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  • Eric 7:05 pm on April 8, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: patch   

    Making a note for us to review the patch from MarcoZ at:

    • MarcoZ 7:17 pm on April 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Eric!

      Note that I am currently also struggling with another issue that warrants a separate ticket I think, and which I would definitely need some help on. That is that the side bar leaks through to VoiceOver from the background. On the iPhone, for example, in-between the controls when viewing a comment. On the iPad, too, once the comments or article list slides to the left to make room for the actual comment or similar on the right.

      On the iPad, there is also even more of a problem there because there is no obvious way for a blind person to slide the list back to the right. I will file issue tickets for these and would need advice or even help in coding this.

  • Eric 8:25 pm on November 29, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: branches, ,   

    Since the in-app-sounds branch has been merged to trunk I’ve deleted it. While I was at it, in the name of tidying up a bit, I’ve removed a few other branches that were either empty or obsolete:

    I thought there might be something we might want to come back to in the flurry and hybrid branches so I’ve left them alone. I’m not sure what the sideswipe branch was for so I left it as well.

    I wanted to remove the numbered version branches since we have tags for all our releases, but it looks like the revisions don’t match their counterparts under tags so I held off. Is there a reason to keep these?

    • Koke 11:18 am on November 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      sideswipe was swipe to moderate comments. It should be all merged. IMO version branches can go too, I don’t think we’re going to ever use those. And I think you can always recover them since the history isn’t actually deleted from the svn repo

      • Eric 3:59 pm on November 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Cool. I’ll finish pruning the branches then.

  • Eric 10:31 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink  

    Preview: In-app sounds 

    Here is a quick preview of in-app sounds. The audio files in the app are pretty subtle so I tried to adjust for that for the video. You still might need to adjust your volume a little to hear them well.

    You will hear the pull to refresh, the roll-up, and the swipe sounds. In the iPad version you will also hear the discard sound when discarding a panel.

    What do you think?

    • Dan 3:36 pm on November 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I think they sound good, my only concern is that the some of the sounds might occur too frequently, such as opening the sidebar on the iPhone. Would that get annoying?

      • Isaac Keyet 9:50 am on November 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe that’s something we can adjust in the future, too.

        We could switch the sidebar/panel opening sound with the little “tick” that’s currently for “refresh completed” though I suppose.

    • Koke 3:56 pm on November 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I like it. The only thing that feels a bit too much is the sound for popping off panels on iPad

    • Stephane Daury 4:21 pm on November 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      So long as we can turn them off, I’ll be all set. Not a comment on their quality, I just can’t stand UX sounds. First thing I turn off on a brand new Mac, mobile device, camera, etc. :p

    • David Bisset 4:26 pm on November 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Clicks are ok, although a quick whoosh (very quick) might work for the refresh. But agree 100% with Stephane – need to be able to turn all of these off. Maybe even off by default?

    • iNotes4You 5:45 am on December 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I cannot understand the discussion about sounds.
      What is the benefit. Following Apple’s ‘iOS Human Interface Guidelines’ there is no need for sounds except when errors occur. It’s obvious that the user should be informed if the app is doing some time-consuming actions. But (sorry to say) if I want entertainment I use the music player.
      Sometimes I design or write my blogs in a coffee shop and I don’t want to disturb them.

      • Pranesh 2:56 am on December 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        You are right on! This is not essential and it’s not going to make any change to the user experience, unless if it’s something funny. But i feel the sounds are repetitive as we will be doing the same actions like clicking or dragging. Something new at each time could be refreshing..

  • Eric 10:15 pm on October 30, 2012 Permalink  

    Status of App Sounds 

    There is currently a branch that includes in-app sounds.  Its a work in progress but its good for getting a feel for how the different sounds play in the app.  There are six sounds currently in the app.  Five of them are ones sent from @jmobb. The sixth one, the roll-up sound, is the reverse of pull sound — @ievolver and I thought it would be interesting to try that.   There are also two “success” sounds that are not currently used.  I think one would might be nice to play when there is an error alert.

    Below is a list to help make it easy to track what is being used where, and we make updates here when there are changes.  This list links to .wav files but the app uses .caf files. (Pro tip: turn up your volume!)

    • Pull to refresh triggered: snd_pull.wav – plays when a user has pulled to refresh and passed the point needed to trigger the refresh on release.
    • Pull to refresh released: snd_commit.wav – plays when releasing and triggering pull to refresh.
    • Pull to refresh finished: snd_rollup.wav – plays when syncing is completed and the pull to refresh header is dismissed.
    • Notification: snd_notification.wav – plays when receiving a push notification while the app is open.
    • Swipe to open panel: snd_swipe.wav – plays when swiping open the sidebar on the iPhone, or when switching panels on the iPad.
    • Pop off panel: snd_discard.wav – plays when tossing away a panel on the iPad.
    • Success 1: snd_success_1.wav – Not currently used. I think this would make a good sound to play when we show an error alert.
    • Success 2: snd_success_2.wav – Not currently used.
    • Eric 10:59 pm on October 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I forgot to mention, the sounds for pull to refresh are only enabled for ViewControllers that inherit from WPTableViewController (posts, pages, and comments AFAIK). There is also some wonkiness with sounds playing in rapid succession when launching the app on the iPad. This is stuff we can sort out when we’ve got the sounds where we want them.

    • Koke 1:49 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Notification: snd_notification.wav – plays when receiving a push notification while the app is open.

      As long as the sound file is in the app, it can be used for regular notifications, but you have to send the sound filename to the APN

      • Eric 3:46 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Yep yep. Since we haven’t finalized the sounds still (?) it didn’t seem to make sense to add it to the APN yet. Also, IIRC the length of the sound file counts against the total size of the package so we may want to give it a shorter name.

    • Eric 4:49 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I shuffled some of the sounds around in [3680].

      The swipe sound now plays when pulling to refresh.
      The pull sound now plays when swiping panels open and closed.
      The commit sound now plays when pull to refresh completes (rolls up).
      The roll up sound is not being used.

    • Eric 2:34 am on November 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve updated the remaining pull-to-refresh views to play the pull and roll up sounds. AFAIK there are only things outstanding are: 1) everyone sign off on the current sounds or suggest changes 2) a quick clean up of the SoundsUtil class, rename any sounds than need renamed, and remove sounds that are not being used, 3) add the n.caf sound to the APNs.

  • Eric 8:50 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Testing time!

    For folks who can install the latest builds, please take a moment to take our survey and help test out WPiOS 3.2.

    Below is a list of devices, OSs and WordPress versions that we need help testing. If you help test, please check off the relevant box so we can get the best coverage.

    oSs / Device combos

    If you’re testing a particular device let us know here:

    Lastly, let us know if you test an older version of WordPress. (Probably testing the minor releases is good enough.)


    • Isaac Keyet 2:49 am on October 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I tried to build from trunk and can’t get the app to connect to WPcom at all. SIGBART error when tapping the wpcom button in the welcome screen. Sent a few crash reports.

      iOS 6.0, iPhone 4S, fresh install.

      • Dan 5:02 pm on October 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        What about if you install from the build server? Same thing?

        • Isaac Keyet 7:39 pm on October 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          It does work if I install from the build server. Why is this? Makes it hard for me to do any work in the app on my own computer 😦

          • Dan 10:06 pm on October 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

            Maybe check that there’s no local changes in your local repository, and make sure you’re running the latest version of Xcode.

  • Eric 10:34 pm on August 9, 2012 Permalink

    WordPress for iOS 3.1 is LIVE! 

    Hey everyone!  We’re stoked to announce that WordPress for iOS 3.1 is now available for download in the app store!  Get it while its hot!

    While the app was in review we’ve been working on a minor update to add in a few things that we just didn’t have time for in to the big 3.1 release. Now that the app is out some bugs have arisen that we’ll need to take care of as well. We’re planning on submitting the update soon but we’d love to include as many patches as possible, so go get the app and take it for a test drive. If you see something that you think needs fixing tell us about it here or open a ticket for it. Even better, submit a patch of your own!

  • Eric 9:59 pm on July 24, 2012 Permalink  

    Announcing Weekly Dev Talks! 

    Have you ever wonder what goes in to the planning of the iOS app? Would you like to be a fly on the wall or maybe even share your thoughts about the app and its future?  Are you curious about what’s happening with WordPress apps on other platforms?  If you answered “yes” then grab your trusty IRC client and head over to the #wordpress-mobile freenode channel Wednesday at 18:00 15:00 UTC and participate in a weekly app dev chat!  We’ll plan the future roadmap for the iOS app,  discuss which features to prioritize next, and maybe even chat about WordPress for Android, Blackberry, or Windows Phone (we’re crazy like that.)

    This is your invitation! Hope to see you there!

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