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Brand New Designs for The Blog App!

Brand New Designs for The Blog App!

Following our earlier blog for Easysocial App where we showed glimpses of what to expect in the next major release of Easysocial app, we are happy to bring to you the new designs for ‘The Blog App’.

Before starting the design process, it was important that our vision and thought process for this app was given a reboot. Some of the users who wrote to us also gave very valuable inputs. The Interface and design are now completely revamped and flow more logically through the various features of the app.  

Here’s a glimpse of what will come in the next major release! We would love your feedback on the same. Please do comment and reply and share your thoughts!!

 

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Google Login comes to EasySocial App in version 5.3.3!

Google Login comes to EasySocial App in version 5.3.3!

While we work on the awesome new updates and designs we discussed in our earlier blog, the team has managed to squeeze in a new update in version 5.3.3  that introduces login with Google on Android !

In addition to this new feature, quite a few bugs have been fixed too !

                 
Note - Please install EasySocial version 2.x on your site and latest API package 1.8.8 from AppCarvers to make this version work. Google login works only on Android.

Changelog

  • If google is removed from the app, the Facebook should be center aligned

  • Login to easysocial :: login to the Facebook icon should be centre aligned.

  • iOS - Notification settings - Message is not being displayed if user turns ON or OFF the notification

  • Backend(Group) - If we create categories from backend, new categories are not listed in the app

  • Backend(Event) - If we create categories from backend, new categories are not listed in the app

  • Profile - Videos - When we click on Videos from profile, user should be redirected to 'My Videos'

  • Profile - Groups - When we click on Groups from profile, user should be redirected to 'My Groups'

  • Profile - Followers - Total followers are 11 but only 10 are being listed in the Follower's list

  • Comment - Like - Like is not working properly for comments

  • Videos - Video feature is not working

  • Group - Newsfeed - Group should be replaced with Community on the newsfeed

  • Group - When user wants to leave group, after giving confirmation, user gets Undefined error

  • Conversation list - newer message are displayed randomly in the list

  • Group - Discussion - Replies - Not able to paste text/URL

  • Share what's new - Share is almost in the middle

  • If internet is weak and the app is loading data, error message shown is 'An error occurred. Please check your URL'

  • Groups - If user is not admin of the group, then he should not get option for 'Hide stream'

  • Discussion - November and Wednesday is not translated in Italian

  • Profile - More Details - All details are not being displayed in the app when compared to the site

  • Conversation - On listview, chat time is not getting updated. App shows previous chat's time

  • Groups - Write on wall - Ellipses are not added if the name is long

  • When new user registers, he is not redirected to newsfeed after registering successfully

  • Uniformity in the app should be maintained for Names

 

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Brand new designs for Easysocial App!

Brand new designs for Easysocial App!

In our earlier blog - The EasySocial App. The Story so far and the road ahead, we have discussed about how we are now making a strategic shift towards focusing on giving a first class mobile experience to end users giving the first priority to those features that users are more likely to use on mobile.

As a first step towards this, we are doing a complete redesign of the User interface and experience of the EasySocial application.
 
The other key element in the next major release of the app will be adoption of the Unite Chassis which with it will bring easier customisations and a lot of performance improvements.
 
Here’s a glimpse of what will come in the next major release ! We would love your feedback on the same. Please do comment and reply !!
 
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EasySocial App v5.3.1 release with language selection and EasySocial 2.0 support !

EasySocial App v5.3.1 release with language selection and EasySocial 2.0 support !

We are happy to announce the release of EasySocial App 5.3.1. The biggest of this release is that now the App works with EasySocial 2X. We have also added a feature to let users choose their language while logging in. In addition to these several bug fixes and minor ui/ux improvements have been made in this version.

 

Note that this app and API package only with with EasySocial 2x and won't work correctly with the 1x series. So please plan for doing an EasySocial 2x upgrade before you start with the app. Once you are ready, add a ticket to request an upgraded build on this package. Note that you need an active subscription to request updated builds. 

The ES App 5.3.1 needs the API package 1.8.7 package which is also now available for download.  

   

Like it and want one of your own ? Order a custom build today ! 

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Celebrate this festive season with AppCarvers Black Friday Deals!

Celebrate this festive season with AppCarvers Black Friday Deals!

This is going to be our last festive offer for the year. Thanksgiving is here and so is the most awaited festive deal season of 2016. Appcarvers wishes all its subscribers happy Thanksgiving and thank you for being with us throughout our journey.

So, to thank everyone and celebrate Thanksgiving with you, we’re getting you some awesome deals. We’re clubbing Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals together!

Get 25% off on all subscriptions

Use Coupon Code: ACBF2K16

Validity: 24th Nov to 28th Nov, 2016

 Get this deal!

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Use Coupon Code: TJBF2K16

Validity: 24th Nov to 28th Nov, 2016

 

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The EasySocial App. The Story so far and the road ahead...

The EasySocial App. The Story so far and the road ahead...

Developing mobile apps comes with its own set of challenges. One of the key ones especially when developing apps with a CMS backend is managing the flexibility and in terms of features and configuration that CMS users come to get used to over the years.

Web services are the next key component of the App stack. These are super critical and developing these accurately keeping in mind the impact of all minute extension level configurations needs the team to have in depth knowledge of the extension in question. With a back end extension like EasySocial there are even more variables to this equation like User privacy and preferences.

Delivering updates to customers in the form of customized builds is the next challenge. While we provide source code on demand to subscribers of the core app code, most of our current customers are non developers and need support from us in compiling their builds every time we release a new update. To counter this we have achieved a decent level of automation which allows us to generate customer builds much faster now. However the goal for us on this is to develop an interface that allows customers to do basic customization and generate builds on their own. 

Strategic Shift

While looking back at the road so far, we believe we made one key mistake - both is positioning and development strategy. That of trying to provide each and every feature of EasySocial on mobile. Instead we should have focused on what features the 'end users' of apps would want to use on Mobile.

And this is exactly what we are going to do starting now. Rather than trying to achieve the whole breadth of EasySocial on mobile, we shall now be focusing on giving a first class mobile experience to end users giving the first priority to those features that users are more likely to use on mobile. Do comment on the blog to tell us what you think these features should be. 

Tactical improvements

While a strategic shift has happened, we are also ensuring that the tactical activities in day to day business also improve and drive value to our subscribers. You can expect us to be more communicative via our blog and Social channels so that you are kept updated on whats happening.

As said above we have achieved a decent level of automation now with app builds being created faster. We also have our entire EasySocial APIs available as Postman collections and a PostMan test suite also allows us to quickly run a batter of tests allowing us to quickly determine root cause of issues while giving support. 

We are currently working on a fresh design for the app which will make using it much simpler and reduce clutter. You can expect a blog post asking for early feedback on these in the coming weeks. 

When will Unite come to the EasySocial App ? 

With the release of the 'Event Managers app for JTicketing v3.2' our first production Unite based app came out of the stables. Since then we have been flooded with questions on when would Unite be available for general use and obviously when will EasySocial and other apps roll out using the Unite Chassis. 

To answer these questions, the EasySocial app will probably be the last one to move to the Unite Chassis. On the technical side, It is one of the bigger apps we have which means the refactor on Unite will take more time.

On the business side, we do not want to keep ES App customers waiting for updates and a ES Refactor would delay these releases. So we will first be rolling out other apps on Unite and then get to EasySocial. Rest assured however that the ES app will keep getting regular updates and when we do start the Unite refactor it will happen in the background without affecting any important releases. 

You can next expect the EasyBlog App to be rolled out with the Unite Chassis. 

We look forward to your feedback and comments !

 

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EasySocial 2.0 Compatibility news

EasySocial 2.0 Compatibility news

With the latest update from Stackideas on the release of EasySocial 2.0 Beta 1, the lines have been blazing with Subscribers asking about the compatibility of the app with EasySocial 2.0.

Well, I'm happy to announce that the development of the 5.3.1 Beta version of the EasySocial App along with respective APIs with changes needed to work in ES 2.0 are very much on track. As of now our testers have not reported any Major issues with the Beta app they have been testing. We should be able to launch the ES App 5.3.1 & API package 1.8.7 very quickly after Stackideas releases the stable version of ES 2.0.

Note that this will purely be a compatibility release and is not likely to add any new features. 

Update, 5th November 2016 

Guys we have an update on the development status. While 90% of the app is now working great , we are still having some issues with the stream. In this version EasySocial has introduced action buttons on some of the stream events - Like RSVP from the stream etc.

Since right now we parse the ES HTML of the stream as it is, its not easy (without doing a lot of redundant code) to add this functionality or remove the buttons that won't work as yet via the app. On one side we have requested the EasySocial guys to see if a pure JSON version of the stream can be made available which will make it easier for us to work with the data and add new stream functions as it evolves. On the other side, we are working on a stop gap solution now to override the Stream UI to make it more compact in the app and also remove any non working buttons. 

As soon as these fixes are done, we should be able to release the ES 2.0 compatible app. 

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JUnite Update : Where are we going with JUnite from here ?

JUnite Update : Where are we going with JUnite from here ?

JUnite started as a Meta package for bundling all our Joomla related applications into one test package. At the last update JUnite allowed you to test EasySocial, EasyBlog and JGive.

Of these JGive was an alpha release with only campaign browsing features. As of now the development of the jGive App in its current form (as an app for donors/front end users) has been halted. We will however definitely consider continuing it in the future if there is enough demand. An app for campaign owners is however under consideration as of now. If this is of interest for you, do post in the comments section. 

Coming to JUnite, while we will continue the development of this app in the future, it will mainly be as a showcase to demonstrate the capability to combine multiple apps into one. Till further notice however, we are not doing any new releases of the app. 

For EasySocial and EasyBlog users, the combined EasyBundle app (which is based on JUnite) will however be continued and get regular updates. 

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Easysocial App 5.3 is here!

Easysocial App 5.3 is here!

We are announcing the release of our Easysocial App version 5.3. In this release we have brought support to create polls, hide or delete stream items along with the registration form which supports profile types. Besides these features, we have shipped quite a few bug fixes.

We request existing customers with an active subscription to contact us to get updates for their builds. If you are not onboard yet, you can try the free versions of the app for IOS and Android.

   

Want to go mobile with your EasySocial site ? Order a custom build today !

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Jticketing Event Manager App v3.2 is here!

Jticketing Event Manager App v3.2 is here!

Wohoo! We are super excited to announce the release of JTicketing Event Manager App v3.2 today. This release brings a fresh new UI to the app and is a complete rewrite based on our Unite Framework based on Ionic 2.

Besides the new UI, we have also brought a new Sales view as well as a host of bug fixes. Read on to see the complete details.

The JTicketing App is available in 2 flavours on the AppStore & Playstore.

JTicketing Event Manager Free

Only Search. No Support for QR Code Scanning

Get it on Google Play Download JTicketing Pro on App Store

JTicketing Event Manager Pro

Full featured including QR Code Scanning to check in users !

Get it on Google Play Download JTicketing Pro on App Store

Love the app and want one of your own? Get it customised now ! Existing subscribers need to contact support to get this update. 

What's new?

A Complete Rewrite based on Unite Framework

This is our first release based on Unite framework. We will be blogging more about the framework and how developers can also start using it pretty soon. You can start following it on github immediately though! Some of the documentation is already up and those of you who can’t wait, can go ahead and dive in!

Brand new UI

Moving to unite has brought with it the benefit of using reusable ionic components and what better way to showcase it than bring you something nice to look at ? So with this release events are showcased in a beautiful card view as well a improved Event details view.

 

               

Combined View with filters for Tickets Sold & Attendee Check in Status

We have combined the multiple views we had earlier to have one consolidated view that allows you to Search and add as well as use the filters to switch between Attendees with different statuses.

Ticket sales view

Not the greatest to look at but this view gives the event owner a quick view of his Overall Sales including fees paid and his earnings. We hope to improve this in upcoming versions.

My Payouts view

This view gives a quick list of all the payouts made out to the event owner to date.

A quick look at Jticketing Event Manager app!

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Easysocial App 5.3 Beta 1 is Here!

Easysocial App 5.3 Beta 1 is Here!

We are happy to bring you a early beta release of EasySocial App 5.3. With this beta you will be able to test the new Polls feature and also get the facility to hide or delete items from your stream. We have also introduced a small in app browser based registration form that supports profile types in this release.

There have been considerable bug fixes and improvements in managing videos, App notifications now obey user configuration. Also the app now obeys the Name vs Username display as set in the EasySocial configuration. Besides this we have done literally a ton of bug fixes and a few more will come as the app moves from Beta to Stable.

One more change we are making from the original roadmap, we are for now not going to add the display of the blocked list in the app as customer feedback has shown that its not a feature people will use in the app.

We invite you to test this version and give us your feedback. The Beta is free to download. You can download them at the links below:

Download for Android Download for IOS

Make sure you're using the latest api to make this version work. Note: Since this is a Beta app, we do not recommend it to use it with your live site!  For those who are interested in reading the full change log, please click on Continue Reading for the same.

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Know whats coming in EasySocial App 5.3!

Know whats coming in EasySocial App 5.3!

Quite sometime now since the last EasySocial App release. We have been refactoring a lot of the portions of our app, to eliminate some technical limitations that we were facing. Also, now we have an automated script with which we will be able to deliver Custom apps faster.

What all is lined up for 5.3?

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Roadmap for JTicketing Pro App 3.2!

Roadmap for JTicketing Pro App 3.2!

All the JTicketing subscribers out there, we’re announcing some new features in the upcoming version of the JTicketing Event manager’s Android and iOS App. In case you have missed the last major release, you can check it out here.

What’s coming?

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EasySocial App 5.2 is here!

EasySocial App 5.2 is here!

We’re really pleased and excited to announce the EasySocial App 5.2 release. Just in case you’re new to the EasySocial App you might want to check out what was the last major release like.

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EasySocial App 5.2 Beta!

EasySocial App 5.2 Beta!

The stable release of this version is delayed due to some unexpected issues that occurred while development. However, we’re making sure that we do not make a stable release till our QA team approves it. AppCarvers is learning from its mistakes, we want to make sure that the app has minimum possible issues reducing further support and creating happy subscribers. We’ve have got you a Beta though.

What’s new?

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EasySocial App 5.2 release delayed

EasySocial App 5.2 release delayed

Our QA team is keeping no stone unturned and making sure that they can put all the possible issues which were not reported earlier. The development team is working on getting those fixes done. However, we have encountered some unexpected issues that we need to solve on priority and we won't release the app with those issues in there. We will be releasing Beta on 28th March. 

What are those issues?

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Apple App Store submission request rejected?

Apple App Store submission request rejected?

While developing a Social Network App and adding new features in it we came across some areas which needs to be taken special care of especially for the security of the App. While submitting this app to Apple App store we got to know that Apple keeps certain areas under microscope like, the app which allows user to generate the content and share it into the application should follow some specific guidelines and stuff.

While submitting some custom builds for our clients on the Apple App Store we have experienced  that the apps are getting rejected.

What can be the reasons?

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Common installer package 1.8.2 released!

Common installer package 1.8.2 released!

There were some issues that were reported by our QA in the API and were needed to be resolved on priority. Apart from those fixes we have introduced some new features.

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EasySocial App getting a Makeover!

EasySocial App getting a Makeover!

Sincere Apologies people! We have been on a backfoot in terms of communicating with you all regarding the latest updates of the EasySocial App. However, that does not mean that we were on backfoot in terms of development.

While work has been ON for fixing issues reported by our subscribers and our internal QA team,  another major change has been happening in the background.

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jUnite Weekly 5.5 is here!

jUnite Weekly 5.5 is here!

With jUnite weekly 5.5 we’re getting you lots of bug fixes and a very important announcement.

Weekly shifting to Bi-Weekly

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