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Stack Apps is a question and answer site for apps, scripts, and development with the Stack Exchange API. It's 100% free, no registration required.

About

Now on the App Store, Download for free now!

Its main features are:

  • Content editor with formatting buttons
  • Questions are saved, with multiple versions
  • You can enter a question without Internet connection and post it later.
  • (Upload images from the photo library and straight from the camera)
  • Preview the question's body (like the preview on the desktop site)

Coming very soon:

  • Similar questions before you post
  • Search sites list
  • Get info on tags and find related tags
  • Sharing options

Coming soon:

  • better MathJax input
  • required tags
  • post in background.

Coming later:

  • iCloud sync for saved questions
  • push notifications

License

Free app on the Apple Appstore

Download

Download from the iOS App Store for free ($0.00 ;)).

Platform

Apple iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad

Contact

Comments or answers on this question.

Code

Not available, by its nature it's too messy for the code to be of use to anyone.

Screenshots

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I'm interested in testing. Email me and I'll get you the UDID for my iPod touch 4 running iOS5 - james@jamesrgifford.com –  jrg Oct 20 '11 at 23:24
    
How on earth did you get write-support working for your app? (I'm very impressed!) –  Nathan Osman Oct 21 '11 at 1:40
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@GeorgeEdison, thanks, it's basically a "front" for the website, but it took a lot more time to get it work as much as it is now. If the routes that the StackExchange sites use to post questions were documented, and a variation of the login page were made, it would be much easier to do write access. –  Jonathan. Oct 21 '11 at 17:13
    
@Jonathan: Agreed! I tried this myself using a complicated mess of cookies, CSRF tokens, and HTTP POST requests - and failed. –  Nathan Osman Oct 21 '11 at 17:44
    
@GeorgeEdison luckily iOS manages the cookies pretty well, but there issues with that even. If we could have a login page that returned a JSON page saying successful or not, and documentation of what cookies are needed we could have write access without as much effort on the server side. –  Jonathan. Oct 21 '11 at 17:54
    
Registered for test. I have an iPhone 3GS with iOS 5 –  Geoffroy Oct 22 '11 at 12:35
    
@Geoffroy, thanks, I've just click approve and you'll get an email soon with the link to download the app. –  Jonathan. Oct 22 '11 at 12:42
    
@Geoffroy, sorry for the delay, the email to download it is now sent :) –  Jonathan. Oct 22 '11 at 17:35
    
I'm not sure where to put usability suggestions, let's do it her. Could you please add a search/filter from on top of "Select a Site" page? Number of stackoverflow sites is growing, it takes some time to find a proper one. –  zeliboba Apr 28 '12 at 8:46
    
@zeliboba, good idea :) I've implemented this and it will be the upcoming update. –  Jonathan. Apr 28 '12 at 17:16
    
Add feature to specify sites on the app to hide some sites, perhaps like iPad window manager thing? Welcome contribution so hard to use SE in iPad! Hope they will co-operate with you and not break this. –  hhh Aug 20 '12 at 22:58

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I hate to rain on the parade, but programmatic writing to the Stack Exchange sites pre-write API isn't supported.

While we can't forbid you from trying, you need to be aware that the instant someone uses a similar technique nefariously we're going to come down like a sack of bricks on it.

I also know we've seen some more-successful-than-usual bots recently, in attacking them there's a good chance we'll accidentally break you in the very near-ish future.

Basically, I wouldn't suggest trying write at all right now. It's going to be very frustrating for you and your users in all likelihood.

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Ok, I thought you would say that. At the moment it seems stable. If someone does use the method wrongly, then I might just make it an editor, and not do the posting, and wait till a write API is created (hopefully I won't be old and dead by then ;)) It still gets Captchas if the users tries to post too much, and prevented from posting if the quality is too low, exactly like the site. –  Jonathan. Oct 24 '11 at 17:48
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Any idea when the heck a write API will be created? Is this something SE is working on currently? –  Dynamic Jul 9 '12 at 21:12
    
@Dynamic a limited write API is under development. When it'll be released is uncertain. –  Kevin Montrose Jul 12 '12 at 20:10
    
@KevinMontrose I would hope 6-8 weeks :-) –  Dynamic Jul 12 '12 at 20:39

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