Vincent Ritter

πŸ€“ Dev diaries

Follow along as I build out product ideas with regular updates on progress, screenshots, thoughts on a particular way of doing things and so much more. This is at the heart of what I do and I love it.

Active projects:

These are my active development projects at this time. You can click/tap through any of them for more info and see specific posts for the project.

Gluon for Micro.blog

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

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shoutouts.lol

A place for everything you love, like or want to shout out about on your website.

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Sublime Ads

A privacy focused ad management service for your apps, websites and others.

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Micro.blog

Post short thoughts or long essays, share photos, all on your own blog. Micro.blog makes it easy, and provides a friendly community where you can share and engage with others.

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Status for updown.io

A simple app to display monitored sites from updown.io, with current status and other stats.

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Recent posts

Micro.blog for Android is currently unavailable on the Play Store.

Google probably hired all the dropouts from Apple App Review… and they removed it for an issue that was resolved months ago (allowing reporting and muting). Guess they are getting mixed up with naming.

Wonder what I was planning when I registered those domain names πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ Fun aside... when I first created Gluon, I called it "Gluon Social".

For the eagle eyed devs, on the new Micro.blog homepage, you can see we are using ES Modules, and a shim for... SAFARI. Really nice to be able to make this work without build tools. Gonna work on replacing "legacy" code for sign in and register now, so we can ditch jQuery there.

There will also not be any timeline syncing anytime soon in Gluon. Work needs to happen on the Micro.blog end to make that happen. I can make it happen my end, but that's a lot of work for me. Would be a paid feature if I did it.

I'll be ripping out all the Gluon notification and profile "fun" options in the next build (probably). I need to do more work here to make it what I want. Also going to make it a paid option when it eventually ships.

Sublime Ads - Client Portal options

Today I'm introducing a new minor feature for client portals on Sublime Ads.

You can now add extra info to your portals, for example a title, some welcome text and also a payment link.

At first, this will apply to all portals and I'm working on making these overridable on a per portal basis, giving you extra flexibility.

This is just a small step to run your whole ad system through Sublime Ads, giving you flexibility for portals, getting ads into your app, and of course getting paid.

For more information you can head on over to the documentation.

The new Micro.blog App for iOS (still in beta) and Android is now open-source. It's built on React Native. Most of the action happens in the develop branch. Happy to get this out there ✌️❀️

I've tweaked the pricing model for Sublime Ads today. Something I wanted to do since shoutouts.lol. Now pricing is a "pay what you want" kinda deal. Good for any budget.

I also removed API limits, so everyone gets the same service. Of course there is still the fair usage policy, but hopefully it won't stop a lot of folks.

You don't have to think about it which API limits you want. Pricing will change at some stage, but I am still thinking about price points. Probably $7, $14 (default), $21 etc. Existing plans are not affected.

Trials still exist but won't have everything enabled until you enter your card details. I think that's a good compromise.

Oh and I removed the yearly price plan. If you want anything yearly, just use shoutouts.lol.

Hoping to open-source the Micro.blog App for iOS and Android soon. Then you can all cry how I code in Javascript 😋

Just a general shout out to say thank you for all the donations and general love that you're all giving Gluon ✌️❀️ It means a lot, and makes me want to get out of bed in the morning. Can't wait to ship the next update.