Most of the functions and features in Fig are free and will be plentiful for most users. Fig+ subscription allows access to private communities, unlimited number of posts and communities, free app icons, and future premium features. It will also help sustain the continuous development of Fig.
Lastly, if you are interested in a while label version of Fig (SDK) for your own (single) community use, let me know. I am trying to gauge what the appetite is for something like this.
How is your freemium offering any different from Discourse’s completely free, unlimited app that is already out there, namely Discourse Hub?
I am not saying that your offering is bad, but it looks like you are copying Discourse’s completely free iOS app that already “allows access to private communities” and “unlimited number of posts and communities” and charging for those features.
Thanks for taking my scrutiny very well. Being native can be a double-edged sword because many communities use specialized plugins in their Discourse forums. For example, if the app is fully native, then things like Retort, Question Answer, Events, Location, and dozens of other plugins might not be accessible in this app unless you specifically coded for them. Don’t take me wrong: I can see the value in your app being native but I am naturally quite skeptical when a freemium app like yours comes along when a completely free offering has already been available.
Oh, I guess Apple makes it sound more simpler than it is.
May I suggest allowing users who do not pay for Fig+ to at least have the ability to join 1 private community?
To extend on what I said earlier, are you referring to the improved version of mouse support (with all of that button snapping stuff) in iPadOS 13.4 and onward?
I have some suggestions.
When previewing a community, it always defaults to top topics. Wouldn’t it make more sense for it to default to latest topics so it doesn’t confuse new users into thinking the community is completely dead?
The developer category in discovery should be changed to “Developer & Technology” or something like that, largely due to the fact that it appears that technology related communities (some of which are geared towards enthusiasts and consumers and the like) are thrown into the developer category.
Also, is there a way to submit a community to be added to discovery? Are private communities allowed in discovery?
Thank you! Definitely that needs to improve as you mentioned.
Not at this time. It is hard to enforce “1”. Communities sync across devices, there is delay. Payment is synced across devices, etc. People login/logout to bypass it, add/delete community, etc.
Yes it should, if you have issues let us know via the app’s support channel noted in settings.
Top topics do seem more attractive to new users who are browsing around. The issue you mentioned was brought up to me and I think the middle ground is probably the Top filter but also select the “Last month” filter as well.
Fair. Categorizing communities is hard and murky.
Yes, contact us in the support email noted in the Fig app’s Settings. Private communities do not show up yet but will appear soon in search results later this week hopefully.
Definitely, that is on the todo list and is ranked high up.
For any additional requests, support, or issues, feel free to reach us via the app in the “Settings” section.
I noticed that the buttons to interact with a post (like, share, etc) are sometimes squashed a bit. Oh, and the way you check to see who liked a post feels slightly inconvenient and slightly lackluster. It isn’t half bad though.
Also, how do you remove a community from your communities list?
This is great, thank you so much! I wanted to have a native app since I discovered Discourse and have used the DiscourseHub so far for lack of a better alternative.
I don’t care if it doesn’t support all the custom extensions. I’ll simply use it for the communities where it does work and will fall back to the Web/Discourse Hub for the others, if necessary.
Since reading your post an hour ago, I’ve already downloaded Fig (and use it to write this post), added all my communities to it, discovered three more communities that are interesting to me via the Discover tab and bought the yearly subscription. And I’d have done so even if I didn’t have a private community, simply as a thank you for developing this app. It’s just so much better than Discourse Hub and really feels like a modern reinterpretation of Discourse for iOS and a great iOS citizen.
I’m looking forward for all the things you are still working on and for discovering many more niceties while using it.
I’ll also check out the Fig Discourse community to see how I can help out in developing this app further.