Metamorphic (Early Access) is using Elixir

Congrats and thanks for mention

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Update May 20, 2022

  • Portals under construction :construction: (using WebRTC)
  • Working on site overhaul for new logo :heart_eyes_cat: and colors (including dark mode toggle)
  • Use of Memories and Letters are available in their earliest forms
  • New public benefit parent company, Moss Piglet Corporation (replacing Core Theory)

75% off lifetime discount :tada:

Thank you to everyone who has signed up and checked us out during early access. There is a lot of work ahead to improve performance and iron out bugs (ahem Portals) — not to mention new/enhanced features.

Everyone who signs up for a subscription during this first round of early access will receive a 75% lifetime discount on their subscription. :raised_hands:

This is a long road and journey to getting Metamorphic to where I envision it can be for everyone. Due to things in my personal life, development has been slower than I’d like at the moment, so I appreciate the patience and support.

https://metamorphic.app (old logo and site colors)

Open source
Today, I open-sourced the codebase. This was a big step for me (including psychologically), putting everything out there so people can see what’s happening.

Finished the initial stages of the site wide redesign, (https://metamorphic.app) though still very early days and lots to do. This site wide redesign was with the help of the Petal Pro team, @mplatts, @nhoban, and contributors) which has helped speed it up considerably, thank you.

Freemium pricing
Another big change is that I’m moving Metamorphic to freemium pricing, so anyone will be able to use the service for free at a limited capacity. And then paid accounts will go toward supporting free accounts as well as the rest of the service.

Hang tight
If you’re currently in early access, hang tight, things are not yet ready and if you sign in then you’ll quickly see the redesign is still in process. Anyone not in early access can still go ahead and sign up for codes and I will send out more codes once the redesign is further along and the service is more usable.

To dos
There’s so much here. But one of the biggest things once everything is up and running (Portals…) is code refactoring so that I’m not repeating myself so much. :blush:

It’s been quite the journey and, again, it’s just getting started. Thanks and stay tuned! :blue_heart:

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Quick update: I have changed the open source repo to not include any files/directories with Petal Pro code in it. I also named such repo metamorphic :blush:. So you can find the code base, sans any Petal Pro code, here.

Sorry for any confusion, and stay tuned! :blue_heart:

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Fall update 2022

Thank you to everyone who has been following along, signing/signed up, and patiently waiting for Metamorphic to be in a usable beta version (early access → I’m going to just say beta now since it’s way easier :joy:).

I’m doing another redesign (redesign of the redesign) with a stripped down code base and will be launching the beta with just 1 of the 4 features that have been worked on. I’m learning my lesson and working toward having more of a MMP rather than a MVP, which makes way more sense to me as a solo dev team. Having one feature to launch with will make it way easier for me to focus and get one thing right before moving on to the other main features.

So, the launch feature will be Memories.

That being said, as I redo the codebase, I’m realizing just how much work went into getting to just one feature. And all the “tiny” features that Metamorphic has (like passphrase generators, rate limiters, beta invite codes, admin stuff, marketing pages) and the encryption.

I will also be launching it on Fly.io to take advantage of “flying” close to users around the world. Initially will be on the east and west coast of the US.

The awesome discount will still apply to all the signed up early access accounts (thank you for your support :sparkles:).

Here’s a sneak of the redesigned marketing look (thanks to Tailwind):


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Update 9/25/2022

We’ve swapped over from Render to Fly officially and running on the east and west coast of the US, currently (ewr and sea) on a pretty minimal setup for now.

note: the marketing video on landing page is a placeholder joke until I make a demo

Fly has been amazing. I’m hopeful this will mean a better experience for people on Metamorphic at the end of the day (especially in the future when we can afford to be around the world). And it’s hopefully more affordable for us on the operations side. :hiking_boot:

Estimated date that I’ll send out the first wave of invite codes for Metamorphic v1 (:thinking:): October 25, 2022.

What’s changed
Will be launching our beta with 1 main feature, Memories, offering free accounts, and a redesigned code base. I have made a decision not to try and bring the database from Render over to Fly. Fortunately, it’s early enough that nobody has started to upload content on Metamorphic (outside of myself and a close circle).

Redesign done
Total redesign of the codebase from scratch with new look and feel. I also discovered that just getting to “1” feature still means a lot of other features.

  • marketing
  • redesign of People (you need to be able to share Memories)
  • refactored and sped up the encryption with one (live_decrypt/5) helper function
  • redesign of the database structs (one reason why I opted not to try and port any existing Render accounts over)
  • settings
  • onboarding
  • add profile option for future sharing possibilities

Redesign still to do
There’s still a little bit more of the People feature left to do before moving on to avatars, roadmap, Memories, Stripe, and data management (e.g. downloading/deleting your data).

  • Avatars
  • Shared Avatars
  • Memories
  • Shared Memories
  • Roadmap
  • Stripe subscriptions
  • Data management
  • marketing video

For existing early access sign ups

I’m sorry for the inconvenience or annoyance. You will have to sign up again. However, just use one of your invite codes (even if you’ve used it for your account) in your sign up message so I can know to apply the super sweet discount to your account when you choose to pay for a subscription. And, yes, that also means that you could share your other codes with 2 other people to give them the same super sweet discount.

New beta/early access sign ups

You can sign up now! New early access sign up accounts will get 40% off their subscription for life.

Thanks everyone for following along and supporting. :blue_heart:

Update October 2022

  • Avatars
  • Shared Avatars
  • Memories
  • Shared Memories
  • Roadmap
  • Stripe subscriptions
  • Data management
  • marketing video
  • add paraxial bot protection

I’m happy to say that now that it’s not the first time I’m implementing ets for the avatars, I seem to have implemented it in a much better way, and the result is the speed and performance I’d hoped for with images.

So, what happens is that we upload the encrypted avatar image to object storage. Then, when someone logs in, it makes the initial object storage request and then decrypts, encodes, and stores the binary in an ets table for that person. All subsequent requests pull from ets and it’s working great so far. :blush:

Edit
As I wrote this, I thought about a possible privacy/security concern of having non-encrypted binaries in ets. So I switched it around to where we store the encrypted blob in ets and then decrypt when we pull it out for the current person. It appears to have the same performance with now encrypted blobs stored in ets. :blush:

When you log out, it clears the binary for that person from ets.

This “bundles” the request time for object storage into the log_in process and makes it much less noticeable as it feels like the usual log in business.

Onward

The next big test is going to see how it performs with sharing avatars (shared_avatars). Then Memories.

We’re getting closer to being MMP ready! I’ve got my hope set for the end of October, but that’s still quite a list left, so it may end up in November or December. Thank you and stay tuned!

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Update[2] October 2022

  • Avatars
  • Shared Avatars
  • Memories
  • Shared Memories
  • Roadmap
  • Stripe subscriptions
  • Data management
  • marketing video
  • add paraxial bot protection

Shared avatars are finished (for now). We store the encrypted binary in ets like we do with each person’s avatar. We handle the object storage calls in an asynchronous task to not interrupt the page navigation or loading times.

I wrote a little fast blog post with a gif where you can see a demo of how it works.

Definitely not making that first optimistic timeline for opening the beta on October 25. :blush: Memories next. Moving the beta opening to end of November now. Thank you for your support as always! :blue_heart: