In November when I posted, we still used RestKit in three areas of the iOS app: guides, projects, and observations.
Since then, I’ve migrated guides away from Restkit. I also fixed a few bugs in authentication, added a new iNat network partner (ArgentiNat), and updated the app icon to reflect our new branding.
Right now, I’m working on migrating projects away from RestKit. I hope to release that in the next week or two. After that, I’ll get to work on migrating observations, which I plan to finish in January. Once that’s done, I’ll be able to start integrating third-party Swift libraries, and the first thing I’ll do is start integrating a third-party library picker that has multi-photo selection.
So, tentatively, I think sometime in January or February we will have multi-photo selection back.
I’ll provide another update later this month as I continue making progress.
Time for another update. I hope y’all had a happy holidays.
iNaturalist for iOS release 2.8.7 just went out to the App Store today (Jan 10), and it has migrated the Project tab away from Restkit. It’s also got links to Year in Review, which I think we’ll keep in the app until February.
At this point, I’m about a week behind schedule, but I’m still confident I can get observations migrated away from Restkit with what’s left of January, so it’s looking like February for multi-photo selection.
It is excellent to hear that the links to Year in Review are removed. I would be very glad if multi photo selection comes back. I feel so sorry to upgrade my favourite app. I should have kept my good working old version without the Year in Review buttons and with multi photo select.
Any update soon? I usually upload from my iPhone and have been holding out since Oct. until I can use multiple image upload. I have a few hundred observations now backlogged and can’t wait to get them up!
The plan is to reintroduce multiple image selection in the app by early April.
However, if you have access to a computer, it may be much easier for you to use the web uploader for a few hundred observations (overview / video tutorial). You can drag and drop images and easily group them into observations. Just keep your batches small (10-20 images at a time), especially while you get the hang of it.
One that I’m especially interested in is a bug where tapping Observe just turns the screen black. I can’t replicate this on my device, so any information you can provide would be helpful. We would need to know:
your device and which version of iOS it’s running.
if the black screen changes to something usable after a minute or two
which permissions you have given to iNaturalist (camera, photos, etc).
If you experience that bug, please don’t reply here, but start a new bug report. Thanks!