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Anyone on the market to assist us re-animate the SkS iPhone App?

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Anybody out there to help us re-animate the SkS iPhone App?

Posted on 1 April 2022 by BaerbelW

A few years in the past, Shine Applied sciences created the Skeptical Science App for iPhones and Android which turned out to be extremely popular. Sadly, the app may now not be maintained by its creators and has subsequently vanished from the app shops. All we may do, was so as to add quick notices explaining the scenario on pages related to the apps. As a stop-gap measure, we additionally made all of the rebuttals obtainable for obtain as ZIP-archives containing PDF-files. Once in a while we nonetheless nonetheless obtain requests to make the app obtainable once more, the newest “bump” coming by way of this short Twitter exchange with Debunking Denialism:

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We had been in a position to get the code-base of the app from Shine some time in the past and for the final nearly 2 years, two builders have been making an attempt to resurrect the iPhone model of the app. They labored on the mission of their spare time and made good progress step-by-step. As soon as they tried to get the up to date model into the app retailer, issues nonetheless began to get attention-grabbing as a result of Apple wouldn’t settle for the code as a consequence of a number of deprecated (i.e. out of date) routines it included.

Whereas it was comparably simple to switch among the deprecated routines, others required extra fiddling and touching core features of the app (i.e. changing UISearchDisplayController with the UiSearchController). Alas, the 2 builders weren’t fluent sufficient within the employed programming language (Goal-C) in order that the obstacles posed by the deprecations received greater and better till they might not be overcome anymore (i.e. changing UIWebView with the state-of-the-art WKWebView).

As we’ve reached the top of the rope of what we are able to sort out inside our staff, we’re placing out a name for assist with this weblog submit. In case you suppose you possibly can assist with getting us throughout the end line to make Apple settle for the app once more of their retailer, please fill out this Google form. You probably have higher concepts of how you can make the app obtainable once more, we have an interest to find out about them as nicely. We’ll be gathering affords till April 30, 2022 and can then resolve which provide from amongst these we could also be so lucky as to obtain suits our wants finest.

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