Create Palm OS Apps Via Web Service

A new web service called AppArtist allows non-programmers to create Palm OS apps. It uses a drag & drop interface. Currently, users can place buttons, labels, and bitmaps onto forms, and can navigate between forms with button actions. It also has an app icon editor. The next version will allow database functionality so users can create more complex apps.

The service is initially priced at $10 per month, which includes unlimited service and support.

There are no applications or browser plug-ins needed to run AppArtist. No run-time helper app is required use use the apps it creates and users are free to distribute the apps they create.

AppArtist allows the user to specify many aspects of the Palm OS app. A user can set the program name, program version, creator ID and program icon. Apps can have multiple forms. On each form a user may place any number of Labels, Buttons, or Images.

Suggested uses include conference guides, marketing materials, prototypes of complex Palm programs, and more.

People interested in AppArtist might also check out PDA Toolbox, a stand alone application that allows creation of Palm apps without coding.

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Looks enticing!

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/30/2001 3:32:24 PM #
I am no programmer but have seriously considered learning programming for the only purpose of creating programs for the "Palm". Has anyone actually tried this site? It sure has potential for someone as ignorant about programming as myself.

RE: Looks enticing....NOT!
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/31/2001 12:57:37 PM #
This sucks. Big time. I would recommend Satellite Forms or Pendragon. They actually do what this claims it can do.

What happens to the ablility to update these apps when these fools go out of business?

RE: Looks enticing!
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/3/2001 3:13:01 PM #
its a bit harsh saying that they're fools...

though I'd prefer to use TealInfo. I love TealInfo... and you can actually do a lot in it now, graphics, scrolling text, lists, boxes, etc, etc.

Oh great ... More high-quality Palm applications

Moosecat @ 8/30/2001 4:59:03 PM #
I sure hope someone develops 18 more compact disk organization programs, or car maintenance schedulers. I also think the world could use 34 more "List of debts owed to me by my friends" programs.

I think there is only one menstrual cycle program, so we definitely need some more of those.

RE: Oh great ... More high-quality Palm applications
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/30/2001 5:25:31 PM #

Heh! I agree.

To make any real program it takes real programming skills. There is no such thing as point and click and out pops a worthwhile program.

$10 a month? Thats $120 a year which is more than many full blown development environments.. Plus you have to always have a net connection to use this??

If you need a simple development suite look into CASL, NS Basic or Pendragon Forms which all will run circles around this thing.


RE: Oh great ... More high-quality Palm applications
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/30/2001 5:26:04 PM #
Yes please. We need more programs to write lists of our friends middle names, and more "My pets" programs for those people who happen to have 53 cats and not know the names. Oh, and please, we neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed more of those mirror programs, we only have 5 or so.

RE: Oh great ... More high-quality Palm applications
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/30/2001 6:31:22 PM #
No kidding. This thing looks even more useless than PDAToolbox!

RE: Oh great ... More high-quality Palm applications
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/30/2001 9:49:30 PM #
Aaah, quit your freakin' whining ya beeatch.

RE: Oh great ... More high-quality Palm applications
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/2/2001 1:34:58 PM #
oooooo! look, a program to write down my parking space. w00t. like im too stupid to use memopad.

RE: Oh great ... More high-quality Palm applications
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/21/2002 11:47:29 PM #

Oh, brother, maybe they'll charge us for breathing, next...

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/30/2001 7:00:59 PM #
I think I'll just keep on using my ThinkDB program...



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