December 2015

Why Apple/iOS Developers should shift to Swift?

Get ready to move to Swift and replace C ! Attention, iOS app developers and companies, it’s time to realize the benefits of swift programming language and shift to it. Swift is slowly replacing C for embedded programming on Apple platforms. Moreover, it is best replacement of Objective-C in app development for MAC, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch etc.

After 4 years of research, finally Swift can be used with Apple products based on Objective C, it is also used in sync with Apple’s Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks. Let’s dig deep and understand why iOS developers should use Swift in iOS app Development.

Swift Programming Language
Swift is a coding language created for iOS, OS X development by Apple Inc. which is designed to work with Apple’s Cocoa Touch frameworks.

Let’s understand why Swift?
If you are in a confusion, whether to adopt Swift over Objective C than below are few reasons of why to shift to swift.

  • Interoperability and Compatibility:- An interface between Objective C and Swift that helps make the best designs and programming practices. Developers can use codes written in Objective C in Swift and vice versa. Swift apps are compatible with latest iOS versions, OS X Yosemite and OS X Mavericks. 
  • Swift is Speedier:- App developers enjoy writing Swift apps as they are easier. Apple is focused on improving the speed at which Swift can run logic. Programming is faster as they do not have to import references for setting up the main function. Libraries handle most of the OSX and iOS user references, resulting in agile app development. According to Apple, programs written in Swift will run 73% faster as compared to those written in Objective C.
  • Swift is Easier to Read:- Swift isn’t built on C, it can unify all the keywords and remove the numerous @ symbols in front of every Objective-C type or object-related keyword. Thus, you no longer need semicolons to end lines or parentheses to surround conditional expressions inside if/else statements. Swift code more closely resembles natural English, in addition to other modern popular programming languages. This readability makes it easier for existing programmers from JavaScript, Java, Python, C#, and C++ to adopt Swift.
  • Swift is Safe:- Swift is a strongly typed language and this default setting is always in place preventing false coding due to faulty input.Swift generates a compiler error AS you write a bad code.Moreover it reduces the resources spent on bug fixing. What happens is that Swift prompts a runtime crash that provides consistent behaviour forcing the developer to fix the issue immediately. Type inference makes Swift type safe. This feature reduces code length.
  • Less Code and Quick Development:- Swift differentiates itself by reducing the amount of coding required for repetitive statements and string management. It has adopted features that are seen in modern day programming languages for example two strings can simply be added together with a “+” operator. Combining two pieces of information is quite a tedious task in Objective C as there are many steps to be taken.
  • Faster Release and Quicker Updates:- The lengthy bug fixes and development processes are eliminated, for an App development company Swift saves time and man hours. The simpler the code, the smoother the reuse. Due to codes being simple, programmers spend less time on its reuse and can roll out updates (and new app versions) quite frequently.

There is much more than this. Swift had been into developer’s mind and now they can’t code without using it. After considering so much benefits and reasons, Swift is obvious to use. It has given developers a motivation to create competitive apps in less time

Moon Technolabs has a team of iOS developers who are expert and comfortable in using swift and made edge winning apps over a short period of time. Now freshers, developers, companies, independent app makers everyone can move to Swift and bring their talent out to the world.
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By what retailers wants to get rid off

“Bigger the orders, Bigger the money” – Get all your after deal process with MI app. Retailers, now get rid off all those complicated paperwork of bills, reporting, accounts, and other monitoring work with an easy finance app called “Moon Invoice app” that will make your work easy in just few steps. Subscribe to this app and get your work done.

When easy option is available why to worry for anything. Just go create unlimited invoice, estimate, purchase order, payment, time log with iCloud sync feature.

More to it, simply check out what this app has to provide you:-

  • It creates and manage invoices and lets you send unlimited invoices to the client in PDF format allowing you to create invoices for all types like small, medium and large business owners.
  • It creates and manage products, tasks and taxes, with 22 different varied professional templates for invoice, estimates, purchase orders and payment receipts.
  • Send PDF email to clients within an app and no other configuration need, also review PDF before sending it to the client.
  • Options to customize your PDF with different layouts and alignments as per need.
  • Manage payment with multiple payment options in PDF format and allowed to use up to 2 signatures with name, title and date options.
  • There is home tab with filter options, quarter view, summary info and instant search to quickly find your desired PDF.
  • It allows to import contacts from address book.
  • It supports paypal.
  • It gives option to convert estimate into invoice and gives account details like due, paid, etc.
  • Multiple taxes support, calculating total taxes with date filters quarterly.
  • There are options to set prefix for invoice, estimate & P.O. number eg. INV13002 giving you to set the format.
  • Also support services and product giving you discounts on products and invoices.
  • Fully editable titles and captions in PDF format and almost all currencies are supported

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Why UIUX Design is Important for Mobile Apps

User Interface(UI) + User Experience(UX) = Creative design. Most leading generating apps for iPhone and Android are fairly designed with UI/UX and there are some apps which are poorly designed without UI/UX and code is just not accurate. Now getting deep into it. By the time you must have understood, that we are talking about UI/UX design for Mobile Apps.

Mobile app design is constructed with its own set of rules and expectations, where creating a fluid user experience is major for the flow of any mobile app. User Interface(UI) explores how an app looks and interacts with a user. User Experience(UX) defines how an app feels, from the user’s point of view.

Read also: Important Tips to be Consider by Mobile App UI designer while Designing Mobile Apps

Effective User Experience design into the app development is must in engaging the end considering the emotional or transactional response. The major motive of apps is to fulfill key business objectives for generating revenues, traffic, brand building and reputation. In order to achieve the commercial goals, User Experience design requires detailed qualitative feedback to stimulate the emotional response.

Let me share you the best design apps which delivers the slick, seamless design user experience in order to increase conversion performance.

  • Flipboard(iPhone & iPad):- Flipboard is popular digital social magazine that aggregates news from web and social sources and displays them in a magazine like form. It’s use of transitions to Flip through pages showcase the real world reading feel with long stream of never ending information.
  • Paper(iPad):- An awesome sketching app with simple navigational way, using natural gestures to navigate between notebooks and pages and to access the tray of tools to draw. Paper’s tools use sophisticated algorithm to recreate digitally the real world stroke of a brush to create a beautiful sketch.
  • Clear(iPhone):- Clear is a simple ToDo list app, which is completely gesture based using swipes, pinches and touches. It uses colour and sounds creatively to create a very pleasing user experience.
  • Summly(iPhone):- This is a new app which aggregates news from different sources displaying into single page snippets using a very clean and simple interface. Swipes to navigate between menus and articles, sharing options, engaging with user options and radical menu.

Read also: Top 8 Collaboration Tools that Designers and Freelancers must check out

Only when you are ready with flawless UI/Ux design then only you can achieve your goal of creating best attractive mobile app. Put every element into real world feel considering the emotional response of user and make it more beautiful by user experience design.

Why is Mobile SEO important for your business

This is the generation of SmartPhones where from shopping to business everything can be done in those small 5 inch screen. So it’s increasingly important for businesses to have a mobile-friendly website. Not only can it help customers reach you more easily when they’re on the go, but it will soon impact search engine optimization.

The fact is that more than half of internet users use their mobile devices to go online. Consumers will choose your company over your competitors only if you provide them with the best mobile experience possible.

To understand more on this let’s get a little deep into mobile SEO importance.

Optimizing your Website for Mobile is must, check out the benefits of Mobile Website SEO:-

  • Improved User Experience:- The beauty of well-optimized and designed website lies in its user-friendly interface and well organized structure. This results in more no. of users viewing the website when it is well structured. If your website is not optimized for mobiles then you are losing most of your business due to lack of compatibility with mobiles and SEO. You always have limited time to capture user’s attention and in that moment if you provide the best user experience then you probably won the half battle.
  • Better Google rankings with Mobile SEO:- The most important ranking factor in SEO is improving user experience by making your website mobile friendly with well optimized SEO ways. To achieve high rankings, website must be responsive. Responsive websites are titled with better rankings in Google.
  • Brand and Reputation Building:- Brand image is the overall impression that consumers form about your company based on information from various sources. People identify you with the brand name and with the services you provide them. Websites are the reflection of your image. It completely flaunts your image in form of text, pictures, videos, etc. If you offer them a delightful experience then they will regularly visit your website and mobile is a handy gadget and if you combine internet with that then it becomes your tool of doing everything through one touch.

A complete business can be done through mobile only if your website is well optimized SEO ways and well structured. Only thing you need is SEO and responsive website. A combination of both will give N number of audience through mobile. Give your user a new taste of mobile experience and see the change in your business.

Here is 27th November “Black Friday” – A Day to Shop where a big sale takes place, it is a busy shopping day and is a holiday in some states.

Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days in USA. A day off from work and a day for shopping. Shopping for christmas, parties or any other reasons. Shop from stores or shop from mobiles. SmartPhone these days have taken place of physical stores.

Mobile shopping apps are being used all across the world. There is a huge offers in stuffs like toys and other goods. Heavy discounts make people go crazy to shop on this day and so there is huge crowd in stores for shopping. People take mobile as a easy option to shop.

  • An Unexpected Surge in Mobile Traffic
  • The Modern Shopping experience
  • Coupons, Deal of the Day, Easy returns, Home Delivery and more and more.

All this makes people use mobile for shopping and a very convenient option for buying goods.

E Commerce sites earning lot these days, all thanks to the great apps that are being developed for their websites. App is an organized option to check out things in an easy & user friendly manner with lots of features.
If you planning to connect to an Ecommerce business you would need an app to it, why not go get a interesting shopping app? Moon technolabs is a trusted choice of many customers with huge expertise in iOS app development, Android app development, BlackBerry development, open source development and web design and development services.

Apple Pay, a substitute of Wallet, is it possible

Apple pay is the recent thing that had happen in the market. It is mobile payments service. Apple Pay is designed to allow iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users in the United States and the United Kingdom to make payments for goods and services with their iPhones in retail stores using an NFC chip built into the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch.

To better understand Apple Pay let’s go deep at a glance and it’s features and analyse whether Apple Pay can really replace a wallet.

  • NFC Integration
  • Touch ID for security
  • Tokenization
  • Supported by iPhone 6, iPhone 6S & iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

It is accepted at more than a million locations in the US. Also more than 250,000
locations in UK. Available in Canada & Australia through AMEX partnership.

Now the question is even after all this acceptance and usage worldwide of Apple Pay, does apple pay will help people go for mobile payments.

How secure it is?

Consumers trust with Apple is very strong, but if we go in light of Apple’s own iCloud security that leaked nude photos of celebrities which is a matter of security. If such information can be leaked than consumers would think twice handing their confidential data to Apple.

Must be read  : Why is Web Application must in Today’s Business?

Apple Pay can’t replace credit cards

Apple does not replace the need for physical credit cards as financial organisations still need to be processed where the interchange of information from the merchant’s bank to the cardholder’s bank still needs authorization process. Common mishaps with these delicate phones occur quite often, ranging from a dead battery to a broken/cracked screen. Apple Pay only works with a charged iPhone with a screen that can read your fingerprint. If the phone is out of charge then Apple Pay no longer works. These limitations force the consumer to still carry their physical card as option.

Drawbacks of Apple Pay

In overall 220,000 merchants are connected with Apple Pay for transactions, but that’s the number of retail spot Apple Pay is ready POS systems. It is still a very small percentage of retail and food joints in US. Only iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus can use Apple Pay for in-store purchases. Moreover other iPhone versions like 5C, 5S and 5 users will be able to use Apple watch to enable Apple Pay.

Well, we can say Apple Pay opens the door for new possibilities in the way consumers make a transaction. However, it is not a game changer in the payment industry as that familiar piece of plastic is not going away any time soon.

iBeacon Technology Revolutionizes A New Vision for the Retail Industry

Will Apple’s iBeacon technology will actually bring a revolution to the retail industry? Let’s go in-depth to check out the market trends.

What is iBeacon?
Apple’s iBeacon is a technology that uses bluetooth low-energy(Bluetooth/LE/BLE) connection to communicate with nearby devices. This is a location sensing application connects with these in-store beacons while detecting enabled smartphones to send push notifications.

How iBeacon can change When you shop in Stores?
iBeacon technology is making its presence in the app-centric shopping and retail market.

iBeacon app help guide the shopping experiences and encourage purchases. Major retailers, such as Macy’s and American eagle outfitters, tested iBeacon using shopkick.

Using shopkick, iBeacon’s signal to stores to test special promotions and product recommendations emitted through iBeacon. As customers walked in the store with shop-beacon enabled iPhone, they received these types of messages from the store.

Push notifications tailored to a shopper’s location could potentially transform the entire retail industry if retailers can manipulate consumer value with iBeacon.

iBeacon’s are easy to install and provide cost-effectiveness. iBeacons systems are more widespread about its privacy and relevancy.

iBeacon’s Benefits to Retail Industry
Not only offering coupons to customers, but much more over it with iBeacon.
Check out the 3 major ways how retailers can get benefit with iBeacon.

  • A push notification in the app shooting in mobile to people out there in stores to express their feedback towards the services they receive in the store. All the information can be stored and can be viewed by managers in the form of reports so that they can improve later.
  • when customer willing to purchase a new product, they would like to check out info about the product in that case, they would like to see a video on their phone rather than some user manual or agent explaining features.
  • iBeacon would also make it easy to find your favorite store location to buy some of your choice products.

There would be many other benefits which is not here, but you can read more on iBeacon here. There is a small info, which we would want to share with you about our company Moon technolabs. We have developed an app for windows, where a person comes near the PC and has that app installed in iPhone(4s or above) than iBeacon will recognise and trigger a start call to that windows app and it will start running. When a person moves away, iPhone would trigger a stop call and windows app would stop functioning. (Only needed is iBeacon chip is must to be placed in windows Pc).

If BLE and iBeacon is successfully implemented, expect to see some basic shifts in in-store shopping. This is definitely bring a change in Retail industry.

Should You Upgrade to Mac OS X EI Capitan

Apple announced El Capitan the latest version of it’s OS X operating system, 10.11, on the 9th September 2015, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California in the United States. A very important question at this moment is Should you upgrade to EI Capitan? As per me i would say yes, you should. But won’t recommend to rush for it. Before you rush to new upgradation, back up your Mac first, because your Mac is well within supported model range and should handle EI Capitan quite well.

Let’s check out the system requirements for EI Capitan. It’s the same one for Yosemite before it. Apple hasn’t substantially changed the hardware system requirements in some time. Macs that have more RAM can run the new upgraded operating systems and apps better. Minimum is 4 and other features like handoff will only work with the version of bluetooth found in newer Macs.

 

Enhancements with EI Capitan:
  • Split View – which lets you split the screen between two simultaneous windows of different apps.
  • It’s an iOS 9 exclusive for the iPad Air 2 and iPad pro, but it works on the Mac.
Backup Data:

Backing up your Mac with time machine is the fastest and most foolproof way to prep it for an upgrade to EI Capitan. My recommendation would be to perform at least two backups and to test that work. Other way is SuperDuper. Dropbox is also a good option to store data.

Upgrade or Install:

To complete install or upgrade is a personal preference, but clean install approach would allow to ensure that OS X is running at optimal efficiency. Before you go for EI Capitan, one should perform an audit of the software that one can use on their Mac to ensure that is all compatible or not.

Is anyone looking out for new OS X EI Capitan App making? Want to get your own Mac OS X applications? Then search no where, simply go for Moon Technolabs and check out our work for Mac OS X Software development, Moon technolabs is the best Mac software development company offering complete Mac OS X development solutions for your small or large scale business needs

The Influence of User Interface on App Designing

When it comes to user, every comfort level is considered while we are into development process. An application is used the most when it make user ease to use or when it is an eye catching interface. User interface is the most important factor while app designing. There is an addiction of Mobile apps these days which makes it necessary to create more and more looking to the demand.

Mobile apps creates a bridge between users and the business. But no one digs deeper and see how painful is the development process for an app. Long and lengthy process and successfully completion of each stages of software life cycles and one delay in any part of this implementation cuts of the whole budget and delivery issues, etc and more to face.

App designing if done professionally and well then it is boon for the users, but if it is not done properly then it creams problems. Check out few things which states influence of user interface on app designing.

  • Incomplete/Fragmented Coding:- When a prototype is to be converted into an actual thing in app development then it is way far more efforts to be done till finalization. There are some platforms used to design an apps interface like pixate, photoshop, etc and more. By using such tools it makes it easy to some extent. But coding and development is still in a queue, which is done later.
  • Necessity of Meta tags:- Always try user to let them give inputs and use your app which shows the actual figures and understanding of how user is navigating the app will help to a great extent of creating meta tags for the app. This will be useful for capturing many design and input problems which may not create later.
  • Ignore Prototypes:- Prototypes are more imaginary and takes lot of human effort to create and post prototype process is the most difficult process that is coding which is not possible to be done by anyone. Designers, Coders and Developers everyone needs to work together to make an app that is appealing to user. So at the end prototype is just not followed and ignored.
  • Finalize your design associating your Codes:- When you design an interface, consider the coding part associating with design which is imaginative and code is applied over it to make it a look like real. So always conceptualize your thoughts of design to connect with code.

Professionally designed user interface always grab many downloads considering audience taste, this helps in growing business. Also an efficient tool to market your app and fill the gap between end user and app creator. Rich designs, eye catching and easy user interface all this is X factor of an app. But all this requires a great skill and a great team. Moon Technolabs offers extravagant mobile app development services with knowledge and skilled people working in the company. Contact us

How to Organize Finances Transaction with Moon Invoice

Go for smart work rather for hard work. Use your smartphone to the best of it. If you are looking for some good finance app, then your search ends here. An app called Moon Invoice which gives you complete package of dealing with your financial transactions in an easy and organized way. Let me brief you what this app can do for you. Moon Invoice app is an invoice and billing app which allows to create and manage invoices, purchase orders, payments, estimates and payments, also lets you send in PDF format. Check out the benefits of Moon Invoice app.

How can Moon Invoice help you!
  • Find out the features of the app which will help you of how to use it and its advantages.
  • It creates and manage invoices and lets you send unlimited invoices to the client in PDF format allowing you to create invoices for all types like small, medium and large business owners.
  • It creates and manage products, tasks and taxes, with 22 different varied professional templates for invoice, estimates, purchase orders and payment receipts.
  • Send PDF email to clients within an app and no other configuration need, also review PDF before sending it to the client.
  • Options to customize your PDF with different layouts and alignments as per need.
  • Manage payment with multiple payment options in PDF format and allowed to use up to 2 signatures with name, title and date options.
  • There is home tab with filter options, quarter view, summary info and instant search to quickly find your desired PDF.
  • It allows to import contacts from address book.
  • It supports paypal.
  • It gives option to convert estimate into invoice and gives account details like due, paid, etc.
  • Multiple taxes support, calculating total taxes with date filters quarterly.
  • There are options to set prefix for invoice, estimate & P.O. number eg. INV13002 giving you to set the format.
  • Also support services and product giving you discounts on products and invoices.
  • Fully editable titles and captions in PDF format and almost all currencies are supported.

So much to offer by this app, would you want to use it once? Experience it once and you will never leave it free. You will be on your mobile always as your half work will be done in quick easy manner. Get your download now for this Moon Invoice app. It is available for Android, iPhone, Mac, Windows and iPad. With 4.4 of 5 ratings for this app and best review like easy to use app, looks professional and simple payments track flow and many other approaching this app and many downloads across the world. Get your app today and manage your financial work smartly with easy to use options. Read More  : Moon Invoice App

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