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A deep-dive of our June 7 Reveal Event

Get up to speed with a explanation of each topic

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Hello there!

We’ll go over a few things we announced in a little more detail, while getting you up to speed with our developments that we shared on June 7.

With the first one being…

WarpLight Quantum

Because we don’t utilize ads or other unethical practices to develop a revenue, we had to think about how we plan to fund our developments, research, and other expenses going forward, so we came up with WarpLight Quantum. It’s a subscription service which gives its subscribers exclusive benefits while also making a recurring donation, with multiple donation options being available to our users. It’s currently in development, but several features have been confirmed so far, from being able to share benefits with up to 5 people, to the ability upload huge images without compression, as well as the option to set custom backgrounds throughout the platform as well. It also includes early access to specific platforms and projects, and allows users to store an unlimited amount of drafts and scheduled items, which are planned to be accessible across all WarpLight platforms, part of our commitment to building a completely integrated ecosystem of services, with it being enabled by WarpLight Accounts. Project Atmos accounts will automagically be upgraded to WarpLight Accounts once the Atmos Horizon update goes live.

Up next,

Platform updates

The magic behind being able to host services and platforms online is the ability to update them at an instant, with no downloads or other things having to take up any of a user’s time. Our Atmos platform is far from perfect, and we know there will be many different types of updates to the platform in the future, so we brought together a few major updates that we know we may release, and gave them a short description as well. You can see them in the graphic above.

Typically, we’ll have feature updates that may include several new features, or one big feature, that might be targeted at a specific group such as artists. Another type of update may be to address some flaws that might have occurred during development, such as a piece of text being hard to read under certain conditions, these will be quality updates. Bugfix updates will repair any major issues that might prevent our services from working as intended, such as a button not doing what it is supposed to. Design updates, like the Horizon update, will update our services with new designs or even design languages, or include a rebuilt element from the ground up to better enhance the user experience on our platforms. We’ll usually test new designs extensively on our prototypes and gather user feedback if we need to. Finally, with security updates, we will repair any security issues that may put our user’s data or information at risk, and depending on the severity of those issues, we will openly communicate anything we encounter on the way, as well as anything, or anyone, who may have been involved in any incidents.

Let’s talk about our:

Testmos platform

Part of development includes making sure that what we create actually works out, and with Atmos, that is why we have our internal prototyping platform called “Testmos”. It’s essentially a copy of Atmos running whatever new feature or design language we are working on, and in this case, it’s running the new Horizon design language. We still have a few things to finish and polish, but so far, we shared that we were able to begin testing the functionality of communities and collections, as well as the new design for our settings page. With the new settings page, users can easily navigate each group of settings with matching icons, while seeing the corresponding settings for that group just to the right. As for communities, we were able to verify the functionality for being able to assign posts to a specific category inside of a community, as well as the ability to filter posts by that specific category, with a bar just above the feed listing out every topic or category that community has to offer. Collections can be created within the prototype, but we’re still working on finishing up that feature as development continues.

We’re almost done, next is…

A note from the Atmos project manager, and the person writing this very article!

Hello there!

It’s been a long while, and I have a few things to share with y’all today.

Ever since I joined the project’s original team back in early 2019, I always had a feeling that the platform could become something great, and after months of persistent dedication to the project, it eventually led to the creation of the design language we now know as Horizon. It’s been two years in the making, even if the first few designs that were created looked far different to what we have now. With that being said, and with what has recently happened to our world, we ran into a few walls while trying to deliver the Horizon update last year, with a delay pushing it to Q2 of this year, which would be by the end of this month.

I would like to ask for your patience if we have to delay the update once again to make sure we do not fail to deliver the next-gen social experience everyone has been waiting for. First impressions mean everything to us, and we want to make sure we get it right the first time, while delivering non-stop attention to detail to every corner of our platform. We have spent several days planning a new release timeframe, and rescheduled the launch day several times internally, but with the trust I have in my team, I have my hopes that we can pull this off.

It would be so wrong of me not to thank the original project owner @Kryntox for trusting me with their creation, and I appreciate them doing so! I would also like to thank our other developers as well, with James being our full-stack developer, @surepyw, our backend guru, and @HakkinDavid, our localization manager. Without them, we would not be here today delivering this very presentation. I’m grateful that they’ve stuck around for this long, and I’m glad to be able to lead such a very talented group of individuals.

I’ll be keeping in touch with the community time to time to make sure we’re absolutely clear about our developments, and to make sure we openly communicate anything that may prevent us from delivering the Horizon update on time, whenever that may happen to be.

Thanks all, and welcome to the next generation! Welcome to WarpLight!

— @UPMega5, WarpLight Founder, Atmos Project Manager, Head of UI, UX, & PR

And the moment you all have been waiting for…

Atmos Horizon update release day

It’s been over two years since the original launch of Project Atmos back in 2019, and ever since then, a new design was in the works to help bring the project into a whole new light, and after being two years in the making, the Atmos Horizon update is just around the corner!

From an overhauled user experience to a interface design that puts the user first, it’s a next-gen social experience built to set itself apart. It was designed to be familiar to users of not only the first generation of Atmos, but also to users of a now defunct platform from years past. It’s also made to be easy to use for those who may be joining us from another platform, or coming online for the first time. We hope we can create a new, wonderful and thriving community of users where anyone, and we mean everyone, can feel welcome, safe, and most importantly, heard. We want to break from tradition by focusing on what our users want, rather than focusing on how to rake in the most cash through shady practices. We think ads, trackers, and other nasty things do not need to exist, enabling us to build seamless, connected platforms and experiences while also being powered by our community.

We expect to complete the Atmos Horizon update within the next few weeks, with it being ready for launch on June 19, 2021. We hope to be able to make something great, and we hope you can join us on our journey!

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