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April Release Dates

April 6, 2012 | Shannon Dunn | News

It’s been a very hectic couple of weeks, AppThemers. But we promised a Vantage release date this week, so this post will be brief. We will have more news on Monday.

Vantage 1.0 will be available on April 27.

JobRoller 1.6 will be available by the end of April.

Clipper 1.3 will be available on April 9.

Many more announcements and exciting developments coming soon. Stay tuned.

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Vantage Beta Launched

March 6, 2012 | Shannon Dunn | News

Ladies and gentlemen, Vantage beta is now available to all AppThemes Club members and beta testers. We are truly happy that we can finally pull the curtain back to give everyone a peek at this long-awaited and much anticipated theme. Here it is folks…Vantage, the business directory theme for WordPress.

So let’s get to it and see what this theme is all about.

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Making JobRoller an Even Better Job Board Theme

February 24, 2012 | Shannon Dunn | News

With all the buzz about Vantage these days, it might be hard to notice that we have been working diligently on our other themes as well. In fact, one of our New Year’s resolutions was to release a new update for ClassiPress, JobRoller and Clipper once per month. I’m happy to say, we haven’t faltered on that resolution yet.

We just released JobRoller 1.5.4 – that’s five updates in the last five months! We’ve made incredible progress with the theme in that time period. Our once sizable ticket list has just a handful of open issues. We feel that JobRoller is stronger and more stable than it’s ever been – and now it’s time to take it to the next level.

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Vantage Status, a Mea Culpa and a Sale

December 30, 2011 | Shannon Dunn | News

The end of the year is upon us and it looks like I’ll be eating banana slug stew. Vantage will not be ready by December 31.

Our development team has been burning the Vantage candle from both ends the last several months. We’re close – we just need a little more time. It’s important to us that we get it right before releasing it into the wild.

We understand that everyone has waited a long time for Vantage. As we come closer to completion, we are prepared to offer up a mea culpa. So here it goes:

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Google Charging for Maps – Will it Affect You?

November 10, 2011 | Shannon Dunn | News

Google recently announced that they would start charging for the use of Google Maps. Full details can be found at the Google Geo Developers blog.

The following is an excerpt from the Google Maps API FAQ page:

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Two Click Theme Updates

October 28, 2011 | David | News

One of the most popular requests we’ve received from our customers has been, “Can you please improve the theme update process?

We agree, it’s not been easy (especially for non-technical folks) to upgrade your theme. Not only is it a hassle for our customers, it uses unnecessary support resources which could instead be applied towards other customer needs. So how can we improve this experience?

Since the recent additions to our development team over the summer, we started brainstorming on how best to tackle this. The objective was to provide a simple way for anyone to upgrade our themes. After many discussions, working prototypes, and days of trial and error, our theme scientists emerged from their lab with the solution.

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Introducing Quality Control

October 21, 2011 | Shannon Dunn | News

Quality ControlIssue. Tracking. Made. Easy. It’s that simple with Quality Control, our newest application theme – a full-blown ticketing system built by developers, for developers.

It’s flexible framework allows coders to easily build plugins and child themes. It also runs on WordPress Multisite so you can setup endless projects – each with it’s own set of user permissions. And best of all, it’s integrated with GitHub and Beanstalk for seamless ticket control.

The development of this theme was headed up by Cristi (aka scribu) and is his first major contribution to AppThemes since he joined us a few months back. As we mentioned previously, he’s a WordPress core contributor so you’ll notice the extensive use of the WordPress API and the beautiful craftsmanship of the code.

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Yarrrr! It’s a Mighty Special, One-Day Sale!

September 19, 2011 | Shannon Dunn | News

That’s right me lads and lasses. AppThemes is having a one day sale to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day. For one day only, we be using our trusty rapiers to slash 30% off any purchase at AppThemes.

Is it ClassiPress ye be wanting? Get it now for 30% off.

Be JobRoller or Clipper more to ye liking? 30% off.

Or raid our treasure chest for the bountiful AppThemes Club packages. These too be 30% off.

I know ye may be thinking, “Well chum me waters, how do I get me seafaring hands on such a mind-boggling deal?!?!” Fear not me hearties. Ye need not travel to Davey Jones’ locker. A partin’ with doubloons shan’t ye do. Just enter the secret code of yarrrrrr when purchasing yer sundries and the 30% discount shall belong to thee.

But go handsomely now! Me offer only lasts from the time it take the moon to return above the pirate coast (Monday, September 19 12:00AM to 11:59PM – all times PDT, UTC-7:00).

So shiver me timbers sea dogs. Raise the good ol’ Jolly Roger and seize yer loot. An’ please be so kind to scrawl yer own chantey in our comments area, Cap’n. We would be much obliged.

Yo-ho yo-ho, an AppThemes deal for thee!

Discount: 30% off
Coupon code: yarrrrrr
Expires: September 19 11:59PM UTC-7:00 (Pacific Daylight Time)

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Developers, Developers, Developers

August 30, 2011 | Shannon Dunn | News

developer talkDevelopers are the life-blood of any tech company. It’s no secret that developers make what we do possible. They create great things, fix bugs and make magic happen. They are our modern day wizards and the grand architects of the new technology age.

At AppThemes, we believe that having a team of great developers is essential to accomplishing our goal. As one of the few theme shops dedicated to making only application themes for WordPress, we will keep surging ahead and continue to be the leader of our market. We want to provide the most robust and useful application themes for our customers.

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WordCamp San Francisco: We’re Celebrating!

August 10, 2011 | Shannon Dunn | News

WordCamp San Francisco is just TWO DAYS AWAY! The biggest WordPress event of the year is almost here and were stoked. So stoked that we’re ready to celebrate in more ways than one.

I'm speaking at WordCamp San Francisco 2011!David Cowgill Speaks at WordCamp

First, we’re excited to announce that our very own David Cowgill will be part of a panel at WordCamp San Francisco. The panel includes Drew Strojny of Theme Foundry and Brian Gardner of StudioPress. Now that’s some impressive company. Lance Willett, WordPress theme developer at Automattic, will be the master of this three-ring circus. I’m sure he has his work cut for him. More details here: Making Money and Having Fun Selling Themes.

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