February 19, 2017

Update from Casper developer

Probably not everyone has Facebook or checks the Casper page for updates, but he posted this earlier today, figured I’d share it here:

Quote:Hi everyone,

I’m extremely sorry for the lack of communication over the last few months.

I do understand that you are all frustrated that Casper has not been working properly or at all for quite some time.

Due to a few personal reasons I’d like to keep private, I have had to take an extended period of time off from working on Casper.

Over Christmas, Snapchat designed a new security system which myself and a few others were able to figure out how to use and implemented it in our backend systems.

This new security system works by requiring your device to perform a dynamic amount of CPU intensive work, the scale of this work is determined by the Snapchat server. (We do this stuff on the backend servers)

When they first released this security system, the amount of CPU work required was low to none, however Snapchat have recently increased this dynamic value which causes major issues for our backend systems.

Snapchat will flag your account if they detect third party app usage (such as Casper), and will then increase this dynamic value.

I have had to prevent accounts which have too high a dynamic value from requesting security tokens as my backend can not provide these in a reasonable amount of time to such a massive amount of users.

I put up a temporary error message saying to logout and try to login again, as sometimes this causes the dynamic value to go back down, and then the servers will be able to generate the tokens.

This didn’t seem to work so well, so I changed the error message to say you could try creating a new Snapchat account.

Reading over some of the comments on a specific comment on my previous post, I can see that creating a new Snapchat account is not an option due to many reasons.

Unfortunately at this stage, I am unable to do anything to resolve the issues caused by this new security system. It’s not so much a funding issue (thank you all for the donations, I really appreciate it!) but it’s more of a technical limitation in this case.

I do have a few other things I’d like to talk about before I give my thoughts on the future of Casper and the previously mentioned Casper v2.0.

One of them is the abusive nature of posts directed at me on this page, as well as emails and comments I’m receiving on Instagram.

I’m not going to quote or post the content of them here, however I’d like to say receiving those messages really kills the enjoyment and passion I have for working on apps like these. Due to this, I have decided to temporarily disable posting to the Casper Facebook page as I really do not need this kind of negativity in my life right now.

I really really appreciate the rest of you who have been nothing but kind to me as Casper wouldn’t have come as far as it has over the last 3 years without you!

Another thing I’d like to mention is the stress involved with maintaining such a popular app used by hundreds of thousands of people.

I have developed multiple globally popular apps such as Casper, Followd, SaveMySnaps and now StorySave for Instagram as well as a few other small ones which aren’t as relevant.

Developing these apps and watching them grow and evolve over time and getting feedback about them from so many of you is what I love so much about doing all of this.

But at the end of the day I am doing all of this on my own and I have had many sleepless nights trying to fix problems that come up to keep everyone happy.

Snapchat is a multi billion dollar company with an extremely skilled group dedicated to making it difficult for third party apps such as Casper to survive.

I’ve been doing reasonably well on my own and with help from the other developers I have met along the way to get around things that Snapchat throw our way, however it’s getting more and more difficult and I’m not sure I can continue this game for much longer as it does affect me on a personal level.

At this point in time, I’m not sure what the future holds for Casper, however I did start on a 2.0 version which has extremely limited functionality (but does work).

I feel if I continue to develop this, and then finally release it, Snapchat will destroy it within months and the time and effort I would have dedicated to it would have been for nothing.

I have a few thoughts on where to go from here.

a) Develop Casper v2.0 and make it available for a small amount of users. Sort of like a closed beta or maybe invite only.

b) Develop a Root Only version of Casper (Similar to Phantom or SnapPrefs)

c) Develop a web based Snapchat interface for those of you who use Casper for posting advertising/branded Snaps (eg Night Clubs, Music Festivals)

d) Call it a day, and go back to using the official Snapchat app because we’ve had a good run over the last 3-5 years

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Thank you all so much for all of the support over the years ! It really means a lot to me šŸ™‚

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