(New) Beta App Feedback


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    @myskaros I said on my first comment at the top I'm on iOS 14.0.1, latest version.


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    @LegitPancake Sorry, missed that.


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    @Demonskid which version of the Kindle Fire do you have? I just checked and it seems some of them are on pretty old versions of Android, and while the app does support quite old versions of Android, some of them are older


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    @chocolatkey It's the Fire 7, 9th Gen, 2019 release. It's one of the newer models. Fire OS 7.3.1.5
    I can get the Serial and Build Numbers if you need them.


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    @Demonskid That's all the info I needed. According to wikipedia the Android version is new enough, so it should work


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    Would you recommend I don't go to iOS 14.2 (beta) while using the beta of this app?


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    @chocolatkey That's good news. Thank you. :3


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    Tapping to advance a page in the vertical reader shouldn't actually scroll down by 100% of the height of the page, but rather something like 80%. It's very difficult to find the line you were reading before the scroll -- or rather, it's no longer in view unless you read to the edge of the screen before tapping.

    Edit: If you scroll with a drag gesture, let go, and try to stop the inertial scrolling by tapping the middle of the screen, it brings up the interface. I don't think it should.

    (iOS 13.latest, iPhone XS Max now)


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    @Nosgoroth I specifically made it scroll down not 100%, more like 95%, and at least on my device I am able to see the last line of the previous "page". Are you not able to?


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    @Ztshp I honestly don't know. I don't have an iOS device, but I would encourage you to try with the beta so you can report a bug if it doesn't work ;)


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    Great job on the app so far! It feels quicker to me (e.g. logging in) and I like the additional information available in the Account tab.

    On to the feedback:

    • Standard iOS scroll-to-top gesture (tapping on status bar) does not work in the various list/table/collection views (e.g. releases, series, library).
    • Standard iOS back gesture (pan from left edge of screen) doesn't work.
      • Reader (debatable usefulness since it'd probably conflict with horizontal paging, though in vertical scroll mode it may be useful. If it's too easy to trigger accidentally maybe only enable when the reader UI is visible).
      • Series - series appear to be displayed in a modal screen rather than more standard navigation controller usage. Exiting requires reaching for the back button at the top of the device or using reachability on devices that support it.
      • Volumes in the library also open modally like series.

    Personal preference feedback: I wish the iOS app used more standard iOS app design rather than material design (or whatever it's currently using to seem similar to the Google apps). This is purely based on expecting apps on a platform to behave a certain way.

    • LN reader direction does not persist, always defaults to paged mode.
    • No progress indicators when viewing the releases or series lists.
    • No ability to resume reading from previous location in LN reader.
    • Tab state does not persist when switching tabs. e.g. Switching to releases always starts at the top, switching to series resets any previous search results or scrolling, account tab always resets back to Profile view.

    iOS 14.0.1, iPhone X and iPad Pro 10.5"


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    @cjh Thanks for all the feedback! When I have more time, I'll be looking into having the app on iOS have more of a native theme, right now I stuck with the material (Android) theme on both OSes due to lack of time, since we are using a cross-platform toolkit (Flutter) to develop the app. When everything else is done, I'll focus on style. I will however look into getting the scroll-to-top and back gesture to work, it seems like at least the back gesture is doable.
    To be clear, the appearance that series/volumes are being shown in a modal is purely decorational, just an expanding route transition. I might change it to a slide since that would work better with the back gesture.

    • LN reader direction does not persist, always defaults to paged mode - known missing feature, will be fixed in next version
    • No progress indicators when viewing the releases or series lists - releases page will have progress once I figure out how the design of it. Might just be BG, no percentage. Not sure what you mean by progress on series list, some kind of sum-total of progress?
    • No ability to resume reading from previous location in LN reader - the LN reader should be automatically jumping you to last position. If it's not, that's a bug.
    • Tab state does not persist when switching tabs. e.g. Switching to releases always starts at the top, switching to series resets any previous search results or scrolling, account tab always resets back to Profile view. - I might experiment with having it persist in the future, but that's more a question of memory/CPU management and would be a problem on less powerful devices

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    @chocolatkey said in (New) Beta App Feedback:

    When I have more time, I'll be looking into having the app on iOS have more of a native theme, right now I stuck with the material (Android) theme on both OSes due to lack of time, since we are using a cross-platform toolkit (Flutter) to develop the app. When everything else is done, I'll focus on style. I will however look into getting the scroll-to-top and back gesture to work, it seems like at least the back gesture is doable.

    Understood. I assumed that was the case, just figured I should leave feedback rather than not saying anything.

    • No progress indicators when viewing the releases or series lists - releases page will have progress once I figure out how the design of it. Might just be BG, no percentage. Not sure what you mean by progress on series list, some kind of sum-total of progress?

    I was referring to the little blue progress bar displayed at the bottom of the volume art for each item in the latest and series list in the existing iOS app. It helps indicate whether a part/chapter is new, in progress, or has already been read. The exact percentage progress of each part probably isn't required or all that useful.

    • No ability to resume reading from previous location in LN reader - the LN reader should be automatically jumping you to last position. If it's not, that's a bug.

    Sorry, looks like a mistake on my part when I was checking this. I must not have waited for the scrolling to completely stop or something when I thought I observed this.

    • Tab state does not persist when switching tabs. e.g. Switching to releases always starts at the top, switching to series resets any previous search results or scrolling, account tab always resets back to Profile view. - I might experiment with having it persist in the future, but that's more a question of memory/CPU management and would be a problem on less powerful devices

    Sounds good. I commented on it because that's the default behavior of UITabBarController on iOS (tab navigation stacks are typically kept in memory).


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    @cjh in case anyone else is confused about progress not saving, the behavior is supposed to be

    • save 2s after you stop scrolling/paging
    • save immediately on last page (to be added to novel reader, exists on manga reader)

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    @chocolatkey just out of curiosity, what would be 'too long' and you link the apk?


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    @Khaos Google Play says at the moment "Due to adjusted work schedules at this time, you may experience longer than usual review times for your app.", so I'm willing to cut them some slack. I don't really want to encourage APK installs from the get-go, but if Google takes, let's say over a week (so by next Tuesday) I'll be more inclined to encourage APK installation. No promises though


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    @chocolatkey Just barely. On my device, before scrolling the last line of the page is cut off by the rounded borders of the screen (adjustable horizontal margins might be a thing to add in the future, btw) and a few pixels are off the screen, and after scrolling it's barely visible -- and also below the notch, but that's a known issue. I'd bump that 95% a bit lower.

    I don't know why, but I find it uncomfortable. Maybe it's that when I'm scrolling vertically I usually scroll in smaller increments (which I know I can do), and the fast full-page scroll animation throws me off. Could you experiment with maybe something like a 60% scroll?

    About the other issue, it seems to me that you're doing something like performing the touch actions (scroll, show/hide the interface) on touchend if there has been no movement, but you disregard the time between touchstart and touchend and if there was scrolling happening on touchstart. It makes for a weird experience on iPad, because my thumb is always on the lower part of the screen, and I accidentally trigger the scroll-down-a-page action a lot.

    In volume and series pages, the share button does nothing. Also it's the Android share icon and not the iOS one.

    A way to filter series by following would be nice.


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    I am looking forward to the Android version.


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    @chocolatkey said in (New) Beta App Feedback:

    • No progress indicators when viewing the releases or series lists - releases page will have progress once I figure out how the design of it. Might just be BG, no percentage. Not sure what you mean by progress on series list, some kind of sum-total of progress?

    I personally love the design from the unofficial JNC reader by @Crimson-Wise available from https://crimson-jnc-reader.appspot.com/home with more details at https://forums.j-novel.club/topic/3353/yet-another-pwa-jnc-client/

    Screenshot of the unofficial app below. Not shown in the screenshot, but it does also indicate that parts are no longer available by adding a clock icon and using grey rather than black text. Personally I'd go for a padlock icon for the official app. Aside from that, it is almost the perfect interface design to follow series and go to the right part.
    Screenshoft


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    Great app so far, big improvement over the existing one. Two things I’d really like to see that it doesn’t have yet though:

    • A tab that shows only followed series, so I don’t have to look through the full list to find titles I’m following.
    • A badge on the series and volume tiles that tells you how many parts are unread, kind of like the notification badges on home screen icons, so I can see at a glance what I haven’t finished or what series have released new parts. Could be limited to just followed series.

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