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New design for the iOS app

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Timo 2019-01-25 15:36 (Edited)

I'm working on it, see some images on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/timo_inutilis/status/1088821979120091136

I had this planned since the beginning of NX, because I wanted it to look different from the classic LowRes Coder.

What do you think?


was8bit 2019-01-25 17:57 (Edited)

Looks nice :)

... is FOLDERS a possibility? For me it would be a great help... take what I've posted on the site, times that count by 3 or 4, and that's how many I have to scroll thru on my iPad ... and finding a specific one can take over 5 minutes sometimes ... one program took about a week as I couldn't find it at all, and found it by accident ...

... just a thought :)


was8bit 2019-01-25 18:01

When I was going thru my programs to make them compatible with 0.11, I found and deleted about 8 older versions of char edit, BG edit, and a few sound edit programs.. as you upgraded I couldn't always find them and just forgot about them... I "think" I have all the older copies deleted now... ;)


Timo 2019-01-26 09:42

Folders are for the moment too much work. LowRes Coder stored programs in a database, NX uses normal files, so I would have to remake the folder handling. Easier would be a search filter and different order options.
Originally I thought folders aren't so important anymore as programs from the community could be played without downloading (kind of true now because of the web) and your own programs shouldn't be so many. Of course this is not the case for you ;)
Anyway, the next update will only have the new design, no other features. Then we will see.


was8bit 2019-01-26 11:37

"Different order options" meaning I could rearrange them? THAT would be cool... that would help immensely.... a "search" feature would be better than nothing but not as helpful as the other idea, because it would require i could remember what I named something.

I often have trouble uploading a program I am currently working on as I often forget exactly what I called it in order to get the search feature to pull it up.. about 1/3 of the time of me uploading a file or update I have to back up and pull up Nx app to relook exactly how I named it....

Doing my upgrades for 0.11, I found it convenient to use both iPad mini and my newer ipad so I could easily see the names of the programs on one device ... that helped A LOT!

I understand the technical differences you discussed... I'm certainly not trying to sound " complainy" as I REALLY love NX, and am very greatful to you for all you do to bring NX alive for all of us to enjoy \(^_^)/

My mind just thinks about things a lot and I get curious about different possibilities :)

... just like this thought... how about a feature that lists them in alphabetic order? Not neccesarily actually rearranging them physically in memory, it would just rearrange them on your screen and allow you to access them the same as are now... so with the alphabetical order I could still open them, delete them, and RENAME them... that way I could carefully add stuff to the front of the name that would help sort them differently on the aphabetical order list...

... like I could add d_NAME for games from other people that I've download, so their games don't get mixed up with mine... and for mine... g_NAME for published games, w_NAME for anything that is still WIP, ETC...

The alphabitical displayed list would then automatically sort out my stuff, the prefixes i would add to the names would function exactly like folders would, sorting out my stuff exactly the same way, the prefixes could be easily seen with all like prefixes being all together would make it as easy as folders sorting out things :)

... just a thought I just now thought of :)


Timo 2019-01-26 16:04

Yes, witch order options I mean “sort by name, creation date, modification date, etc.”, but no manual ordering by drag and drop (or similar).


was8bit 2019-01-26 16:16

Sorting options would be awesome :)


moechofe 2019-01-31 08:36

I like the dark theme! Keep the good work.


moechofe 2019-02-03 06:26

I just download the last testflight version 1.5 (30).
Where I am supposed to see a glitch animation?
I saw nothing special.


Timo 2019-02-03 12:31 (Edited)

When you open the app and it was quit before (manually or the system closed it) you see the intro. iOS does it like this:
1. it shows a static launch screen
2. it loads the "exe" of the app
3. it runs the app and shows its first screen

LowRes NX Coder uses step 1 to show a static image of the console. Then the first screen of the app (step 3) shows exactly the same image, but continues with the opening animation. You shouldn't see a transition between the launch screen and the animation.

But for whatever reason sometimes I see another screen flashing between the launch screen and the animation. Whenever you exit an app, iOS makes a snapshot of the current app screen. It's used for the app switching menu. This is the screen which appears sometimes in my intro animation.


moechofe 2019-02-03 22:11

Ho, I see. I already seen this screen on other apps too. It’s a glitch with iOS. It seem, the OS think every app should return to theirs previous visual state, even if the app has been be killed or it crash it itself.
The logic should be :
- display the snapshot when the app is not dead,
- display the launch screen when the app was dead.


Timo 2019-02-04 07:42

I have never seen it in other apps, only in mine. I already tried to find work-arounds, but no success yet.


was8bit 2019-02-04 14:29

Are you seeing yours in your MAC computer? As it isn't an issue, really, for iPads or iPhones..


Timo 2019-02-04 15:00

It happens in the iOS app only, the desktop versions work very different. Anyway, it doesn't happen always. But the launch intro is the first impression for a new user, so it's a pity if it has a glitch.


was8bit 2019-02-04 19:01 (Edited)

.... maybe it has something to do with the sound effect... didn't you add sound to this one??? Maybe test a version without sound to see if that's it :)


Timo 2019-02-04 19:36

I did, and a lot of other things :(


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