Best tools for designing mobile apps:

App designers have worked continuously to refine design tool kits to speed up the workflow and execute right design decisions. These tools have helped enabled designers to clearly communicate ideas and solve any technical troubles. Evaluating various extensions, plug-ins, tools and other resources have become necessary for the design cycle. Here is a list of some of the most popular mobile app design tools:

Sketch: Sketch has become a popular alternative to photoshop for designing mobile apps among designers. Unlike photoshop, Sketch is more focused on UI/UX design that offers a powerful set of features. It helps designers to create wireframes, visual design and vector logos, thereby achieving overall productivity with no wastage of time. Sketch is easy to use and offers additional features such as multi-resolution exporting and shared styles and symbols.

MockPlus: Mockplus is a powerful prototyping tool that is code-free and easy to follow. A simple drag and drop option allows designers to make interactions and preview ways to test the prototypes. Mockplus’s simplicity and efficiency is an USP for this tool. The collaboration features makes team work as time efficient as possible.

Adobe Experience Design (XD): Being the main competitor of Sketch, Adobe XD offers all the basic features like wireframing, prototyping and much more. Although the easy to use XD is still in the preview state, many app designers who have started using it are providing positive feedback.

Marvel: The Marvel tool helps users to create designs, prototypes and collaborate with other team members as well. It allows designers to synchronize their designs with other tools like Sketch, photoshop and illustrator, and cloud storage services such as dropbox and google drive. It allows designers to add animations easily without the need of an after effects expert.

UXpin: It is a wireframing and prototyping web tool that has a simple interface and many built-in features. This tool organizes the workflow by keeping all the layers of the design intact. The usability testing feature helps perform tasks, count the users and their clicks and display results to the team. This dynamic toolkit consists of several design elements for creating great designs from scratch. Additionally, the drag and drop feature helps users to build wireframes or prototypes that are compatible with multiple devices with a range of display resolutions.

Justinmind: It is a great prototyping tool that can be downloaded and used to work offline as well. This dynamic tool comes equipped with an extensive widget library that enables users to enter HTML, videos, docs, interactive maps and online/offline content in the website or application.

The tools mentioned above speeds up the design process, giving users more time for refining their designs. For world class mobile app designs and all your app development needs, send your queries to contact@bmsils.com

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Top free Graphic design software:

Whether you are creating and editing vector graphics, illustrations, infographics, 2D or 3D content, here are some of the most useful free software for designers.

Inkscape: It is an open source vector graphics editor widely known as the free counterpart to Adobe Illustrator. Inkscape is available for Windows, Mac and Linux, and is a great for budding graphic designers. It offers many complex features including complex path operations, node editing, bitmap tracing and path-based text. It is a powerful vector graphics tool with excellent format support and a comprehensive toolkit.

Krita: It has a set of carefully designed tools designed primarily for comic book artists. This includes halftones, pre-made templates and a set of drawing aids such as vanishing points, customizable brushes and other tools, smooth shapes, layer masks and advanced selection functions.

GIMP: It is a free photo editing and graphic design software packed with customizable tools for designers working with photos. GIMP is great for adjusting photos, creating a digital painting or compositing several different elements. It can easily be expanded using a huge archive of extensions or installing Photoshop plugins.

Blender: It is a great tool for graphic designers working on 3D content. Whether it’s modeling, rigging, rendering or animating, Blender has you covered. It is highly customizable and has excellent format support, and can be used to create short films, TV shows, and even feature films. Designers can even create their own tools and extensions that suit their needs.

Easel.ly: With a clear and easy-to-use interface, Easel.ly is a tool dedicated to creating infographics. It offers a good selection of templates and a wide selection of shapes and other tools for designers to work with. The completed infographics in PDF or JPG format, with quality settings optimized for web and print use.  Unlike many other free data visualization tools, Easel.ly will not watermark your work.

Gravit Designer: It is a full-featured vector design app suitable for a number of jobs that includes screen and icon designs, creating presentations, illustrations and animations as well. This software is packed with a host of tools for creating detailed and beautiful vector imagery. Other features include a knife tool and path graphs, multiple fills and blending modes, and a powerful text engine. Gravit also offers cloud service that enables designers to access their project on the go.

Vectr: It is available both as a stand-alone desktop app and as a browser-based web app. This free editor can be used for creating 2D vector graphics. It offers live collaboration and synchronization options to connect with other designers and work in tandem. Vectr is available for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chromebook, and has a number of options for using filters, shadows and fonts.

Everything you need to know about Android 8.0 OREO:

What makes Android’s OREO OS different from the previous versions? When the tech giant Google decided to make Android OS open source, it became very popular among third party phone makers. Since its release just under a decade ago, it has defeated several of its competitors like Symbian, blackberry, and windows to become the most used OS around the world. The latest version of Android OS is OREO named after the popular snack. Google began pushing this update on Aug 21st 2017 for certain Pixel and Nexus devices only. Here is a list of features offered with this update:
Auto-fill: With the user’s permission, this feature remembers their logins to get them into their favorite apps instantly.
Picture-in-Picture: This feature allows the user to view two apps at once. Users can use this feature by tapping the home button when a video is playing.
Notification dots: This feature allows the user to quickly see what’s new without having to open the app, and swipe to easily clear them. It works in a way similar to Apple’s 3D touch enabled pop-ups.
Emoji: Users can share their feelings with a new redesigned emoji set that includes over 60 new emoji in total.
Accessibility button: Allows user to quickly reach accessibility features from the navigation bar.
Adaptive icons: Developers will now be able to provide full bleed square icons, which the OEMs will make to ensure consistency in multiple devices. App icons come to life when the user interacts with them.
Background execution limits: This new version gives the user more control over how apps run in the background for better overall system performance.
Deep color: It allows applications to render visual content with more vibrant colors and fainter gradients.
TextView auto-sizing: Developers can now easily optimize text size on multiple screens, based on the size and characteristics of the text view.
Wi-Fi assistant: It auto connects the device to high quality wifi and also secures it with a VPN back to google.
Copy-Paste: The new OS makes the simple copy-paste function even more smart.
Settings Menu: The settings have been re-categorized in the new redesigned Settings feature.
Battery life: This new software update will deliver improved battery performance by reducing the amount of power and memory used by apps running in the background.

Virtual Reality for Branding:

How have brands started using Virtual Reality in their marketing strategy? Virtual Reality (VR) is a rapidly growing industry that is finding inroads into several industries. The marketing industry is one of such where teams using this technology it to increase awareness, promote engagement and enhance the customer experience.
This technology has the potential to overhaul the social media experience for consumers and marketers as well. Several Brands have already successfully incorporated VR into the strategy by creating an immersive and engaging marketing experience. For example, in the automobile industry, VR can be used to offer a unique experience to a broad audience, building anticipation for the new car.
The use of technology should seem relevant for it to be perceived as authentic by consumers. Designers and will now be able to preview designs in 3D and in real-time, before anything goes into production. Adoption of VR technology by mainstream consumers will be the key to it becoming successful and widely used as a marketing tool.
Customers are always open to new experiences, especially when they are entertaining and engaging. As this technology matures and prices come down, its applications will become more evident. As developers get accustomed to using VR as a story telling tool, there is no limit to the number of applications of VR. This makes it important to figure out how best to utilize this technology to achieve brand objectives. VR is being used in marketing to:
• Immerse users in a branded entertainment experience.
• Demonstrate product attributes, features and functionality.
• Help consumers make better informed choices.
• Add a new dimension to traditional print and video story-telling.
• Communicate the brand’s mission at point of sale.
Ever since Facebook bought Oculus Rift, VR technology has been a popular topic and is shaping the future of brand experiences. The impact of VR based marketing can be extensive because of the viral response they can generate. Since VR hasn’t seen large scale adoption yet, brands with definitive and innovative ideas can help consumers embrace this new technology and lead the way in establishing its place in marketing.

Demonetization and E-Wallets:

The 8th of November was just another normal day in the country, at least until news channel flashed with alerts about the ban on 500 and 1000 denominations currency notes and the Prime Ministers address to the nation. Although emergency services were to continue to accept these large denominations, small businesses struggled with a surge in demand for returning the balance change. On the larger scale, online sentiment was positive when it came to the efforts taken by the Prime Minister to curb black money.

Despite the initial inconvenience, Twitter users supported the government on the issue of demonetisation, but had complaints with the banking system in terms of the execution of the plan. With a majority of people feeling that the execution could have been much better, there was a huge increase in the number of downloads of payment apps. The government’s move to withdraw 500rs and 1,000rs notes has come as a windfall for the digital payment solutions start-ups.

Paytm, which is the largest Indian mobile payment wallet with more than 100 million users, saw app downloads going up by three times and payments for offline transactions by five times in the first two days following the government’s move. Mobikwik with its 35 million customers saw a 100% increase in customer numbers in the past few days. HDFC’s Chillr mobile payment app has seen a growth of 30% in app usage and a 50% increase in downloads. PayU digital wallet also experienced a rise in wallet loads in the first two days. There has also been a surge in retail merchant enrolments to E-Wallet services. Digital wallet Freecharge has seen a 10 fold increase in the number of retail merchant signups in the past few days.

Although a number of industries are finding it hard to come to terms with the new reality, E-Wallet companies are the biggest benefactors of the government’s decision to demonetize 500rs and 1000rs notes. The trend has always been low value-high volume transactions in the online space, which is expected to change in future.

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Carsense OBD-II:

Carsense OBD-II with the Carsense mobile app is the latest innovative platform for your access to the world of connected cars. It offers users various essential features that ensure safety, security and convenience. A skilfully designed user interface makes it easy for users to monitor every aspect of their car for improved performance and efficiency. Connected car technology has the potential to have a major impact on road safety, have significant environmental implications and, if widely adopted, could revolutionize mobility. From automobile manufacturers to software vendors and telecom operators to consumer electronics companies, everyone is excited about the connected vehicle phenomenon.

Features offered with Carsense includes:

Safety:

  1. Impact Alert:

Generates assistance to the customer if an impact occurs.

  1. Vehicle Health Monitoring:

Users will receive a notification is any trouble related to engine and battery.

  1. Trip analysis:

Users can analyse and improve their driving experience by reviewing their trip routes.

 

Security:

  1. Share My Location:

Users can instantly share their car’s location to their loved ones.

  1. Locate my car:

Users can pinpoint the location of their car on the map.

  1. Manual SOS:

Allows users to send their location to emergency contacts.

 

Convenience:

  1. Car Calendar:

Users can keep track of various car related information such as service due date, Insurance renewal and PUC renewal.

  1. Service Booking:

Users can easily book their next service online.

  1. Service History:

Users can easily track their car’s service history.

  1. Check past Invoices:

Users can keep track of their past car invoices.

  1. Consolidate car’s information:

Users can access information related to all their cars in on place.

  1. Pit Stops:

Users can search for the nearest car dealer and fuel station.

  1. Document Wallet:

Users can easily carry all car related documents for access anytime.

  1. Fuel Log Book:

Users can track their car fuel expenses and get monthly analysis.

 

Other features include,

  1. Call Now:

Users can reach for any assistance with just a single click.

  1. What’s New:

Users can get information about any new products through ad campaigns and offers.

  1. User Feedback:

Users can share valuable feedback to help serve them better.

  1. Create a new enquiry:

Users can generate a new car enquiry at the nearest dealership.

  1. Refer a Friend:

Users can refer a friend for generating a new car enquiry.

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Top 5 food delivery apps in India:

Here are some of the best food delivery mobile apps available for Indian users.

foodpanda

Food panda is one of the most popular food delivery mobile apps that gives users the option to have easy access to the menus of the finest restaurants in your fingertips for both lunch and dinner options. Delivering in Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and over 100 other cities in the country, FoodPanda has the widest service area.

  

just eat

Just eat food delivery mobile app helps users find the best eateries nearby, and order their favourite food from the choicest of restaurants, wherever they are. All you need to do is tap the app! Users can order food from over 3,000 restaurants, and choose from over 52 cuisines and 3 lakh dishes. Just search from wherever you are, anytime you’re ready to eat. The JUST EAT app saves your address, which saves you time, and gives you coupons, which saves you money.

 

3. Zomato:

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Zomato, which is one of the most popular food delivery mobile apps is currently available in multiple cities across India. Users can search for their favourite dishes by name or location, then build and place their order with a few taps. Payment for the order can be made online with the app’s user friendly interface.

  

4. Swiggy:

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Swiggy is another great mobile app for ordering food from your favorite restaurants from around your city. With Swiggy, you can browse through the latest menus from restaurants and discover a plethora of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines around your neighborhood that you could order from. Another great feature that Swiggy offers is the live tracking feature, which customers can use to constantly check the status of the order on their smartphone and track it till it arrives at their doorstep. 

 

5. Tiny Owl:

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The fastest and smartest way to order soul-satisfying food across Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune, is what the genius of TinyOwl is about. this app with its diverse and elaborate choices in menu, brings you the experience of a great meal, regardless of what your preference is. Simply place an order on TinyOwl and find yourself nearer to a delicious meal delivered through a seamless and efficient ordering experience.

 

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