Why did Apps with love develop its own tool, even though there are already good tools available and what makes Updraft better than other providers?
When we developed the first version of Updraft, there was not really another platform to build, properly certify, and distribute apps. At that time, we found that constantly building apps to be tested and certificate management and handling takes an enormous amount of time. With the goal of saving time and speeding up development, Updraft 1.0 has been developed.
After a few years and many feedbacks from customers using Updraft, we decided to continue to develop the tool, but leave the 'building' to other platforms and focus purely on simple distribution and continuous deployment. The reason to stop offering the build-process, respectively disabling our build servers, was that we indirectly had full access to the source code of the users and could add more lines of code to the code provided to us, for example with the autoupdate-function. This often led to complications.
Of course, as the product owner, I can see a lot of good reasons for using Updraft:
The simple and intuitive design
The ability to distribute iOS and Android applications
The ability to distribute an app specifically to a group or individual users
An installation of the obtained app is possible without the installation of an additional app
Public download links for beta testing or for easy sharing of the app
Installation links that recognize the end user's platform
The simple web app that can also be used as an Enterprise App Store
Slack or email notifications for new versions of an app
An open source SDKs for iOS and Android with the possibility to get feedback easily and quickly from the beta-testers and keep them up-to-date with the latest version (autoupdate).
With the Fastlane or Gradle Script you send your finished build directly to Updraft. A connection to the continuous integration & deployment server is thus very easy
Swiss hosting with Exoscale: Secure and encrypted uploads and app installations
Pay-as-you-go: We charge you only as much as you need effectively
QR code scanning for direct installation from the desktop; In particular, QA specialists appreciate this easy way to install apps quickly and easily on many different devices
Magic links: Links that can only be used once to download an application
A tutorial which shows the user how the enterprise certificates are to be accepted
Of course, we can also customize Updraft to customer-specific requirements or set it up completely on-premise.