App "Skin?"

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Not sure this is do-able - or if I can even describe it properly.

But I'd be willing to pay extra for a feature that allowed my blog to be downloaded as an app.

Just as Typepad provides the structure to host my content on the web, could you also provide the structures that would allow me to place my content into a downloadable app?

David Ewart, Champion

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Jen, Typepad Support Engineer

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Hi David! We don't have any plans to offer a site to mobile app feature for TypePad currently. You may want to check out the mobile app creation tools which can be found with an online search. There are many websites which provide details on how to create your own mobile app.

The TypePad team is hard at work on improvements for viewing and editing your blog on mobile devices, however, and we'll be sharing more about these new features soon.

Jeff Reine

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Jen's right when she says it's not currently on the roadmap. That said, we've had plenty of conversations with folks like AppMakr, ShoutEm and Cabana App who would like to offer you there services. (And there are others). It's not something that is particularly high on our list, but that could change.

Let's watch this thread and see if others jump in.

Typically these apps allow for a little customization and then present RSS, Twitter and other content. Check them out and let us know what needs you have and how they satisfy them?

David Ewart, Champion

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Thanks for the suggestions Jeff.
I am not a techie by any means, so it is really helpful to hear about sites like AppMakr.

I'm going to give it a try and see what the results are.

David Ewart, Champion

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Well this turned out to more of a project than I thought.

But AppMakr had very clear, step-by-step instructions, so there were no glitches.

As a beginner, there were actually 2 processes to initiate: 1) Getting registered with Apple as a developer; and 2) Getting through the app build with AppMakr.

As I said, AppMakr had great helps for both - but I didn't really get the need to be registered with Apple until the final step with building the app (and AppMakr does say this optional but recommended).

The next step for me to explore now is syncing my blog's content with the app.

It would be great if TypePad and AppMakr had an account linking option like I have set up with Facebook and Twitter so that I could simply select my AppMakr app under "Share This Post" and it would appear in the app.

Jeff Reine

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Thanks, David!

Did you look at any other options? http://www.shoutem.com/ comes to mind...

Alex Sirota, Champion

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Here are a few more:

biznessapps.com - trying this one out NOW for a client
http://appscend.com/
http://www.redfoundry.com/
http://www.andromo.com/ - for Android only

I tried biznessapps.com today -- it was actually quite cool how you can preview the app and then test it on a device BEFORE publishing to the appstore through their "bizapps" app that acts as a shell tester for your real app. Good idea to try it out before committing to publishing it and going through that hoopla.