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Gluon for Micro.blog

An app for both iOS and Android, built on React Native, for Micro.blog.

Gluon is a highly opinionated, but customisable, cross platform app for Android and iOS for Micro.blog.

If you’d like to find out more, please visit the Gluon website. Or keep scrolling to read the development blog.

With Gluon, you can do the following:

* Posting is available for Micro.blog hosted sites only. Posting to third-party blogs is coming soon.

Project posts

Just pushed out a TestFlight update for Gluon (2020.5 - Build 11). Includes another weeks worth of photo challenge keywords (Android also! Build 28). Also rewrote multi site handling, including handling tags for different blogs. Plus some others.

Thanks all for the feedback ✌️

Talking about Gluon, I’m probably going to remove the multi site support temporarily. It’s causing a few unsolved issues… and I don’t know exactly when I can solve it.

I think I'm gonna slowly uninstall the current version of Gluon in favour of the Swift UI version. I really want to get into it and live and breathe it.

Just added the Micro.blog August Photo Challenge to the latest iOS TestFlight build 10. It’s out for you. Android beta (Build 26) is coming too, just uploading and it needs to propagate through their store. ✌️

Happy photo posting!

Here is another screenshot:

Adding the August photo challenge to Gluon on the latest iOS TestFlight (Build 10). Will be out soon.

I wonder if I have enough Gluon repositories… probably not...

Just a reminder that I’m taking feature requests for Gluon, for Apple devices. Let me know. Already have great feedback so far.

Taking feature requests for the next version of Gluon, on the Apple platforms.

Once 2020.5 ships at the end of the month, I'll be working solely on the totally revamped version of Gluon. Whilst I'm probably bitting off more than I can chew... it's the right thing to do for the Apple community and for the future self.

My first steps will be to take what I have already and make it available, to the best of my ability, in this new version. However, I do think some features that currently exist may not make it 100% - a better way to explain that is that I'm going to simplify and probably replace existing items with something a bit better if I can.

I want Gluon, on Apple platforms, to become something I can be super proud of. I am already super proud of it as is. However, deep inside, I know I can do better.

I love the Micro.blog community greatly. For me it's a good place to be on the internet. I have never felt so connected with various people! You really don't get this with Twitter or, presumably, others... Manton has done such an amazing job with it and it really seems to attract the last "good" people on this planet. There are times I really think the world has gone down the drain, but then I open my feed and see lots of wonderful posts from so many people. Not to mention the utmost support from people when you're down. Here to pick you up!

Gluon is my dedication to the community. I find it hard to express my feelings, so I hope the quality of craftsmanship coming in the future will show it.

I build Gluon based mainly on community feedback, because truly you all know much better what you want to have. I do have my opinions, which are strong, but I think there is a good balance here. This is something I want to continue.

Before I get into it... I am not forgetting at all about the Android version! In fact, I'm working on adding new features here also.

So, keeping in flow with the community, I thought it would be great to hear from you what you want to see in the future version of Gluon. I'm talking mainly features and not things like "a Mac app" or "a better iPad app" 😋.

I do have features planned, of course, but this time around I will keep them quiet until the time comes to show them. Because I need to see how best I can integrate them with the existing API without annoying Manton too much 🤪.

Once I start development of the new version, I will of course start blogging about it and you will see it evolve. So if you feel you want to wait until you give feedback, then please do.

Giving feedback is easy... you can reply to this post via Micro.blog, or you can email a dedicated email: [email protected]

I can't promise I will reply to all of them, but will do my best where I can of course.

Can't wait to hear from you all, and no matter the request, just keep it coming.

And as a shameless plug... if you do like Gluon and you want to support me, and my family, I have a donation page up at "Buy me a coffee". Any one off in-app purchase will be unlocked for you if you do donate. I'll even add a special thank you page for any supporters big and small!

Thank you already for your support for the near 2 years! Gluon would not be where it was today if it wasn't for you 🥰

PINK 😋

One more screenshot from the new Gluon… started styling the timeline items. Still need to figure out what the best practice is for HTML content in Swift/SwiftUI… Anyway, happy with how natural it felt to build it:

Talking about state management in SwiftUI… here is the beginning of the “Theme” logic for accent colours in Gluon. Works like magic and it’s QUICK.

Just of note… there will be no new features for the current version of Gluon on iOS/iPadOS, except the 2020.5 update of course.

I’m converting it all for the Apple’verse… and that’s going to be my primary focus for the next few months.

Android is unaffected by this!

Just released version 2020.5 (Build 8) to all TestFlight users for Gluon. Adds the ability to choose the site you’re posting to when you have more than one. It’s been requested a few times. Instructions in the test notes 😊

Mutli-sites for Gluon coming to TestFlight today! Just select it on the Posting screen or the “More” settings. Only applies if you have more than one! Tap the squares to see the list and then tap to select. Enjoy ✌️

Ooo, didn’t know you can have multiple toolbars open in Gluon!

I’m going to call that a FEATURE!