Temporary changes on iOS app builder service and support

In June 2017, Apple added the Rule 4.2.6 in its publishing guidelines for the App Store. The claimed purpose at that time was to clean-up the store, removing clone apps, spam apps and all other applications that were trying to mislead the App Store user.

Here’s the Rule 4.2.6: “Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected”, see the full Guideline here.

This rule doesn’t affect only eDirectory apps. All companies in the same industry around the world were directly affected.

Since then, we’ve been working and testing options to keep offering iOS apps to our customers. For us, November was the month when app rejections really started happening so we’ve taken some measures to protect our customers, reflecting the Rule 4.2.6:

  • New iOS apps for eDirectory will be custom made. Check options with Sales Team
  • We stopped standard compilations for iOS. Users are no longer able to retrieve an .ipa file to submit a new app
  • We updated all mentions about iOS app builder in our commercial offers

Apple insists that there will be no exception to the application of Rule 4.2.6. If they flex their rules this feature can be fully re-integrate into eDirectory platform. Apps published before this rule will continue to work normally unless there is a new intervention from Apple. Updates of existing apps are still being accepted by App Store.

Arca Solutions continues to offer iOS custom app development in parallel to eDirectory platform. Contact sales department for more information and quotes.

It is important to point out that Android operating smartphones are more than 90% of the market so we believe that these temporary changes will have little impact to the end users and to our customer’s business.

Technical questions can be addressed to support@edirectory.com or contact our sales team at sales@edirectory.com.

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eDirectory.com new Mobile App Builder

eDirectory.com is thrilled to release the latest version of the mobile app builder. With a completely revamped design, powerful features, and a sleek interface – this new app release will add tremendous value to your online directory enterprise.

eDirectory.com Mobile App Builder: a brief overview of what’s new

  • TRUE push notifications
  • beautifully-redesigned homescreen
  • expanded color palette for branding
  • App-specific analytics
  • Google Firebase
  • Expanded search features and filters
  • Voice commands

Download it now [it's free]: Apple Store | Google Play

Send Push Notifications

Engage your app users with TRUE push notifications. eDirectory mobile app builder will now integrate with Google Firebase to offer an easy way to create, schedule and manage the use of push notifications. Send messages to all subscribers or segment your tailored messages to specific users to drive activity and retention. Increase your revenue potential by offering paid push notifications to your members for maximum exposure.

New beautifully-redesigned homescreen

New features include a beautifully-redesigned homescreen will now serve as the main app welcome screen. Publishers will be able to manage the module listings display and add some flare with slider images, optional summaries, and special links. These sliders create a great new opportunity to offer your members premium exposure on the homescreen for value-adding opportunities.

Expanded color palette

Another great new feature is the expanded color palette designed to better match your branding. Each module may also be color coded which will easily distinguish which section of the app you are using including listings, deals, events, articles or blog creating a more intuitive app navigation. Create some distinction among your features with brand-building color schemes.

Google Firebase Analytics

eDirectory has integrated with Google Firebase – a super-charged mobile platform which expands the usage and functionality. With Google Firebase Analytics – app publishers will now have the ability view app-specific analytics and to drill down on app usage for detailed behavioral reporting. Demographic segmentation, including age, gender, and location are available right out-of-the-box. With this powerful new integration, the foundation has also been set for continual optimization and new feature releases.

Search by voice

New expanded search capabilities include additional filters, search history as well as auto suggest. Search-by-voice is an awesome new feature which makes it incredibly easy and convenient for mobile users to search simply by speaking their request. All search functionality is now supported by Elasticsearch – a powerful program also used in eDirectory’s web based platform searches.

We’ve also added a ‘log in with Google’ feature which will make it so easy for Google users to sign in using their Google account credentials.

We are proud to announce all the hard work we’ve done to bring our valued customers the latest and greatest so they can continue to grow their online revenue goals! We look forward to seeing what you build with the newest version of the eDirectory.com Mobile App Builder.

Already a customer?
If you’re an existing eDirectory client, and would like to take advantage of what’s new, please contact your account executive for next steps or complete the Upgrade Request form found hereFor clients running the latest version, the new App Builder is LIVE. Simply build, publish and submit to iOS and Android. We also can help submit.

New at eDirectory.com?
If you’d like to learn more about launching your online Enterprise with eDirectory.com, simply click now “Try Free Demo” or call 1-800-630-4694 and your assigned account executive will be more than happy to make sure we’re a good fit for your project.

Thank you and happy hunting!