In June we announced that we had begun a private BETA of Airship Commander. Several of our clients had also began to use the app internally to push notifications to users of their apps. Today we are happy to announce that we submitted version 1.0 to Apple for approval.
Airship Commander is used by Developers who use Urban Airship’s push notification service. It is a convenient mobile tool to keep track of your push-enabled apps and broadcast notifications to your users.
You can spice up your push notifications by using the emojis that are available on the iPhone emoji keyboard. You can tap on any previous log message and reuse the text and custom settings to save yourself much time. We found this to be a boon during development time when you need to keep resending the same message over and over again to test your apps.
Airship Commander also provides a practical development mode with which you can test your push notifications before broadcasting them. This lets you limit sending to just your own test devices. When you are ready you flip the switch you broadcast the push notification to the actual user devices.
- set up your push-enabled apps for development or production mode
- convenient log that allows reuse of previously sent messages
- configure custom values to trigger actions in your apps
- manage a list of your development devices
- choose to set a badge value, leave it unchanged or clear it
- send notifications to test devices only or broadcast them to all push-registered users
- Emoji Support (!)
- provide the setup for an app to your clients via URL scheme
We value your feedback! If you also use Urban Airship and have comments about Airship Commander please get in touch with us!
There are many ideas what additional features would be great to have in this app, but as it is with any 1.0 version we need to test the waters a bit before diving into further development. We might even be unlucky and not even get Apple’s approval…
Our fingers a crossed while we wait for Apple to review the app.
Update Dec 20th: Apple approved the app right away in record time, 6 days. It is now available on the app store.