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I present the first named release of the Friendica mobile/desktop client: Relatica. It is still very much a work in progress but I'm going to start opening it up for beta usage (early beta). For iOS that will mean me letting up to 100 people into the inside testing team (Apple's limit). For the other platforms I'll be posting binaries/packages/install instructions for Android, Linux, macOS, and Windows in the coming days as well. I also setup a Relatica Matrix room for interactive discussions with me and other users. The README on the GitLab repo will have all those sorts of details. Enjoy! #friendica #FriendicaDev #relatica #flutter #DartLang #fediverse
Screenshot of the first release of the Relatica Friendica mobile/desktop client running on Windows.
@Hank G ☑️ Yay, I know there's several clients for Android already, but none of them are particularly good or reliable.
That's unfortunate about the state of those clients 🙁. I figured it may be like that though since I see a lot of energy more towards using Mastodon clients with the Friendica servers. For me that didn't cut it because of very specific Friendica UX and features that have no mapping to Mastodon nor ever will. So I figured I'd start a new one.
@Hank G ☑️ @Seph Harrison♊ ✅ Yeah, fedilab is a great app when you're using Mastodon accounts with it but a nightmare as a friendica client.
@Darth Tiktaalik @Hank G ☑️ Nope, I'm thinking of Dica and Friendiqa, both are dedicated Friendica clients, but they really don't work very well.
@Seph Harrison♊ ✅ Yep, I resorted to DiCa since it is the lightest, but it has so many missing features!

@Hank G ☑️ @Darth Tiktaalik
If you want to check our rudimentary roadmap to see what I’m planning and current state of things as of the latest published beta build. Ping here, Issue tracker, or Matrix room listed on the main readme if want to join conversation on features
Yes absolutely! For a dialog on it best place may be the Matrix group or DMing me here or on Matrix. It you want to do a less interactive way then the GitLab issue tracker would be best.
@Hank G ☑️ Does this bridge with XMPP or do you also have an XMPP room for it?

@Seph Harrison♊ ✅ @Darth Tiktaalik
I have done nothing explicit to bridge to XMPP so unless there is one that works against generic public Matrix rooms I don’t think there is a way to access it that way.
@Hank G ☑️ I see. No worries, I joined in. It's my first Matrix room I've ever been to so far 😁 @Seph Harrison♊ ✅ @Darth Tiktaalik
@Hank G ☑️ @Darth Tiktaalik @Cătălin Petrescu I've downloaded it to try it out. Looks nice, though I hope you'll add more timelines to it, I usually use Network>Latest Posts as my home, where you have it set to Network>Latest Activity
Outside of that, I like what I see, but it'll be a while before I get to trying it out as I usually don't hit Friendica from my tablet.
Yes I’m hoping to have more than a posts level view of things. I am limited to the type of timelines that we alias into the Mastodon endpoints that ones for the time being. There is always adding extensions to the API Of course.
@Hank G ☑️ @Darth Tiktaalik @Cătălin Petrescu Don't understand that, but Ok. Yeah, once I check the road map, I'll start reporting problems over on the beta, I have noticed that notifications don't work right, but I might be able to fix that in settings.
@Cătălin Petrescu @Hank G ☑️ @Darth Tiktaalik One reason I hated it and Friendiqa is you couldn't get consistent results when sharing links from the browser, sometimes it wouldn't work at all, and usually you'd just get a link, no summary, thumbnail or anything else. Oh, and it was reliable for updating my timeline and alerts.
I didn’t have adding opengraph previews to links in my feature list and I’m not sure how the endpoint we use for posting will handle it if I tried. The fact my usual open and close “sarcasm” tags got stripped on one post I’m
afraid it won’t pass the HTML sterilizers that prevent malicious code from being injected into a post. Worth trying though.
@Darth Tiktaalik @Hank G ☑️ Much the same with @Tusky , it forces Friendica into a Mastodon interface, which is about as bad as you can imagine, though at least it lets me get alerts.
My same experience with the Mastodon apps. I want Friendica’s more Facebook like UX, image galleries, real DMs etc. Hence I decided to write one that would work for me and the platforms I use 😀
I finally peeped the code, more out of curiosity than out of knowledge - because I know little about Dart and nothing about flutter -, and it looks good. 😀
What can I say? Congratulations.