Make webapp native?

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  1. pavja2

    pavja2 New Member

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    Is it possible to convert a webapp to a native app without paying much $$$ I know about nimblekit, and appmakr. But they are too expensive ($500 a month!!! for appmakr) is there an alternative method, or will I just have to wait.
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    Axis Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The cheapest option would be to learn Objective-C and make a native version. It will take you some time, but it's knowledge that you'll have at your disposal for the rest of your life. It's a worthwhile time investment if you ask me.
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    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

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    What you don't want to do is make a UITabBarController/UIWebView application with a tab for the main content, another tab for how to, and a totally irrelevant tab for your twitter. Make a legitimate native application. It'll be so much better.
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    Axis Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Couldn't agree more.
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    Ok, still I have a webapp Ive been working on and would like to keep that work, but youre right HTML-->Obj-C is a little to far to jump.
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    Axis Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Please clarify that. Learning Objective-C will be a challenge for someone who has never programmed, but it is by no means insurmountable.
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    use iwebkit,
    if you add the app to your homescreen, when you open the app from your homescreen it will have fullscreen support, otherwise it will be a real app!
    check it out on this demo: m.iwebkit.net
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    pavja2 New Member

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    Yes

    @Axis, its not that learning objective C scares me, its that learning objective C without a compiler or simulator, or testing environment scares me...perhaps I will end up buying a mac, but if i do it won't be for a while yet.
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