Introducing App Versioning

We’re excited to announce support for versions of BaseSpace apps. The App Store has been very successful, and with this success comes the need to publish improved versions of apps.

Every app will now have a single entry in the App Store, and you may choose the version on each App Description page.

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Each app version will have two new sections on the App Description page. The “Release Notes” section will list the changes since the last version. And the optional “What’s New” section can contain the latest updates about a version, such as bugs discovered since publication or changes to the version’s price.

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It’s important that once app versions are published, they can no longer be changed. This way apps can be used to analyze many samples in exactly the same way.

We’ve added some features to ensure that samples can be analyzed consistently during experiments. If you navigate to the App Description page of an app you’ve launched before, your default view will be the version that you launched the last time. Also, once an app version is published, it can no longer be changed by developers. Bug fixes and improvements can be added in new versions.

We’ll let you know if a new version is available. If you are on the App Description page of an older version, you will be notified that a new version is available.

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App developers will notice some nice improvements to our developer portal, which include a new page to create and view app versions.

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We hope you find these changes useful, and we all look forward to improved versions of apps!

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About Eric Smith

Eric Smith is a product owner for BaseSpace.

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