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APP OF THE MONTH: SABATON OPEN AIR

Tremble in fear as January’s App of the Month promotes dark sided music to an ungodly audience. This wicked abomination is a threat to all that is good and just. But more importantly, it’s damn well executed.

Once a year the modest Swedish city of Falun goes fullblown metal Mecka when the Sabaton Open Air festival kicks off. Uniting over 50,000 fans from all across the world in perfect disharmony, the festival is one of the biggest metal happenings in all of Scandinavia. Sabaton Open Air lasts for three days and boasts big international names as its main attractions, with namesake Sabaton serving as the recurring one.

 

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Festival menu done right. Take note, maggots.

2017 marks the ten-year anniversary of the festival. This calls for even more hype, something the host will achieve with an app. A festival is really the perfect candidate for this platform, and Sabaton Open Air has it down to a t in terms of both design, content and functionality.

The app’s nine main pages do a good job covering all the information the user could possibly want. Obviously, we have Bands and Schedule. And FAQ, which deals with stuff you might be wondering that’s not covered in the other pages, like food & drinks, what to bring and age limits on the festival. Then there’s Tickets, where you can secure your own spot in the upcoming metalfest. Sabaton Open Air uses the Website module to integrate the tickets part of their website into the app, but with our recent game changer E-Commerce, this is no longer necessary. You can utilize integrated app-shop functionality instead, obviously for a fraction of the cost and time it takes to build your own website.

 

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Initiators of the festival, Sabaton. Fashion gurus first, melodic power metal band second.

 

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Tickets sold through the Web Page module, our older solution for app-shop functionality.

The content is complemented by a very nifty function. Something very light and simple but oh so useful: push notifications. Essentially, this function on its own warrants a download from each and every person on the upcoming festival. Right now, push notifications update users on band lineup and other stuff. Once the festival kicks off in a few months, it can be used to alert them when the next band is about to hit the stage. This function alone makes the app platform superior for promoting events such as festivals, and we’re sure it’s going to be the standard in the near future.

 

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A staple festival function keeping the user updated and engaged: push notifications.

If you’re one of the many thousands en route to the land of grown-ass men singing songs about decomposing religious figures, you’re obviously going to download this app. All the information you could ask for readily available in your pocket, with push notifications making sure you’re not missing out on the best bands – what’s not to love?

The app platform fits hand-in-glove with this kind of event, and as it’s becoming more and more accessible, we’re sure most festivals out there will have their own app in the near future. Hopefully most of them will be as good as this one. Five out of five hell-sprung growls from the AppSpotr team!

 

NEW MODULE: SOCIAL FEED

Unleashing the ideas, feelings and far too generous use of exclamation marks of your users, the new Social Feed module lets you tap even deeper into the power of communication.

Crash! Boom! Bang! Did you hear that? It was the sound of our current hype streak bringing you yet another game changer.

The brand new Social Feed module is our first steady step into social functionality for your app. Boasting a long-requested login function and a feed where users can interact with your posts through likes and comments, this addition will take user engagement in your app to a whole new level.

Social Feed is available for $10 a month on the AppSpotr Marketplace.

Appy building!

 

MODULE FEATURES

  • Integrated login functionality allowing your users to like and comment on your posts
  • Go troll hunting in your feed with built-in comment moderation
  • Report button letting users mark inappropriate comments

APP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: CTO PONTUS BACKLUND

In App Close and Personal we get to know people somehow related to AppSpotr through an arbitrary number of reasonable and less reasonable questions. This time around we get cozy with Pontus Backlund, the big baus on our programming team.


Hey, stranger! So, what would you say has been the biggest challenge in developing the AppSpotr platform so far?

For me the biggest challenge was probably designing the architecture for the E-commerce system. It’s the biggest feature we have launched since I started working here.


What’s your level in World of Warcraft?

I don’t have time for time-consuming games.


Come on now, be real with us.

I am. I stopped playing years ago… I think I was around level 30 or something.


Riiight… Moving on, which feature or functionality do you think would improve our tool the most?

I think E-commerce and our upcoming Social features are really going to spice our tool up! We’re definitely starting to get to a place where you can get some extraordinary functionality in your apps.


What do you love the most about your job?

Coding is a hobby and passion, so when I get to sit down and grind code for hours, or when I get to research and come up with great architecture for huge features, that’s when I’m at my peak of happiness.


And what do you love just a tiny bit less about it?

That’d be the administrative duties.


Can you drop some super secret AppSpotr stuff you’re working on right now?

I would if I could, but since we went public things are very secretive… I can however mention that I’m in the process of building the best coffee bot for Slack ever.


Sounds awesome. So… can you trade us some legendary gear?

APP OF THE MONTH: FULL POTT PÅ HÖGSKOLEPROVET

Are your less-than-stellar high-school grades stopping you from getting into the college of your choice? Sorry, you’re screwed. Unless you’re Swedish and download December’s App of the Month, of course.

Education is good for lots of things, m’kay? But in order to land a fine-ass degree, you’ll have to bite the high-school bullet and achieve shimmering As and Bs in subjects you might just hate. Sadly, some people are too bored, too attention deficit disorder, too lunch-money deprived or just too dumb to give enough fucks at the time. Whatever the reason, it really sucks to be held back later on because of it. Luckily, as with most problems (except for the paradox of time traveling … come on, it just wouldn’t work), there is a solution. SATs. You know the deal. Essentially, for like 50 bucks you do a test that covers a bunch of different fields, and your scores on the test can help you get into college.

 

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A menu. Mindblowing, right?

 

Now there’s a Swedish version of SATs called Högskoleprovet. And that’s where December’s App of the Month comes in. Full Pott på Högskoleprovet aims to help you getting that perfect score through word training and other valuable stuff delivered through push notifications.

The app is really light, simple and to the point. Essentially, what you have is a quiz, an about section with a link to the creator’s website and promotion of his book on the same subject. No fancy content or anything like that. Instead, it relies on a simple, great idea with a clear – and friggin’ huge – target group in mind. Sometimes that’s all you need.

The quiz tests your mettle in obscure Swedish words to give you an upper hand on the word part of Högskoleprovet. Additionally, there’s the push notifications delivering a “word of the day”, and useful general tips. Considering how big the test is, the app could obviously be fleshed out a lot with more content, but we really love the idea and the creative use of the functions.

 

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Aha! We know that “dendrophiles” love screwing trees. And that “chronology” is the science of arranging events in their order of occurrence in time … so “dendrochronology” just has to mean “look for gold in the river”!

 

Utilizing both the Quiz Module and push notifications in innovative ways, this li’l app delivers useful content to all those Swedes taking a second shot at academic success. The app scores a near-perfect 1.9 on the AppSpotr test. With some studying and minor adjustments, it could be a flawless 2.0.

ABOUT THE MOVIE 300

300 is a pretty sweet movie about abs, bromance and shit. But do you know what’s even sweeter? Except for watching a beautiful sunrise hand in hand with that special someone, of course. You’re about to find out.

300 is a 2006 American epic fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Both are fictionalized retellings of the Battle of Thermopylae within the Persian Wars. The film was directed by Zack Snyder, while Miller served as executive producer and consultant. It was filmed mostly with a super-abs-deluxe key technique, to help replicate the imagery of the original comic book.

The plot revolves around King Leonidas, who leads 300 super cute Spartans into battle against the Persian “god-tranny” Xerxes and his invading army of super many soldiers. As the battle rages, Incest Queen from Game of Thrones attempts to rally support in Sparta for her husband.

Despite their minuscule number, the Spartans fearlessly fight their way through thousands upon thousands of Persian soldiers. Once the few remaining men reach Xerxes, Leonidas manages to land a scratch on the god-tranny himself, and in doing so, expose his mortality. Then the Spartans live happily ever after. Just kidding. They all die. But their sacrifice paves the way for a united Greece to pick up arms and eventually win the war.

Pretty neat story, huh? Impressive how all that could be achieved with only 300 men. Now, multiply that by a thousand and then some. That’s how many we are now. Can you imagine the majestic stories that will be told about us?

CHANGES TO APP STORE PUBLISHING

The time has come to close off our App Store account. From now on, just as for Android, all new iOS apps will be published to your own ditto. Scary? We know. But it’s not all bad news, as fame, fortune and rich new wisdom lies within reach for those who venture on by themselves.

So, last year we opened up for the long-awaited feature of publishing to your own accounts. When implementing this for Google Play we also got rid of the option to publish through us. For App Store, we went about doing things a bit differently, rolling out support for your Developer account while retaining the option to use ours throughout the year. Well, 2k17 is here, you know. Time’s up. From now on, AppSpotr apps published to either platform go through your own account.

To publish to App Store, you’ll need an iTunes Connect Developer account enrolled to the iOS Developer Program. If you don’t have one yet, check out our guide on how to get it here

Those of you who already have iOS apps live on the AppSpotr account, don’t worry. You’ll get some time to migrate your creations before they go poof. Just make sure it happens before February 9th, or face complete and utter unpublication at the hands of the Appocalypse. That’s really the worst that could happen.

We understand this might all seem a bit overwhelming at first, but us hosting thousands of apps was never a viable long-term solution. We all knew that. And honestly, there are plenty of perks to having your app on your personal account. You get access to ever so useful analytics, you can put a price tag on your app and, of course, as for every self-respecting artist, your masterpiece will be signed with your name.

Now whaddya say, time to go conquer those charts?

 

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