The most important news this week is that our Twitter functionality is back. We finally got Twitter authentication working again after they pulled the rug out from under our feet and changed the way their code works.
They now use a thing called OAuth for authentication, which is actually a huge improvement. It means apps like Inkbunny no longer have to see or store your Twitter password.
Everyone who wants Inkbunny to auto-tweet their submissions, journals and streams will need to Re-Authenticate their Twitter accounts using the new system. Full details below in the Updates section!
API Ideas for Coders – Be the first to make an Inkbunny App
With the Inkbunny API just released, Apps on Smartphones can now connect driectly to the Inkbunny core. This means a lot more funky things are possible on your phone that you cannot do with Inkbunny just via the web browser.
Android phones are a very popular kind of smartphone, and are natural fit for Inkbunny. Unlike a certain other popular smartphone, Android doesn't have restrictions on content or what Apps you can write for it.
We'd love to see Android Apps developed that connect directly to Inkbunny. These would allow users to do fun and useful IB-related things on their phone desktop.
Perhaps an instant slideshow of latest uploads by your favorite artists, or a desktop changer that automatically puts your latest favorite up as the background. Maybe even an instant notification system to let you know when there are new watched submissions without having to check the site. The possibilities are endless!
Be the first to release an App like that and you'll be the coolest geek on Inkbunny. We'll promote the hell out of it and you'll receive the people's ovation and fame forever!
* Fixed: Twitter changed the way they allow sites like ours to connect to them to auto-post tweets. We have updated our code to work with their new system. You need to Re-authenticate your Twitter account on the IB Account Settings page. https://inkbunny.net/account.php It will take you to the Twitter site where you then tell Twitter that Inkbunny is allowed to connect to your account.
* Wiki: We moved a bunch of pages over to the Wiki and updated the main menu there. http://wiki.inkbunny.net/ This makes it easier for our staff to update the FAQs and other pages without having to wait for a whole Site Update for the changes to go through.
* New: Moderator tool updates to make it easier for Mods to watch Private items in latest uploads.
A Reminder for Comic/Portfolio artists
Make sure you set the Comic or Portfolio type correctly when you upload your work! If you don't, then your work won't get displayed in the right sections when people are browsing and searching. We've had to rescue a few Comic and Portfolio uploads we noticed still set to “Pinup”.
Comics and Portfolios now have their own special place on the front page. So it's best to make sure you get it right to take full advantage of that extra exposure!
Rainfurrest Furry Convention
Do you live in the US Pacific Northwest? Want something fun to do this weekend? The Rainfurrest Furry Convention is one of the fastest growing cons and is being held at the Seatac Marriott on September 24-26.
If you're going along and you get a chance, be sure to tell people about Inkbunny and give them a look at it. That'd really help us out!
When you log in to Inkbunny from a public Internet connection, be sure to use the Fully Encrypted Mode that you can select on the login screen. It's the safest option and stops people from being able to intercept your login details and hijack your account.