Appy New Year!

First of all we’d like to wish a very happy 2020 to all of our clients, friends and anybody reading this blog. 2019 was a great year and we’re excited by upcoming projects in 2020. One of the projects we’re looking forward to in early 2020 is a mobile app for a Gorey based business – and we thought we’d take this opportunity to describe the benefits of an app to your business or organisation.

For the purposes of this article, we will be discussing only native apps here. See our post on the differences between native apps and mobile apps for more context.

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Going Native… the differences between native apps and web apps

Since the launch of the first smartphones in 2007 the term ‘app’ has taken off in a huge way and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the term was invented at this time. Apps or applications have been around since the dawn of computing and are essentially programs or software that run and execute functionality. We have been creating applications here in ClearSoft before smartphones saw the light of day.

So when we receive enquiries about app development, the client will normally mean a mobile phone app. Very often we find that they are not aware of web apps and we will talk them through the differences. In this article we will describe native and web apps under the headings below :-

  • Cost
  • Speed
  • Functionality
  • Maintenance / Upgrades
  • Distribution
  • Look and feel

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Case Study – Valuation App

Technologies Used

  • IOS
  • Objective C
  • SQLite
  • CSS3
  • Javascript
  • jQuery
  • IOS Camera / Photo Library features
  • IOS Geo-Location Services
  • IOS E-Mail integration
  • Xcode


Kinsella Estates is an Estate Agents with offices in Gorey and Carnew. In 2017 they got in touch with us to see if we could improve their efficiency with some of their business processes – namely the property Valuations process.

For many reasons, homeowners will contact auctioneers to value their property. The auctioneer will inspect the property, take photo’s and create a report on the value of the property including details on location, number of rooms, condition of property etc. Typically the details are manually recorded during the inspection by filling out a paper based template with a pen. This information is then taken back to the office where the final report will be generated, photo’s added and emailed to the client.

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