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Digital Point Push Notifications [Paid] 1.0.0

Send push notices to users via Apple's Push Notification Service.

  1. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    digitalpoint submitted a new resource:

    Digital Point Push Notifications - Send push notices to users via Apple's Push Notification Service.

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  2. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    1. Does this still need SSL?

    2. Does this still need an Apple Developer Account?
  3. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    1. Yes... Apple requires HTTPS for the endpoints it uses on your site (your whole site doesn't need to be SSL, although not sure why a site wouldn't want it to be if they had a valid/working SSL certificate for it). You can get a free one valid for 1 year from here: https://www.startssl.com/

    2. Yes it does. Or you could probably have someone you know with a valid developer account generate your certificate for you (needs to be redone from the same developer account every 12 months since the certificates are valid for 12 months).
  4. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Only the webmaster needs the developer account right? So it's $99 on top of $75? and about the SSL (which I have but won't be using site-wide) all I need to do is just install SSL on my server for my domain and that's it?
  5. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    Correct... you would need the developer account to generate the Website Push ID certificate (valid for 1 year), which you generate the public/private keys from. More or less the $99 is a recurring fee because you have to regenerate the certificate every 12 months.

    As far as the SSL, yes... your base forum doesn't need to be set up as HTTPS, but it would need to respond to HTTPS if a request is made.
  6. Mike Edge

    Mike Edge Formerly Da Bookie Mon

    With a developer account, to generate the SSL info needed, can all this be done with Windows too or does it require a Mac?

    If I used this on 2 sites, would I need to purchase 2 copies from you?

    Do you plan to offer a Droid version?
  7. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

    If Apple would open this technology to iPhones/iPads and such, that would kill many apps - especially apps that websites have built, in order to do just that. I don't think it would happen anytime soon (although I wish it would. This is just genius).
  8. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    I think it's technically possible... it's more about generating the .p12 file (which includes private key) for the certificate you get from the developer account, and the Mac more or less does it for you via their Keychain Access app.

    If you can get a valid .p12 file generated from the Apple developer certificate (.der format I believe), you wouldn't need the Mac. I'm sure it can be done, but *I* don't know how to do it. I haven't had access to a Windows machine in about 15 years, so no clue myself.

    There's some articles about it if you Google "generate push certificate without Mac". For example: http://www.make-awesome.com/2010/12/apple-push-notification-certificates-without-the-mac-keychain/

    No, the license is for all the sites you own.

    If android starts allowing push notifications from websites (rather than just apps), it would be a possibility, but right now it's an Apple-exclusive technology.
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  9. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    Apple would rather kill apps that are just push receivers. It devalues their App Store having apps that aren't really that functional. I suspect we'll see them open it up to iOS at some point... maybe have to wait until iOS8 or something, but I'd put odds on it happening at some point (I didn't spend all the time on this really for OS X users... I'm assuming it will be opened up later...)
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  10. Mike Edge

    Mike Edge Formerly Da Bookie Mon

    Oh, I thought tapatalk did push notifications
  11. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    They do, but it's an app... the key thing here being Apple now allows push notifications from WEBSITES (not just apps).
    Shelley likes this.
  12. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

  13. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

  14. Hornstar

    Hornstar Well-Known Member

    Super cool. So wish they would hurry up and open this up to iOS devices.
  15. surfsup

    surfsup Well-Known Member

    Freakin awesome! Buying this shortly for sure, hope someday it would work also with Firefox & Chrome too.

    Thanks man for offering this
  16. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    Not working with Chrome/Firefox isn't a huge deal. You only need Safari to request the permissions. I never have Safari open after that.

    But yeah... Already have some enhancements planned like an option to show a notice to users about it if they are on the right OS, but wrong browser (since they just need to fire up Safari the one time).
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  17. euantor

    euantor Well-Known Member

    Cool idea, would love to see an Android version.
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  18. HWS

    HWS Well-Known Member

  19. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

  20. HWS

    HWS Well-Known Member

    Correct. If you are on a mac and use Safari at least once.
    If you use Chrome (any OS) and visit Xenforo sites the extension may be for you. ;-)

    However, I like this add-on very much. Once it works at iOS, I'll buy it 4 sure.

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