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Final stretch before releasing Gluon. Feedback wanted.

It’s time to wrap up the development for Gluon. It’s especially important for me as I’m also going to share my new way forward in the coming weeks. But before I go ahead and share that, I want to complete the app (or at least write this post).

There are a few things I want to tackle before launch, namely:

  • Posting and reply screens to be re-written and make them way more awesome, that will also include image uploads and… “insert secret feature here”.
  • Posting to include MicroPub love - I promised this for launch, so I’m gonna do it.

There are many more little things that need to happen and be fixed, but they’re too boring for you to know about.

I’m also going to make progress on the Android version after the iOS release. It’s at 90% with feature parity so I’ll need a bit more time to work around some limitations that I’m hitting.

Saying that, there isn’t too much interest on yet another third-party Android app for Micro.blog (from what I gather). From what I see, and feel, everyone wants a first-party solution. I’m hoping this happens soon and also hope that Gluon showed that it can be done.

Use the email below to get an invite to Gluon for Android.

I don’t have a release date yet for iOS but will announce it as soon as I know more myself.

Feedback time

As I work on the specific tasks at hand, I’m looking at collecting the last round of feedback. So if you use it, please do let me know if something doesn’t work as expected or if you have any suggestions. You can reach me here: gluon@vincentritter.com.

I do try and reply to everyone that emails me. If I missed someone… sorry!

Anyway, thanks so much for using the app and your feedback to date.

33

Today I turn 33. It’s strange. When I was a teenager everyone around me seemed to be 33. I remember this fondly. And here, today, it’s my turn.

I’m finally at a turning point in my life, after years of trial and error which path to take, I believe that I’ve come up with a plan for the next 33 years (and more). Although it’s a plan, I deeply feel it’s the right thing to do.

I wasted a lot of time in my youth, although aiming for other life goals, which ultimately brought me to this point. I feel I’m late to the party, however I’m happy where I am now. Now I just need to nurture it and really live it, breathe it and most importantly stick to it.

This week had me thinking a lot about the future, especially that I have a family to take care of too (that’s not something you think about when you’re a kid). It’s not easy doing everything solo, it does put a tremendous weight on your shoulders and in a world where everything seems to be free it’s hard to make a living where you want to.

I’ve got a few updates and plans to share with you on what that means going forward. But, for today I want to thank everyone, especially my family and friends and my readers/followers, for all your support, your emails and feedback. It keeps me going, it really does, and you have no idea how happy that makes me.

Here is to many more years and if today is your birthday too: Happy Birthday!

Gluon - Adding search

It’s approaching 02:00 AM here on this lovely, rainy, Friday. However, the rain isn’t going to stop me from enjoying myself! So, I’m introducing a new section on the Discover screen (on iOS for the moment)… Search.

You can now search for both Posts and Users.

Here is a screenshot of the result page for posts:

And users also, just like the just announced new feature of searching for domain names:

All you have to do is type your query and hit search on the keyboard. It will go ahead and fetch both posts and users. The items “Posts” and “Users” let you actually switch which ones you want to view. They both also contain a loading icon, so you know which one is finished or not. And of course a count too of the results.

I’m still deciding on styling here, however I’m happy that it’s functional - which was my aim for tonight.

Anyway, hope you enjoy it and look forward to your feedback. Look out for the update on iOS (20190517.1).

Thanks:

I want to give thanks to Jimmy (@jmreekes) for great feedback on the Android app and finding a few bugs! Thank you Jimmy 😊

Gluon - Added basic posting

Today I worked on getting some sort of posting into the app. So, if you’re hosting on Micro.blog, you can now post a short post.

It’s still very much a work in progress but I wanted to get it off my chest.

So, if you have a site on Micro.blog you’ll be presented with a “New Post” button at the top bar on the main timeline screen. This will use your “default” site and post to it.

You cannot set a title just yet, but I’ll get to it after the weekend. Image uploads are also not yet present. It’s all coming.

I’m going to take some time and work on both the Reply and Posting screen to allow you to preview the post and also add markdown shortcuts for those that are new to it all. Also I have other features planned for those screens, but I’ll sit on it until I have something to show.

What about self-hosted sites? It’s coming! I’ve built the groundwork so any Micropub based site can be used, however it also requires me to set up new screens with options and other logic, so bear with me on this. It’s certainly coming! My own site is self-hosted, so it’s something I want to do for sure!

Anyway, still a way to go and I’m happy with the way it’s going so far.

Gluon - Update to Discover section. Android tweaks. Plan.

Happy Sunday everyone.

I just pushed out and update (20190512.2) to both Android and iOS.

Changes

In this update I concentrated on adding the Discover More sections, which allows you to select sub categories by their emoji tag. Here are a few screenshots for both iOS and Android:

I’ll probably add the Micro Monday link too and something else that I’ll pop in as a surprise release at some point.

Android fixes

There were a few Android fixes in this release too. Namely:

  • Fixes layout issues on the reply screen.
  • Reply screen can now be closed (I added an icon).
  • App icon will only show once on the home screen (Thank you Paolo - @amoroso)

Next steps/Plan

I’ll probably be working on posting next, as that’s a pretty big feature that is missing! I’m also planning to bring back the photo viewer soon. There are also loads more things I want to add, but I’m putting it on a list at the moment as I want to look at launching the app. I want to also re-integrate Push notifications before I do that.

Also need to give some TLC to the Settings screen.

In terms of launch date… I don’t know.

Hope you enjoy this update, and please let me know any feedback: gluon@vincentritter.com

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