Just a quick update on bug fixes and where Attest is headed in the future. I’ve received a few emails about the Learning view in Attest 3.2 not loading the content. This is a bug introduced by yours truly 🙂 where the app may not show any learning content, but instead you’ll see “Loading…” or empty screens. I made the patch for this bug and submitted it to the Adobe AIR Marketplace last week, but for some reason it’s taking longer to get it released.
You may or may not be aware that the AIR Marketplace is shutting down as of August 31st 2011. If you currently own a license for Attest, or you get a copy before Aug 31, you’ll be able to continue to use it in the future. However, there will be no more sales for any apps on the AIR Marketplace after that date unfortunately.
In the meantime, we’ve been working on mobile versions of Attest 3.3 (soon to be released – hopefully this week). It currently works well on tablets, but the screen real estate is too small to show all the content on phones. So we need to get fancy with fitting all the content onscreen for the smaller displays on phones.
We’re aiming for Android and iOS support for tablets first, phones will probably come later. In the near future, we’ve tossed the idea around of moving Attest to a web-based service instead. Since the use of Attest is to help study for the Flex certification exams, it really only has a temporary lifespan and doesn’t need to be a desktop app. The benefits of moving it to web-based are:
- Subscription payment methods. Pay for 1-3 months, or a custom time period for as long as you need to study
- New content and bug fixes will be released quicker because we remove the approval process
- Access the app and study from anywhere with an internet connection
The only possible downside we found for web-based is no offline support. I haven’t had many requests for offline so it feels like a non issue.
I want to try to gather some info from you so I know where best to focus our production time for future releases of Attest. So make sure you run through the polls below and let me know what you think in the comments.