Programming Contest 2 Results!

We’re pleased to announce the results of our second programming contest.

We had two categories: Web Apps (available via browser download) and App Store (available through various App Stores). All registered NSB/App Studio users were welcome to participate in the contest. Prizes were $100 USD in each category.

Judging was by NSB’s experts. All judging was arbitrary and final. We looked for quality, performance, ease of use, sophistication and overall coolness. Apps could be anything: Enterprise, business, commercial, education, games or even something whimsical.

All programs had to be created using NSB/App Studio. Entries could be commercial, shareware or freeware, and for iPhone, iPad, Android or multiple platforms. Code could be written in JavaScript or Basic, HTML5 and css.

Without further ado, here are our winners: (full results are here)

Category: App Store


PreEPOS by Darren Windsor/England

ProEPOS for iPhone provides point-of-sale, inventory control and basic reporting allowing shop-keepers to sell products, track inventory, perform inventory audits, compile orders, book-on deliveries of goods and return goods to suppliers. It is primarily aimed at the convenience goods market but also has wider applications for general retail. It fully integrates with our ProEPOS desktop application (using websockets) to synchronise data with the main EPOS database at the store.

Also has an iPad version.

Judge’s Comments: Well designed app that is very easy to follow. Seems to be very useful for a businessman. Has lots of features and some interesting report builders for reference. Its best feature has to be its organization which would help a lot with anyone who has a lot of products to follow.

What would an award ceremony be without an acceptance speech?

It has been an absolute pleasure using App Studio to develop for the iPhone and iPad. Certainly nothing else I have seen comes close to providing such a productive and joyous-to-use development environment. I would happilly recommend the product to anyone (and often do!) It has enabled us to produce a market leading product and give us the edge over numerous competitors who have yet to tackle the mobile market. “Thank you” simply doesn’t go far enough!

This software is: Freeware

Category: Web App


Australian Steel Band Festival by Tony Richardson/Australia

This is an iPhone app for a Music Festival we are holding next year, to be used by attendees while they are at the Festival.

Judge’s Comments: This app is wonderfully put together. It houses all relevant information to the festival in an easy to follow and easy to find format. So far as festivals are concerned the priorities are figuring out what, where and when things are. But the really impressive thing about this app being developed and displayed almost a year in advance is to those who find it and download it they can easily keep it as a reminder to the event they have planned on attending. Add in the automatic updates that are proposed to be incorporated and you have a very well thought out app.

What would an awards ceremony be without an acceptance speech?

I first encountered NSBasic back in 2006 when I used it to make some forestry survey programs on a Palm Pilot. When I saw the release of App Studio in late 2010, I knew I had to use it to make some iPhone/iPad apps. What I didn’t realise was how powerful, yet how simple, it would turn out to be. And the support provided by the App Studio team, and from everyone on the App Studio Forum has made using App Studio an absolute delight.

I have now written a suite of iPad apps that have revolutionised our travel survey business, and the Steelband Music Festival iPhone app that I entered in the contest was developed in less than 2 weeks. This, however, was not evidence of a rushed job; it was a tribute to the power and ease-of-use of NSBasic App Studio.

I would like to thank the App Studio team at NSBasic for their unflagging support and continuing development of App Studio; Tom Gruber and others for their generous help via the Forum; and Julia Peddie for the Steelband Music Festival graphics used in the app.

This software is: Freeware