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Pulse SMS 2.7.0 BETA and Platform Updates

I am putting up a new beta this morning for anyone opted-in to the beta test. It is a pretty major revamp of the sharing interface and your compose options.

Quick Share

Before, when sharing from any other app to Pulse, it would take you to the normal Pulse compose screen, you would enter or select the contact you want to send to, then it would open that conversation with the shared content as a draft. It worked well enough, but I found that a lot of the time, it was slow. When I am sharing something, I want it to be quick, as few steps as possible, then return to the content I was looking at.

The new "quick share" interface will just show up as another share target when you hit a "share" button inside another app. Check out the image attached to the post to see what the dialog looks like. Basically, it is just a little popup that lets you enter a contact's name and/or change the message. Hitting "send" on that dialog won't open Pulse or anything like that, it will just send the message in the background and return you to the app you were in. Much quicker than opening Pulse and going through the conversation interface!

Of course, if you preferred the conversation interface, that is still available. This new quick share is just a new share target, so selecting "Pulse" instead of "Quick Share" from the list of share targets will open up the app, as it always has.

This new quick share interface is also used throughout other sections of the app, like Marshmallows's Direct Share and Nougats's Quick Settings tile.

Quick Compose

This version also adds an optional quick compose persistent notification. You may be familiar with this from other apps, but it is basically just a way to quickly send a new message to a contact, without having to open Pulse. You can turn on the "quick compose" option from the advanced features section in the app. When it is on, it will create a persistent notification for you to interact with. Tapping that notification opens up the same quick share popup as I talked about above, but this one is blank, for you to compose a new message.

On top of that, you can define some "favorite contacts" to be used with the quick compose. From the same advanced features settings page, you can pick up to three contacts to be shown in the notification buttons of that persistent notification. Tapping any of those contacts will, of course, open up the quick share interface with that contact pre-populated in the address field.

Other Improvements and Platform Updates

This version also comes with tons of bug fixes that people had reported (some of the bigger ones are around restoring images from the cloud and contact colors). It also prepares for new functionality that will be added to the web in the near-ish future.

Yesterday, the native desktop apps got a bump to beta 14. If you have been following their progress or using them, you will know that a lot of time has gone into continued optimization and feature development in them. They will probably be moving in to the "release candidate" stage with the next update. I am very happy with the progress and the reception of these desktop clients. Feature-wise, they have mostly everything that they will have for the initial public (non-testing) release: https://github.com/klinker-apps/messenger-issues/releases

The web hasn't been left out either. It has gotten some nice new image-related features in the past few weeks, including changes to how they are displayed, the ability to upload images that are larger than 1MB. Messages will also display a "sending..." status now, which they had never done before. Lastly, there is now a "Account Statistics" page on the web to see where you are sending messages from. Just an FYI, if you are someone that uses the "refresh account" option, or play around with what devices are shown in the web's devices page, it may not be accurate. Check out the change log for the web, here: https://messenger.klinkerapps.com/changelog.html

Finally, Pulse's help section has recently received a massive revamp. Admittedly, I am swamped with emails, all the time. Most are questions about features, how the app works, and requests, with some bug reports thrown in as well. I am really hoping that this can be a place where people go, before they contact me. The time I spend answering questions on generic features does directly take away from the time I get to actually build the app. I am a one-man show. If you have a question, feature request, or you are looking for support, please, check here first! Chances are, your question has already been answered: https://messenger.klinkerapps.com/help



Phew, that was a lot. Enjoy the updates! The Android app should be live within the next hour or so.
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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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Pulse SMS - v2.11.0

I put up a new beta for Pulse this morning, that will be available shortly. This release comes with 3 headline features:

- Pulse adds a private conversations inbox, with a password protection option, to hide your secret conversations
- Pulse will display previews of the content within sent and received contact vCards
- Pulse will display a location preview when an iOS user shares their location with you

I would say that these are some of the more highly requested features for the app, I'm happy to get them out there. I put up a quick video of the private conversation functionality, if anyone wants to have a look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypAcAMp2B0Q

The new version will be live for beta testers, within the next hour. Private conversations will also be released to the web/desktop platforms, after the beta testing period is complete.

The app is at a place, functionality and stability-wise, that I am very happy about. I can finally start getting through some of the more unique features that I have been waiting on. Auto-replies a few weeks back, then private conversations in this update, are two big one. Expect more to come and enjoy the new version.

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Pulse SMS - v2.11.0

I put up a new beta for Pulse this morning, that will be available shortly. This release comes with 3 headline features:

- Pulse adds a private conversations inbox, with a password protection option, to hide your secret conversations
- Pulse will display previews of the content within sent and received contact vCards
- Pulse will display a location preview when an iOS user shares their location with you

I would say that these are some of the more highly requested features for the app, I'm happy to get them out there. I put up a quick video of the private conversation functionality, if anyone wants to have a look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypAcAMp2B0Q

The new version will be live for beta testers, within the next hour. Private conversations will also be released to the web/desktop platforms, after the beta testing period is complete.

The app is at a place, functionality and stability-wise, that I am very happy about. I can finally start getting through some of the more unique features that I have been waiting on. Auto-replies a few weeks back, then private conversations in this update, are two big one. Expect more to come and enjoy the new version.
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Pulse SMS - v2.10.0 BETA

I have a new beta rolling out, this morning. The main feature is support for an auto reply system. You can set up automated replies based on contacts, keywords/expressions, or a driving/vacation mode. If you are on the beta version, you can find this feature in the "Advanced Features" section of the app.

To download the app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=xyz.klinker.messenger
To opt in to the beta test: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/xyz.klinker.messenger

Enjoy the update!
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Pulse SMS - v2.10.0 BETA

I have a new beta rolling out, this morning. The main feature is support for an auto reply system. You can set up automated replies based on contacts, keywords/expressions, or a driving/vacation mode. If you are on the beta version, you can find this feature in the "Advanced Features" section of the app.

To download the app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=xyz.klinker.messenger
To opt in to the beta test: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/xyz.klinker.messenger

Enjoy the update!
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Pulse SMS - 2.9.0 BETA

I put up a new beta for Pulse this morning, some welcome changes, for many people:

- The widget now adjusts to the base theme you set in the app (light, dark, or black)
- You can long click (and drag) to select and delete multiple images within a conversation, from the "view media" button within a conversation
- You can share multiple messages at once. Before, when selecting multiple messages, the only action available was to delete. This version adds "share" to that menu as well.

Another neat milestone this morning, Pulse hit 500,000 downloads! Awesome. The app was released to the Play Store publicly in November 2016, so just under a year and a half to reach this, which I would say is lightning fast. Heres to hoping that 1,000,000 goes even faster.

Enjoy the update and let me know if you run in to any issues with the new functionality.
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Pulse SMS - 2.9.0 BETA

I put up a new beta for Pulse this morning, some welcome changes, for many people:

- The widget now adjusts to the base theme you set in the app (light, dark, or black)
- You can long click (and drag) to select and delete multiple images within a conversation, from the "view media" button within a conversation
- You can share multiple messages at once. Before, when selecting multiple messages, the only action available was to delete. This version adds "share" to that menu as well.

Another neat milestone this morning, Pulse hit 500,000 downloads! Awesome. The app was released to the Play Store publicly in November 2016, so just under a year and a half to reach this, which I would say is lightning fast. Heres to hoping that 1,000,000 goes even faster.

Enjoy the update and let me know if you run in to any issues with the new functionality.
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Pulse SMS - v2.8.0 BETA

I put up a new beta this morning that should be live, now.

The biggest changes:

- Access and create templates from the "Attach" menu, when writing messages
- Select from a list of all contacts on the compose screen
- Added the ability to mute a conversation, from it's notification
- And for those on Android 8.1 that want to burn your eyes out... Added an option to use the white navigation bar when using a light base theme
+ Bug and crash fixes


Enjoy the update, this will roll out to production after a few days of beta testing. If you would like to sign in to the beta test, you can do so through this link:

https://play.google.com/apps/testing/xyz.klinker.messenger
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