'Push' members back to your forum

First of all, thank you for using APG vNext in the past year as the platform for your community.

In 2014 we released several important enhancements that makes your life as an forum admin easier.

You can now provide native mobile (Tapatalk) browsing experience, and you can let the forum software fight off spam for you, on autopilot (Akismet).

So, what's coming to our software in 2015?

Your members will soon be able to turn on push notification through Tapatalk for things they're interested in.

This new feature will keep them updated in real time with stuff they're interested in, and as a result you get more return visitors throughout the day.

Why push notification?

People have become almost blind to email notifications.They now just hit the delete button without a second thought because these social emails are sitting in their inboxes right next to more important emails like order receipts or payment reminders.

They have become nothing but low priority, useless distractions. They just don't bring people back to your site the way they used to.

As it stands now, when it comes to bringing people back to your site, nothing beats a well-timed, personalized push notification.

And very soon you'll have this very solution in your forum :)

Stay tuned for more updates!

p.s. If you have an active maintenance subscription, you'll get this feature without additional fees. Of course, if you purchased your license recently, you'll get this feature for free, too (within the 1st year of purchase).

p.p.s If you don't have an active maintenance subscription or if you're still running an older version, you can purchase your upgrade here.
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APG vNext 5.5 - Offical Tapatalk + improved post management

What's new in 5.5?

Since the release of 5.0, our focus has been to make integration easier with relevant 3rd party services. In 5.1, we introduced Akismet, a powerful automated spam filtering engine, as well as improved capability to call 3rd party API's for integrated user management.
 
And for this new 5.5 release, we worked with Tapatalk to create an official plugin that brings native mobile app experience to your members. We implemented nearly all features available in the Tapatalk app to make it as useful as possible.
 
Plus, this plugin was carefully designed to not introduce any stability or performance issue to your server. It's pretty lightweight - lighter than our built-in jQuery Mobile web app in terms of computing power / memory needed to render a screen on a mobile device.
 
All in all, we're proud to say that we're the first and only .NET forum that has official support from Tapatalk .
 
For all fixes and improvements included in this version, please see the following for details:

Fixes , Improvements & Additions

  1. New Features and Software Behavior Changes:
    1. Tapatalk Integration - cross platform, native app experience for your members
    2. Single post view - you can show any individual post in a thread without loading the entire thread or the tree structure, using this syntax: ~/viewpost/{post ID}
    3. Ability to branch off a new thread from any post, without splitting the thread using the parent-child or chronological relationship
    4. Ability to move a post to a different thread
    5. Ability to specify the new thread title when splitting a thread or branching off a new thread on the management interface
  2. Enhancements:
    1. New mechanism to prevent unstyled page or broken javascript
    2. Code optimization for better memory usage
    3. Preventing Membership Provider error to crash a page
    4. Can search for members based on Screen Name
    5. Can send PM to other members using their Screen Name
    6. Periodic software license validation not required anymore
  3. Bug Fixes:
    1. Guest account can be added to user group or as private user for a forum
    2. Rating stars doesn't show properly in browsers
    3. Error occurs after closing the popup PM editor, if the PM is not saved in the Sent folder
    4. RSS feed item and channel URL format error
    5. Error occurs after deleting a gallery that has a child gallery
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FAQ for APG vNext (V5)

Can you tell me what this new version is about?

What's new in APG vNext is its unique Content Publishing capabilities that can help you build your online community:
  1. Integrated Blogging makes it easy for you to publish and re-purpose expert & community content (guest blogging) in your forum;
  2. Content Slider & Featured Articles gives you the ability to visually grab users' attention by highlighting interesting activities & discussions in the community;
  3. Dynamic page creation (simple CMS) allows you to create pages for special purposes. You can create:
    1. sign-up pages for people from different traffic sources (typically called landing pages),
    2. about us page,
    3. thank you page,
    4. ... and have them show up on unique URLs as well as under the forum menu.
  4. Feature embedding in posts makes it easy to:
    1. increase member sign-up with a short registration form embedded in the forum posts.
    2. generate and embed a survey from multiple polls in a post to collect opinions from your community
 
Click here to see a short Content Publishing guide. And you can test these features on the demo forum.

What are improved in this new version?

The whole User Experience (UX). APG vNext's interface is redesigned and streamlined for better UX over the last versions. Everything was tested to ensure the final product is very easy to use and understand.

The most noticeable improvements are found in:
  1. General UI - better styles for buttons, fonts (golden ratio) & layout spacing to improve readability & draw attention;
  2. WYSIWYG - enhanced formatting tools, auto save draft, drag 'n drop, multi-file uploads & attaching photos from the gallery;
  3. Social Media Accounts Integration - One-click login support for Facebook, Twitter and Google+ (and a host of openID providers);
  4. Search functionality - feature rich results filtering and sorting, and you can search right where you are without leaving the current page;
  5. Top Navigation - easy to access menu lets you access important features from any page (like the latest posts and search) without leaving the current page;
  6. Private Messaging - messages are now grouped in threads that makes reading the entire conversation easy. Quick reply enabled too;
  7. Full Read Tracking - keeps visitor's read history across devices making it easy to pick up where you left off from any place.
  8. Built-in Mobile Web App - a lightweight mobile web app compatible with all modern mobile devices (iOS, Android, Windows... phones and tablets) are included. See the next section for more info.
Take a look at this Top Community Feature Presentation and see why you should choose APG vNext for your community needs.

Does the software provide better support for Mobile Devices?

Yes, APG vNext now has a lightweight, auto-detecting mobile web app built in. It is based on the jQuery Mobile framework which means the web app supports nearly all A & B level devices jQuery Mobile supports (the list cover all smart phones that have market share). It is not just for iOS, but Android phones and Blackberry too.
 
Check out the Mobile Web App.

Do Photos and Videos show correctly on Mobile Devices?

Yes. If you embed photos or videos from Youtube, they show correctly without distortion. APG vNext Mobile Web App displays responsive content to ensure readability.

Does the software support file attachments for iOS 6+ devices?

Yes, both iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android users can upload photos directly from their devices.

Can I upgrade my existing V3 or V2 license?

Yes. The upgrading process is streamlined and takes only a few minutes to complete for Version 3 users. It is similar for version 2, but a little longer because of the database structure change involved.
 
Take a look at our upgrade benefits page for new the improvements and pricing.

If I upgrade, will my current message URLs from V3 continue to work?

Yes, the URL structure is the same as the previous version. Nothing is changed in this area other than we are support an additional URL structure. You won't lose traffic during the V3-> vNext transition.

What are the new System Requirements?

  • Web Server: Windows 2003, 2008, 2012;
  • IIS Version: IIS 6, 7, 7.5;
  • ASP.NET Version: 4.0, 4.5;
  • SQL Server Version: 2005, 2008, 2012;
    • Minimum Edition: SQL Express w/ Advanced Services (for Full-Text Search)
We no longer support ASP.NET 3.5 and below.
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APG vNext 5.1 - Akismet + improved 3rd party API

What's new in 5.1?

Version 5.1 is a major release with one major focus - to help you beat spammers with ease. For this, we introduced Akismet into the software.
 
With Akismet fully integrated, you can have a peace of mind, knowing that the most powerful web spam filter is watching over your forums for you. It's also highly configurable, letting you change the filter behaviour on a per-forum basis.
 
In addition, the 3rd party API call is improved as well, letting you make RESTful / RPC calls (in the background) when users' group membership expires or gets reinstated. In 5.0 and before, you could only make these remote API calls when you manually add / remove users from a group. This improvement makes integrating with other services much easier.
 
For all fixes and improvements included in this version, please see the following for details:

Fixes , Improvements & Additions

  1. New Features and Software Behavior Changes:
    1. Aksimet Integration - Automated Spam Filtering now available
    2. 3rd party API calls now expanded to include membership expiration and reinstating
    3. Page Creation in AdminCP now has a box to put content at the end of body - easier to add JavaScript code
    4. Tagging: several improvements:
      1. You can now convert user defined tags to Smart Tags
      2. You can also edit / delete user defined tags
      3. User defined tag list now allows filtering for easy management
  2. UI Presentation Improvements:
    1. Several AdminCP pages revamped for consistency and usability, and make some options easier to understand. The pages that got improved are:
      1. Report Tickets
      2. Post Flagging
      3. Forum Management
      4. User Group Management
  3. Enhancements:
    1. You can now disable server messages by leaving the subject / body blank (previously users will receive blank messages)
    2. RSS feeds for forum and threads now show relevant channel link
    3. Auto detect incorrect unread count for Private Message
    4. Avatar upload post count restriction now applies to users who don't belong to any user group
    5. Request Validation turned off for Basic Maintenance in AdminCP to allow HTML in message
  4. Bug Fixes:
    1. Android browser cannot upload via the mobile web app
    2. Upload permission checkbox in the forum management interface has no effects
    3. Mobile PM doesn't work when file attachment for PM is disabled
    4. Unread threads listing doesn't show threads you mark as unread manually
    5. Notification link to mobile web app issue due to page count difference between desktop and mobile version
    6. Scheduled background tasks not executed on time due to a bug in thread pool management
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APG vNext 5.0 - mobile phone upload, IE11 compatibility, and more...

APG vNext version 5.0 is around the corner. There are many important enhancements over v4:

Mobile Device File Upload

You'll be able to attach photos from your iPhone or iPad directly within the Mobile Web App. While in version 4.x, iPad users can upload files from the desktop theme, there was no way to attach files directly in the mobile web app. Files can be read, but not uploaded or modified in version 4.x.
 
In this upcoming release, you can easily attach photos from your phones when you create / reply to a post, send private message, or manage your photo albums.
 
 
In addition, we overhauled the file upload feature on the desktop version, too. We feel that there are too many steps involved in the current file attachment process, so we removed the popup window that loads an iframe in version 5.0. You will be able to either click on the attachment buttons to select files, or drag and drop files directly into the editor to upload.
 

 
We model what GMail does for the browser and believe this to be the way HTML5 upload was meant to be.

APG vNext 4.6 Released - tablet user upload + improved compatibility

Version 4.6 is a bug fix and compatibility enhancement release, addressing a few minor issues with server and browsers.
 
In addition, we added upload capability for iPad using the desktop theme. iPad users can now attach multiple files to their post, and the software will correct image orientation too based on the EXIF data available in the images.

Full Release Note

The following is the list for all the enhancements / bug fixes in 4.6:

Fixes , Improvements & Additions

  1. General Features and Software Behavior Upgrades:
    1. Multiple attachment to posts now enabled for tablet users using the full desktop themes
    2. Auto rotate uploaded images based on embedded EXIF data
    3. Added the ability to manually rotate attached images
  2. UI Presentation Improvements:
    1. PM search box now shows "loading indicator"
    2. Mobile login page includes social login links
    3. Telerik RadText input CSS consistency enhancement for the Progressive theme
    4. Improves the presentation for the social login "Connect" feature
    5. Hitting the ESC key or mouse clicking outside image lightbox to close the lightbox
    6. Photo lightbox for the forum now scales according to browser's viewport.
  3. Other Enhancements:
    1. Added 3 configurable keys to modify the behavior of the CSS / JS handler (Amazon issue workaround)
    2. Default 404 error handler enhanced to detect V2 URLs better
    3. Prevents server errors from occurring when people access the non-existent setup folder
    4. Prevents server errors from occurring when people access the profile page for deleted accounts
    5. Auto detect and correct issues for forum db [llevel] column
  4. Bug Fixes:
    1. Retina Display Mobile Icon issue
    2. RSS error caused by non-existing RSS feeds
    3. Mobile app redirect loop problem when forum is set to require everyone to be logged in first
    4. when posting emoticons the abbreviation text comes with it
    5. Old URL ~/fb.aspx cannot redirect browser
    6. Membership Provider Integration error not caught in error log
    7. PM links still show up in hover over menu when PM is turned off
    8. settheme=mobile infinite redirect issue
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