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« on: December 17, 2011, 16:49 »
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I am happy to announce that Apple accepted the latest version of the i$tock Contributor App for iPhone and - new! - for iPad today. As it is largely reworked, let me quickly outline the changes below. As it is now free of charge (supported by small adds appearing from time to time at the bottom of the screen) please give it a try and feel free to provide feedback also here - I'll be happy to forward it to the developers.


Quick-Check for your istockphoto.com contributor account. 

Features: 

Overview of the following account information: 

- Account balance (live) 
- Downloads
- Royalties
- Slideshow of your last downloads 
- Slideshow of your last accepted images 
- Watch your istockcharts.de statistics 
- new sitemail messages (live) 
- credits (live)
- earnings
- referrals
- upload stats
- comment stats


Check out our platform at www.istockcharts.de to find out more about other iStock contributors. If you encounter problems please do not hesitate to contact us at iphone@21torr.com. Thank you.
 
What's New in this Version
 
- Now a Universal App to run natively on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
- Entirely new design with retina display support
- One screen to rule them all
- New dynamic bar chart for your earnings and downloads
- Share your photos on Twitter, Facebook or by email
- Optimized for iOS 5
 

Source:  http://itunes.apple.com/de/app/i-tock-contributor-application/id298053056?mt=8


« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2011, 17:29 »
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Awesome app! thank you.

« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2011, 17:37 »
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Awesome app! thank you.

Thanks for your kind feedback - will be happy to forward to our developers...

« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2011, 17:57 »
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Great app.  It does not show my latest video uploads though.  Thoughts?

« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2011, 20:35 »
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wow!  totally new app!  great work I love it!

« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2011, 21:13 »
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Absolutely stunning! Thank you for making Xmas come early this year!  :)

« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2011, 21:20 »
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I have one question: market share - number of my downloads over total of downloads on istock charts in percentage?

« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2011, 13:09 »
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Thank you all for your feedback, will be happy to discuss with the programmers and come back with their answers.

Please don't forget to rate the app in the AppStore!

« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2011, 16:45 »
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The new app looks fantastic - thanks. One thing though, as I originally paid for it, i'd rather not receive ads. Is that possible? Thanks  :)

« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2011, 19:05 »
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I have been using the app for a very long time.  I upgraded the os on my phone to get this new version.  There are good bit and bad bits withthe new version.

I really like it when I am at home on wifi but find it really slow when out and about.  Most of the time the coverage where I am is Edge or less (the little circle) and it takes an age to load. 

I was hoping the DLs and $$s this month would make a reappearance preferably as well as the last 30 days.

Having separate screens for DLs and uploads was useful. Now I have to load the main screen and then load the DLs or uploads in addition if I want to show someone else (without showing them how much money I have).

I don't really understand the balance notification alert.  You have to manually refresh the app to get the total before it alarms.  This is only useful if you have no short term memory and can't remember what you want to hit.

The box at the bottom is very small for view the daily stats and now requires a lot of scrolling.

I haven't seen any adverts on mine yet and could you confirm that I want as I paid for previous version.

« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2011, 11:41 »
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Very nice app, congrats. One small thing... when I save one of my photos to my phone it saves as very low-res. So low it's blury on the tiny iPhone screen.

« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2011, 12:29 »
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After checking back with our engineers, I'd like to follow up on the various posts and PMs I received:

First of all I'd like to thank you all for the positive feedback and the constructive recommendations!

First of all let me point out that the backend of the App is based on the data and api of www.istockcharts.de that we also maintain. Hence the figures and wording should be similar between the two applications.

Now in more detail:

Video-Uploads
The api of www.istockcharts.de currently supports only photos. Videos will be considered for future updates.

Android Version
Currently an Android version is not yet planned since we felt a strong corelation between photographers and Apple. However will put it on our list for future items.

Adds and versions previously bought
The App is developed completely from scratch basically, the version for iPad (in case you could not test it on an iPad let me toll you: own interface to make best usage of the iPad resolution) is a great addition in our opinion. Therefore in order to refinance at least part of the development of this App we hope you can accept the fact that the adds appear sometimes at the bottom of the screen. The money earned by these Apps will enable us to further improve and extend the App in the future. These adds btw are displayed for the various countries according to the amount of adds available, hence they do not necessarily appear each time.

Performance on mobile networks
One feedback we received frequently was that the data needs a long time to be downloaded when on the go in mobile networks. This is indeed a very valid feedback and we will take it into account for next versions - like a switch to only reload the numbers and no images while on the go. Problem will be that the screen then looks pretty empty but we'll be creative here as well!

Push Notifications
At the moment the App indeed only informs you upon start of the App or reloading its data once you reached the limit defined. This is due to the fact that we are dependent on the API of www.istockcharts.de and there is no continuous checking of your limits. However we consider this topic very important (also discussed it before releasing this version) and will be working on an improvement in the future.

Data related topics
Hiding the balance might indeed make sense and is on our list for future versions. Right now you can simply open the enlarged preview by clicking on one of the downloads or approved photos and then swipe through the photos.
Too few space for the figures at the bottom - I admit you need to scroll down in order to access the figures at the bottom of the screen - but then you'll have the benefit of swiping through the various data instead of clicking back and forth between the screens as in the previous version. On the iPad of course you have all information on one screen.
DLs and $$s this month indeed are not featured in this version since we implemented the detailled 30day table on the second screen.

Meaning of "Market Share"
Based on  www.istockcharts.de: Files in relation to Total Files (per thousand)

I hope this answers your questions, please feel free to reply or send me a PM with additional questions and feedback. We appreciate your support and will be happy to implement new features in the upcoming versions.

Best, Frank

RacePhoto

« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2011, 23:42 »
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Android Version
Currently an Android version is not yet planned since we felt a strong corelation between photographers and Apple.


Please pass this on to the Apple Zombie's and Chauvinists. You are missing a major portion of the market, almost equal to double the Apple mobile users.

Google continues to "win" the market share race among US smartphone owners, with Android handsets claiming nearly half of all subscribers compared to Apple's more modest 27 percent share.

Apple (computers) now maintains an 8 percent market share according to AppleInsider. (not some Apple haters, but an Apple insider site)

Good luck with the App. (which I'll never see?) and I love the site, you guys do great work and developing the stats has been interesting to follow. Here's hoping your mobile App. is a success as well.

« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2011, 11:04 »
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If you're considering enhancements, one thing I'd like to have is the ability to show or not show the latest downloads and most recent uploads filmstrips.  If I had the option to turn those off I would imagine that I could then get more space for the stats and less time would be needed to load everything.  

And I think it's nice that you can generate some income from the ads, although I would like to have an opportunity to pay for an ad-free version because ads annoy me to no end.  I did pay originally for it and I'm not an iPad user so kind of feel a little cheated (like I'm subsidizing the iPad app that I don't even have) after being a long-time user.  

Would you consider offering an ad-free version for pay?  I know I paid originally, but with this complete re-write I think it would be worth it and I would pay (again) to upgrade if given the option.
« Last Edit: December 21, 2011, 11:06 by jamirae »

« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2011, 15:40 »
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Hi Jamirae,

Two very good points indeed, thank you:

Hiding the images in order to gain space for the figures makes sense to me - problem might be that it means a large impact on the overall design - will however be happy to consider it.

Paid upgrade instead of ads is also an interesting option, however needs consideration as well: as the target group of this app is rather small on the one hand and the app might be heavily used on the other hand, a constant revenue stream by ads might be more profitable.

Anyway, we'll have a review meeting early January to talk through all the feedback we've received so far and based on the downloads and revenues decide about the further development.

Will keep you posted, if you have further feedback in the meantime, shoot!

« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2011, 16:25 »
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Hi Jamirae,

Two very good points indeed, thank you:

Hiding the images in order to gain space for the figures makes sense to me - problem might be that it means a large impact on the overall design - will however be happy to consider it.

Paid upgrade instead of ads is also an interesting option, however needs consideration as well: as the target group of this app is rather small on the one hand and the app might be heavily used on the other hand, a constant revenue stream by ads might be more profitable.

Anyway, we'll have a review meeting early January to talk through all the feedback we've received so far and based on the downloads and revenues decide about the further development.

Will keep you posted, if you have further feedback in the meantime, shoot!

awesome!  and, for what it's worth, I can live with ads on apps like this that are very useful to me.  though would, of course, still prefer to pay to have them removed :) .

Thanks so much for "listening."  Really appreciate the work you (an the team) do.

« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2011, 17:30 »
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I don't ever want to see ads in apps I've paid for. It's one or the other for me, I also don't have an iPad, you don't need to get revenue from me because I've already paid  :) I don't want to sound like an ungrateful cheapskate though!


 

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