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Buzzer | iOS Twitter-like Social Application

Buzzer | iOS Twitter-like Social Application

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Overview

Buzzer is the right solution for those who need to quickly make a mobile social network app that works like Twitter, with the power of Parse Server as backend.


Read Mobile and Web tutorials online

Android version of Buzzer template

Watch the video preview of Buzzer on YouTube

Online Documentation of Buzzer app


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Description

Buzzer is a full-working template (UI + Source Code) that has get many social network features, like Twitter.

PLEASE NOTE: this app template is NOT a complete clone of Twitter, I’m not allowed to do that, nor I want to do that, I want to keep my templates original.
The concept of Buzzer is very close to the Twitter’s one, but it has got a different design and some features are missing, some other are included, and some are new – in order not to replicate the Twitter’s ones.

You can post text, videos, images, and animated GIFs, browse buzzes from other people and create or join Collections of posts you are interested.
Users can follow people, report inappropriate content/profiles, search for hashtags, keywords or names. A private chat is included in the template, as well as bookmarks and drafts sections.
The Settings screen offers several options like change your password, check muted and blocked accounts, media previews, and much more.

The Admin can daily check the database for reported content or users and take action for it, as well as manually edit data in the Parse Dashboard.

The design is clean, code is commented and project folders and files are well organized in the package.

• Check out the Features section below to see what this app does.
Read the online Documentation to learn how to configure the template’s features and the database (Parse Dashboard).
• Keep an eye to the Change Log on the bottom of this page when an update gets released.

Backend

It’s backend is by Parse Server and it’s hosted on back4appNO MySQL database involved.
Parse Server is flexible, reliable, open source, based on Node.js and well supported by a large community of developers, and back4app is a great BaaS hosting website where you can configure your database, Push Notifications and other features in just a few clicks.

If you want to see a preview of the structure of the demo database, and also clone it in just a click, CLICK HERE!

Extended License

As per Envato Marketplace Terms, the Extended License applies to all applications that charge money to their users. In case your users will not be charged of money through your own version of this app, you can still buy it under a Regular license.
Therefore, you must buy this template under and Extended License if your plans are either one or more of the following:
  • Add In-App Purchase or any other Payment Gateway in the source code and publish the app for free on the App/Play Store – NOTE: If you want to publish your own version of this application for FREE only, then you can still buy it under a Regular License.
  • Publish this application as a PAID app on the App Store.
  • Transfer the live app of your own verison of this app on the App/Play Store to another owner by selling your ownership on flippa.com or similar marketplaces.
IMPORTANT: You are NOT allowed to sell or share the original source code of this template anywhere due to copyright infringement

Features

iOS Swift language – Native Xcode project – Edit the template as you wish with the power of Xcode and Swift.

Storyboard, iOS 9.0 and above, Universal – Run your app on all iOS devices

Backend with Parse Server hosted on back4app – Built on a great and reliable BaaS that offers many features with just a few clicks, it’s super easy to create and set up a database on back4app, as well as edit the Parse Server’s SDK code.

Browse Buzzes (Posts) from people you follow in the Home screen – Read updates and news, even funny stuff from you and the community

Search for #hashtags, keywords or @names – The Search screen gives you a list of posts or users based on your search

Buzzes’ text detects @mentions, #hashtags and URL’s – You can click on any mention, link or hashtag to make the app display a list of related posts. Click on a user’s mention to see his/her profile

Post any text, a video, a GIF, images (up to 4/post) and URLs – The screen where you post your buzzes has a custom keyboard’s toolbar that offers the mention, hashtag, location, GIF and media buttons for you to quickly set the content of your posts

Custom users search for @metions while posting a Buzz – A dropdown menu pops up when you are about to mention someone, for you to select the people you want

140 characters limit for Buzzes text – You can edit that characters limitation, anyway it’s a good standard for short and clean posts

Reply to Buzzes – In the details page of a Buzz, you can reply to it as a new post. Replies will be shown below the main post

Rebuzz (re-post) Buzzes – Like twitter, you can repost a Buzz and the community will see who did that. You can also tap on the username mentioned in the rebuzz label to see his/her profile

Delete your on Buzzes – Changed your mind about a post? Then get rid of it from its details screen

Pin a Buzz to your profile – You can stick one of your favorite posts to the top of the list in your account

Follow, mute or block Users – Privacy matters nowadays, so you are allowed to block un-wanted people, as well as mute their content

Report inappropriate Users or Content – Help the Admin and the community finding abusive contents, so the app can be always clean and free from non-wanted posts or people. This feature is also required by the App Store.

The Admin gets an email after a report has been submitted – The app calls a simple PHP file – hosted on your own server – that fires an email that includes details about the issue for the reported User or Buzz

Profile screen with cover and avatar images – Enjoy the nice design of the Account screen

Filter Buzzes for media or liked ones – Take advantage of the custom search filter feature to browse posts with your desired options

Edit profile with Name, Website, Username, Email and Bio – After signing up, you’ll be bale to edit your profile’s info as you wish

Create or join Collections of Buzzes – This cool feature allows you to make lists of your favorite posts and read them later. YOu can also join collections created by other users

Bookmark Buzzes and see them in the Bookmarks screen – Store favorite posts to read them later

Save Buzzes as Drafts – Not sure you want to post a Buzz? Save it as a draft and get it back later to edit and submit it

Set badges to verified Users – The Admin can simply flag a boolean value in the database to set a User’s profile as verified. The app will show a badge over his/her avatar image

Built-in chat – People can privately message each other via a real-time chat screen

Email verification – New users will get an email with a link to verify their email address

Setting screen – This page will show options like Change Password, Deactivate account, Push Notifications on/off, Media previews, Sounds, etc.

Notifications screen – Get a list of who liked, commented, replied and rebuzzed your posts, and who started to follow you.

Terms of Service and Privacy Policy HTML file (GDPR compliant) – You can edit an HTML file included in the code as you wish, in order to offer a clear statement of how the app works to your clients.

Push Notifications – Receive notifications for likes, comments and followers

AdMob Interstitial ads – Get some revenue from full-screen advertisement banners

Modern, clean design – The UI has been carefully crafted to offer the best user experience to your clients.

Online Documentation – Read the extensive guide of this template to be able to configure it properly.

PSD icons included in the package – App and buttons icons are stored into a PSD folder, for easy image replacement.


Requirements

The latest official version of Xcode – Beta versions of an IDE usually never work 100% properly, and the code of this app has been written using the latest official version of Xcode and you can download it from the Mac App Store. You must use it and avoid Betas.

An Apple Mac computer, updated to its latest OS version – It’s always good to keep your macOS up to date, technology keeps growing and I follow its changes, as well as updating my templates every time a new OS gets released.

An Apple Developer Account with an active iOS Development Program – This is needed for you to publish apps on the iTunes App Store. You can still edit this template on code without that account, but you won’t be able to run it on your real iOS device since you’ll need a Team ID.

Basic knowledge of Xcode and Swift language – You don’t need to be a skilled or professional developer, anyway it’s recommended to have at least the basic knowledge of what you’re dealing with, in order to be able to customize this template and publish your applications on the App Store.

A free account on back4app.com – You can create and edit your Parse App and database, get the necessary keys for configurations and test this template for free. It has limitations though, so please check the Pricing table and consider subscribing for a paid plan after your app got published on the App Store.

An active AdMob account – Unless you want to remove ads in this app, you need to sign up for an AdMob account to display them.

A real device to test the app before submitting it to the App Store – iOS Simulators may fail during tests, they are not reliable as a real device is, so I strongly recommend you to always run this application on a real phone/tablet. This is also suggested by Apple’s official Guidelines.

A hosting server with PHP 5.6 or higher enabled – GoDaddy is a good choice to create your domain and hosting and upload the PHP file included in the package. NO 000webhost.com or other free hosting providers!

Change Log

April 23, 2020

- Updated the GoogleMobileAds framework files into the 'AdMob' folder:  removed the old .framework files in the 'Frameworks' folder in Xcode and imported the new ones - this should fix the UIWebView warning message from Apple after submitting the app on the App Store

December 23, 2019

- Updated the 'main.js' file to compile with the latest Parse Server 3.x version | Remember to update the Parse Server version of your app on back4app from the 'Manage Parse Server' section!

December 17, 2019

- Updated the 'main.js' file to compile with the latest Parse Server 3.x version.
** NOTE: IF THIS IS AN UPDATE FOR YOU, PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING: **
1. Update your Parse Server to the latest version (currently it's 3.9.0) from the 'Manage Parse Server' section of your Parse App on back4app- unless you already have the latest version selected.
2. Upload the updated 'main.js' file into the 'Cloud Code Function' section of your app on back4app, overwrite the existing one and Deploy it.

November 11, 2019

Added this code into the 'Info.plist' file, in order to force Light Mode for the app even when the device is on Dark Mode:
    <key>UIUserInterfaceStyle</key>
    <string>Light</string>

NOTE: You can right-click on the Info.plist file and select 'Open As -> Source Code', then paste that code anywhere 

September 24, 2019

- Updated to Xcode 11, iOS 13
- Added a 'Launch Screen.storyboard' file to the project and customized it with an ImageView that contains the 'launch_screen' ImageSet - which was added into the 'Assets.xcassets' folder
- Assigned the 'Launch Screen' storyboard file to the 'Launch Screen File' field in the General tab 
- Removed the BrandAssets folder from the Assets.xcassets one
- Removed the row called 'Asset Catalog Compiler Launch Image Name - Brand Assets' from Build Settings
- Added this line of code above all instances of 'present(vc, animated: true, completion: nil)' due to iOS 13 new Modal system:
    vc.modalPresentationStyle = .fullScreen

** PLEASE NOTE: You may see a bunch of Buildtime warnings while running the app on your device via Xcode, saying:
"Auto Layout Localization: Views without any layout constraints may clip their content or overlap other views".
 Do not worry about it, just ignore those warnings - they aren't errors - and the app will still work perfectly and the design won't get messed up.

September 10, 2019

- Replaced the UIWebView with WebKitView in the 'TermsOfService' ViewController in the Storyboard
- Edited the code of the 'TermsOfService.swift' file, since Apple no longer accepts apps with UIWebView
- Changed 'Builds for' value from '9.0 and Later'  to 'iOS 11.0 and Later' in the File inspector of the Storyboard

July 20, 2019

- Added a script in the 'Build Phases' tab in Xcode that allows you to upload your Archive to the App Store Connect page (avoiding the ERROR ITMS-90087 issue).

** In order to update your own Xcode project, do the following:
• Download the updated project from your Downloads page
• Enter the Build Phases tab in the updated Xcode project
• Expand the 'Run Script' section and copy the code inside it.
• Open your own Xcode project and enter the 'Build Phases' tab
• Click 'Editor -> Add Build Phase -> Add Run Script Build Phase', and expand the 'Run Script' section that Xcode has created
• Paste the copied code and Clean your project.
• Finally, Archive it again
See this screenshot for details: https://i.postimg.cc/dtbMn4LP/runscript.png **

July 18, 2019

- Updated to Xcode 10.2.1
- Fixed a bug in the 'Messages.swift' file when trying to chat with a new user by editing the 'viewDidLoad()' function in this part of code:
      if objects!.count != 0 {
            var cObj = PFObject(className: CHATS_CLASS_NAME)
            cObj = objects![0]
            cObj[CHATS_UNREAD_MESSAGES] = 0
            cObj.saveInBackground()
      }

June 19, 2019

- Updated the .framework files in the 'AdMob' folder
- Updated all the .framework files in the 'Parse' folder 
- Added the FBSDK frameworks file and Bolts.framework in the 'Embedded Binaries' section of the 'General' tab in Xcode, as shown here: https://i.postimg.cc/WbK71ZQg/embedded-binaries.png

June 7, 2019

- Updated all .framework files of the 'Parse' folder with the Parse Sever 1.17.2 version
- Replaced all instances of 'PFFile' with 'PFFileObject' 

June 5, 2019

- Optimized the layout on iPad by adding an instance of 'UIDevice.current.userInterfaceIdiom == .pad' in the following files/functions:
1) Home.swift --> 'viewDidLoad()'
2) SearchesScreen.swift --> 'viewDidLoad()'
3) BuzzDetails.swift --> 'viewDidLoad()'
4) CollectionDetails.swift --> 'viewDidLoad()'
5) Notifications.wift --> 'viewDidLoad()'

- Fixed the ActionSheet's code into PostBuzz.swift --> 'addPhotosVideoButt()'

May 14, 2019

- Edited the Messages.swift file by adding this array:
    var theMessages = [PFObject]()

and by replacing:
    messagesArray
with:
    theMessages
in some functions. 

Compare your old Messages.swift file with the updated one in order to perform changes.

May 11, 2019

- Fixed some bugs by replacing:
    let currentUser = PFUser.current()!

with:
    var currentUser = PFUser()
    do { try currentUser = PFUser.current()!.fetch() } catch { print("\(error)") }

in the following functions:
• PostBuzz.swift --> 'postButt()' function
• Account.swift --> 'showUserDetails()' function

May 6, 2019

- Added an IF statement in the 'cellForRowAt indexPath()' function in Home.swift:
   if users!.count != 0 {
      ...
   }

April 4, 2019

- Updated the 'let deleteYourBuzz = UIAlertAction()' function in the following files:
    Home.swift 
    SearchesScreen.swift
    BuzzDetails.swift
    Account.swift
    CollectionDetails.swift 
In this way, when you delete a Buzz, all its related Notifications get deleted as well

April 3, 2019

- Updated to Xcode 10.2 - Swift 5

April 1, 2019

- First release, iOS 9.0 and above
- Native Xcode project, Swift language
- Compatible with all iOS devices


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