In this article I will show you the best free resources for iOS App Developers!
So you’ve learnt Objective-C or even Swift and developed your killer iOS app, now you need to get familiar with the top free resources for iOS app developers.
You have lived and breathed Xcode for weeks, maybe months. You have spent days staring at the simulator, you have spent nights dreaming about how you app will take off and take over the world! You have signed up to Apple Developer Program, distributed your app to your beta testers, tested on a multitude of devices, collected user feedback, iterated and fixed major bugs and issues.
You are almost ready to launch…
That’s where I was with a few of my iOS apps and below are a few resources that I found particularly useful prior and during launch. Best of all they are all absolutely FREE and easy to use! Check them out.
Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.
Search a good sized library for app sounds to make your app come to life. You will need to filter on Creative Commons license and WAV format.
Generate App Icons of all sizes with a click!
These guys make generating icons of various sizes a breeze based on one uploaded image… What’s more is that the image set is packaged up for you and is “droppable” into Xcode. Beautiful!
Generate Icons & Splash (Launch) Images
This online tool is great for generating all the required launch images. Unfortunately it will not package them up into an asset you can easily drop into your Xcode project like Makeappicon – that would need to be done manually.
18,000 free flat icons
Need I say more? This is by far the best and largest icon set that I have come across. The icons8 icons will make your app look really polished and cool!
Create gorgeous images for your App Store page in minutes.
This site is very useful for creating screenshot style images for promotional web sites and can also be used for App Store images. LaunchKit additionally has a monitor to keep an eye on App Store reviews and a landing page builder. Make sure to sign up to their beta program to get your paws on other goodies extra early!
Spend time making games, not press.
A good press kit is essential these days to get your app off the ground. Bloggers and reviewers don’t want to hunt down scattered information about your app, they want everything easily accessible so they can bang out that review in no time. All the apps assets are packaged up into one page – description, background, images, videos and links.
Here is an example created with presskit() for my game app Snappy Elf.
Pretty cool eh?
Apple published their App Store Review Guidelines in the hope that they will help you steer clear of issues as you develop your App and speed you through the approval process when you submit it. Make sure to get familiar with these guidelines to get your app approved first time!
This is my favourite tool at the moment for drawing scalable vector graphics (SVG format). Amazing!
The GNU Image Manipulation Program, for X Windows systems.
Look past the funny name and boring description to find a good all round image manipulator tool. Great for resizing and converting between different formats.
Blender is being made by hundreds of people from around the world; by studios and individual artists, professionals and hobbyists, scientists, students, VFX experts, animators, game artists, modders, and the list goes on.
It is amazing that such a powerful tool is free! You can use this tool for a vast array of things including creating 3D models to import into your apps.
Check it out but beware this is not for the fainthearted and has a steep learning curve!
Cool Text is a FREE graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you need an impressive logo without a lot of design work.
You want a quick cool looking text logo? Look no further! This online logo generator will do the trick. I have been using this for years for websites, presentations and now apps!
To make your app look really awesome it’s a good idea to embed custom fonts. This is the best resource I have found which offers amazing free fonts.
Free textures for your next web project.
Need a nice background for your app? This website should have you covered! They offer a great selection of free textures.
Create quick animated GIFs of your game play and share them easily!
Made by Twitter. A great mobile analytics package. Monitor crashes with Crashlytics and understand in-depth what your users are doing with your apps with Answers.
And finally, don’t forget about marketing!
Designing and coding an app is just the start. You will need to promote it too! However that will be the subject of a future post.
I will be updating this list as I find more cool free resources for iOS app developers!