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AluminiumTech

We've reached a problem.

 

We're working on 2 apps now (Linus Forum Tips and an upcoming different app focused more on the forum).

We really want your feedback and input on this!

 

We are conflicted as to what to do. Keep the original or have both apps co-exist under a similar name and brand identity.

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdxLeKARTw598ANlp0Fstu_g_jkYXze5xhb7Uk-qxZkia1EmQ/viewform

 

Please fill this out as it will determine the outcome of this app and it's future.

 

Please don't make this decision in haste. The results will prevail and the truth shall be revealed.

 

We will announce the results once we feel we have a suitable sample size for the responses.

 

Thanks for all of your support so far :(. It makes me a little sad to think we may have to stop work on the original app that got everybody interested.

AluminiumTech

Hi there everyone :),

 

today i'd like to talk about the Linus Forum Tips Windows 10 app.

 

We've gotten to a point where the current app is usable, functions and works. However, it is; bloated, slow and doesn't adhere to many Windows 10 app creation and design recommendations.

 

So we're going to be keeping the Linus Forum Tips 1.x branch alive and keeping it in the store whilst we work on a re-write. This shouldn't take too long and we've already made some progress on it.

 

Once the re-write comes out, we will support Windows 10 Build 10586 or newer on it. People running Windows 10 Build 10240 will be stuck using the older app.

 

The new 2.x app builds should start to come out to the Linus Forum Tips (Beta) app sometime in January or February.

 

Thanks much for your support and feedback :).

 

If you like Linus Forum Tips then please take a moment out of your day to share it with friends.

AluminiumTech

Hi everyone! The Linus Forum Tips (Beta) App program is here. This is not here to replace the original FYI, see the previous post in this blog if you don't know what I'm talking about.

 

The Linus Forum Tips Beta App program gives fans of Linus Forum Tips an opportunity to provide early input and feedback on features and enhancements coming to the regular Linus Forum Tips App.

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/linus-forum-tips-beta/9nblggh4x41x

AluminiumTech

Hello all,

 

Firstly, I'm delighted to announce that the team working on this has grown to be  6 strong :)!

 

In another post I can do a "Meet the team" sort of thing.

 

We've done a 360 on our decision to support Windows Phone 8.1 as supporting this platform takes time away from working on the Windows 10 version (for which we have really epic and mad plans :D).

 

Hopefully the quality of updates improves as we've now gotten Quality Assurance testers :). We've officially started to work on an IOS port however this is gonna be a long time in the making. The Android version is still under development after hitting a few snags from the likes of Google. We're going to continue pushing out updates for the Windows 10 Edition of course.

 

And we've also got a new exciting version of Linus Forum Tips :D!

 

Linus Forum Tips (Beta) is an open beta requiring no invite or signup. We're launching it as a new app in the Windows Store although the app should functionally remain similar. We will push updated more frequently to the Beta version to allow people to check out new features and give feedback.

 

Please don't be afraid to Windows 10's Feedback Hub app and drop us a line! If you think something sucks then please give us constructive criticism! if you want a specific new feature, then also please suggest it!

Spoiler

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The Linus Forum Tips (Beta) app will be launching within a few days :). Make sure to check back here to get access to it.

AluminiumTech

Hi there,

 

You may or may not be aware of a change in direction recently with Linus Forum Tips. Well you should be aware that we are looking into making a few changes sometime soon.

 

Some changes we are making:

 

Re-adding basic support for Windows Phone 8.1

We recognize that a lot of people using Windows Phones are stuck using Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 8.1 and we're looking into offering a new app for you guys shortly. This will not be having the same level of support that the Windows 10 App will have but it will still be supported and we will try to update it as frequently as the Windows 10 App

 

Android App completion

We know that many of you who have Android phones have been waiting for an Android app for quite a while but rest assured we are working on one and we expect to release it soon. Once we have a workable Android version, we will release a Beta.

 

Monetization

Recently I tried to add Advertisement support to help pay for marketing the app/spreading awareness of it. As of today, this monetization method is being scrapped.

 

Thanks for your continued interest and support :). All existing owners of the app will be able to continue to use the app for free.

 

AluminiumTech.

AluminiumTech

I hate to have to be negative and to say things that others may not want to hear. You may find the first part boring, but bear with me.

 

I know that there are people in the Linus Tech Tips community which use the "Linus Forum Tips" app. I know that the majority of people using the app are between the ages of 18 and 24. I know that on any given day, between 2 and 40 people use the app. I know that people on average use the app twice per day. I know that the majority of users are using an old version of Linus Forum Tips instead of the newer updates.


I know all this and yet I didn't know when to take action.

 

Linus Forum Tips' growth has significantly slowed and is worrying. 

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User behavior is erratic at best and is unpredictable at worst.

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By this point, you're wondering what the punchline is. Well here it is. I want to introduce advertisements into Linus Forum Tips for a few reasons. The first being that this will allow me to spend money on marketing the app more. The second reason is that I can support other apps made by the community by running community ADs in my app. And by doing so, ADs for Linus Forum Tips can also appear in other apps which utilize the community ADs system.

 

This will most likely be implemented by the end of the year. If you wish to not see ANY Ads, there will be an option to pay to remove Advertisements.

 

I know this may feel like a stab in the back. And that's why, when the update with this comes around, I will offer 1 month of AD free Linus Forum Tips for existing users. Leading on from this, Windows 10 build 10240 support will be discontinued one month after the upcoming Windows 10 Creators update is released.

 

Thanks for your patience and co-operation. I know this isn't something you aren't looking forward to. I wouldn't haven't decided to do this if I thought there was another way.

 

AluminiumTech.

AluminiumTech

Hi guys,

 

I wanted to let you guys know about the upcoming 1.4.6 update which will fix an annoying Live Tile bug.

 

 

Firstly, I'm fixing a big where the Live Tile was partially transparent instead of fully gray and orange xD.

 

Secondly, I may be adding some cool new (I think they're cool :D) icons to replace the current ones in the hamburger menu.

 

(These are the icons I'm talking about)

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1.4.6 will be available today to Linus Forum Tips Beta Testers. You can signup for beta testing by sending me a PM with your MS account email address.

 

Thanks for your continued support of this project :).

 

AluminiumTech

So I've put out an update 1.4.5 for the Windows 10 version to address the lack of native x64 support (derpy moment) so that should be in the store in a few days.

 

I also wanted to talk about the next major update 1.5. That update is going to add some new icons to make distinguishing between the sections more easy and so it's more easy to tell which section you want to go to without having to open the navigation menu.

 

As for when that'll be done, I don't know but I'll update you once it is done or close to it :).

AluminiumTech

So I found this section and decided it might be cool to talk about Linus Forum Tips Development with you guys.

 

So far the app works mostly fine with some bugs but some friends and I are working on making it better and porting it to Android.

 

Hopefully that can be done in around 1-2 months.

 

The Windows 10 App needs more screenshots though and is also being made from scratch.

 

I wanna be able to support ARM, x86 and x64 systems.

 

Hopefully I won't have to make too much change when it is available for the Xbox One in the end of July.

 

Yeah. Within a month expect some kind of new entry where I talk about the Windows 10 re-write of the app.

 

Hope you enjoyed. :).