It’s been a little quiet here on the blog, but we have been busy behind the scenes;
We’ve been experimenting with Microsoft’s AI suite, and coming up with some cool new ideas, some of which have been trialed in beta. More on these soon.
Also, we’ve been making consistent improvements to Simple PoS. Our new thermal printer is on it’s way; which will allow us to test the new Thermal Printing (docket printer) option in Simple PoS ready to be released to the production version.
Finally; I’ve just finished adding in the new FFMPEG CODECS for Voyer. The previous version was getting a little long in the tooth and I had noticed more videos that it couldn’t decode. I do full local recompiles of FFMPEG, which is touchy to say the least and not a job I look forward to but very valuable to do every 6 months or so. There are components I could use rather than do this onerous task myself but most lack ARM capability or other features I want. Thus I do it the old fashioned way.
And as an Australian; welcome to spring!
Since Voyer was removed, then re-added into the MS app store there have been continuing issues with In App Purchases.
The first issue is that it became no longer possible to make donations (and remove the ad banner). I released a work around for that (ARM and x86 only) 2 days ago, in version 2.4.23, while I wait on MS to fix from their end.
But… I happen to have introduced a different bug; where people who have made a donation are seeing ads return.
I’m very sorry about that! I have it fixed now and am releasing a new version to the store, which also includes a full fix for 64 bit editions (XBOne, for instance).
I think we can see the light at the end of this issue now with this 2.4.24 version heading into the app store.
Thank you for your patience,
Voyer is back in the Windows 10 store for PC, Mobile, XBOne and Holo after more than a weeks absence.
If you have been having issues getting Voyer, that’s because it got pulled pending a re-assessment due to 4chan’s content, which Voyer consumes.
Voyer was completely removed from discovery, download, upgrade and donation. We have now come to an agreement which has allowed Voyer to be re-instated.
This further prevented me from posting AppRaisin, as it links to the store page which was revoked, so I’m sorry I couldn’t update you earlier there.
This new version, (.22) also has a few tweaks directly from your feedback and requests! Including setting a default startup board and bug fixes around the save button and stability.
Thank you for your ongoing support,
I have a less happy post today. Sadly Voyer has (hopefully temporarily) run afoul of the Windows App Store approval process.
It happened following my latest update; which none of you will have seen yet due to this issue, last week. I presume it was caused by that and not a complaint but am not sure either way.
The disagreement is over 4chans content, which is admittedly not for everyone to say the least. It is a particular community with its own lexicon, values (so to speak) and style.
And to be clear; Valley Software take no responsibility or accountability for that content or how wonderful or offensive it may be. It’s content and it isn’t ours.
My purpose with Voyer is merely to assist with making the freedom the internet provides accessible. There will be good and bad, as indeed there is in all areas of society.
We have had issues in the past with the App Store certification process regarding this, but we have always found a middle ground. The default “Safe-Ish” mode in Voyer along with it’s adult rating in store as just two examples. Also these past incidents have only ever applied to preventing updates from going through approval while leaving the previous version app available.
In this case though, Voyer has been completely removed from store. This prevents download, upgrade, feedback submission and donations along with visibility of the store listing itself.
I am attempting to remedy this with the certification team but I have not received any response yet to my multiple enquiries.
I have faith that we will come to an agreement again and return Voyer to store but I cannot say when that could be.
I apologise for any inconvenience and I will continue working on this restoration; Voyer has built a large and passionate following.