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Upgrading the Pulse Web App

I have been working on a re-write for the Pulse web app, for a few months now. It is faster, smoother, more stable, comes with UI improvements and new features. On top of that, it is open source!

To learn more about it, check out my blog post: https://blog.klinkerapps.com/upgrading-pulses-web-app/
To start using it, right now: https://pulsesms.app
To check out the source code: https://github.com/klinker-apps/messenger-web

This is a great new direction for the app. The web app has always just been a bit of a mess to develop. This means improved features, faster iteration, and better stability. I am very excited for this release!

As discussed in the blog post, I will start migrating uses to the new version, over the coming weeks. For more info on what this is, how it works, and what you should expect, please take a look at the blog post:

https://blog.klinkerapps.com/upgrading-pulses-web-app/

Enjoy the new release!

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Upgrading the Pulse Web App

I have been working on a re-write for the Pulse web app, for a few months now. It is faster, smoother, more stable, comes with UI improvements and new features. On top of that, it is open source!

To learn more about it, check out my blog post: https://blog.klinkerapps.com/upgrading-pulses-web-app/
To start using it, right now: https://pulsesms.app
To check out the source code: https://github.com/klinker-apps/messenger-web

This is a great new direction for the app. The web app has always just been a bit of a mess to develop. This means improved features, faster iteration, and better stability. I am very excited for this release!

As discussed in the blog post, I will start migrating uses to the new version, over the coming weeks. For more info on what this is, how it works, and what you should expect, please take a look at the blog post:

https://blog.klinkerapps.com/upgrading-pulses-web-app/

Enjoy the new release!

Upgrading Pulse's Web App
Upgrading Pulse's Web App
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Upgrading the Pulse Web App

I have been working on a re-write for the Pulse web app, for a few months now. It is faster, smoother, more stable, comes with UI improvements and new features. On top of that, it is open source!

To learn more about it, check out my blog post: https://blog.klinkerapps.com/upgrading-pulses-web-app/
To start using it, right now: https://pulsesms.app
To check out the source code: https://github.com/klinker-apps/messenger-web

This is a great new direction for the app. The web app has always just been a bit of a mess to develop. This means improved features, faster iteration, and better stability. I am very excited for this release!

As discussed in the blog post, I will start migrating uses to the new version, over the coming weeks. For more info on what this is, how it works, and what you should expect, please take a look at the blog post:

https://blog.klinkerapps.com/upgrading-pulses-web-app/

Enjoy the new release!

Upgrading Pulse's Web App
Upgrading Pulse's Web App
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Open Sourcing Talon for Twitter

Today, I am excited to take a very big step for the app: the Material Design version of Talon, that is currently on the Play Store, is open source!

https://github.com/klinker24/talon-twitter-material

Talon has been a successful app for me, for many years. I have been an outspoken advocate of open source work for a long time, and open sourced the original version of Talon, when it hit it's token limit. This was the next best step for the app, to say "thanks!" to everyone that has supported me over the years!

*What this means for you:*
As a user, you won't notice much of a change. You will still get the same updates, at the same frequency, through the Play Store. The app will continue to be a paid app, distributed to new users over Google Play, as well.

As a developer, the benefits are obvious! Hopefully you can use it for inspiration, implementation details, or other ideas. Feel free to contribute, if you want, as well.

*What does the future look like?*
Like I said, most of you won't notice a difference. It's not as though I am leaving the app, it is just getting a more public view. Feel free to make contributions, reports, or download and build it for yourself.

If you like what I am doing here, you can say "thanks!" back by giving me a star on the repo: https://github.com/klinker24/talon-twitter-material

For more details, check out the blog post that I wrote: https://blog.klinkerapps.com/talon-open-source/

Hopefully some people will find this helpful :) it is a significant contribution for me, to say the least, and one that I am very excited about.
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Open Sourcing Talon for Twitter

Today, I am excited to take a very big step for the app: the Material Design version of Talon, that is currently on the Play Store, is open source!

https://github.com/klinker24/talon-twitter-material

Talon has been a successful app for me, for many years. I have been an outspoken advocate of open source work for a long time, and open sourced the original version of Talon, when it hit it's token limit. This was the next best step for the app, to say "thanks!" to everyone that has supported me over the years!

*What this means for you:*
As a user, you won't notice much of a change. You will still get the same updates, at the same frequency, through the Play Store. The app will continue to be a paid app, distributed to new users over Google Play, as well.

As a developer, the benefits are obvious! Hopefully you can use it for inspiration, implementation details, or other ideas. Feel free to contribute, if you want, as well.

*What does the future look like?*
Like I said, most of you won't notice a difference. It's not as though I am leaving the app, it is just getting a more public view. Feel free to make contributions, reports, or download and build it for yourself.

If you like what I am doing here, you can say "thanks!" back by giving me a star on the repo: https://github.com/klinker24/talon-twitter-material

For more details, check out the blog post that I wrote: https://blog.klinkerapps.com/talon-open-source/

Hopefully some people will find this helpful :) it is a significant contribution for me, to say the least, and one that I am very excited about.

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Open Sourcing Talon for Twitter

Today, I am excited to take a very big step for the app: the Material Design version of Talon, that is currently on the Play Store, is open source!

https://github.com/klinker24/talon-twitter-material

Talon has been a successful app for me, for many years. I have been an outspoken advocate of open source work for a long time, and open sourced the original version of Talon, when it hit it's token limit. This was the next best step for the app, to say "thanks!" to everyone that has supported me over the years!

*What this means for you:*
As a user, you won't notice much of a change. You will still get the same updates, at the same frequency, through the Play Store. The app will continue to be a paid app, distributed to new users over Google Play, as well.

As a developer, the benefits are obvious! Hopefully you can use it for inspiration, implementation details, or other ideas. Feel free to contribute, if you want, as well.

*What does the future look like?*
Like I said, most of you won't notice a difference. It's not as though I am leaving the app, it is just getting a more public view. Feel free to make contributions, reports, or download and build it for yourself.

If you like what I am doing here, you can say "thanks!" back by giving me a star on the repo: https://github.com/klinker24/talon-twitter-material

For more details, check out the blog post that I wrote: https://blog.klinkerapps.com/talon-open-source/

Hopefully some people will find this helpful :) it is a significant contribution for me, to say the least, and one that I am very excited about.
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Pulse SMS 3.1.0 BETA

The new version of Pulse is live in the beta channel, now. The most apparent change is a new look for the message lists. The bubbles are much more rounded and the reply bar at the bottom has changed to match that style.

Since this is now the default look, I removed the "rounder message bubbles" option in settings. For those of you on Android 8.1 that used the "match nav bar to base theme" option, that has been removed as well. I manage that by default now. When this update comes out of beta and in to production, I will be removing the "rounder message bubbles" preference from the web app, as well.

Along with these UI changes, this version comes with improved conversation snippet support, for previews on the conversation list. If you save a draft to a conversation, the app will tell you about that draft. It will also tell you what type of media the latest message is. Before, if you received an image, video, ect, the app would just have a blank space in the conversation list snippet.

Let me know if you see any issues with the new features. Enjoy the update!
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Pulse SMS 3.1.0 BETA

The new version of Pulse is live in the beta channel, now. The most apparent change is a new look for the message lists. The bubbles are much more rounded and the reply bar at the bottom has changed to match that style.

Since this is now the default look, I removed the "rounder message bubbles" option in settings. For those of you on Android 8.1 that used the "match nav bar to base theme" option, that has been removed as well. I manage that by default now. When this update comes out of beta and in to production, I will be removing the "rounder message bubbles" preference from the web app, as well.

Along with these UI changes, this version comes with improved conversation snippet support, for previews on the conversation list. If you save a draft to a conversation, the app will tell you about that draft. It will also tell you what type of media the latest message is. Before, if you received an image, video, ect, the app would just have a blank space in the conversation list snippet.

Let me know if you see any issues with the new features. Enjoy the update!
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Pulse SMS - v3.0.0 BETA

I am putting up a new beta this morning, for v3 of Pulse. Lots of great stuff:

- Support for creating and accessing folders to organize conversations
- Copy one time password codes (two-factor authentication), from the notification
- Support for customizing the swipe actions on the conversation list or disabling them completely
- View only unread conversations, from the navigation drawer
- Mark conversations as unread from the long click, multi-select menu
+ Crash fixes, performance improvements, and UI improvements


The biggest feature is improved control over conversation organization, via folders. As phones get better/faster/more storage, I am seeing more people that just never delete conversations and messages. That is a bit of a shift from a few years ago. Better organization can go a long ways. The conversation list still has the same complete and unfiltered list of your conversations. The folders are just extra functionality, to filter your conversations into shorter lists, if you choose to use them.

Enjoy the new release and let me know if you see any issues with the new functionality. It should be live within the next hour or so, on the beta channel. I guess I was just a few days behind Google for copying one-time passwords, oh well.


Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=xyz.klinker.messenger
Beta Opt-in: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/xyz.klinker.messenger


The folder support will, of course, be coming to the web/desktop clients as well. This will be released after the beta testing is complete and this update sees a full production rollout.
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Pulse SMS - v3.0.0 BETA

I am putting up a new beta this morning, for v3 of Pulse. Lots of great stuff:

- Support for creating and accessing folders to organize conversations
- Copy one time password codes (two-factor authentication), from the notification
- Support for customizing the swipe actions on the conversation list or disabling them completely
- View only unread conversations, from the navigation drawer
- Mark conversations as unread from the long click, multi-select menu
+ Crash fixes, performance improvements, and UI improvements


The biggest feature is improved control over conversation organization, via folders. As phones get better/faster/more storage, I am seeing more people that just never delete conversations and messages. That is a bit of a shift from a few years ago. Better organization can go a long ways. The conversation list still has the same complete and unfiltered list of your conversations. The folders are just extra functionality, to filter your conversations into shorter lists, if you choose to use them.

Enjoy the new release and let me know if you see any issues with the new functionality. It should be live within the next hour or so, on the beta channel. I guess I was just a few days behind Google for copying one-time passwords, oh well.


Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=xyz.klinker.messenger
Beta Opt-in: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/xyz.klinker.messenger


The folder support will, of course, be coming to the web/desktop clients as well. This will be released after the beta testing is complete and this update sees a full production rollout.
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