Pythonista 1.6 Beta
So, with Apple's new TestFlight, I can finally have a lot more beta testers, and won't have to worry about device limits so much.
If you'd like to play with the next version of Pythonista before it hits the App Store, please send me an email with your Apple ID, and I'll see what I can do. I don't plan to use up all the slots yet (I might need some later), but if you've been posting here, there's a very good chance that I can give you access to the beta.
As for what to expect, here's a list of the new features in the current beta:
- Improved support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen sizes
- Removing files from the library moves them to a trash folder instead of deleting them immediately.
- URLs in console output are 'linkified' automatically
remindersmodule for accessing the iOS Reminders database (read/write)
cbmodule for connecting to Bluetooth LE peripherals (experimental)
- New dialogs module as an easy-to-use alternative to the ui module when you just need simple data entry. This also contains functions to import files from the iCloud Drive document picker (iOS 8 only). – note: this is broken in the current beta, but will be fixed in the next few days
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@Tizzy , he had some weird posts. Not sure if he was trying to advertise or what. Was strange. But I reported the posts, as I am sure others did also.
I know this thread has been knocking around a bit now but I'd be interested in trying out the features if slots are still available?
@omz said in another thread that he has submitted the Pythonista 2.0 update, once it's through Apple's review process you can play with all the new features without needing beta access. Of course if you want to test future Pythonista versions, you can sign up for the beta through the form that has been linked to very often in this thread.
@omz First of all, many thanks for all the good and useful work you have done. As I have an app with Bluetooth LE, I'll be happy to test the newest beta release.
My AppleID is
Looking forward to hear from you.
@DBGE the app has already been submitted to the App Store, I am very doubtful that he is accepting new beta members. The app will (hopefully) be public by the end of the year
Quick status update:
I've submitted Pythonista 2.0 (formerly known as 1.6 beta) to the App Store about 10 days ago.
It was rejected after a week because I had accidentally declared
external-accessoryas a background mode in the Info.plist. I had added that for testing something while working on the
cb(CoreBluetooth) module a while back (forgot to remove it), but it's actually only intended for apps that support licensed MFi (Made for iPhone) accessories, using the
Anyway, I've removed that, and re-submitted immediately, so it's been back in the review queue for 3 days now. I'm hoping that it'll be reviewed again before the holidays.
Thanks for the update. For people using the 1.5, should we expect to have all our files safe after the update? Of course I will back up just in case.
It is amazing how much Apple scrubs submitted apps. But it is good for customers who want only solid apps in the app store (unlike android).
@omz , once accepted, holiday time 😈😈😈
Just got the second rejection, unfortunately.
This time it's about the audio and Core Bluetooth background modes. I'm not sure yet if I'll try to appeal, or if I'll just re-submit without those background modes.
I'm almost certain that I'll have a hard time convincing the review team that background audio playback is essential for a programming app (and there's precedence for that mode getting abused, which, let's be honest, was the entire point of adding it to Pythonista), and Bluetooth communication in the background would be nice to have, but isn't that important in my opinion.
When I added background audio playback, I already had a feeling that it could cause trouble in app review... It was worth a shot, but at this point, I just want this update out there, to be honest.
Is it possible to remove these two capabilities, resubmit the app, get it approved, and then afterwards start an appeal on the Bluetooth issue?
@omz. I'm sorry to hear that.
On the one hand, I agree just get it shipped before the holidays.
On the other, I think it's perfectly legitimate for a python development app to use background audio. What if somebody wants to make a music player? What if you're a scientist using a bluetooth connected sensor and analyzing data using pythonista?
Maybe submit it without those modes, but then immediately submit anther version with the modes, and appeal that rejection? Maybe your rejection is completely automated and nobody actually has an issue with it?
In any case, if there's anything we can do to voice our support of Pythonista, please let us know. Who should we email? (UPDATE: Phil schiller (@pschiller) is now in charge of app stores!!!)
Also, you could presumably still include those modes in the templates for people who want to move to the next step in which case they would deal with those rejections on an app by app basis.
Also, you're genuinely benefitting the iOS platform. You're bringing developers into the iOS fold, helping get people to start working with apple's platform in some capacity, some of which might go on to be swift developers etc. So there's that.
@omz , I think fb really brought the background audio to the forefront recently. I think if it wasn't for that, maybe would not have been a problem.
Background audio and background Bluetooth are both valuable to have in specific use cases. But they can lead to battery life problems easily with programming mistakes. Would it be possible to provide per file activation? That would at least show that people are actively seeking this capability and are not going to blame Apple for any extra power drain.
Personally I would find background Bluetooth quite useful to log some data over longer periods.
@omz If there's any way the community can help to voice support for this app, I'd be happy to help. Hope it gets through review soon. I don't have a huge problem with background audio/bluetooth being removed. What rule do they violate, though?
In my opinion, Workflow bends some of the rules, but they seem to be on apple's "good side", getting awarded Most Innovative and all...
I've decided to re-submit without background audio/bt for now. I think the chances of getting background audio through the review board are very slim, and it's probably not worth the trouble (and additional delay). As it is, the chance of getting another review before the iTunes Connect holiday break (Dec 22nd-29th) are not good.
Good things come to those who wait.
@donnieh , LOL. if you build it they will come