What is Vitajot?

Your App.net account lets you access a network of apps – like photo-sharing, group messaging, and mircroblogging – and Vitajot is a new (free) private journaling app for Android.

The idea behind Vitajot, as its developer @rrbrambley writes, “was to have somewhere to put all my unfiltered thoughts and photos – without having to worry about how other people would feel about them.”

With Vitajot – similar to Ohai for iOS – your content is organized by day, and you can keep track of what you’re doing or thinking and where you’re going by adding photos, text, or location information. So often there are things you’d like to remember or document that you don’t want to share but DO want a record of. Vitajot gives you that option.

Additionally, because Vitajot uses your App.net file storage, photos you add to a specific entry can be accessed in another app on the platform (if you give it permission).

Vitajot  is free, although you can upgrade to a paid subscription to access premium features, like passcode lock and the ability to save journal entries offline. Not sure you want to upgrade? You can try out the paid tier free for thirty days.

@rrbrambley wrote a blog post about the app with more information.

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What is the App.net Comments Widget?

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 5.13.39 PMWe get a lot of requests to create a way to leave a comment on a web site using your App.net account. So, at the last App.net Hackathon @voidfiles decided to build the App.net Comments Widget, which does just that.

We installed the App.net Comments Widget on this very blog (leave a comment below to see how it works), and it can be found on Maniacal Rage, Rumproarious, and several others.

The App.net Comments Widget is built on top of the App.net API, and all comments are actually public posts. Conversations within the App.net Comments Widget – comments, replies, and stars — can take place on your web site, or inside an App.net client as well.

We wanted to make the App.net Comments Widget as accessible as possible, so it only requires one line of html to install on your web site. We also enabled login with Facebook, so folks can participate, even if they don’t yet have an App.net account.

For more information about how to embed the widget, and for ways you can customize the widget visit the GitHub Repo.

If you want to get started quickly, just add this line of HTML to your website.

What is Sunlit?

Your App.net account allows you to do a lot more than send and receive Broadcasts. Your account gives you access to a network of great social apps, from microblogging and private messaging to check-ins and photo-sharing.

Sunlit is a completely fresh take on a photo-sharing app, letting you collect photos into stories — rich, detailed albums that you collaborate on with friends. Built by @manton and @cheesemaker, Sunlit is like nothing we’ve seen before (in the best way).

For too long, there was no easy way to collaborate on photo albums via mobile with friends and family of a trip you took, a wedding, a party…any shared experience. Sunlit, for iOS, is your answer, and it makes the process simple, beautiful, and intuitive.

Sunlit is free to use (a $4.99 in-app purchase unlocks unlimited stories), and you can download it now in the app store.

You can take photos, import photos from your camera or Dropbox, add filters, tag your location, include descriptions, and even publish to a web page with a single tap. Then, you can invite friends via private message to participate and add their own photos to the story. You’re then left with a beautiful, living document.

Sunlit is built on top of App.net’s infrastructure — you need an App.net account to use it — and is a shining example of what can be done. Your photos are saved securely in your App.net file storage, which means you can access them in other apps like Favd, if you wish to share them with your followers. If you’ve been using Ohai for private journaling and check-ins, you can import check-in location and text into a Sunlit story. Bottom line: your photos will always remain accessible and in your control.

“You have that feeling when hanging out with friends — everyone snapping pictures of their surroundings, of people, events, food, anything — that photo sharing should be better,” writes @manton about why he wanted to create Sunlit. “That years later, you should be able to go back to that time, to see the best photos collected together from several people. And not just photos, but maps of where you were, and text to describe its significance.”

Download Sunlit now in the app store.

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What is Favd?

Favd is an elegant, new iOS photo-sharing app. It’s the latest project by @isaiah, who also makes Kiwi, a desktop client for the Mac.

Favd is free, and you can download it now in the app store.

You can take photos, share photos from your camera roll, crop/resize them, and then apply one of five filters (more filters are available via in-app purchase, either as a bundle or a la carte).

Favd also lets you view your photo stream, explore the global photo stream, and view who’s interacted with your photos.

“We built Favd because we love to share photos, but all the most popular photo sharing apps force you to sacrifice the rights to your content,” said @isaiah.

With Favd, all of your photos are stored in your App.net files storage, meaning they are always under your control and can be used across other apps to which you grant access.

Writing in AppAdvice, @christinechan said that Favd “has a gorgeous design, and is incredibly responsive and intuitive. It also has an insanely easy setup, as it can just get your information from App.net Passport, and is an app that showcases what App.net can do…”

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Download Favd now.

 

 

 

Social features in the App.net Directory

 

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As the App.net Directory gets larger, it can be difficult to decide which apps to try. We regularly see folks asking their followers which App.net apps they would reccomend.

The App.net Directory now allows you to recommend your favorite apps and see which apps people that you follow recommend.

These recommendations will help the out-of-the-box experience for new App.net users choosing from a large list of apps. Soon, these recommendations will power personalization in the Directory and in App.net Passport (now available for iOS and Android).

We want everyone to use App.net via a third-party app that best suits their needs, and this recommendation feature — and our subsequent iterations of it — is yet another way to help users discover applications they can use with their App.net account.

Please support your favorite developers and take a few minutes and recommend the apps you like most.

   

iOS 7 updates available for Felix, Riposte, Whisper, and more

You may have heard: iOS 7 is available now. We’re excited about it, its possibilities, and what it means for the App.net platform.

Many iOS developers have been busy updating, refreshing, and generally optimizing their apps for iOS 7. New versions of Felix, Riposte, and Whisper are available now. We also are excited to see updates to Orbit for iOS, Sprinter, and fileZ– not to mention (literally) a few more apps that we can’t talk about publicly just yet.

 

FELIX

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Today, you can install the biggest update yet to Felix for iPhone and iPad, designed by @billkunz – that is, if you have iOS 7 already.

“I’m especially excited about this release because it was a perfect opportunity to shed some old things that were tying my hands regarding new features,” he said. “I’ve been looking forward to this for months! Not only is the UI iOS 7-friendly (and much much crisper) but I’ve made Felix configurable to include only the aspects of App.net that you’re interested in.”

In other words, if you just want to do private messages, you can customize Felix to just show that.

Some of the new Felix features include:

  • Always in fullscreen mode
  • The puck can be set to an always-open position
  • Patter rooms are now split off from private messages and tapping urls in Patter rooms takes you directly to that room

 

 

 

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Similarly, @jaredsinclair and @jaminguy released a new version of Riposte (free and pro), designed exclusively for iOS 7 — in fact you need iOS 7 for the update.

There are a host of new features for PRO users, but some general Riposte updates include:

  • Posts flip in a new way when you tap them — that is, more fun
  • Timeline updates in the background in response to push notifications
  • Support for increased length of private messages
  • Better display for @mentions, #hashstags, and links
  • Two new font sizes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Whisper

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Like with Riposte, there are a host of new Whisper PRO features, but some of the general updates include:

  • Lots of new stickers
  • Messages are now sent asynchronsly so that they appear immediately in the messages view with a “Sending..,” status
  • Added support for 2048-character private messages
  • Emails and phone numbers are now tappable in profiles and messages
  • New in-app tutorial for first-time users

 

This Week’s RecApp

Developers have been busy so we have new batch of apps to share with you all. There is some good variety here and some apps that look to provide a new ADN experience, but file management does seem to be a popular theme among this group of apps. Get cozy with these apps and feel free to ask the developers if you have any questions. These apps and hundreds of others can be found in the App.net Directory.

 

orbitOrbit for iOS iPhone - The best way to manage your files on App.net. • View files, file size, upload date • upload files • share images • share file URLs • delete files • toggle files public & private.  Created by @orbit

 

 

 

pastePaste - Web ClientPaste allows you to create and view short text clippings using app.net. Each paste has a public link that can be viewed without logging in to app.net, but an app.net account is required to create pastes. Logged-in users also see a list of their own recent pastes.  Created by @mcdemarco

 

 

 

dossierDossierMac - Dossier is a file browser and uploader for Mac OS 10.8+. • Upload any type of file to ADN • Automatic thumbnails for images • Clipboard uploading (great for screenshots) • URLs copied to clipboard after upload • Upload progress animation in status icon.  Created by @bluetoo

 

 

iftttIFTTT for iPhone - iPhoneIFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement: if this then that. Using the App.net Channel, you can create and share IFTTT Recipes that automate posts, sync content, archive data, and much more.  Created by @ifttt

 

 

filappFilappiPhone & iPadFilapp for App.net is an iOS client for managing files uploaded to App.net on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It’s simple to use with a beautifully designed interface offering these key features: • File directory • view file info • share/modify/delete files • upload files • view your account profile.  Created by @ffried

 

 

searchSearchADN.net - Search & DiscoveryA dedicated web app for searching posts on app.net using the ADN Search API which was released July 24 2013. It gives you an easy interface to search posts using keywords, usernames, hashtags. Clicking the advanced link opens up a whole bunch of interesting query and filter options.  Created by @ludolphus

 

 

menereMeneré - Windows - Meneré is a Windows Desktop app to access RSS aggregation services like Feedly or Fever and sync them with a complete desktop app. You can send any item to your App.net account (you can authorize multiple and choose) which will send a post with the link added as link entity.  Created by @lighun

 

 

Please note: The app descriptions here are from the developers; edited slightly for formatting and length. 

What is photo-app?

photoapp 2For all you photographers out there, hobbyists and professionals alike, there is a new app in the Directory created by @taglia for you to help share your wonderful pics to ADN.  photo-app allows you to upload your photos and then schedule them to be shared on your ADN profile. This is a great tool for those who want to share a large number of photos without overloading your friends’ feeds with a bunch of posts all at once. Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 5.32.50 PM

Each post to ADN will include a link to your other photos posted via the app so it gives you a chance to create a gallery of your photos so others can see all your glorious images.

You are able to upload a bunch of photos to photo-app and then individually edit each photo’s post date, choose a posting frequency or just let the app randomly choose which photo to post.

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The app lets you customize the post text that goes along with your posts and gives you the option to include the #photoapp hashtag to let your followers know what app you’re using. The @photoapp account will also automatically repost your photos shared through the app to give your photos a little extra attention.

photo-app has some other great features like the ‘Best‘ view which shows you the most popular photos shared through the app and the ‘Leaderboard‘ view which shows you who has posted the most photos via photo-app. You can also view the ‘Latest‘ (most recent) photos shared.

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We at App.net love photos and we embrace all the progress being made to improve the photo sharing experience on ADN. Keep it up!