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Stately - a NationStates app for Android

PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:06 pm
by Greater Tern
Stately is an unofficial NationStates app for Android, available on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

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Features (version 1.10.0):
  • Get your nation's stats, policies, rankings and happenings.
  • Respond to issues encountered by your nation.
  • Login and switch between different nations.
  • Browse through and move to different regional communities.
  • Chat with other players and more in RMBs.
  • Observe and vote on current World Assembly resolutions.
  • Endorse nations and participate in R/D gameplay.
  • Read, manage, write and reply to telegrams.
  • Discover trends in national, regional and world census statistics.
  • Compile all your happenings together with the Activity Feed.
  • Get notified and stay up to date on new issues, telegrams and other events.
  • Make it your own: choose between five different themes and more.

Stately is an open source project! Check out the GitHub repo and make a pull request.

I've been working on this project for a while so I'd love to get your comments and feedback! If you have any questions or suggestions, post those here as well. My ultimate goal is to make all of NationStates playable on Stately, so I'll be updating the app to add more features in the future.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:07 pm
by GreatestBanks
Is there an app like this for iPhone?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:08 pm
by Gregahou
GreatestBanks wrote:Is there an app like this for iPhone?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:09 pm
by GreatestBanks
I'm sorry if I'm rude and irrelevant with my previous post.

Anyway, this seems very neat. This is a much better system than having to open new tabs on your phone and it is much more convenient to open and stay on, at least from what it seems.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:10 pm
by Greater Tern
Gregahou wrote:
GreatestBanks wrote:Is there an app like this for iPhone?


None that I'm aware of. The thing with iOS development is that it requires a MacBook, and devs need to pay Apple $100 a year just to be on the App Store, so that puts up a significant barrier to indie app devs.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:12 pm
by Greater Tern
GreatestBanks wrote:I'm sorry if I'm rude and irrelevant with my previous post.

Anyway, this seems very neat. This is a much better system than having to open new tabs on your phone and it is much more convenient to open and stay on, at least from what it seems.


Thank you! And no offense taken haha.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:22 pm
by Greater Tern
Hey everyone, I pushed a new update today. Stately 1.1.0 adds the following features:

  • Login and switch between your different nations (found under "Switch")
  • Read more posts on an RMB by swipe refreshing up (for previous messages) or down (for new messages)
  • Post on your own region's RMB
  • Vote on current WA resolutions

If you already have the app, it should be auto-updated within the next few hours. If not, you can install it from the Play Store.

On the technical side, I fixed some bugs and optimized a few things within the app. I also put in a rate limiter to prevent users from getting locked out of the NationStates API if too many requests are sent (the NationStates API has a limit of 50 requests every 30 seconds, going over that will lock you out for 15 minutes).

Feedback and suggestions are welcome! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to post them here too.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:52 pm
by Imperium Anglorum
I must say that if it works and is secure, I would be incredibly impressed. Well done!

I happen to be an iOS user, so I can't download or use it. And I will say that I wish NationStates adopted such a modern design style. Very very impressed. Yours, IA (Communiqué developer).

PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 5:46 pm
by Greater Tern
Imperium Anglorum wrote:I must say that if it works and is secure, I would be incredibly impressed. Well done!

I happen to be an iOS user, so I can't download or use it. And I will say that I wish NationStates adopted such a modern design style. Very very impressed. Yours, IA (Communiqué developer).


Thanks!

On security, the app makes all of its requests to NationStates through HTTPS. For autologin and nation switching, Stately never stores passwords -- instead, it keeps track of a nation's autologin token (which is what the actual site uses to keep you logged in). This token expires after a month or so, or when you change passwords.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:53 pm
by New Tuva SSR
Love the General Assembly feature. However, could you in 1.2.0 possibly add BBCode for the region World Factbook?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:35 pm
by Greater Tern
New Tuva SSR wrote:Love the General Assembly feature. However, could you in 1.2.0 possibly add BBCode for the region World Factbook?


Thanks! I enjoyed designing the WA parts of the app so that really means a lot.

Stately already supports most BBCode tags in region factbooks as well as RMB posts. I'm planning on putting in some improvements for the next release, but the current version should be working fine. Is there anything specific you'd like to see?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:13 am
by Zocra
Very fancy. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

I like it so much, I'm now promoting it on United Alliances' WFE.


EDIT:I have however found a bug.
When I tap "Region" on the sidebar nav, it says "Couldn't process data from NationStates". The problem appears to be that I can't access my region no matter what, because even when I try to navigate to my region via the Explore feature it gives me the same error message. I can however navigate to other regions without an issue.

http://s18.postimg.org/pjigw2aux/Screenshot_2016_02_11_18_42_06.png

PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:44 pm
by Greater Tern
Zocra wrote:Very fancy. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

I like it so much, I'm now promoting it on United Alliances' WFE.


EDIT:I have however found a bug.
When I tap "Region" on the sidebar nav, it says "Couldn't process data from NationStates". The problem appears to be that I can't access my region no matter what, because even when I try to navigate to my region via the Explore feature it gives me the same error message. I can however navigate to other regions without an issue.

http://s18.postimg.org/pjigw2aux/Screenshot_2016_02_11_18_42_06.png


Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

It looks like the bug is caused by a NationStates API issue, specifically the part that provides data on regional polls. I've reported the issue on the NationStates API thread, so I'm hoping that gets fixed soon. Thanks for the bug report!

PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:18 pm
by Zocra
Greater Tern wrote:It looks like the bug is caused by a NationStates API issue, specifically the part that provides data on regional polls. I've reported the issue on the NationStates API thread, so I'm hoping that gets fixed soon. Thanks for the bug report!

You're welcome. I'm truly very excited about this app. :)

P.S. I'd definitely be willing to pay for a premium version. 8)

PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:15 pm
by Greater Tern
Zocra wrote:
Greater Tern wrote:It looks like the bug is caused by a NationStates API issue, specifically the part that provides data on regional polls. I've reported the issue on the NationStates API thread, so I'm hoping that gets fixed soon. Thanks for the bug report!

You're welcome. I'm truly very excited about this app. :)

P.S. I'd definitely be willing to pay for a premium version. 8)


Thanks.

[violet] fixed the API, so you should be able to open your region now. Let me know if you have any suggestions or feature requests!

PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:13 pm
by Sad-States
Very good work, I always love seeing new coders arise from the community.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:16 pm
by Empire of Donner land
Very nice, would it be possible in the future to support posting or even browsing the forum?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:01 pm
by New Tuva SSR
Empire of Donner land wrote:Very nice, would it be possible in the future to support posting or even browsing the forum?

Agreed.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:51 pm
by Greater Tern
Sad-States wrote:Very good work, I always love seeing new coders arise from the community.


Thanks!

Empire of Donner land wrote:Very nice, would it be possible in the future to support posting or even browsing the forum?


Unfortunately, scripts are banned on the forums (according to the Script Rules) so I'm not allowed to get data from it. I think there are other apps specifically for forums however, you can take a look at those.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:25 am
by Greater Tern
I've pushed a new update -- Stately 1.2.1 adds the following features:

  • Activity Feed: see all your happenings in one place (Not the same as the Dossier)
  • Improved BBCode formatting, including support for [color], [spoiler], [quote] authorship and raw links
  • Material dialogs for older versions of Android
  • Bug fixes and other improvements

Feedback, suggestions, requests and concerns are always welcome!

PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:40 am
by Skaenia
This is such a nice app :) I feel it would be better if it included the full functionality of the website, especially things like factbooks and telegrams. Then again, the amount I know about app building could fit on a postage stamp with room to spare, so it may not be possible, but you did ask for suggestions :)

PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:15 pm
by Greater Tern
Skaenia wrote:This is such a nice app :) I feel it would be better if it included the full functionality of the website, especially things like factbooks and telegrams. Then again, the amount I know about app building could fit on a postage stamp with room to spare, so it may not be possible, but you did ask for suggestions :)


Thanks! I'm currently looking into nation factbooks/dispatches, but that'll probably take a while since the app needs to be able to display something like this properly on a small screen.

Telegrams appear to be off-limits outside of the actual NS site, according to the Script Rules and the API rules, so I'm not allowed to integrate them into the app. I'd love to have them if that wasn't the case though.

I'm also looking into, in no particular order, actual dossier support, moving between regions and endorsing nations in your region. Viewing and comparing census data is also on the list, but that'll probably be on hold until the new real-time stats come out. Additional updates to issues might also be needed to properly handle the new features as well.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:23 pm
by [violet]
Greater Tern wrote:Telegrams appear to be off-limits outside of the actual NS site, according to the Script Rules and the API rules, so I'm not allowed to integrate them into the app. I'd love to have them if that wasn't the case though.

We can probably make an exception for mobile apps that merely duplicate regular site functionality. That's not what the rules were written for (they exist to separate automated TG sending from human-sent). Maybe lodge a GHR with a proposal.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:43 pm
by Greater Tern
[violet] wrote:We can probably make an exception for mobile apps that merely duplicate regular site functionality. That's not what the rules were written for (they exist to separate automated TG sending from human-sent). Maybe lodge a GHR with a proposal.

That's great to hear! Thanks [violet], I'll submit a proposal as soon as I can.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:30 pm
by Waspeaters
Just had a quick flick around the app, and it looks really nice so far. Good job!