Privacy is more important than ever these days, and Appseeq has always given users multiple ways to control who can see their account-related information on the site; from the ability to hide real names and email addresses from other users, to optionally blocking guests and search-engines from viewing entire profiles - there's plenty of control on offer for anyone concerned about their personal data.
One thing we missed, and have since fixed - is the visibility of user-connections on public profiles. Appseeq now blocks anyone who isn't logged-in from seeing which accounts you've 'connected' with (under the 'Connections' tab) - and you still have all the other privacy settings available if you want to lock-down your profile from prying eyes.
If you haven't changed your privacy settings for your account yet, you might be surprised how easy it is.. click 'Edit'-->'Edit Profile' from your account page, and scroll to the bottom for the following options...
- Show my real name on my profile & comments (can also be hidden when you register)
- Show my email address on my profile (default: off)
- Show my phone number on my profile (optional)
- Show my birthday on my profile (optional)
- Accept messages from users I'm not connected to
- Hide my profile from search engines & logged-out users
So now, as well as all of the above options, your connections are also hidden by default. We take this stuff seriously, so feel free to let us know if you need further control over your accounts.
The official Appseeq app for Android is now available on the Google Play store, bringing app-search for all platforms to your Android phone or tablet! This means it's now easier than ever to find interesting new apps on-the-go, and for app developers, we now have even more ways to help your app get more visibility with mobile users.
The Appseeq app connects to our growing database of apps, providing detailed listings with screenshots and utilizes the Google Play Store for easy download and install on your Android device. For other platforms, apps link to the developers website and the Appseeq listing.
The Appseeq app on Android tablet and phone devices.
This is a new release, so feedback and feature-requests are encouraged and appreciated, either on the Google Play listing, or via the Appseeq blog or app listing.
Google Play Listing: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appseeq.appseeq
Appseeq Listing: http://www.appseeq.com/app/220/appseeq-for-android
Checking the submission logs this morning, I noticed a few people struggling with the 800kb limit for screenshots and icons on the submit form, so this has now been increased to 1mb per image, which should make submitting apps a bit easier.
Guests who submit without an account (via http://www.appseeq.com/submitapp_guest.php) will still be limited to 800kb for the time being.
It's important to keep a balance between server-load and user experience, so this may be increased again if it's still a problem.
The site will be down for about an hour around midnight 31st Aug 2013 while we implement and test some new features. After going live for a 'quiet launch' a week ago, it's time to make some tweaks here and there based on user feedback and some minor bugs we uncovered.
These updates include..
- Bug fixes
- Tweaks to the privacy settings
- Adding 'Editor's Review' to app pages
- Back-end updates to speed up the review process
Appseeq (formerly 'appSeeq') has spent the last 4 months being re-written from the ground up, and will launch as an entirely new service in September 2013. It's taken a lot of planning, coding and testing (and re-testing) to transform the old site into something both app developers and app users should find useful.
Things are moving ahead of schedule, but there's still plenty of loose-ends to tie off before the site goes live (at the time of writing, Appseeq v2.0 is running on a local development server).
So what is about to change?
- Apps can now be submitted, and edited by the developer at any time
- Appseeq sports a brand-new look, with improved search & navigation
- Apps for all major platforms (Windows,Mac,Linux,iOS,Android) are catered for
- User profiles and company profiles connect apps to people
- Developers can set up [time limited] deals and discounts
- 'Connections', voting and commenting bring a more sociable experience
The review process has also been streamlined, making it easier for an Appseeq 'editor/reviewer' to approve user-submitted apps, which means no more long wait times between submitting an app, and seeing it live on the site.