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Site Updates, API, Portfolio/Comic Exposure

Hi everyone,

Just a handful of updates to report. But they are important ones!

Site Updates

* New Feature - The API (Application Programming Interface) has been officially released. This allows anyone to write external scripts that can connect directly to the Inkbunny core without having to go through the regular HTML user interface. Mobile apps (for Android, etc), widgets for websites and other custom scripts and tools are examples of what might make use of the API.

For now the API is focused on essential Submission search/retrieve functions. More features are coming soon. Please let us know what API functionality you want for your scripting ideas and we'll see if we can get it added sooner.

Check out the full documentation and details here. http://wiki.inkbunny.net/API

* Portfolios and Comics now have their own promotional section on the front page. We have also changed the time ranges and sort methods under "Latest" and "Popular" so older work isn't hidden so fast. Hopefully this will help people find it all more easily.

* Two less pages in the upload process. "Visibility" has been merged with Submission Details, and the Pools screen is now totally optional as you upload. Hopefully this helps make it all a bit easier. More changes to reduce the number of pages/clicks for upload are planned.

* Auto-post to Twitter is temporarily disabled while we update the authentication system. They changed the way external applications like Inkbunny are allowed to connect to Twitter, so we have to update our code. But hopefully it won't take too long.

Don't forget Site News is now on Twitter - https://twitter.com/inkbunny_news

That's it for this week! Have fun! :3

Starling
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Added: 7 years, 11 months ago
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Faelourn
7 years, 11 months ago
I'm really glad I joined Inkbunny, this place is gonna grow beautifully I'm sure =) Love the API flexibility, not that I know how to program/code, but be sure to tell us when someone makes a spiffing new widget!
Thanks Starling :3
starling
7 years, 11 months ago
No problem! It is rewarding working on IB. Couldn't do it without our spiffy moderators, btw. I definitely don't do all this alone!

We'll announce when tools are created with the API that we think the community should know about! :3
Faelourn
7 years, 11 months ago
Naturally! There's a great team working here =)
Can't wait to see the created extra bits. Thanks again!
Immelmann
7 years, 11 months ago
Down from 8 steps to 5 (6 if you choose a Pool). I like it :3 Much better that way, although I still think that the pools can be done via drop-down menu just like the privacy settings.

Did my insane ramblings provide suggestion? Or were you planning this anyways?
starling
7 years, 11 months ago
Lots of people were asking for less screens on upload, but your comparison to other sites definitely made me bump it up the "to do" list. :3 Don't forget to update that wiki page! xD (I'm too lazy!)
Immelmann
7 years, 11 months ago
I did already n.n I'm on top of things, woman!
Zeikcied
7 years, 11 months ago
I definitely think Pools can be relegated to drop down menus.  Maybe have a link to your own Pools page to preview what's in the pools, even though I think people should know what's in each pool.  I don't see the reason for the thumbnails and such.

I agree that submissions have far too many steps.  I haven't tried a new one with the "Two less pages" setup, though.

I look forward to more UI changes as you work to streamline the experience. :)
Shiuk
7 years, 11 months ago
You're just pumping stuff out for this site!
Quiet269
7 years, 11 months ago
Figured you would have linked to the ink bunny journal; not the other way around =P

To push traffic there and such
starling
7 years, 11 months ago
Yeah but I'd already published it under "Starling" which then sent out the email version linked to that version. So it was too late to change really. :P
Quiet269
7 years, 11 months ago
Ahh, haha. Still a few kinks to work out.

*Flips the lights off*

Kinks. *Giggles* Let's work them out =D
starling
7 years, 11 months ago
*blush* I think we'd both need a long long night then. xD
Quiet269
7 years, 11 months ago
*Bzzzzzzzzt.... Bzzzz, bzzzz.... Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt*

*Clank, Clank, Clank* OWW! *thud* Oh... sorry... you Ok?

Yeah yeah, you just missed... dang ... that hurt!

Random dude: *Lights come on* What are you boys doing?!

=P Worth a try though. I tend to enjoy a long playtime... mostly because my playtimes tend to be very far apart lol
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