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  • Creating the iOS and Android vb5 apps

    Where are the latest instructions for creating these?

  • #2
    Go to https://members.vbulletin.com.
    Click on the link for the Mobile Publisher. If you have created them before there will be links to Edit the Android and the iOS apps. Follow the instructions on the screen. Please note, that your site needs to be running under SSL for the Apps to build. These are requirements from the App Store publishers.

    When you have completed the build, the instructions to submit to either Google Play or the Apple App Store will be included in the download package.
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    Wayne Luke
    The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud customization and demonstration site.
    vBulletin 5 Documentation - Updated every Friday. Report issues here.
    vBulletin 5 API - Full / Mobile
    I am not currently available for vB Messenger Chats.

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    • #3
      I was able to complete and submit the Android app, which has been live for a couple of weeks.


      On the iOS one:

      1) When I get to the steps that ask me to

      On your MAC, in the "Applications" folder, open the "Utilities" folder and launch "Keychain Access".
      Under "Keychain Access" menu, click on "Preferences" then set "Online Certificate Status Protocol (OSCP)" and "Certificate Revocation List (CRL)" to "Off".

      I don't see any such "Preferences" options on my KeyChain access.

      Note: vbulletin told me to ignore this step.

      2) I can get as far as the iTunes "Prepare for Submission" step, but iTunes store is rejecting the images in the Upload folder as either wrong size or rejected because they contain "alpha channels or transparencies" so I can't get to the final point of submitting the app.

      To clarify: iTunes rejects every single image that the vbulletin creation app has created, as being the wrong size. And then for any image that I resized with a simple image size change and then Save As in Photoshop CS6, iTunes rejects any such resized image as containing "alpha channels or transparencies."

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      • #4
        The images that we create haven't changed so Apple must have changed their requirements. You will need to review their developer guidelines and set the images to the sizes that they require at this time. You'll have to consult the Adobe Photoshop instructions on how to save images without transparency.
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        Wayne Luke
        The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud customization and demonstration site.
        vBulletin 5 Documentation - Updated every Friday. Report issues here.
        vBulletin 5 API - Full / Mobile
        I am not currently available for vB Messenger Chats.

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        • #5
          I determined that the 1242 x 2208 images that you supply are actually okay, for the 5.5 inch iPhone. Then I created using PhotoShop re-sized images that are 1125 x 2436 for the iPhone 5.8 inch (optional) and 2048 x 2732 for the iPad 12.9 inch (required), and then opened these resized images with Graphic Converter and removed the Alpha Channels, re-saved, and then all were accepted.

          I did not see any area to upload the other images you supply, such as 640 x 960 , 640 x 1136 , or others I had created such as 1668 x 2224. I did not upload any images to the iMessage area, and did not upload any images for the Apple Watch.


          When I got to the step for the XCode (version 9.3) application loader, I got the error:

          ERROR ITMS-90022: "Missing required icon file. The bundle does not contain an app icon for iPhone / iPod Touch of exactly '120x120' pixels, in .png format for iOS versions >= 7.0."

          but I don't know where to upload a 120x120 app icon - as the only one supplied that I uploaded at iTunes was 1024 x 1024.

          Supposedly this is an XCode issue. I am using XCode 9.3
          Last edited by MDawg; Fri 27th Apr '18, 4:50pm.

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          • #6
            P.S. A programmer is telling me that this missing 120x120 app icon is not an XCode issue, that it is in fact missing from the .ipa

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            • #7
              Please create a bug report about the improper images so the mobile team can look into it. Support has no access to review or resolve this issue.

              http://tracker.vbulletin.com/secure/...81&issuetype=1
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              Wayne Luke
              The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud customization and demonstration site.
              vBulletin 5 Documentation - Updated every Friday. Report issues here.
              vBulletin 5 API - Full / Mobile
              I am not currently available for vB Messenger Chats.

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              • #8
                vbulletin iOS app
                Contains improper sized images. Required images are currently 1242 x 2208 , 1125 x 2436 , 2048 x 2732
                Last edited by MDawg; Tue 1st May '18, 3:39pm.

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                • #9
                  I have been able to submit my app to Apple review, and so far, they are taking a hard line that:

                  1) App must work for iPad
                  2) App must have means within the app itself to block content/ other users.

                  The vbulletin iOS app does not work with iPad, and does not have the means within the app itself to block content / other users.

                  I am trying to appeal this ruling by Apple.

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                  • #10
                    Will pass it on. If they are taking this line now, then you will have to wait for a new version.
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                    Wayne Luke
                    The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud customization and demonstration site.
                    vBulletin 5 Documentation - Updated every Friday. Report issues here.
                    vBulletin 5 API - Full / Mobile
                    I am not currently available for vB Messenger Chats.

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                    • #11
                      This is what the Mobile team responded with -
                      - The iPad support requirement is either new, or the reviewer is just taking an unnecessary hard line since the app doesn't claim to support iPad.

                      - "App must have means within the app itself to block content/ other users." This issue was resolved before by pointing out that we have the Flag Report & Ban User options. Customer might have to provide a temporary Mod account to Apple Tester to see the Ban user option though.
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                      Wayne Luke
                      The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud customization and demonstration site.
                      vBulletin 5 Documentation - Updated every Friday. Report issues here.
                      vBulletin 5 API - Full / Mobile
                      I am not currently available for vB Messenger Chats.

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                      • #12
                        I just got off the phone with Apple. The reviewer says that she got the app to work on iPad, so she is waiving that issue. (We skated on that issue somehow!) However, she said that while Apple guideline 2.4.1
                        https://developer.apple.com/app-stor...ew/guidelines/
                        uses the term "should" as in, "To ensure people get the most out of your app, iPhone apps should run on iPad whenever possible," she said that this means must, and that any app that does not run on iPad (i.e. solely for iPhone) will not be approved.

                        However, she says that the app must have within itself the ability to block content/ other users. Unfortunately, I had not read this thread here before I took that phone call, so I will send a message to the Apple reviewer now. However, the "test" account that I gave Apple was an admin one, so that admin user would already have had the ability to ban a user. I am not sure if "banning" will be enough for her to approve the app, but I will try.

                        The reviewer said that flagging is not the issue, she can see how the app allows people to report content, etc., but the issue is that she wants a mechanism to make it so that another user is put on "ignore" and none of the offending user's content becomes visible. I explained that this is available at the vbulletin forum itself, but she said that's not enough, it must be within the app itself. She even went so far as to say that if any versions of this app were approved in the past without that "ignore" feature built in, they were approved in error....
                        Last edited by MDawg; Wed 16th May '18, 2:07pm.

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                        • #13
                          Then Apple has increased their requirements. They do this from time to time. It takes a new version of the apps to comply.
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                          Wayne Luke
                          The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud customization and demonstration site.
                          vBulletin 5 Documentation - Updated every Friday. Report issues here.
                          vBulletin 5 API - Full / Mobile
                          I am not currently available for vB Messenger Chats.

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                          • #14
                            Spoke to Apple again just now:

                            1) The App MUST work on iPad not just on iPhone. (However, they think it does work on iPad...but if the app crashes again on iPad in the future when re-submitting, will be a big problem).

                            2) The App must have, within the App itself, means for users to block / ignore other users. (I tried to explain that the app already has the means to ban a user, but she said that is not sufficient unless the ban automatically removes all posts of the user at the same time. I tried to explain that yes, when a user is banned his posts may be removed at the same time, but she said this is insufficient, there must be a means for a user to ignore other users unless the app functions to ban and remove all posts automatically at the moment of the ban.)

                            So that is where we are at...I cannot get the app approved by Apple until the above 2 are addressed.

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                            • #15
                              1) What was the error that caused it to crash on the iPad? What version of iOS?

                              2) Ignore User functionality will probably have to be added to the app. This will most likely require an update on the App and in vBulletin Connect.
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                              Wayne Luke
                              The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud customization and demonstration site.
                              vBulletin 5 Documentation - Updated every Friday. Report issues here.
                              vBulletin 5 API - Full / Mobile
                              I am not currently available for vB Messenger Chats.

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