Posted to Open Discussion Forum on 11/20/2015
iOS Mobile App Beta - Release Notes - 1.0.0 Build 1638
These are the release notes for the 3rd beta release of
iATN's mobile app for iOS, which will be going out to beta
testers soon. If you have an iOS device and are interested
in beta testing, please sign up here: https://iatn.net/beta
You can read the previous build's release notes here: http://iatn.me/9EN
• Message filtering improvements, and a change to how
they're displayed. Instead of an iATN logo at the top,
you'll now see your currently selected message filter
instead. You tap that to change it. This gives us better
functionality, and more flexibility for additional
functionality in the future.
• Improvements made to file viewing, such as the
ability to save images you're viewing to your local Photo
Library, by long-pressing on the image and choosing Save
Image from the menu that appears. Also, more consistent
handling of the file viewing no matter how you're getting
to the file, and better handling when trying to view data files
(shows a friendly error message).
• Basic members are now able to view all TechHelp
replies. (This change in access will be extended to the
desktop environment soon as well, no more restrictions on
TechHelp reply viewing.)
• Improvements to the readability of the Community
message stream, primarily through better handling of long
URLs. [Before] and [after].
• Simplification of the tab bar at the bottom of the
app. More features/tabs will be available here in the
• Numerous bug fixes.
Thanks for your feedback reports, please keep them coming,
using the in-app "App Feedback" option on the settings tab.
In this version of the app, the following should be working:
• Reading discussions in on the Community tab. As
mentioned above, you can now easily filter the view based on
• Posting new messages and replying to existing
discussions, including the ability to attach vehicle data
(vehicle tag, DTCs, symptoms). Rather than picking a forum
to post in, you post by choosing from a category. The goal
here is for us to steer people's posts to the best
category/forum based on what they're posting about.
• Subscribing to receive mobile "push" notifications
when any discussion you're interested in receives replies.
Just tap the Notify button in the mobile app when reading an
interesting discussion. (We're currently sending
notifications at most once per hour for each discussion that
has received any replies during the previous hour.)
• Searching the Knowledge Base. Premium members only,
as with the desktop version of iATN. However, in the near
future, basic members will have the option to purchase a
"Mobile Pass" directly in the app, providing short term
access to search within the mobile app. (Most likely in 3,
7, and 30-day passes.) Our traditional Premium Memberships
will still provide the best value: less expensive for
monthly access, and will work across desktop and mobile. But
for those that just want temporary search access on mobile,
there will soon be a way to do that.
• VIN barcode scanning. There are a few ways to access
this functionality. The first is to tap on the Search tab,
then tap the barcode button in the top/right corner, or the
"Scan VIN Barcode" button in the middle of the page (if you
don't already have a search going).
There are a couple of shortcuts for VIN scanning available
also. On the "Today View" that you can access in iOS by
pulling from the top of the device down the screen, an iATN
widget is available to install. Tap on the "Scan VIN" button
there, and you'll be taken right into that functionality in
the app. For those with iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, the newest
models which support 3D Touch, you can also press firmly on
our app icon to quickly access VIN barcode scanning.
Both 1D and 2D barcodes should work. We've found that
barcodes on the door jams typically provide the most
reliable barcode scanning.
• Sharing/Printing. You should be able to share or
print any message using the "action" button at the top/right
of the message view. And for replies to forum messages, you
can tap on the reply and you'll see Reply/Share buttons that
are specific to that reply, allowing you to reply to that
reply, or share it.
• Logging In. For those using iCloud Keychain or have
saved iATN login credentials in mobile Safari, you should
find it very easy to login to the mobile app, as it will
automatically prompt you to login with your account..
• Joining iATN. Though you are all already members of
iATN, it's important that new members can join via the
mobile app. You might even have some colleagues that aren't
on iATN yet that may want to try out this functionality. If
you're already sign into the app, tap on the profile tab
(the one with your name on it), and select Sign Out. You'll
see the option to "Create Account" near the bottom/left of
the login form. It should be relatively easy to fill out the
form and quickly start using the app. (Note that new
accounts are read-only until our staff processes them by
hand and approves/rejects them.)
Rest assured we have much, much, much more planned for the
mobile app. If you find that there's something you can do on
iATN now that you can't do in the app, it's probably already
on our list of features coming soon. :-)
• You can't attach photos/videos when posting
• You can't rate messages up or down.
• You can't save things to My iATN, nor access
previously saved items.
• You can't view the message center.
• We aren't currently showing file metadata when
viewing files, such as title, author, description, vehicle
data, related discussions, member comments, etc.
• iPad has some display issues on the Search tab.
• There are some issues with using Siri dictation for
composing messages in certain situations.
We'll be getting to all of these issues in time. If you find
any other issues, please let us know, using the in-app "App
Feedback" option on the settings tab.
Brea, California, USA