Our app store has been redesigned
The app lifecycle management is one of our core features and has been available since the early days of Relution in 2013. Over time, more and more features have been added to Relution. However, the UI remained untouched. Based on the feedback from our customers and newly emerged needs, we decided it was the right time for a big redesign of the App Store UI.
In the Relution App Store, users can put their apps through a series of steps as part of a development lifecycle which consists of three distinct stages, namely development, review and release. In addition, users also can manage access rights for specific roles and apps.
A developer, for example, can see apps in the development stage. He is allowed to move apps into review as soon as the development of an app is finished. A reviewer, in contrast, is only allowed to access apps in the review stage. The reviewer is in charge of making sure the app complies with company-specific standards, is free of bugs and ready for release. As soon as the reviewer pushes an app into the release stage, it becomes available to all users.
The version and app view united
In our app view, we provided an overview of the stages in the app lifecycle and the versions in each stage. From there, users could view detailed information about the app, e.g. a description, screenshots and other metadata.
This two-level navigation has not been very intuitive, especially when switching from one version to another. For us, a logical consequence was to unite both with our redesign, the app view and the version view into one unique view. This new view now shows a summary of all app versions and the stage each app is currently in. By clicking on a version, users can now immediately view its details, making it much easier to browse through all available versions without having to leave the current view.
Streamlining the app lifecycle through redesign
In the next step of our redesign, we improved the process of moving an app through the app lifecycle by adding a timeline-like release stage manage to the version details. It shows an app’s current stage and allows users to move it to the next stage.
Extend the lifecycle with custom stages
If more flexibility beyond our standard lifecycle management is required, Relution allows for the definition of sub stages, so-called steps, which will be displayed in the timeline along with the stages. An app version has to pass all steps before it can be released.
The person in charge of a step, a reviewer, can either accept or reject the version to be reviewed. Accepting puts it into the next step until the release stage is reached. If the version does not comply with a specific set of criteria, and the reviewer decides to reject it, the developer will be notified automatically and it will be archived.
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