Appmethod lets you code native Android, iOS and desktop apps simultaneously (hands-on)

With different requirements and countless other incompatibilities, building applications for multiple platforms can be a tremendous chore. Embarcadero Technologies is setting out to simplify that process a bit with Appmethod, a multi-device development platform that lets you create apps for Android, iOS, Mac and Windows simultaneously. The WYSIWYG tool lets you drag and drop buttons, connectors, databases and other design elements into one emulated platform, then easily duplicate the app onto another.

Reps suggest starting out on the platform that's most important to you. From there, you can easily migrate to another operating system, be that Android, iOS, Mac, Windows or even Google Glass. You should be able to sign up for Appmethod beginning on March 18th. Prices range from $299 per developer, per platform, per year for firms with up to five users, to $999 with the same pricing structure if you're planning to work alongside six or more devs. Check out our SXSW hands-on video below to see the IDE in action.