How I came to love InteractBuilder by Ted Ollikkala, Singapore

Ted OllikkalaLet me tell you why I’m so excited about InteractBuilder. Apps are the hottest game in town. The app game is bigger than the rise of the Internet giants Google and Yahoo. And the best part about it is, the playing field is level, so your app has a chance and you can compete with anyone in each of the platform markets for success in reaching your target audience. It’s all about creativity and marketing , and now –  the tools to create your own app are literally in the palm of your hand!

So who am I? My name is Ted Ollikkala and I have no app building experience. So why am blogging at ? I’m just a regular guy who is wildly creative and has some great ideas I’d like to bring to the marketplace. You? You might be a children’s story writer, or a game developer. But you’re not an app builder either. At least you didn’t think you were…

Consider this – app building should not be rocket science. There should be a tool as easily usable as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint for creative people like you and me to create apps. That’s why I am so excited about InteractBuilder.

My own experience of writing a book and bringing it to market may serve as a good example. First of all, I love to design my own 3D characters, scenes, and props (it’s my hobby).  I once had the idea to incorporate these wonderful characters into a story, perhaps a novel.  But not a comic book, or a graphic novel – something that readers can INTERACT WITH. But unless I have a team of designers and contract with a publishing house, I’m just plain out of luck. And I’d be broke in the process, with no guarantee of success.

The Magic Village

Credit: Old Notebook courtesy of

Design © 2014 Ted Ollikkala

After researching for well over a year for a way to bring my project to the market by publishing an app to the iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Kindle marketplaces, I came across InteractBuilder. Immediately, the benefits became super clear.

This is what I discovered – you can sign up to be an InteractBuilder member. And it’s free to join. You can even build and test out your app completely free of charge. When you’re ready for the professional features just upgrade your membership for a very affordable annual fee and they will take care of the publishing process. It’s that simple. No programming skills are required – “if you can point and click, then you can design an app”, says InteractBooks CEO Ezra Weinstein.

If I were to write a Press Release for InteractBuilder, it would go like this:

So, do you want some DIY software to design your own app? Do you want control over all the features that make it truly interactive, including path animations and word highlighting? How about embedded videos and an app inside an app? They can do it (and more). Would you like the app store approval process to be effortless when submitting your app to the marketplaces? YES, ALL OF THEM J. Do you want instant access to sales statistics from your published apps from one control panel? Would you like to share your app privately with a group of people (company employees, for example, or a monthly interactive newsletter?). All this and more – you are limited only by your creativity.

In part two of this blog post I will explain the process of how I put together the content to create a truly unique product, share some WIP screenshots (it’s very much still a work in progress), the tools used, the roles of the various members of my project team, and the support I’m already receiving from various communities of digital artists. All this on a DIY budget (I’m not rich and maybe you aren’t either), but don’t forget – we can compete with the likes of every major player in the app stores.

I have caught the excitement of a wonderful sense of “it’s time to seize the moment”, for the incredible opportunity that’s been put literally in the palm of our hands for the very first time. And I hope you do too. Excuse me – I have to go build an app. Thank you for reading.

Ted Ollikkala


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Greetings from the land of things that Bite you!

Greetings from the land of things that bite you, Australia (my exclamation key is not working on my keyboard, so feel free to insert an exclamation mark, where you like).

I am guest blogger Brett Curzon. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, my aim is to keep you awake, semi conscious at best, for the duration of this blog.

gI_79179_Bill-iconI am a member of the Interact Community. I have written and illustrated and no doubt like a lot of you reading this, a builder of your very own App. BuildingBill the Fish was a great experience, once again, no doubt like a lot of you, your brain felt like it was being used as a punching bag by Mike Tyson at times; learning a new program can do that to you.

Interactive books is a new field. Who would of thought when writing a book and developing it as an App that a little boy or girl in Iceland could download it and be interacting with your book with their frozen little fingers. This just blows the mind.

The potential to reach people that you couldn’t dream of reaching is now possible.

But the facts are that every other man and their dog is doing the same thing. So how do you get noticed?…. If you know the answer to that, please let me know.

I have found it to be hit and miss, I just keep throwing things around, sooner or later you are going to hit someone, I mean something. I have found humour works well, getting someone’s attention with an email or anything in general. For example sometimes when I send out an email for promotion, I put in the subject title – ‘Don’t Read Me Your Mad if You Do’ or ‘Is Spam just Electronic Ham?’ or some other crazy thing.

The idea came from a person that sent their submission into a publisher and instead of putting a $1stamp in relation to price of the parcel, they put 100, one cent stamps on it, you can guess who got noticed. I guess the key is to try it all.

There are lots of different ways that cost very little, or cost nothing at all, to promote your app. There is a marketing term called Guerrilla Marketing. While some of these ideas won’t apply to app’s, they will get you thinking.

Below is a link to a blog that will get you thinking out of the square.


OK time to spice it up a bit, and squash some of these untruths about Australia . Are there big sharks down here with lasers strapped to their heads? The answer is both yes and no…. only some sharks have lasers, these can be found down in the southern waters.

These sharks can also detect tuna on your breath, from a tuna sandwich that you had two weeks ago.

Does the water go down the toilet the other direction, than it does in the northern hemisphere? The answer: I haven’t hung around long enough to deny or confirm this one.

Does our prime minister have a very nasally voice and flaming red hair? Yes, this is true, but none of us here can believe it.

Are there are more sheep here than people? This is true, and it is also a very tasty fact.

Kangaroo – The name for the Australian marsupial Kangaroo came about when some of the first white settlers saw this strange animal hopping along and they asked the Aborigines what it was called. They replied with ‘Kanguru‘, which in the native language meant ‘I don’t know‘. This is true, and also hilarious.

Well I hope I have cleared up a few things, there are plenty more, but I will finish with a funny story from my kids:

My daughter heard someone talking about a psychic .

She asked ‘what’s a psychic?’

My son pipes up ‘That’s the guy that hangs around Batman’

I said ‘What?’

My son says  ‘yeah Robin, he is Batman’s sidekick’


Thank You.