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So you've got a great idea for an iPhone app. It's fresh, it's useful and no one's ever done it before. Except there's just one major hitch — you can't write a line of code to save your life.
But coding illiteracy could soon become less of an issue for wannabe iOS app developers if a startup called RadicalFlow achieves its mission. The company says it needs $75,000 to make the vision real for everyone and is taking to Kickstarter to raise funding. With donations open until May 26, RadicalFlow had raised about $3,500 at time of writing.
RadicalFlow is a web-based HTML5 tool. "Think of it like opening Photoshop or Powerpoint with a blank slate ready for your creative input," reads a portion of the company's Kickstarter pitch. You design the interface, add buttons and create interaction, while RadicalFlow handles the backend heavy lifting. Then, once you've built your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch app, the company touts an added bonus — a platform to publish your product without having to obtain an Apple developers account.
The Brooklyn-based company says meeting its funding goal will help fill out its development and design team, pay for server costs and legal fees, and support a marketing and promotional push. It also plans to add porting ability to Android devices in the near future.
But you don't need to be a coding noob to benefit from RadicalFlow. Advanced features will enhance what you can already do on your own, according to the company's Kickstarter pitch. A desire to make app-building easier for coders and non-coders alike is actually how RadicalFlow was born. The tool was founded by a trio of longtime iOS app makers who write that "all of the work related to RadicalFlow comes out of our need to create tools that would make our lives easier, both on the design and development side."
Do you think RadicalFlow is a cool idea? Will you contribute to its Kickstarter campaign? Check out its full video pitch below and let us know in the comments.