Apptrackr has been released. Go to apptrackr.org
If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few weeks, earlier this month I announced apptrackr, a replacement for Appulous. We took the time to make apptrackr very nice looking, and I’ve done my best to optimize it and increase its performance to handle a large, large audience of users.
First and foremost, I’d like to thank all of our beta testers (Advancements) for not only their contributions but for making so many great suggestions and finding quite a few bugs for us to fix. Without you, apptrackr would not be here today!
Apptrackr is advantageous to Appulous for several reasons. In theory, the website should be faster than Appulous (considering we’re on three times the hardware that Appulous is) and the website’s caching functionality is advanced (it uses ideas from Kyek’s RECache algorithm). The website is much better looking, running a theme that we’ve refined for the best presentation and user experience. We also support most iTunes stores, instead of just the US store, for app submission.
Here are a few screenshots from the Apptrackr desktop template (some things aren’t exactly the same as they are now):
Here are some screenshots from the Apptrackr mobile template (running in MobileSafari):
Some things you should know!
You may already be registered!
Apptrackr runs on a backup of Appulous from a few days ago, so if you registered on Appulous before last week (or so) you may already be registered. You can log in and use the website without a hitch!
Apptrackr is a bit cleaner.
Appulous has a ton of applications, but a lot of them are dead links on old filehosts that we no longer support. Only good filehosts were migrated to Apptrackr, and only apps with links were migrated as well.
How do I access apptrackr on my iDevice?
Apptrackr has a mobile template which allows you to surf the website using MobileSafari. We suggest installing Installous from our cydia repo, cydia.hackulo.us. Note: Installous does not use Apptrackr yet. It will automatically be moved over in the next 24 hours.
If you use install0us 3, MadHouse has released a plugin.
The API is available.
Apptrackr has an API which will allow developers to support apptrackr on their websites and applications. Documentation can be found here.
If you want an API profile, please read this thread.
We have support forums!
Apptrackr has an “Apptrackr Talk” forum here on Hackulous. Please visit that forum if you have any questions, suggestions, or if you find any bugs. If you want to tell me something in confidence, you can private message me on here. I get lots of PM’s, so please only message me if it’s important!
Why haven’t you added _______? or When will you make a _______?
The goal of initial release was to completely replace Appulous’ functionality, so advanced features (such as ratings, reports, statistics, requests, comments, etc.) have not been included. I will be happy to work with our staff to develop features similar to those which add content to the website and make it easier for people to share applications. While we’re open to suggestions, please make sure I haven’t already recognized a suggestion (don’t repeat what someone else has said).
One of the top priorities of apptrackr is protecting the security of our users. Therefore, any features that we consider will only be applied if we can do it in a way that does not jeopardize user privacy.
I want to contribute!
I realize there are a lot of people out there that have web development and design skills, and I appreciate their suggestions and feedback. What I can’t do, though, is include people outside of the scene on this project. We have to protect the project’s integrity, so we only work with people who we trust and have worked with for a long time. Those people include the Hackulous staff and various other well-known programmers and reverse-engineers in the scene.
What’s going to happen to Appulous?
Kyek runs Appulous, but it is was funded entirely by Hackulous. Now that apptrackr is the main community resource for iPhone and iPod Touch apps, donations will be diverted from Appulous to apptrackr. A problem that Kyek pointed out is that users donated in faith that their donations would go to Appulous, and to rectify this I am not and have not accepted any donations to apptrackr that were made toward Appulous.
Back on topic, I’m not entirely sure what Kyek will do with Appulous. He probably should redirect it, but it is his website and he can do whatever he wants with it. Apptrackr serves as a replacement of his website, and is now the official Hackulous appdb.
Where can we keep track of updates?
I’m very eager to make continuous progress with the website, with the help of our staff. I have created an Apptrackr Blog which will maintain all updates (including some technical details for fellow nerds) about the operation of Apptrackr.