How to build Location Based Applications for iPhone and Android – no coding

ShoutEm places module is a powerful tool that allows you to build really cool LBS app for your small city, neighborhood, tourist organization, sightseeing or whatever.
In short this is what you can do:

  • create your own categories of places
  • add custom data to the locations (info, opening times, reviews….)
  • show locations in the list view or map view
  • let your users, browse, check-in, comment, share: restaurants, bus stations, hotels….

But let’s do it step by step. I’ve moved recently to NY and found a great appartement in Lower East Side. Neighborhood is awesome and it is just a matter of days when someone will come up with an app for it. So let’s build it quickly.


Step 1: Create an app


This is what we are starting with. We obviously want to make it look nicer and have some features. So let’s first upload some nice graphics.


Step 2: Add graphics


This is what we are starting with. We obviously want to make it look nicer and have some features. So let’s first upload some nice graphics.


Step 3: Create custom categories

Go to “places module” and add your own categories of locations like: Food, Clubs, Coffee, etc…

If you want those categories on the home screen, make sure that you have selected checked each category by clicking on icon marked on the screenshot.


Step 4: Add places to categories


Now go back to places and start adding some places into categories you’ve created.

You can do that either by adding completely new place or by searching trough our database and selecting already existing location.

And finally add some info of your own. Opening times, menu, restaurant or shopping tips, phone number, review, etc… It is a free text field.

Don’t forget to add it to one of your categories!


Step 5: Unleash The Mobilizer!

Download our ShoutEm Mobilizer app from iTunes AppStore and check you app on your phone. Change, tweak, test your app until you are not ready to publish it.


Step 6: Play around with your app on your iPhone


These are screenshots from my iPhone. I can browse trough places in list and map view. I can see names, distances and addresses of the places. By clicking on each one more details are available.

 

 

 

 

 

On the place details page you will be able to find all the activities connected to that place.
Shouts, visitors, photos….
Your users can check-in, send photos and share your locations to Facebook and Twitter.


And that is all folks!

Contact us know if you need some help. Someone is always around to help out.