Version 3.5.2 Released
4 November 2015: I am hoping this update will be approved by Apple later this week. As before, this update will be available for a few weeks before Equipd is once again removed from the App Store. This should allow enough time for the majority of existing users of Equipd to get the update. Once the app is removed from the App Store, users will no longer be able to download this update.
6 November 2015: Version 3.5.2 was just approved by Apple.
Changes in 3.5.2:
- Improved the annotation of any 2-line content in iOS 9 - Pinyin, Zhuyin, Sidney Lau.
- Fixed Chinese scripture lookups being passed to the Equipd Bible. The language code for Chinese had changed on WOL which threw out the linking.
- Improvement to the font size in the left hidden panel showing a Publications Table of Contents. In iOS 9 it was skipping one of the font definitions.
- Fixed the Italian Simplified Watchtower listing.
- Updated Publication definitions with support for the new Meeting Workbook.
- Fixed issue with Podcast Feeds
- Improved Notes window location on the iPad
- Support for the "Alternate Version" links within articles. Users will need to be online to view the Alternate Version.
As before, in order to push out this update to existing users of Equipd I will need to make the app available on the App Store for a short period of time. It is essential that users upgrade promptly before the app is removed once again from the App Store. You will not be able to update to version 3.5.2 once I have removed the app again. This is to work around limitations with the App Store where it is not possible to update users who already have an app without the app being generally available.
As before, I will also be increasing the price of the app and posting a notice to discourage new users from trying to purchase the app. Any users who have downloaded the app since December 2014 will have done so at their own risk and should have read the notices on the App Store alerting them to the fact that this app is "end of life" and is only being updated at my discretion.
Hopefully existing users are happy with this effort to keep Equipd working for them, which has cost me hundreds of hours in ongoing development and support time.
Should users expect updates after this?
I actually said with the last update: "Users should not expect more updates". So consider this one a bonus! Versions 3.4.9 and 3.5.0were simply to restore the status quo after the breaking changes on WOL. And now this update is to fix breaking changes caused by iOS 9.
This update is not about adding new features, or about new users getting to download Equipd. It is just supporting the existing users who already had Equipd before I decided to remove it from the App Store in December last year. At that time I announced the demise of Equipd and that I would try to support it for as long as possible, but not forever. I have done my best to keep it going for existing users, knowing that many are so reliant on the app and that there is currently no official replacement for many of the features people use daily.
However users should remind themselves of the initial announcement about the app being removed as the overall status has not changed. And please ensure you take a backup of this latest version (3.5.2) of Equipd, just in case you need to restore the app on your devices in the future.
If you have questions about how to backup the app for future use or how to install the app on new devices, this is covered here.
All the best with Equipd...