About this project
Beautifully Simple, Professional App Creation
Building an app yourself is hard work. Normally you need a lot of technical skills that most people don't have. Glide makes it easy to create beautiful apps that look professional right from the start.
You simply put text, images and movies into folders, and Glide will build the app for you. When you change the content, the app updates automatically.
We have created a number of award winning apps using Glide, but we believe that everyone should be able to afford their own app. This Kickstarter is our way of making this happen.
We have spent years building high-profile apps using Glide. Try out our award-winning apps on the App Store that we built with Glide:
- Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe (Harper Collins & BBC)
- The Loop Magazine (The Loop)
- Brian Cox's Wonders of Life (Harper Collins & BBC)
We want to put this exact same technology in your hands, we can't wait to see what you'll create.
A huge variety of apps can be built with Glide, here's a few examples to get you started.
You may already have a magazine or want to start something new - Glide has a beautifully simple interface for reading and viewing images or video. You can easily incorporate paid downloads or subscriptions or even allow existing customers with web subscriptions to sign in for your content.
Everyone is used to receiving financial information such as charts and graphs in a document. Use Glide to improve on the reading experience, allowing the client to zoom into the data with a simple gesture.
Send secure and personalised information to each of your clients. Glide uses a system that is similar to mail merge - allowing you to tailor financial information to your client's needs.
Use Glide to create the perfect coffee table experience to promote your hotel, with gorgeous images and video. Glide supports multiple languages so you can even customise it for guests from abroad.
Include maps, amenities and key features of your hotel in an app on the App Store or provide a device in the lobby for the ultimate guest experience.
Visitors to a museum may want to hear an audio guide or watch a video about the exhibits.
Use Glide to create audio or interactive visual guides using iBeacons technology. Whenever the visitor approaches an iBeacon, Glide's interface will automatically take them to a page and begin playing audio or video for the appropriate item.
Maybe you have a shop or a showroom where you display key products?
Use Glide to present beautiful imagery and alert shoppers to information about a product using iBeacons technology.
You may want to use Glide as an in-store kiosk where shoppers can browse your products. Glide's elegant interface combined with stunning imagery and video provides the perfect sales tool.
Perhaps you want an app with all your cooking recipes or a How To guide that goes with a video?
Use Glide to show each step of the instructions over the top of your video. That way they can read the steps and watch how it's done at the same time.
Viewers control the pace of the video by scrolling up and down - so they can follow you at their own speed.
Members of a sports club (or any members club) might need to see results and news as soon as it's available.
Glide supports push notifications, so you can publish your results directly to club members. You can update your app with league standings using a feed from a website or even an online spreadsheet.
Students at a university or school only want to know about their own studies. Use Glide to send push notifications to specific groups and update them on timetable changes.
Every student's experience with Glide can be customised. Provide each student with lecture video, audio material and study notes for only the subjects they are interested in.
Create an app for your indie movie or TV show and use all the capabilities of Glide to promote your work.
Use membership lists in Glide to send press packs and teaser trailers to journalists or special edition material to fans that have helped fund your movie.
You may want to have detailed biographies of your actors appear as the video plays or show background information that expands your universe. Glide lets you show content that is timed to your video - so the viewer can see more of your world as the story unfolds.
Perhaps you want to create a children's book or interactive novel that really feels alive?
Bring children's stories to life with large custom fonts and big simple graphics. You can even add music or a narrator that plays automatically when entering a page.
Create a unique experience with an interactive novel that combines images, video and sound to tell your story.
Perhaps you need an app for a band or want to promote your music?
Release special music and sleeve notes to paying members of your fan-club using in-app purchases or subscriptions. Glide handles the membership list for you. Simply put a text list of member emails into the section you want protected, and Glide will automatically handle who can access. It's great for distributing digital content to fans and patrons from funding platforms like Patreon.
Perhaps you have a wealth of stunning photos that you want to send from an event like a wedding or to promote your portfolio?
Use Glide to create a compelling photographic story that showcases your work by tailoring the interface to match the tone of the photos.
Include atmospheric music and animations to make sure the portfolio is as impressive as your photography. You can even allow photos to be shared to social networks using our built-in social sharing features.
Glide apps are so simple to build you can create one in an afternoon. Start by choosing a template that matches what you want the app to do. This creates the basics for you.
Then replace the placeholder images (like logos and background images), change a few settings (like fonts and label style) and you're good to go.
Please use the 'Ask a question' button if you have any questions at all - no matter how simple. We are keen to hear from you and find out what you want to build.
£45,000 - Chat (successful!)
Now that we have passed our funding goal of £45,000 we are working on developing Chat within Glide.
Create a buzz for your product by adding chat inside your app. Allow users to talk about a news story, album release or fresh new content. Talk to users directly and build a community around your product.
£55,000 - WordPress
Maybe you are using WordPress for your website or blog? Publish direct to WordPress and your app at the same time with Glide WordPress integration. Import existing content from WordPress quickly and easily, for a head-start in creating your app.
£65,000 - Glide SDK (Developer reward only)
Perhaps you are a developer that wants to take the amazing Glide interface and sync capabilities and then expand on the functionality with code of your own? We will develop a Glide SDK that provides access to APIs that allow you to create features of your own, and integrate them with the existing Glide app and back-end architecture.
£90,000 - Android Support
Release your app on the App Store and Google Play Store at the same time. We will provide Android Support that allows you to build apps for both iOS and Android. We have added Android Support to the last funding goal because it’s a big project for us. Glide will continue to be amazing on iOS, while at the same time performing smoothly on the wide range of Android devices out there.
What we've done so far is take the Glide platform to the stage where we believe it is ready for people to start building their own apps. We've been working hard over the last few months to make sure that the platform has all the key features that most people need to make great apps.
Making the platform available to everyone requires funds that can enable us to concentrate on bringing the product to market. We need to pay for the staff that is required to support the platform and to complete development on features that make building apps as accessible as possible. This requires £30,000 (~$45,000), which is the minimum amount we believe is needed to make Glide available to everyone.
It's not just about raising money. We want to involve you and the rest of the Kickstarter community - because although we have lots of ideas about the apps people want to build, we know you're going to surprise us. We want to hear from you about the features that you need and plan our development accordingly.
We believe everyone should be able to build their own app and we need your help to make that happen.
We wanted a way to create beautiful apps of the highest quality, that was so simple you could build one in an afternoon.
So we created Glide.
We used Glide to build stunning, award-winning apps like Wonders of the Universe, The Loop and Downton Abbey. Our apps have been regularly featured on the App Store and have been released to great public and critical acclaim.
We are proud of our apps and we can't wait for you to use Glide and see what you can create.
June 2015 - Beta Launch (Phase 1)
- Developer Backer Access
- Glide News Release (Announcement Soon)
- Magazine App Template
- Glide Guide
July 2015 - Beta Launch (Phase 2)
- Professional Backer Access
- Museum App Template
- Conference App Template
- Glide Support
September 2015 - Beta Launch (Phase 3)
- Glide Subscription begins
- iOS App submission available to backers
- News App Template
- Website Generation (Announcement Soon)
October 2015 - Glide Full Release
- Glide is released to public access
- iOS 9 Support
- Apple Watch Integration (Announcement Soon)
Here is the dedicated team that brings you Glide:
Chris Harris - CEO - Inventor of Glide technology and responsible for creative direction of the team. 15 years experience directing web and mobile products - with a string of apps featured by Apple on the App Store.
Mateusz Stawecki - CTO - Co-inventor of Glide technology and Glide APIs. Developed Wonders of the Universe and Wonders of Life. Cutting edge experience in both iOS, Android and OpenGL.
Simon Williams - COO - Responsible for delivery by the team. 15 years experience in software development and production. Most recently worked at Sony as Programmer Manager on PlayStation Home - a multiplayer title with over 5 million downloads.
Felix Jones - Head of Cross Platform Development - OpenGL 3D graphics and engine specialist with experience from the games industry. Currently investigating bringing the Glide experience to technologies such as Android, desktop operating systems and VR.
Glide Creations Ltd. is a U.K. company based in London, England. It is not affliated in any way with the U.S. based company "Glide Talk" a video messaging app.
Risks and challenges
We've engineered this Kickstarter to create almost zero risk for our backers. The platform is ready to go now and it has been in stable daily use for over a year. We need only to email sign up codes to you for you to have access to the system.
It is worth stating that while we intend to have 'key person' insurance cover during the life of the company, a catastrophic event such as employee death or incapacitation, will severely impact the sustainability of the project in the short and medium term.
Changes to the platform.
While the project is in public beta we will be responding to feedback from the backers and assessing the usability of the platform. It is likely that we will make minor changes to the way projects are created and developed in response to your feedback during this process. This means you will be responsible for keeping your project up to date with the latest versions of the Glide App and adjusting the text files and media for your project appropriately.
While we are in public beta we will be very resource constrained. We cannot commit to high levels of technical support during this period, however we will be posting regularly to community forums to address important questions. So please do try to find help there - and pass on your knowledge to the community.
App Creation Service
We are working on a service that automatically creates Apps for submission to the App Store. If you have backed the reward level which creates an App for you, then you need to be aware that this will not be available during the initial phase of the beta. As we exit the beta phase we will begin to turn on the functionality that will allow you to submit your Apps to the App Store. We can give no exact date at this time as to when you will receive this functionality as it will depend on the success of our testing and feedback during the beta phase. We will however do everything possible to give clear and realistic launch dates to all backers as soon as information is available.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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