[APP][2.0+]The ClaRetoX1 Forum [A Classic-Way to the XDA!]

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The ClaRetoX1 Forum
{A "Classic-Style Alternative"}
{to the xda-developers Forum}


About The ClaRetoX1 Forum App...

- The ClaRetoX1 Forum App is a Continuing Developement of it's predicessor, the "XDA Classic Forum" app, with a Nw Icon, New Splash Screen and Various Other Fixes & Enhancements.

- The Name broken down: The ClaRetoX1 Forum is (basically) short for "The Classic Retro XDA Forum" and is specific to the XDA Forum as was it's predicessor.

- The Icon broken down: The letters i used within the Icon is Ancient Greek and what looks like "Hello XDA" actually states "Heiio CDA". Clever huh... :)

- Why the Rebranding? Well this was something that was (kind of) expected and, though i really can't go into the details, it was something that was being worked out for quite some time (behind the scenes) and have been ultimateley worked out.

- The ClaRetoX1 Forums App lets you access the World Famous xda-developers Forums and provides a simple interface formatted just right for your Android device. With this app you can access the XDA Forum to browse, read, post, and even access your Private Messages to send and receive private messages and much more.

Disclaimer(s)/Important Information

1) This is in no way affiliated with any XDA Developements, especially the XDA Labs App nor it's predicessors. This is only an alternative to other Forum Apps that's dedicated specifically to the XDA Forum.

2) I had kept the package name of this app's predicessor in order for those who were using the XDA Classic Forum to be able to Update/Upgrade to The ClaRetoX1 Forum without loss of any personalized settings (ie... Custom Signature, Favorites, etc...). I only reccomend to restart your device after updating/upgrading this app (though there is no reason why it should not work without doing so).

This app looks like the “XDA for Android 2.3” App… Why is this?

Basically, the XDA for Android 2.3 (aka XDA Free) has been abandoned for a very long time and though, I was a user of that app, I did find that over time there was increasing slowness in certain areas as well as other issues that really needed to be taken a look at.

So I had decided to work on this app. At first, this development was intended for personal use but, then I noticed how many other users were also using this app (as well as other alternatives) and, after asking a few other members, the interest in an improved version was expressed. So I decided to add this to my release of developments.

You could say that I really had to take this app apart and begin my journey in reworking this app very deep. It had taken me over 6 months and, seriously, over 2 dozen beta apps before I had found 3, very good and reputable, members to begin the closed testing phase.

I believe it had taken a little over a month along with some very valuable feedback till it was decided that this app is ready for it debut here,

What else is really needed to be done?”

This is a work still in progress and not perfect but, for the most part, is a very stable app. Updates will be released as I address areas that require to be worked on.

With so much time and effort made to improve this app… PLEASE don’t ask me what I did to the app as this would take a small novel… LMAO! Thank you for understanding.

What else do I need to know?

1 - The first load will take the longest, even if you're over WiFi.

2 – This app does works best over WiFi or high speed cellular data.

3 - This app does have my own package name (which wasn’t easey to do) so it will not interfere with other apps.


Primary Download Links

The ClaRetoX Forum App - Apk Installer via DevDB Thread

Alternative Download Links

The ClaRetoX Forum App - Apk Installer via AFH

***ALPHA-BETA-RC Download Link(s)***

The ClaRetoX1 Forum App {Beta & Beta Debug} - Apk Installer via DevDB Thread

The ClaRetoX1 Forum App {Beta & Beta Debug} - Apk Installer via AFH


Special Mentions/Credits

@ltGuillaume - For Beta Testing and Extremely Valuable Feedback (For This Apps Predicessor).
@Thebear j koss - For Beta Testing and Extremely Valuable Feedback (In Many Ways).
All the Girls I've Loved Before... LOL!


Click Here If You Would Like To Donate To My Developements
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XDA:DevDB Information
[APP][2.0+]The ClaRetoX1 Forum [A Classic-Way to the XDA!], App for all devices (see above for details)

Contributors
Ibuprophen
Source Code: https://github.com/XDA-Thread-Developments-Ibuprophen/The-ClaRetoX-Forum-Thread


Version Information
Status: Stable
Current Stable Version: 8.0.0
Stable Release Date: 2019-03-24
Current Beta Version: 9.5.1 (w/debug)
Beta Release Date: 2019-09-05

Created 2018-03-29
Last Updated 2019-09-05
 

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******CHANGELOG******
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**DATE: 09-05-2019**
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- The ClaRetoX1 Forum Version 9.5.1 Build 951.
--> Beta 2 & Beta 2 (debug) provided.
- Apk Installer Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & "SEPARATE" AFH Link as outlined on the OP.
- Improved upon the app Icon & Splash Screen.
-Various improvements made to a few other images.
- Minor bug fixes made for/to compatibility.
PLEASE NOTE: If your using/had updated your app to the ClaRetoX1 and then notice some/any odd behavior, you may want/need to (unfortunately) completely uninstall the app and reinstall the latest ClaRetoX1 build.. My apologies for this.


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**DATE: 09-04-2019**
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- The ClaRetoX1 Forum Version 9.5.0 Build 950.
--> Beta 1 & Beta 1 (debug) provided.
- Apk Installer Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & "SEPARATE" AFH Link as outlined on the OP.
- I just provided what I had accomplished thus far. Based upon the outcome/feedback of the Beta version, I plan to do a bit more work.
- New Name, Icon & Splash Screen Applied.
- Applied changes to the DevDB Thread OP & Title.
- Made various other changes, fixes, etc...
PLEASE NOTE: You should have no problems with upgrading the current ClaRetoX Forum App you have installed.

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**DATE: 08-05-2019**
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- Minor Update to the OP & Title.

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**DATE: 03-24-2019**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 8.0.0 Build 800.
- Apk Installer & Flashable Zip Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Android Pie Fixes/Modifications Made.
- A Version bump made to mark/reflect the next Generation for continued development on Android P.
- Various Fixes and corrections made to help with the Performance/Speed.

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**DATE: 03-05-2019**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.1.3 Build 713.
- Apk Installer & Flashable Zip Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Minor Fix Applied to help with the Performance & Speed.

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**DATE: 02-09-2019**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.1.2 Build 712.
- Apk Installer & Flashable Zip Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Changed/Improved/Enhanced Another 36 +/- Action Images with more to come.
- A small fix was made that had helped with the performance a bit.
- Minor Fix Applied to help load/play some videos posted.
- Minor change made to aid in the Notifications Feature.

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**DATE: 02-05-2019**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.1.1 Build 711.
- Apk Installer & Flashable Zip Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Applied a Correction for URL Redirects via Browser.
- Changed/Improved/Enhanced Approximately 24 +/- Action Images with more being worked on.
- Some Improvements Made in Performance.

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**DATE: 01-27-2019**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.1.0 Build 710.
- Apk Installer & Flashable Zip Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Corrected very minor error made to the Icon Image.
- Applied a Minor Fix for opening A Specific Thread and Individual Post via Browser.
- Minor Improvement Made on Banner Image.
- Still working on Some Various OP Updates.

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**DATE: 01-25-2019**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.0.9 Build 709.
- Apk Installer & Flashable Zip Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Correction made to Icon Image Quality Previously Overlooked.
- Minor Fix Applied.
- Minor Cleanup made.
-Minor Stability Improvements Made.

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**DATE: 01-22-2019**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.0.8 Build 708.
- Apk Installer Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Minor redirect correction was made.
- Other minor fixes/tweaks made that helped with performance.
- Applied NEW 3D Style (Transparency) Icon.
- Applied NEW Splash Screen.

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**DATE: 11-12-2018**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.0.7 Build 707.
- Apk Installer Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Applied a fix in hopes to resolve some compatibility issues.
- Another minor redirect correction was made for URL redirect.
- A few other minor fixes/tweaks made that helped with performance.

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**DATE: 10-10-2018**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.0.6 Build 706.
- Apk Installer Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Minor modification to help with larger DPI device compatibility.
- Another minor redirect correction was made for URL redirect.
- Changed the default and attachment avatars images.
- Other minor fixes/tweaks made.
- I had decided not to place the app within the XDA Labs Store until/unless the Labs Store has been offered as a separate app.


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**DATE: 09-08-2018**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.0.5 Build 705.
- Apk Installer Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Known compatibility for earlier Android Versions has been fixed.
- Another minor redirect correction was made.
- This will be the final release until the server issue between the xda-developers & Tapatalk has been resolved because the issue is out of my scope and unrelated to the app itself.

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**DATE: 09-05-2018**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.0.4 Build 704.
- Apk Installer Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Resolved AdActivity Error displayed within various threads.
- A Minor redirect correction was made.
- This release is a type of "part 2 of 3 (+/-)" releases.
- Issue regarding "Server Error" has been found. Awaiting XDA & Tapatalk to resolve this (Fix is out of my scope).

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**DATE: 08-27-2018**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.0.3 Build 703.
- Apk Installer Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Minor mod to the timeout function (may be temp.).
- A Minor redirect correction was made.
- Modifications to the Pre-Made Signatures.
- This release is a type of "part 1 of 2-3" releases.

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**DATE: 08-01-2018**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.0.2 Build 702.
- Apk Installer Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Reverted 1 previous correction temporarily.
- A Minor redirect correction was made.
- Increased Minimum API Level to 9 (Android 2.3+).

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**DATE: 04-25-2018**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.0.1 Build 701.
- Apk Installer Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Overlooked Corrections to the Directory Coding was made.
- Corrections were Made to a few URL Redirects.
- Fixes were made to a few Bad URL's.
- Varius Minor corrections made.
- Some Minor Change(s)/Fix(es) to help links open directly without the use of the "viglink".

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**DATE: 04-01-2018**
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- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.0.1 [Release Candidate 1] Build 701.
- Apk Installer Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.
- Major Changes/Fixes for improved performance.
- Minor Changes/Fixes to Improve Image Viewing.
- Updated URL's to Prevent Redirects.
- Changed the Handling of Certain/Some Types of XDA Redirects/Links to go Directly to URL.
- NEW ALPHA/BETA/RC Option Added to the Developements {OPTIONAL AND MAY BE UNSTABLE!!!}
- NEW Icon Added to Determine Stable vs Alpha/Beta/RC Release Installed.

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**DATE: 03-28-2018**
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- Initial Launch of The ClaRetoX Forum App (Continuing Developement)
- The ClaRetoX Forum Version 7.0.0 Build 700.
- Apk Installer Uploaded to DevDB Downloads & AFH.


 
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FINALLY! :)

Remember... If you already have the "XDA Classic Forum" app installed, there's no need to uninstall it, just update it with this one and you should be all set.

Thank you very much for your time, patience and understanding.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

ENJOY! :)


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Subscribed. :)

Always looking for good alternatives to Labs.

One thing I noticed straight away was that going to "Settings" freezes the app and consequently my phone for about 30 seconds give or take, then the app crashes.

Also, I was unable to view all of your posts in this thread using the app. Some of them were collapsed and wouldn't stay open. See the video in this link to see what I'm talking about:
So far, I've not had that issue in other threads, but I've only looked at two or three with your app.

Are there any logs that I can get for you? If so, let me know how.

Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using XDA Labs
 
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Subscribed. :) . Always looking for good alternatives to Labs. One thing I noticed straight away was that going to "Settings" freezes the app and consequently my phone for about 30 seconds give or take, then the app crashes. Are there any logs that I can get for you? If so, let me know how. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using XDA Labs
That's a weird crash...

Did you perform an update from the former XDA Classic Forum App?

Do you have the XDA for Android 2.3 installed?


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That's a weird crash...

Did you perform an update from the former XDA Classic Forum App?

Do you have the XDA for Android 2.3 installed?


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No, neither. In only have Labs installed.

Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using XDA Labs
 

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No, neither. In only have Labs installed. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using XDA Labs
Regarding the collapse...

I've improved allot of the image viewing capabilities but, this is a work in progress. Most of the collapsing, that doesn't involve an image, just needs you to take your finger to swipe down and it should show the information.

I'm going to take another look at a few things that might be resulting in the crashing when attempting to select the Settings area.

I should have an update for you to try either tonight or early tomorrow.

This and the Labs App doesn't interact with each other. I feel that these two installed together are perfectly fine.


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@sharkie405...

I've got 3 possible culprits and wanted to break it down one at a time.

Try the following test update to see if it works out for the crashing issue.

I don't believe that uninstalling is really needed but, you can try uninstalling the version 7.0.0 first before installing this one.

Please let me know how it does. I've got 2 other test versions to try if it doesn't stop the crashing.

Thank you very much! :)


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@sharkie405...

I've got 3 possible culprits and wanted to break it down one at a time.

Try the following test update to see if it works out for the crashing issue.

I don't believe that uninstalling is really needed but, you can try uninstalling the version 7.0.0 first before installing this one.

Please let me know how it does. I've got 2 other test versions to try if it doesn't stop the crashing.

Thank you very much! :)


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Going to Settings still crashes the app. I did uninstall the old version first.
 

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Going to Settings still crashes the app. I did uninstall the old version first.
I had just sent you a PM...

I don't normally do this but, this may have to be, temporarily, taken offline.

Thank you very much! :)


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***** ANNOUNCEMENT *****

I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm working with @sharkie405 offline and I do feel that this will be figured out eventually.

Not all apps work for everyone and I believe that this issue is pretty isolated to very few individuals but, should work for most everyone.

If anyone has any questions, concerns, issues, etc... With this app then please let me know.

Thank you very much for your time, patience and understanding! :)


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Can't respond to your PM. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using XDA Labs
HA-HA! :eek:

My deepest apologies!!! :what:

I never imagined that I had reached the 2,000 message limit for the PM's.

I had downloaded and then deleted the oldest ones (approximately 400 messages).

Please try again... :thumbup:

FYI... No notifications for this was sent to me but, I knew that I had to scrub them eventually.

You should be able to PM me now @sharkie405... :thumbup:


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***** ANNOUNCEMENT *****

First of all... HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!! :)

I just wanted to let you all know that I plan to begin implementing Beta/Alpha releases for my developments.

This will help you to know that the release may/could/will be unstable and help me with member feedback before it's released as a stable version.

Thank you very much for your time and understanding with this decision and if you have any questions regarding this topic or anything else then please let me know. :)


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**** ON WITH THE SHOW, THIS IS IT! ****

I just posted an RC1 (aka Beta) for the ClaRetoX app.

Remember that it's not considered a Stable version yet and is purely an optional installation.

I also added a little something for the RC releases within the icon and the About screen as as more of an indicator of the RC release being used to prevent any confusions.

Don't worry about the above indicators because the stable updates to the app will not have them.

Please Read the updated OP & Changelog for more information.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and thank you very much for your time, support and understanding!


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***** BETA TESTERS NEEDED *****
*** [FOR CLOSED BETA TESTING] ***

I'm looking for a few Beta Test Volunteers for "The ClaRetoX2 Forum" App.

I've been working on it for a little while now and, though I'm not 100% completed yet, it's ready enough for some beta testers.

The difference between this threads app and the X2 one is... better put (Briefly) as follows:

- The ClaRetoX Forum: Based off the classic "XDA for Android 2.3" also previously known as the "XDA Premium 4" that was discontinued and later revived by myself with a ton of updates (with more to come).

- The ClaRetoX2 Forum (Beta): Based off a later version of the classic "XDA Premium 5" that was discontinued as well. This version has a newer UI (User Interface) with all the classic features from its predecessor (above) with additional features and customizations as well. This also has an added feature of viewing the XDA Blogs/Articles as well.

On a side note... It took me quite a while to get the XDA Blog/Article feature to work again. This was a real challenge! :)

I will more than likely be continuing this threads app since there's so many individuals who prefer this developments Classic UI to the latter one.

Additionally... the package names are different to prevent any conflicts if the two were installed together.

Please let me know here and, hopefully, after I've received a few (2-5 or so) volunteers, I'll PM the information along with the link to a private directory (folder) on my AFH account.

Also, it's important to keep the communication lines open via PM. I'm not expecting daily reports but, something (especially your initial thoughts and experiences) regarding the Beta as well as responding to my PM within a reasonable amount of time.

In closing... I'm not looking for top experts but, someone with a reasonable amount of knowledge and the ability to provide Logcat(s) if needed.

Thank you all very much for your time, support and understanding with this! :)


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**** ATTENTION... ALL PERSONNEL! ****

I just provided a stable update to The ClaRetoX Forum app.

I had been working on a few areas and, through "ALLOT" of trials and errors, I've finally worked out some issues, enhancements, corrections, etc...

Please see the Changelog for additional information.

This app has some very tricky areas that can take quite some time to improve upon but, all I can state is... "Baby Steps"! :)

Thank you all very much for your time, patience and understanding with this development.

Please let me know if you have any questions! :)


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I just wanted to keep everyone informed that I'm still here for any questions, guidance and support for The ClaRetoX Forum App! :eek:

I'll be back sometime soon to provide a little, behind the scenes, status update too.

Thank you very much for your time, patience and support for my development. :thumbup:


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I just wanted to pop in and state to those who celebrate this holiday...

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!


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