At least until tomorrow... Linking the last "back button" to the correct screen made me feel light like a feather. The wireframe of IBDPromise has taken form and my reward was jumping around through the different screens. There are still touch-ups and perfections to be made, but it feels great see a product. We still need to make decision about the pages that have links on the bottom (My Doc, My Meds, History and More) and I am sure that fresh eyes, mine or anybody else's, will be able to make a lot of positive critiques. Just as a note: I could not create all of the features that I wanted using codiqa; and though I started doing so late, I tried to write these moments in the app to help remember. This usually involved formatting or finding new ways to link to the next screenshot.
Now that this is complete, I will make of list of other websites and tools for building applications so I can begin exploring and reviewing tomorrow. Experiencing Codiqa for the past two days will help me compare the other options that exist. I hope Codiqa lives up the the competition or else I guess it is back to the drawing boards...
In the meantime, I am just going to use this space to brainstorm on what criteria I would value in these tools.
First is speed. Speed is the reason I chose to use Codiqa over appnotch. Codiqa let me drag-drop, copy and delete with no down time. This was crucial as I explored different features and wanted to weigh different options against each other. With appnotch I frequently found myself waiting for the software to load and the wait aggravated me. I began losing focus while waiting, and was much less productive while using it.
Second is freedom. I am not really sure how I am going to rate or quantify this, but the ability to give each page of the app a personal touch is important. I can't compliment codiqa because that is all I have played with thus far (sorry codiqa, u really are awesome!), but I can complain about it (hehehe)! With codiqa it was very hard to format a page. The only way to put functions side by side was using the grid feature and I found this very difficult to control. I also could not re-size items or align them as I wanted. I am a big fan of symmetry or evenness on a page and this was hard to accomplish using codiqa.
Other categories to think about will be breadth of the features available, can I build I template on my own or do I have to choose from a ready made list, is there a good "test" feature so I can check and track my work, etc... Codiqa really was great software. Looking forward to seeing what else I can find!