a hexa color.
Lesia PIETRI, Wednesday 3 July 2013

New Theme : Coming

Coming is one of the 50+ themes available in your GoodBarber backend. Use it as a starting point to create your Beautiful App .  
Written on Monday 24 June 2013

7 reasons to create a native app

Why should I need an app? It's a question a lot of people are asking, I'll give you some reasons, they will help you to create one ;) Yes, I know, it's crazy but true! According to a new study, the English tend to spend 119 minutes a day using their mobile against 97 minutes with their partner! Guys, United Kingdom is not so far! ;)