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The itch.io app, itch, v18 launch

The itch.io app, itch, v18 launch

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We’re proud to launch the subsequent huge model of the itch.io app, itch. It is a main launch, with over 600 commits since v17.6.6. You may view the complete changelog on GitHub.  

If you have already got downloaded the app you can begin it up and it’ll robotically replace. In case you don’t have it but, you’ll be able to obtain it right here

Listed below are a few of the highlights:

Refreshed person interface

Within the earlier launch of the app we built-in sport pages immediately into the app through a in-built browser. The browser & tab primarily based navigation continues to be there, however with many enhancements to make discovering, putting in, and taking part in as easy as ever.

Search has been fully overhauled, and now can be utilized to look from itch.io’s database and filter content material that you simply’ve interacted with within the app. You’ll find it beneath the itch emblem, on the up to date sidebar.

On a venture web page you’ll discover a new proper sidebar. There you’ll see any main sport info, in addition to buttons for downloading, putting in, and shopping for. There’s even a tip button to help creators of free video games.

We’ve additionally made it clear what variations of information can be found for for sport. With increasingly folks utilizing refinery’s patching, you’ll be capable of benefit from incremental updates for a lot of extra video games.

Collections again within the app

Shopping by way of collections is quick and environment friendly, particularly for these with many collections.

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The brand new collections overview web page offers you a preview of the collections you could have with 4×4 thumbnails representing the video games and content material inside.

By default we now filter out content material that’s not out there in your platform. Moreover, you’ll be able to filter shortly by identify or key phrases. In case you’ve acquired 100s of video games in a group, the sport you’re on the lookout for is just a few key presses away.

New obtain supervisor

If a brand new person interface wasn’t sufficient, the obtain supervisor now features a handful of latest performance. You may pause and resume downloads along with setting their obtain order.

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Introducing the sandbox

Operating information downloaded from the web at all times has some inherit threat. We would like folks to really feel assured when downloading video games and instruments from itch.io with out having to fret about malicious builders.

The itch.io sandbox addresses this by operating all content material in a separate account in your system with restricted permissions. It’s fully clear, you’ll nonetheless click on “Launch”, however you’ll have the advantages of the sandbox. 

A system like that is difficult, and there are various intricacies from platform to platform. Though we’re launching it with v18, it’s marked as experimental, and isn’t enabled by default. We suggest you employ it, however if you happen to run into any points you may need to briefly disable it.

API Integration and manifest information

Video games and instruments launched inside the app now have entry to the itch.io API through scoped API keys. Moreover, we’ve launched a brand new manifest format to assist builders instruct how their executables may be found by the app.

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itch.io API integration is accessible each to native video games and HTML5 video games (launched with the itch app). For extra info, learn the documentation.

Manifests are described intimately within the itch app integration information.

Press account integration

A press account is a particular account on itch.io that lets members of the press or video games media get entry to video games to overview with out having to pay.

The app now lets press customers obtain immediately from the app through the brand new “Assessment” button.

All the things else 

There actually is an excessive amount of to record on this weblog put up. Test the changelog for every little thing else, and extra particulars in regards to the issues listed above.

itch changelog on GitHub

itch, the itch.io app, is opensource. We’re grateful to all of the contributors which have made it doable. Listed below are some methods to become involved:

Thanks!

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