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Discontinuing the Ape Web Apps Desktop Bridge

A few years ago I developed an application called the Ape Web Apps Desktop Bridge which allowed web apps on Ape Web Apps to access native desktop capabilities, such as local filesystem access and TCP/IP LAN networking. Later I also added this functionality right into the Ape Apps Launcher (found on the Settings screen). Today I am removing the ability to access the Bridge from the web apps, and will be removing the feature from the Launcher on it's next release.

The reason is that the feature is no longer necessary and just adds extra unnecessary bloat to both the Launcher and the Ape Web Apps website. The TCP/IP networking is no longer necessary as peer to peer multiplayer can now be achieved using WebRTC (which is how My Colony 2 does it), and installed Progressive Web Apps (PWA's) can now have access to the desktop file system on their own without the need for special bridge software. These capabilities make the bridge unnecessary and redundant, so I will no longer be spending time or resources on maintaining it.

If you have previously installed the Ape Web Apps Desktop Bridge application on your PC, you may uninstall it, as it will no longer be functional after today.

Scam PDF Document Scanner App on the Play Store

Update 20210420
Google Play support representatives are still directing scammed customers to contact my e-mail over this fraudulent PDF Document Scanner app by ViewAI Lab. I have tried repeatedly to contact Google about this, but it is impossible to get in touch with a real human at Google. Please remember that Ape Apps has never and will never charge insane subscription prices for anything.

I have just been made aware of a scam PDF Document Scanner app that was recently added to Google Play that is duping customers into a $70/year IAP annual subscription. The reason I was made aware of this is I was just contacted by a user wishing to cancel their subscription, and Google Play referred the user to me, telling her that this was my app!

The scam app in question is developed by some outfit called ViewAI Lab and can be found here:

Just to be clear, this app is not developed by me, and has no affiliation with Ape Apps whatsoever. As near as I can tell, this app is just a scam in order to trick users into buying an expensive annual subscription.

If you are interested in a real PDF Document Scanner app that will not try to scam you with outlandish charges, mine can also be found on the Play Store under the EZ Office brand: PDF Document Scanner by Ape Apps. Mine has been on the market for years and has no subscriptions of any kind, and certainly no $70 IAP.

I am just putting this out there as sort of a PSA, since it seems Google Play is now referring duped customers over to me. I just want to make it clear that I have no involvement whatsoever in this pricing scam.


The Best Way to Enjoy Ape Apps on Windows 10

Ape Apps have been available on the Windows Store since all the way back when Windows Phone 7 first came out back in 2010, and indeed pretty much the entire Ape Apps catalog is available to download from the Windows Store. That said, if you are a Windows 10 user, I would suggest that the Windows Store versions of my apps are your worst option, and would instead suggest three superior alternatives.

Ape Apps Website Overhaul

Anyone who has been to the site over the last week has surely noticed the significant changes that have been occurring on a near hourly basis, as well as a whole host of issues and errors. This is because I have decided to do a complete overhaul of the Ape Apps website, bringing the design and functionality closer in line with other games, apps, and products in the Ape Apps ecosystem. And while the redesign is still not 100% complete, the site is now mostly functional again, so I thought I would take the time to go over what has changed (and why), what is new, and what is coming down the pike.

Dropping Xbox Support for Ape Apps

Today I am announcing that I am dropping support for the Xbox console series for all current and future Ape Apps releases. Now, it's not that I particularly have anything against the Xbox console, but the time and effort it takes to support and maintain the Xbox editions of the apps and games just is not worth the return.

Current titles on the Xbox console will not be removed by myself manually, but they will no longer receive any future updates. I do not know if Microsoft will take them down eventually or not, that will be up to them.
Ape Apps is an independent software development company founded in 2010 by Brandon Stecklein. Over the years, Ape Apps has published over 400 apps and games across various platforms. You can get in touch with Brandon on Twitter or by leaving a post on his wall @bastecklein
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