Announcing AppleVis 2.0: The Second Decade Edition

The Editorial Team and I are pleased to announce a major upgrade and redesign to the AppleVis website.

When I created AppleVis ten years ago, I built it quickly and with little idea of where the site would go... and certainly no expectation that it would become as popular, valuable, and successful as our community has made it.

AppleVis has surpassed all of my hopes and expectations, and I truly thank everybody in our community for this.

Over the past decade, the content management system that's at the core of the site has served us well. But in the past few years it has begun to show its age and present numerous challenges and restrictions.

Consequently, for the last several months I’ve been working on a ground up rebuild of AppleVis.

My goal was to retain as much of the site user experience as possible to how it was before, but to also make some accessibility and usability enhancements. It is my hope that low vision users in particular will enjoy an improved experience, most notably on mobile devices.

While I've made every effort to keep the new site compatible with the old one, there will undoubtedly be some teething problems - there will be things that I missed during development and testing; there will be unforeseen issues that only surface now the site is being used; there are things which simply could not be addressed until the site went live; and there are things which I delayed for practical or technical reasons .

In the past, our routine site maintenance and upgrades have involved mainly under-the-hood improvements; however, because there has been no ‘in place’ upgrade path this time, the process has been significantly more involved--and it has necessitated some changes to features and functionality.

While I was able to rebuild a lot of the old website's functionality on the new platform, some features were not able to be carried over because of technical limitations with the available tools; one of these features is the auto-posting of new content to our Twitter accounts. I realize the value that these posts have to many in our community, and I am currently exploring possible alternatives to automate this process. In the meantime, our plan is to manually tweet links to blog posts, podcast, and trending topics on our forum.

All of that to say that you should expect to notice fixes and further enhancements in the coming days, weeks, and months. I ask that you please bear with us during this transition period.

Later this month, AppleVis will celebrate its tenth birthday. Our community would not be what it is today without the support of all of our users and visitors, and it is my hope that this upgrade will place AppleVis on firm technological ground for many years to come.

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Submitted by ming on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

wow! can't believe it's been 10 years!
I always visit the site daily !
an check for new apps and games.

Hi,
I absolutely love this website, & greatly appreciate the hard work of the amazing team behind it.

Happy 10th birthday, Applevis!

Submitted by Blind angel 444 on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

I loved the new version, but I have one concern. How do I know if I’m logged in or not? Before my user name would be at the top of the page, but now nothing. So how will I know?

Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Thank you all for the kind words.

It's been a rather hectic time since switching to the new site, as it turns out that there are a lot more issues to snag than I had hoped.

So, do please continue to bear with me as I keep squashing bugs.

As for knowing if you are logged in - when you are, 2 of the links near to the top of every page will be “My account” and “Log out”. Also note that if you are on an iPhone, these links will be on the collapsible menu.

Now, back to the bugs I go ☹️

Submitted by Teresa on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Ten years! Time flies when you're having fun! This site has seen me through my Apple learning process into my continued use of iOS and Mac, and it's been very, very much appreciated. Thanks so much.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

I did not know it has been 10 years. Nice job.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Whenever I put a comment, and go to home I am not able to leave the web page I am. After I add this comment, I will need to press f5 to refresh and leave to go to the home web page. Is this an issue?

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

I am not able to stay log in. Whenever I close my browser be it Edge or Chrome, I have to log in every time.Using Windows 10, jaws 2020 and new edge or chrome.

Submitted by DMNagel on Thursday, July 9, 2020

How do I see the other comment pages? They seem to have gone.

Submitted by Lydia Alverson on Thursday, July 9, 2020

I had no idea that this was coming. I was wondering what was going on with the website. I kept getting a message that said, "The provided host name is not valid for this server."

Now I understand. Keep up the great work.

Submitted by Dawn on Thursday, July 9, 2020

First of all, 🥳🙌🏻👏🏻🍨🍦🧁🎂🕯🎈🎏🎀🎊🎉

And second of all, thank you! You guys have been with me through out my whole beginning start with my iPad mini 4, and continue to be with me through the various updates all the way up from 9.3.3 to 13.5.1 I can’t believe it’s the latest version. And I thank you guys for everything that you Have done and continue to do. I hope to get a Mac at some point. That will connect to my iPad, and when I do get it, i.e. back. And I can guarantee you guys that I will be coming back here with questions regarding the back. And brown displays on Apple products.

And third, I know there will be bugs. And I know that it might take me a little bit of time to get used to the new lamp. As for probably all of us. And I know you can’t possibly work out or find every single issue before something rather be a website or a piece of software goes life. It’s just not possible. Thank you for trying to squash As many pets as possible before launch. Thanks for continuing to squash bugs.

I’m just at the site almost daily. To look for new apps, a new Podcasts, and also see what’s going on with the lease offer.

Submitted by Khushi on Thursday, July 9, 2020

In reply to by Holger Fiallo

I just realized this has been resolved!
I closed the website yesterday so when I opened it today I was logged out. I logged in and closed it again and opened it. I was logged in already!

thank you @David Goodwin and team, you're really very amazing and Oh my god, so fast!

Submitted by Khushi on Thursday, July 9, 2020

In reply to by David Goodwin👨‍🦯

hi
I'm so, so grateful for this website. it taught me last year that IOS is not too different from Android, after all. but also it's special in its own ways.
thank you so much for squashing bugs and constantly trying to make this new website a better place to be in.
all the applevis team is amazing!
I'm excited for the years ahead.

Submitted by Brad on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Will you be getting rid of the subject line for each post? I understand a main topic post has to have a subject but having to come up with subject lines when I just want to post a reply can be annoying.

Submitted by Trenton Matthews on Thursday, July 9, 2020

You can leave the subject line blank, if ya so desire. (It's optional.)

It helps with answering questions easier, especially for those who are new to the Apple world.
That's my view on the matter anyway...

Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Thursday, July 9, 2020

I am truly sorry to all of you who are experiencing login issues at the moment. Believe me when I say that this is personally devastating after all the development and testing that I've done over the past months.

For some, clearing the browser cache does resolve this problem.

The following page provides instructions for doing this for most browsers:

https://kb.iu.edu/d/ahic

Regrettably, this does not appear to resolve the problem for everybody, so I am currently investigating this further (not made easy as I can't yet reproduce this behaviour).

One thing that I have just tried is deleting all existing sessions for the site. The downside is that everybody who has successfully logged in, will now need to do so again, but this is one possible solution that needs to be crossed off the list.

Some people also mentioned problems accessing the site when not including www in the address. This was my bad, as I was too heavy handed with some security settings. This was corrected yesterday, so applevis.com without those 3 Ws should now work fine again

Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Thursday, July 9, 2020

In reply to by DMNagel

Hey DMNagel,

This was indeed another pesky bug, so thank you for the heads-up.

Comment paging should now be back to working as expected.

Hey Brad,

As Trenton says, the Subject field is not a required one. So, if you leave it empty, the site will simply use the first part of your reply as the subject.

Submitted by Callum on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hey,

I just want to say a massive thanks to the AppleVis team for such an amazing site! It has helped me massively, especially when I purchased my first Mac, and I'm sure it has also saved me a lot of money, emails and refunds on inaccessible apps. :)

I just looked at my account page and it turns out I joined in 2013, genuinely can't believe it's been 7 years since I found this site!

Keep up the good work, here's to another 10 years.

Submitted by Dominic Doyle on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hi, not being rude or anything, but I do not like this update, not one single bed, what has the Facebook and Twitter things gone, what has the maul like this thing gone, where is the pages I come gone, can you bring back to members comments, so, please editorial team,

Submitted by Brad on Thursday, July 9, 2020

That's great about the subject line. I'm so glad to hear that I don't have to write a subject for everything.

Submitted by Brad on Thursday, July 9, 2020

I just got this error message when posting without a subject.

Error message
Unable to send email. Contact the site administrator if the problem persists.

The “More Like This” list will be returning.

It was here when the new site went live, but I had to temporarily remove it due to some issues. Right now, it's near to the top of my To Do list, but there are more pressing issues that need to take precedence.

Submitted by Dominic Doyle on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Well, don’t like this update, I don’t like it my moods first you delete numbered comments, and then you do other stuff that I hate, well, not complaining, and I’m not being negative, I, am, just not liking this update

Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Thursday, July 9, 2020

The numbering of comments was actually removed some time ago due to it not working properly.

However, it's certainly something that I hope to be able to bring back in the future.

Although it's obviously not the same, when viewing comments now, if you are using a screen reader it should tell you if the comment is a reply to a previous comment.

So, something in the form of: "In reply to “comment subject” by UserName”

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Thursday, July 9, 2020

David, thanks for posting the clearing browser content. This was the only way I could finally log back into the sight.

Regarding the site update... I was shocked to realize that this site is 10 years old and that I've been using my iPhone the same amount of time. It must be the site went live probably shortly before I got my first iPhone, because it was the first site that came up, which offered me a wealth of new iPhone info for a brand new user. Personally, I have found this content to be a priceless part of my learning curve. I appreciate you and your team for all that you do. Thank you so much!

Here's to the next 10 years! Cheers!!!

Submitted by Dominic Doyle on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Roxanne
Thank you for appreciating what the editorial team have done
I also appreciate it
I sent you
A private message on the
Site

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hey David, I just thought I'd give you an update... Although I can now successfully log in, I find that I must log in for each forum I'm reading, if I want to post something and even if I shut down the site and come back in fresh. I have had Windows save my log in credentials but I still need to log in everywhere, anyway.

Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Thursday, July 9, 2020

In reply to by Roxann Pollard

Thank you Roxann, hearing your experience may just possibly have helped with isolating the problem.

I've now made a change that should hopefully resolve the login issues.

But, in case it hasn't, I've now reserved some flight tickets to a far away hideaway 😉

Submitted by JC Alicea on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hi,
I would like to say Kudos and happy 10th birthday!! I wish AppleVis all the very best. Glad the site is back up.

Submitted by Kelly Sapergia on Thursday, July 9, 2020

I just noticed that the RSS feeds for the Mac and iOS app directories no longer work. On the RSS page, there's a feed that shows new apps in all directories, but there aren't any for the individual directories. Will these be returning?

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Yaaaaay! After successfully logging into the site, on this particular forum, I then navigated back to the home page, and then back into this forum, but it appeared that I needed to log back in. then, I shut down the browser and then brought AppleVis back up fresh. I navigated to this forum, along with others, and no log in was required. It appears that the issue has been fixed. Great job.

Submitted by Ornella on Thursday, July 9, 2020

so when I read some comments and refresh the page for example it would say 2 new comments. when I go back to it it was the comments that I already red. its still showing up as new.

Submitted by Ornella on Thursday, July 9, 2020

so if I don't reply or post a comment under a post any comments I read after refreshing the page will still show up as new. how I'm posting this now none will show up as new unless if someone else posts on this thread for example.

Submitted by gailisaiah on Thursday, July 9, 2020

I so appreciate this site! Along with the iOS guide from NBP, Applevis has been and still is such a help to me! I appreciate everyone's willingness to help and answer questions. I try to return the favor. This site is a favorite! Here's to many more years!

Submitted by Matthew Whitaker on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Wow!!!! Congrats to everyone on the team! :-)

Submitted by DMNagel on Thursday, July 9, 2020

I'm not really in the mood to go through all the comments LOL, so here goes. There is a minor bug causing the timer to stand still. When it says for example, last comment five seconds ago, It will keep saying that even when I reload the page. This is no biggy, But just thought I'd mention it anyway. Only when I completely close the tab and come back later does the timer seem to work.

Submitted by Troy on Thursday, July 9, 2020

High,
I'm finding the new website quite tedious to use with jaws. A lot of toggles and expanding of items before I can click on them. With the old website I could use my links list and easily navigate. Now I have to expand a lot of toggles. Also the add forum topic has a plus sign beside it so it's hard to find with the links list. Could you please fix this?

Submitted by Dominic Doyle on Thursday, July 9, 2020

,,, but it said my username and password was incorrect, the sites a little annoying when it does that, LOL, and hi Roxanne,

Submitted by Atakan on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hello, congratulations. New version is better than. İf you want automatically post Twitter. You can use ifttt integration. ifttt can sent new post with RSS feed. You should check integration directory.

I just took a quick look at this page and aren't seeing the toggles, can you give me an example?

Then i can confirm it and hopefully something can be done for you.

I'm using NVDA by the way but that shouldn't make a diference.

Hello Troy,

If you're using AppleVis on a Windows computer, I recommend maximizing the browser window with Alt Space, X. This will expand the collapsed navigation menu, and from there you can use the Links List to navigate as you normally would.

Submitted by Dominic Doyle on Thursday, July 9, 2020

I don’t like this new update, just letting you know

Submitted by Brad on Thursday, July 9, 2020

I think it's strange that the forum and forum name tags show up just before the start of the text for the post you're reading.