UniShare

We just launched our first App on Android

Times are hard, especially if a company is relying on the Microsoft stack for developing applications. Microsoft has a clear vision for its “One Windows”-platform, but is struggling in the mobile space. That´s why we decided to go cross-platform in the second half of 2016.

After the launch of UniShare for the Universal Windows Platform, we got asked to develop the official Android- and iOS-Application for the German News-site WindowsUnited.de. With our plan in mind to expand our reach anyways, we agreed and started immediately with that project.

The app was already out there as a public beta. Today we are proud to announce the general availability of the official WindowsUnited app for Android on the Google Play Store. The app not only allows you to just read the news articles, but let’s you also interact with other users via the integrated comment system. The app integrates on a lot of edges with the operating system, be it for sharing, opening links or share articles from within the app. We also tried to follow the already available Windows App (which is developed by brothers agency (formerly known as cee)) as far as possible in terms of functionality. Here are some screen shots from the app:

What’s next?

We have several things on our to-do list, one of them is to bring WindowsUnited to iOS. Also, we already started to bring UniShare to Android, like you can see from these screen shots:

We are NOT cancelling our investment into the Windows platform, but we will keep expanding to the other mobile platforms as well. Stay tuned, we will keep you informed about the progress we make with our projects.

Saying ‘Goodbye 2016’ (and a small preview into 2017)

This year was again a turbulent one for us. We had a few ups and downs, but overall we enjoyed it. What happened this year at MSiccDev?

Bringing UniShare to the PC with the UWP version

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This year, we finally did the next step and brought UniShare to the PC with launching our all new written UWP app. We had a great team of beta testers finding out a ton of bugs, helping to make UniShare a powerful and great app. Thanks to all of you again, without your help UniShare would not be as awesome as it is now. We kept improving UniShare and added some cool new features, including translations into more languages, a connection to our SimpleLeet Converter as well as a Translation feature into Klingon.

But we do not stop here. The current situation of Windows Mobile (formerly known as Windows Phone) is difficult. That’s why we had to move on and started development of UniShare for Android. Here is a sneak preview:

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Releasing the official WindowsUnited.de app as public beta in the Google Play Store

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Also this year, we published Windows United for Android, which is our first public Android application in the Google Play Store. WindowsUnited is a German Microsoft news page, and we are happy to develop their official apps for both Android and iOS. The Android application is a public beta, everyone can download it for free from the store. We target a final release in early 2017 and will also launch an iOS version in 2017.

We will continue to work on these two projects in 2017, and you will see also some new stuff from our side.

So, let’s say goodbye to 2016 and look ahead to 2017 by wishing you and your families a happy new year.

Announcing UniShare v1.2.1 with cool new features and tons of fixes

Screenshot (179)Today, we published UniShare version 1.2.1, which has a bunch of new extras and contains a ton of fixes.

Here is what is new:

  • UniShare is now available in more languages (German, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian)
  • we added a link to our translator registration page
  • adding a picture from camera/library or pasting from clipboard is now also available when using the Sharing menu of the operating system (because it opens the main app)
  • using our app SimpleLeet Universal, you can convert any update to Leet Speak from within UniShare (SimpleLeet Universal has to be installed and started at least once)
  • using the Microsoft Translator, you can translate your updates no to Klingon – qaStaHvIS batlh!
  • using Giphy, you can search the biggest gif library out there in the web and attach them to your updates as well

Here is what has been fixed:

  • the mention suggestion search for Facebook no longer needs upper case letters
  • Import/Export of Sharing Profiles is now fixed, no longer throws errors
  • better handling of situations without internet connection
  • fixed sharing to external apps (you can now share to all Email, Messaging and WhatsApp all at the same time)
  • a lot more bug fixes, listing them all would make this post way too long

Due to all those changes, you might have to go to the ‘unlock additional packages’ page again to update your license. If this does not happen automatically, just select your currently active license, a few seconds later the app has refreshed your license status and should work like expected. If this is not the case, please open a ticket on the ‘feedback and support’ page.

We hope you’ll enjoy the new features as much as we do. After our summer vacation, we will continue to improve UniShare (we actually have a long list of new features to come).

Have fun, everyone!

Announcing UniShare for the Universal Windows Platform (Windows 10) and launch sales

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Today, we are happy to finally announce our all new universal app version of UniShare, expanding the sharing experience to the Desktop/Tablet and Continuum.

We worked hard to make sharing as easy as possible, and also added new features and networks.

Here is the feature list:

  • share easily across up to 10 networks (with more to come!)
  • supported networks in Basic version: Twitter (single account, LinkedIn, Facebook (personal account))
  • supported networks in Pro version: Twitter (up to 3 accounts, LinkedIn, Facebook (personal account plus pages you are admin/contributer), Tumblr, Pocket (saving links for later), Geeklist, Path, Slack (up to 5 teams), Reddit, vk.com
  • choose from a broad range of picture upload packages (from 5 pics for free up to unlimited)
  • create and use sharing profiles to easily target the right audience for your content
  • mentioning of users you are following on Twitter, your Facebook friends or team members on Slack
  • shorten links with Bit.ly, using your existing account to enable statistics
  • share pictures to networks that do not support direkt image upload like LinkedIn and Reddit, using imgur.com
  • our UserVoice is built in for faq, your suggestions and also support tickets
  • many more features to come with future updates, including translation to more languages

Sadly, we had to keep some of the features you all loved on Windows Phone 8.1 out in this version:

  • Cortana support will be back with one of the next updates
  • picture editor will also be back with one of the next updates
  • XMusicShare is not likely to come back – due to the fact we are not able to get the current playing song on Windows 10. If this ever changes, we’ll add it back in, promised!

We have big plans with UniShare. In fact, our ‘features we want to build in’ list is as long as the list of what we have already built in the current version. Some of them are advanced features that require additional resources, that’s why we had to change our pricing model. We are introducing Pro subscriptions for 1, 3, 6 or 12 month with Windows 10.

To give you all a chance to explore the new universal app, we are running a special launch sales until the end of June on the Pro licenses:

  • 1 Month Pro for free!
  • 3 Month Pro for the price of 1
  • 6 Month Pro for the price of 3
  • 1 Year Pro for the price of 6

In the same timespan, we will also randomly post codes for 1 Year-Pro subscriptions on Twitter or on Facebook, make sure you are following us to not miss your chance to snag one for free!

On top of the Pro licenses, we have also added some picture upload packages, in case you do not want/need a Pro license:

  • Free monthly Picture Package (contains 5 picture uploads)
  • Picture Upload Package S (contains 10 picture uploads)
  • Picture Upload Package M (contains 25 picture uploads)
  • Picture Upload Package unlimited (unlock picture upload forever)

We hope you all will enjoy the new version of UniShare across your Windows devices and look forward to your reviews in the store. If you have ideas on how to improve the app, feel free to use the built in UserVoice functionality (it is hidden in the three dot menu).

Get it on Windows 10

If the Store tells you that ‘something happened on our end’, please be patient. Microsoft told us that it will get fixed all alone within the next few hours (and we’re monitoring it as well).

Are your writing for a news page and plan to write about the new version? Get in contact with us, we may provide some codes for Pro licenses that you can provide to your readers.

Opening the UniShare Beta for Windows 10 to more users

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Today, we are opening the UniShare Windows 10 beta to more users. UniShare is now a true universal app, that runs on both your PC/tablet and your phone. On Top, UniShare already supports Continuum!

Here is what you get with UniShare on Windows 10:

  • share your social updates to up to 10 networks
  • new networks: Slack and Reddit
  • images can now be shared across all networks, thanks to the use of Imgur
  • the url shortener of our choice is Bitly – and you can now use your own account to shorten links (we use your standard settings)
  • mention your friends is now also availabe for Facebook and the newly added Slack teams support mentioning as well

What’s missing:

  • Due to the fact that we are no longer able to detect the song you’re playing, the music share feature is currently not available. We are evaluationg ways to replace this function
  • the image editor – due to the new platform of Windows 10, we need to completely rewrite the image editor
  • Cortana integreation (we’ll bring it back, promised!)
  • on Windows 10 mobile, UniShare currently only supports portrait orientation

If you want to help and improve the next evolution of UniShare, you are only a step away. Just hit this link http://bit.ly/unishare10beta and register for our beta.

We are using Slack for all questions and feedback on the beta. That’s why you will receive two emails after registration – one with the link to the beta, and the invitation to our Slack team.

Please note that we limit the number of new registrations (once the limit is reached we will take down the registration page). All beta testers that provide valuable feedback will be rewarded once the application becomes generally available.

We’re looking forward to chat with our new testers on Slack.

Merry Christmas to all of our users (and result of our UniShare xmas challenge)

merry-christmas-everyoneChristmas is around the corner, some of us are still searching the last gifts, and the preparations for christmas are close to be finished. And so is our UniShare christmas challenge.

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Like you can see, we missed the goal of our UniShare christmas challenge by more than 1,500 downloads. This makes us very sad, as we would have loved to make you our ‘unlock all packages’ package for free for this christmas. But you’ll all receive a gift, anyways. We just made the ‘image upload package’ free for all, like we promised (please give the Store some time!).

Nonetheless, we are still  enthusiastic about reaching the 20,000 milestone. This is why we are continuing our challenge until the end of the year. If we will reach our goal of 20,000 milestones by 12/31/2014, we will make the ‘unlock all packages’ package free for 48 hours in the new year.

We wish all users of our apps  a Merry Christmas and may your wishes come true.

UniShare, meet Cortana

As we promised, we will integrate UniShare into Cortana – coming in as one of the most requested features for UniShare, we thought it would be nice to finish it before christmas. Now, with our latest update, we reached this goal.

We started with integration in English (US & GB), as most users will likely have their phone set to English in order to use Cortana (read more: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/how-to/wp8/cortana/cortana-alpha).

The sharing process itself is completely voice guided, you do not need to touch the screen to update your social status (except for starting Cortana and make her listening). This first integration is for text updates only, but we will add more in later updates.

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We have also tested  some of the freshly added Cortana languages (for those of you that are on the developer preview). For the moment, we are keeping them out as the results were not satisfying. As Microsoft improves Windows Phone, we also continue to improve our app – this includes also translation into more languages. Stay tuned for more info on that.

To make it easier  get started with our Cortana integration, we created a new FAQ entry: http://msiccdev.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/470316-unishare-cortana-integration-and-voice-commands. This is also available within UniShare (open the three-dot-menu at the bottom and tap on the ‘help & support (via uservoice)’ option).

The latest update contains also the following fixes:

  • fixed message for Facebook post error
  • fixed error where Facebook pages do net get loaded automatically after connecting
  • improvements on the lock screen prevention function
  • other bug fixes

If you do not see the update immediately, please be patient as the store refresh for our app may still need some time.

Last but not least, we want to remind you all of our UniShare Xmas Challenge: http://apps.msicc.net/2014/11/29/help-us-to-get-to-20000-downloads-of-unishare-and-get-a-gift-in-time-for-xmas/. Help us to get 20,000 downloads, and get an awesome gift as reward!

 

Help us to get to 20,000 downloads of UniShare (and get a gift in time for xmas)

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As christmas time is about to start, we are thinking about the gifts we want to give to  our users as well. Looking at our download numbers of UniShare, we came up with the idea to start a little challenge.

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As you can see, we have around 17,000 downloads of UniShare. If we will get this numbers up to 20,000 until Sunday, 12/21/2014 we will make our “Unlock All Packages” package free for the three days of Christmas! This package is the most awesome package of all, as it will contain also all future packages (and there will be more, believe us)!

If our download numbers remain below 20,000 however, you will receive a gift as well. We will then make the “Unlock Image Upload” package (which is the second most requested) free for Christmas.

It is up to you, help spreading the word about UniShare and make our count break the 20,000 downloads line!

UniShare 0.9.1.0 is live in the Windows Phone Store–and brings some bad news

As we continue to work on UniShare as well, we are also improving and adding new features. This time however, we sadly  had to remove two features from UniShare.

We had to remove Yammer from UniShare as we will loose our access to the needed programming endpoints at 12/31/2014 (because of leaving Telefónica Germany, where our access is tied to). We are currently looking into possible ways to make Yammer re-appear.

On top, Facebook does no longer allow third party apps to post to user groups if  a platform has an official app. As Windows Phone has such an official app, we were forced to remove also this posting option. Posting to your pages however is still fully functional.

We are very sorry for this bad news.

Besides that, we also added a new feature that prevents the app to lock your phone until sharing has finished (you’ll find that on the post options page):

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We are also happy to have fixed some other bugs:

  • fixed error where Xbox Music link was added with unchecked Checkbox
  • fixed missing album cover in XMusicShare when result from Xbox Music is selected (happens mostly while streaming)
  • improved error handling for premium packages with slow network connections
  • fixed sharing continuation when posting media fails
  • lots of minor  bug fixes

 

We hope that these fixes and the new lock screen prevention option will be delightful for you all.

What we are working next on is Cortana integration as well as multiple Twitter accounts, as these are the most requested features. Stay tuned for the next update!

UniShare 0.9.0.0 is now live in the Windows Phone Store

After fixing that annoying message carousel some of you were experiencing, we continued to improve UniShare.

Version 0.9.0.0 contains these new features:

  • search the song you’re listening to on Xbox Music to add a link to your #nowplaying status. Please note: When you are streaming, it may happen that nothing or not all details of the current track get detected. This highly depends on the source of the track. This is why we made all fields editable, so you can enter all details manually and still search for the Xbox Music link.

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  • all links get shortened automatically with bit.ly. This saves some space when your update is posted.
  • UniShare has now its own folder in your photo library (for edited photos)
  • minor bug fixes

We hope you enjoy the new functions.