Purpose of feature: managing purchase, restore and logging of subcriptions.
Learn how to use this mainpage and its dialogs, if you want to:
Please note: the App has no connection to Apple's iCloud services. The only way to backup and restore App-data or replicate App-data to other devices is to connect to and use the Website - which requires an active subscription.
Sailor Logbook S App is a Freemium App. Thus, when installed, these restrictions apply:
Restriction 1: you can list, map, chart and report historic tracks, as long as the including time span doesn't exceed TEN days. This means you can track your whole summer cruise day-by-day, but you can only present up to ten days at a time.
Restriction 2: you cannot connect to and use the Sailor Logbook Website, which has supplementary functionality. This means you must do without options for:
The Sailor Logbook Homepage has a link to a separate Sailor Logbook Website manual.
Currently, these products are available:
All subscriptions provide the same services during each period: the restrictions listed above are cancelled.
Rules as determined by Apple:
Tapping the Subscription icon in the tab bar displays this page just after installation, i.e. before any subscription is bought:
Most of the Subscription page is occupied by text informing on the nature of and rules on the Sailor Logbook S auto-renewable subscriptions. The text is held in a scrollable weblike view. Tapfor a hard copy. On small screens, scrolling the view reveals the remaining text:
At the bottom, there is three buttons, of which the two are enabled in the image above, meaning they work. This depends on the situation:
The Buy button is enabled when:
*) The App attempts to load a list of subscription products at every start. This requires network connection, but should only take a few seconds. If a connection problem or other error occurs, you will see a Failed to load productlist message, and Buy is disabled until a successful attempt has been completed.
The Restore button is enabled when the first two of the above conditions are met.
The Log button is enabled when any present or past subscription has been logged in the App Receipt.
Tapping Buy opens a Confirmation dialog:
- and when you tap Yes, I confirm a next Select purchase dialog opens:
Presently, three products with the names shown above exist - these may change over time. After tapping an item, the sequence continues:
Here a next confirmation must be given:
The [Environment: Sandbox] note indicates that the sequence is carried out in a development environment.
- and after that a final confirmation is required:
If everything goes well, a success message is received (can take several seconds or even minutes):
Now where an active subscription is registered and logged in the App Receipt, only the Log button is enabled:
- and a tap on that opens the Subscription log:
As mentioned, the sequence is carried out in a development environment - where subscription timing is condensed, so 'one month' is condensed to '5 minutes'. In the 'real world', duration will be shown as days (e.g. '30 days').
The last entry in the image above is green, meaning 'the subscription is currently active' - compare clocks in purchase and expiry dates with the time at the top of the screen.
The subscription purchased above is automatically renewed five times (still in the Sandbox environment) after which it expires at 2:32 PM which is 30 minutes after initial purchase time:
At this stage - after expiry - all three buttons are enabled:
Here confirmations are simply done by finger Touch ID:
- and the purchase is a success:
The Subscription log shows:
The purchase can be seen and managed in the iTunes Store:
A tap on the Restore button open the Restore Purchases dialog:
- and if everything goes well, a success message is received (can take time):
All three buttons are still enabled. A tap on the Log button shows no difference from before, so in this context the restore resulted in nothing.
A more meaningful context in which to restore: you have an active subscription, an have just (re)installed the App. Maybe on another device than the one from which you purchased the subscription.
In the Sandbox, subscriptions expire automatically after five renewals. In real life, Auto-Renewable subscriptions expire when the user / customer doesn't renew - i.e. when he cancels his subscription, his credit card becomes invalid etc.
After expiry, Full functionality is revoked from the App, but can be reclaimed by buying a new subscription (of same or other type than the expired one).
While (still) having full functionality, a user may create an account at the Sailor Logbook Website and upload his data to / download his data from the Website. After expiry he cannot access the Website any longer from the App, though he can still login through the Website Login form to see and manipulate his data there.
The Website registers date (and time) when a user last uploaded or downloaded anything. The date (and time) for a users last login to the Website is also registered.
When all these three dates become older than one year, the Website Administrator (the Admin) deletes the corresponding account and all related data and images (photos) without notice.
Until then, no data at the Website is effected, except maybe by the user himself - if he used the Website login.
In the App, expiry has no effect on the data stored on the device (iPhone / iPad).
Both purchase and restore sequences involve communication with Apple and complex processing there. Therefore some operations are prone to error - for example:
If you run into a similar problem, hopefully you can solve it by restarting the App, or simply by retrying later. Otherwise, Contact us via the link at the Homepage.
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