Convertify

Convert your website to an iOS and Android app

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#3 Product of the DayNovember 13, 2018

Convertify helps businesses create quick native apps using just a website URL. If you already have a responsive website, we wrap it and deliver your app in less than 24hrs so you can submit it to the Play Store and App Store.

Reviews

  • Zaphir
    ZaphirJunior Fullstack Developer, Indie Hacker
    Pros: 

    I don't know

    Cons: 

    Copied Webdesign & Logo

    - Webdesign copied from: buymeacoffee.com

    - Logo copied from: Dribbble.com

    - Fake tweets on website

    Zaphir has never used this product.
  • echo - Rent Everything
    echo - Rent EverythingBuy Less, Waste Less, Share More
    Pros: 

    Seems like a nice idea.

    Cons: 

    Rejected by the app store

    REVIEW UPDATE:

    Rejected by the App Store

    ”Guideline 4.2 - Design - Minimum Functionality

    Your app provides a limited user experience as it is not sufficiently different from a mobile browsing experience. As such, the experience it provides is similar to the general experience of using Safari. Including iOS features such as push notifications, Core Location, and sharing do not provide a robust enough experience to be appropriate for the App Store.”

    So ..... kind of defeats the point of convertify doesn’t it ?

    REVIEW UPDATE:

    So I heard back from the team at Convertify, and they did offer some help.

    Loading the app into Xcode was straight forward, and following the video to.

    If it's your first time doing this you may come across some issues, i did.

    Various errors stopping the archive from completing, which I ended up finding the answers to on google. I had to change a few settings in Xcode to get the archive to complete. ( I had an "Apple Mach-0 Linker" error)

    After this, only one more issue: IDFA.

    App store connects asks if you are using the advertising framework, and provides a tick box, yes or no.

    So I asked convertify.

    After a while , convertify answered my question about the IDFA usage, and said the app does not use it.

    So I clicked no and apple replied " Your app does use IDFA so you must select this in the tick box", and the upload failed.

    So I clicked yes to IDFA and the app went through, it's now being reviewed by Apple.

    Fingers crossed.

    This has potential convertify, it really does, but it needs to be smoother with more support for errors along the way, and maybe some pointers towards changing the launch screen and app icons etc.

    Your product is great for people who don't know much about Xcode or swift, so you need to support the product for these people, like me.

    Anyone who does know Xcode and swift, will just build this themselves.

    OLD REVIEW .............................

    Made a payment to Convertify on thursday afternoon, it's now monday afternoon.

    No confirmation, no email, I've attempted contact via email and on twitter.. no response.

    Poor show guys, please get in contact so we can discuss, or issue a refund.

    Cheers

    echo - Rent Everything has used this product for one week.

Discussion

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Justin Scheetz
Justin Scheetz@justinscheetz · Founder, Boxy Studio
So to sum this up: 1. Website design completely ripped from buymeacoffee.com. 2. Logo was stolen (not your fault, but still). 3. Tweets are fake. 4. The service itself is at the very least against Apple's guidelines and possibly against the rules. Are you basically wrapping the site in a webview and calling it a day? How did this even get on the front page of Product Hunt?
Lucas Maldonado
Lucas MaldonadoMaker@lucasmaldonado · Founder at PopMyAds
@justinscheetz Hello Justin, we are on very early stages and trying to improve our product based on feedback. The problems you mention have been sorted out. To say “Are you basically wrapping the site in a webview and calling it a day?” is an understatement of the problem we are trying to solve. That is not what we are doing, and if we were doing just that, what is the problem? Companies solve more mundane problems than this one and charge money for it. If businesses see value on solving the problem and paying for it, then yes we entrepreneurs call it a day. We have many happy customers and that assures me we are on the right path. I see comments like yours all day on PH. Just plain negativity without adding any value or constructive criticism. This product got in front of PH because many people find value on solving this problem. If this is a problem you don’t have or don’t feel worth solving, I would like to tell go on to the next product instead of spreading hate. Thank you very much.
@justinscheetz @lucasmaldonado Calling you out on stealing other people's work is not spreading hate.
Justin Scheetz
Justin Scheetz@justinscheetz · Founder, Boxy Studio
@lucasmaldonado I do apologize if my comments came off as hateful, it certainly wasn't meant to be. Angry and annoyed, sure. Not hateful. Being a designer/developer myself who spends hours pixel pushing and (to my detriment sometimes) perfecting the final product, I found it incredibly offensive that the site design and logo were completely ripped. The end result is that the product you are trying to sell feels rushed and desperate. I mean fake tweets? There's no excuse for that. I'm glad you're working toward fixing those issues now and hopefully for the future, but my gut reaction is that you didn't care enough the first time to do your research. Again, my opinion and visceral reaction, nothing more. No hate here. 😉 I sincerely do hope your product grows and does well beyond this initial launch. Bouncing back from this is something we do right? Just put more time into knowing what assets you're using before it lands on the front page of something like Product Hunt. 😉 Anyway, best of luck!
Lucas Maldonado
Lucas MaldonadoMaker@lucasmaldonado · Founder at PopMyAds
@justinscheetz Thank you very much Justin, we do regret the mistakes and hope to continue growing the product. I appreciate your reply. Best of luck to you too!
Justin Scheetz
Justin Scheetz@justinscheetz · Founder, Boxy Studio
@lucasmaldonado Now if you can build an app that converts a SaaS web app into a native app in like 5 seconds, that would be awesome. 😄 (I need to spend a good few months learning iOS development). Have a good one!
Romero Mckay
Romero Mckay@helloromero · I'm a web developer from LONDON ❤
Apple has been against people making their websites into apps for years. In their App Store Review Guidelines (4.2 Minimum Functionality) it says... “Your app should include features, content, and UI that elevate it beyond a repackaged website. If your app is not particularly useful, unique, or “app-like,” it doesn’t belong on the App Store. If your App doesn't provide some sort of lasting entertainment value, or is just plain creepy, it may not be accepted.” I have had personal experience of Apple rejecting "apps" because it's just a website. How is your service getting around this? I thought there had to be some sort of native functionality also built into the app such as notifications (that's what I have had to do in the past)
Nitesh Manav
Nitesh Manav@niteshmanav · Just google : Nitesh Manav
@helloromero Looking forward to the response.
Lucas Maldonado
Lucas MaldonadoMaker@lucasmaldonado · Founder at PopMyAds
@helloromero Hello Romero, That is right. Apple will not approve apps that not resemble a mobile User Experience. However, if you already have a solid responsive website or a PWA, Apple will approve it. We submitted an app made by ourselves with Convertify and it was approved by Apple. Please check it out here: https://itunes.apple.com/ar/app/...
Romero Mckay
Romero Mckay@helloromero · I'm a web developer from LONDON ❤
@lucasmaldonado Hi Lucas, it's possible for apps to get through that break rules, we see it all the time. iPhone hack apps, pornographic apps, firearms selling apps etc go on the app store all the time. If an app like this picks up some steam and begins to get popular apple will just remove it after the fact. To stay within their guidelines there has to be something native.
Freddy González
Freddy González@fredogonzalezr · Full Stack Developer from Mexico.
@helloromero @lucasmaldonado I can't try your app, I'm on Android. But even you web app is not optimized, I don't know what to expect from the "official" app...
Lucas Maldonado
Lucas MaldonadoMaker@lucasmaldonado · Founder at PopMyAds
@helloromero @fredogonzalezr I sent the iOS app because they were talking about the App Store. You can find the demo Android app on: https://play.google.com/store/ap... I don't really know what you call the web app or "official app", or what you mean by not optimized. Our website, and demo apps work perfect. Perhaps you can contact us in spanish, we are from Argentina.
Samuel
Samuel@samuel2dotun · Backend Developer
Looks like buymecoffee
Romero Mckay
Romero Mckay@helloromero · I'm a web developer from LONDON ❤
@samuel2dotun I just had a look - it's a carbon copy of buymeacoffee.com even the CSS is the same lol
Markus Schuette
Markus Schuette@markus_schuette
@samuel2dotun @helloromero Same theme/template maybe?
Romero Mckay
Romero Mckay@helloromero · I'm a web developer from LONDON ❤
@samuel2dotun @markus_schuette Nah they just copied it lol
Hi @francomaldonado I'm not sure if you guys are aware, but your logo is stolen. It's a concept logo for a project of mine which I was considering using for another project. Take a look: https://dribbble.com/shots/37701...
Franco Maldonado
Franco MaldonadoMaker@francomaldonado · Web Developer, Front End and Back end.
Hi @andrshede, We have just spoken with Vadim Carazan, the designer of the logo. Apparently, they sold us a stolen fake version of the logo. We are deeply sorry about this. We have just changed the logo and sorted things out with Vadim. He understood and appreciated our fast solution.
No worries @francomaldonado! I'm sorry you guys were sold a stolen concept. That really sucks! 😕 I really appreciate that you were able to resolve it this quickly.
Ziggy Crane
Ziggy Crane@ziggycrane
@francomaldonado @andrshede Now you only need to change the design for the page, which is also stolen. :D
Lucas Maldonado
Lucas MaldonadoMaker@lucasmaldonado · Founder at PopMyAds
Hey there Product Hunt, Thanks @benln for the hunt Convertify is a tool to convert any website into a native app using just an url. 📘 The pitch As web developers, we always thought it was impossible to create a native Android or iOS app. Mobile development is so much different than web development. We realized that using the last web technologies (Angular, React, Vue) you can create a responsive web app that looks and functions just as a native app. That is why we created Convertify, to take advantage of web development and easily launch a native app. With just $15 you can transform your responsive website into a mobile app. 🇦🇷 Maker Bio My name is Lucas, I am an entrepreneur and developer from Argentina. My brother @francomaldonado and I developed Convertify. Looking forward to hear your thoughts and feedback about our new project and hope we can convert many of your projects.