If you’ve recently installed Attest 3.2 from the Adobe AIR Marketplace and are not seeing content loaded in the Study feature, fear not. You’ll need to reinstall over top, or uninstall/reinstall if that’s the option presented by using the AIR badge located here http://software.pxldesigns.com/attest3/download
Here’s what happened. I blogged recently about a bug I introduced into Attest 3.2 (you’re welcome!) and quickly created a patch for. The problem was, the Adobe AIR Marketplace is shutting down as of August 31st 2011, and they wouldn’t release that patch in the meantime.
To remedy this, I reverted Attest 3.3 (which nobody has but me) back to 3.2 with the fix in place. So you won’t be prompted to update to 3.3 since it technically doesn’t exist. Instead, if you don’t see the Study content, simply install Attest 3.2 again with the link provided above, and you’ll become a secret Attest 3.3 owner like myself but no one will know. If you need to uninstall first, that’s fine, just do it through the AIR installer interface that pops up from the badge. The AIR Marketplace will still recognize your license if you purchased a copy prior, so you don’t have to worry about losing it. Anyway, by doing that, you’ll have the fix for the bug.
Going forward, any current Attest users who purchased through the AIR Marketplace will no longer be able to get updates through the Adobe framework directly since the marketplace is getting chopped and diced. The questions in Attest and content in general can be updated outside of the Adobe framework, so as always, if you find errata or you want to debate over a question, feel free to get in touch and I’ll push fixes as needed.
What will happen with future versions of Attest?
We’re working on mobile versions for Android and iOS phones and tablets right now, and they’re fairly close to release. The problem is trying to fit all that content on a tiny screen for phones.
Is the desktop version going away?
We’re strongly leaning towards moving Attest to a web-based application instead of desktop like it’s always been in the past. This way, it’ll be much quicker and easier to fix errata and bugs, create and release new content, etc, and the only real downside is there’s no offline support. There will be more info on this soon. Desktop might just make the cut regardless if I can figure out a way to keep my hair from turning gray.
Hang around Monday morning, I can neither confirm or deny that there may be a giveaway for those who want to grab a copy of Attest quick before the Marketplace shuts down You didn’t hear that from me.