Appcelerator Titanium Tip #2: Expedite Development with App Templates

Mobile app templates have been around for some time now. You can get them for all kinds of platforms but not many out there for Appcelerator Titanium apps. This market is pretty new and not many people really know about it. This post is my updated version of the list from NetTuts+ by Jeffrey Way.

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Why use a template?
Templates do most of the grunt work for you especially if you get a cross-platform template. Like WordPress themes, these templates are designed to get you up and running quickly but you can also take the time to customize them to separate your app from the rest.

Why pay for templates?
Simple, you get what you pay for. I don’t know of many free Appcelerator Titanium templates but chances are you won’t get the same quality and support as you would from a premium template.

Where can I get these templates?
There are a couple places you can go to buy Appcelerator Titanium code.

  • Appcelerator Marketplace
    There are some templates here but you will mostly find modules. Not the best place for templates.
  • Binpress
    This is a great marketplace with many license options but they don’t have many Titanium items available yet.
  • CodeCanyon
    This is by far the best option. At the time of this blog post they have 20 full application templates available.

Here are five templates that cover a wide range of different features from CodeCanyon. All support both Android and iOS devices:

Barebone App. Full Application
This is a great starter template. it includes a slide out menu (like Facebook app), multiple UI components and a drop down menu.

Ultimate Blog App
Turn your blog into an app with this template. Includes the ability to import many third party feeds like YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr and others.

StoreApp: A Titanium Store Application Template
Create a native mobile store to sell your products. Includes a shopping cart, product details and transactions via PayPal.

Tv Radio app
A great template for your media app. It can stream audio and video along with support for a news and gallery section.

MapApp: Titanium Mobile Location Map App Template
Last but not least is a maps template great for travel apps to list points of interest. This template will display distance from location, location details and action buttons to call, save, email or get directions to a location.

Hope this list helps you get going with Appcelerator Titanium templates. Do youself a favor and cut your development time down. Leave comments if you find any other marketplaces out there.

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