Each Tuesday, we update the Beautiful Apps Engine. So, here is the changelog of what's is newly available in your apps: - better thumbnail quality in the lists views - better localisation for date formats - error message displayed when it is impossible to retrieve comments - fixing bug when cropping thumbanails in Sound section - fixing seperator color settings in the menu (with swipe mode) - fixing graphical bugs in Twitter section (troncated Twitter account, date labels added) - better handling of external links in detail pages - better error management in all connectors - action button can be sorted (sharing, bookmark, comment, ...) in detail pages (you need to edit the JSON file to do so. Advanced users feature) - fixing background color bug in Other section (with TabBar mode) - fixing bug to display the right color in a cell of the swipe mode, when selected - reseting red badges received when pushed, after opening the app - enabling comments in the Photo/Instagram section - several grahicals renderings improvements - IPA file size is smaller - several minor improvements To have this changes applied to your app, you need to re-build it.
We wish you a happy new year. As we say in Corsican: "Pace è Salute", standing for "Peace and Health" Let's make Beautiful Apps ... and more in 2013 It's just the beginning :)
It's been exactly once week now, since we have widely opened GoodBarber 2 beta to the public. We are very exited because, everyday, many of you try it and give their feedback. It helps us to speed up the pace to stabilize GoodBarber 2, so that it is rolled out earlier than expected. Thanks to your experienced tests, we were able to publish last tuesday the first update of GoodBarber 2. Here is the changelog of what's new :
Hello GoodBarbers! It's been a long wait but now ... time has come :) In a few clicks, you will be able to test GoodBarber V2. This edition is called "Beautiful Apps" because we focused like no other on design. We hope you will enjoy the brand new back end, and get the inspiration to create the app that stands out from the crowd. Before you start, keep in mind that GB V2 is still in beta. We look forward to reading your feedback. Now, let's have fun and create your first Beautiful App ! www.goodbarber.com Enjoy ;) The GoodBarber Team
We know that those of you who have registered for the Beta Goodbarber V2 can't wait to try it out. But be aware that it's just as unbearable for the whole team because we really look forward to your first impressions! So to help you you while waiting, we offer those 2 videos of demo made by our friend FredZone one introducing the applications, the other one the backoffice. Here is also a link to Kriisiis.fr article showing GoodBarber among other projects announced at Web'12. Hoping to whet your appetite, Rendez-vous at the opening of the BETA. Just few more days to go :)
Announced by Jerome in his previous note, GoodBarber is almost ready to release its version 2. So what's best to announce and introduce it than participating in the essential annual meeting for companies and start-up of the web, Web '12. For those who do not know this event, Web'12 is three days of conference, demonstrations and meetings with giants such as Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Google, ect. It's also where tomorrow's Internet is imagined. You understand that it is a very important event that we absolutely wanted to be part of.
As discussed with many of you during the GoodBarber Summer Tour 2012, by the end of this year, GoodBarber will be pushed to the next level ! Today, we open the private beta of GoodBarber #V2. You can request an invite from this page to participate in : http://www.goodbarber.com/new/ Time has come to create Beautiful Apps ;)
GoodBarber now has a plug-in for users of the Content Management System (CMS) SPIP. This plug-in%28computing%29 , when installed on your server, allows you to generate a pro forma XML feed. You specify the source stream in your GoodBarber back office. Import your site contents to your mobile application, and provide an improved user experience compared to a standard RSS feed.
Mobiles Magazine regularly publishes its reference guide for the best iPhone apps. The latest issue recognizes 7 of GoodBarber’s own applications.
In recent months, GoodBarber has been working closely with Xtone, a company from Tokyo that specializes in the design, development, content operation, and content managing systems for the web and mobiles. Xtone and its sister company Gaps Mobile use GoodBarber to launch many Japanese companies’ mobile apps.
On Thursday, July 5th, we look forward to seeing you in Paris for GoodBarber Café. This is an opportunity to meet face-to-face and to discuss mobiles while having breakfast.
We are very pleased and rather proud to announce that last week, the ITespresso.fr app climbed to the top of the free application rankings for iPhones in the App Store. The ITexpresso.fr app is of course a GoodBarber application, hence our pride. For those who don’t know, ITespresso is a reference site for the latest information technology developments. We take this opportunity to congratulate to the team at NetMediaEurope . Wait no longer, download ITespresso in the App Store .
This summer, we are launching a road show to meet with our current and potential users. Follow the hashtag #GoodBarberSummerTour2012 on Instagram and Twitter throughout the summer. Yesterday, Mathieu , Dumè and I have boarded at the port of Bastia, towards Rome. This is the first step of the #GoodBarberSummerTour2012. We're coming to meet with our users and with web and mobile professionals. Operation evangelization. At the moment, the summer program is as follows: - Rome, June 21st and 22d - Paris, July 4th and 5th - London, July 31st and August 1st If other dates and venues are fixed, we will definitely let you know. Meanwhile, if you're around, book your agenda, we'd love to meet with you. You can reach us on Twitter @GoodBarber. #GoodBarberSummerTour2012
The GoodBarber application for iPhone is available in the App Store since few hours.
About a month ago, we sent more than 500 GoodBarber magnets with thank you postcards signed by the entire team to 12 different countries, on 4 continents, in the Atlantic (Caribbean) and Pacific (Polynesia). The target: our user community. Here’s a summary of the operation stages with no less than a month and a half for preparation: card design and production, sign each card by every team member (it’s not an easy task), purchase stamps for 3 different destinations (France, Europe, rest of the world), manual preparation of envelopes, and shipping.
With the various 2012 elections, GoodBarber has strengthened its status as the mobile solution for public figures. Several politicians are now using our service to ensure their presence in the App Store, Google Play, or Windows Marketplace. To ensure their mobile presence, Jean-Pierre Chèvenement (Senator, former Minister) and Paul Giacobbi (MP, Chairman of the Executive Council of Corsica) have been using our service for a long time. They also use WMaker, Goodbarber’s sister service for the web.
Enhance your application with your tweets, and allow your readers to reply or retweet you directly from your application. Our goal is to enable you to combine all of your content sources in one single application, and to offer an exciting and unique experience for your readers. Integrating Twitter with GoodBarber was planned on our roadmap . For several days, your back office Sources page has included a space for Twitter. It’s extremely simple: you have to click twice. Your live thread is displayed on the application, and the “Reply” and “Retweet” options are available.
As promised, GoodBarber is enhanced with new content sources. In terms of video, your Dailymotion channels and playlists can now be connected to your application. It functions the same as YouTube in the GoodBarber back office. Enter the name of your Dailymotion channel on the Sources page. GoodBarber will recognize it and ask you either to import all videos, or import one or more of your playlists. If you select the playlists, you can connect as many as you like by pairing each playlist with a navigation tab located on your tab bar. Your application can keep your videos on a single tab with your other content sources and even become a real “video app.”
Since the end of last week, the iPad apps that you configure with GoodBarber are up to Retina Display standard. We had announced it last Thursday in our blog. Since Friday, your GoodBarber apps have an optimized display for every version of the iPad, even the new iPad with Retina display.
Conscious to closely follow market developments and benefit you to the greatest degree, an iOS update is coming soon so that your apps are up-to-date with the new iPad. We’ve been on the starting blocks since March 7th, and even before. If you follow us on Twitter, you’ve probably seen photos of the new model that we received last Friday. We were eager to test GoodBarber apps on the new iPad, but not without some anxiety. Display problems can always be a possibility, especially in the case of a version with a doubled screen resolution. Pleasant surprise, GoodBarber apps remain stable on the new iPad, but we will make quick adjustments to our system so that you are able to take full advantage of the Retina Display. We will allow GoodBarber users to load images that are twice as big. And you will all benefit from a free update for your iOS app, so that you can bring your apps to new iPad’s level. We will talk to you about it again soon.
Google has announced the launch of Google Play, a platform that unifies apps, books, music and movies. A few hours before the announcement of Apple’s iPad 3 Keynote, Google launches its iTunes killer. Google Play is an “integrated destination” for mobile applications, books, music and movies, accessible from all Android devices or the Internet. The Android Market, familiar to Android device users, disappears, giving way to Play Store - one of the four components of the Google Play platform. Google Music becomes Play Music, Google Books becomes Play Books, and Google Movies becomes Play Movies.
As promised, this morning I spent some time touring the booths in search of innovations. I also had the opportunity to play with the new devices and test the quality of the products. Note: it’s impossible to test all the devices at the show, so I made a selection. The vast majority of phones and tablets presented at the Mobile World Congress are Android devices. As usual with this system, there are high and low quality devices.
On the second day at MWC I had a little more time to converse with some exhibitors. It’s not possible to meet them all, or to describe them all (the exhibition catalog is 300 pages long!), so my visits were focused on application monetization services. I briefly describe three of the most interesting below.