Sneak peek at Sunlit 3.0

Our app Sunlit has an interesting history. Jonathan Hays and I came up with the original concept for the app way back in 2012. The app changed form a couple times, first building off of App.net, and then adapted for blogging. Along the way, it accumulated a lot of baggage — old code and old designs that made it difficult to keep improving the app.

Today I’d like to give a sneak peek at what’s next for Sunlit: version 3.0, a complete rewrite, sharing essentially no code with previous versions. Jon has been working on this for a while, leading development while I focus most of my time on Micro.blog itself. We are taking what we’ve learned and trying to build an app that can appeal to people looking for an Instagram alternative, as well as people who want more control over publishing blog posts with multiple photos.

Here are a couple screenshots:

Sunlit 3.0 screenshots

The app will also be completely open source. It can publish to Micro.blog, WordPress, or via Micropub to IndieWeb blogs. It’s written in Swift. There’s no release date yet, but there will be a public beta, and we hope to take the time to get it right.

Manton Reece @manton
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