Thanks all for testing this out. Here's a few things to know (this is a repeat of the email sent out earlier)
== SECURITY WARNINGS ==
Once you're logged in, your browser will complain about the self-signed certificate when accessing many parts of the site. This will go away after beta, once the URL changes to the real URL, so just ignore this and don't report it as a bug. This warning is subtle in Safari and Chrome and terrifying in Firefox. Ignore it.
== LOGGING IN ==
Your account name has been transferred over, however your password has not. You'll need to reset the password. You'll figure out how.
== SOCIAL CONNECTIONS ==
You will be able to connect your social accounts (Facebook, twitter) to the site and ultimately use them to log in. Since the URL we're using now isn't the real URL, that won't work yet. So you can ignore that feature for the moment.
== MY DOWNLOADS ==
Eventually you will be able to see all your previous purchases under “My downloads”. That is not done yet, but will happen during the beta process, hopefully tomorrow.
== STORE ==
Please buy things in the store using PayPal, and anything you buy (from ApertureExpert) I'll be happy cancel the transaction and refund your money if you ask (just forward me your purchase email and ask). This will also mean that items from cancelled sales will disappear from your download list, but if you've downloaded them already, they're yours. Consider that payment for being a beta tester. (If you buy something from any external site, I can't refund that, but those don't need testing other than to test that the links take you to the right place).
We are also testing a new credit card system, which is still in “test mode”. You'll see big ugly warning that it's in test mode, and a link to get fake credit card numbers that will work. Go ahead and make a single purchase using this system. Note that this will only show up if your cart is over $10, to avoid people using cards for 99¢ purchases.
== REPORT BUGS ==
In the forums you will find a new one called “website bugs”. That's for you to post bugs in. It's a threaded conversation now, so if you see something and want to elaborate on it, please do that instead of creating a whole new topic.
You're looking for anything that doesn't work, is spelled incorrectly, doesn't do what you thought it should or otherwise doesn't make sense, etc. If you really hate the way something looks, I'm open to hearing about it, but don't expect me to give it up without a fight :) We worked hard on this UI and think it's pretty great.
== THINGS TO TRY ==
Anyone can create a tip now on the main tips page. Please make one (you'll figure out where), and don't worry about it being a real tip that's for publication. You can just type something in to play with the interface, add images, etc. In fact if you WANT me to consider a tip for release, put a note in it somewhere saying “this is a real tip!”. Otherwise I'll just delete them before we go live. If you have troubles figuring out how to format tips, upload images, etc. report that in the forum. I'm hoping it's all self explanatory but of course we're really close to it, so it's time for fresh eyes.
You can make comments on tips as before; go ahead and try it. It doesn't appear that you can edit or remove your own comments… I'll see if that can change. But even if you post a bogus comment, that's fine. I'll clear those out before we go live.
Same on the forums. Post freely and I'll delete what isn't valid before the live launch.
== DEVICES & BROWSERS ==
Please try on as many platforms and browsers as you can. We've looked at this quite a bit on iOS on iPad and iPhone, but have I believe zero looks on Android. So if you have an Android device, please have a poke around. I also don't believe we've looked at this on a PC at all.