Just a quick update. There are more optimizations and bug fixes in the works. That’s an on-going process.
One thing people seem to be having problems with the iPad version is the double toolbar at the top. Personally, I love it because it let’s me to go from any screen to any other screen in the app without having to go through intermediate screens. But apparently people are confused as to how to use it and why there are two. So 2.17 is going to get rid of one of the toolbars. This makes using the app a lot simpler and more straight forward, but in a less flexible way. It’s a reasonable tradeoff.
This change requires some rework since both the iPad and iPhone versions use the same logic internally and now the iPad logic needs to diverge. This is causing other issues in testing and opportunities for the future. Structurally, the iPad version is becoming simpler despite the change. This is a good thing. I’m also continually trying to simplify the code as I go. When I started Auteureist I had no idea what I was doing or how to code on the iPhone. I’m still learning. Each version includes fixes to old and in a lot of cases bad code. It’s an iterative process as well. You fix something and find something that needs fixing as a result. In a recent post I mentioned 3.0. I plan 3.0 to be a complete rewrite from scratch. At some point, the existing code and weaknesses need to be retired in favor of a new beginning. Version 3.0 is a long way off. In the meantime, 2.17 will include a simplified UI on the iPad as I just mentioned. Additionally, as I teased in the previous post, version 2.17 will have text-to-speech capability. You will be able to have your chapters and other writing elements read aloud. This is actually useful in proofing your writing. You can sometimes hear problems you don’t see. You will also have the ability to adjust the characteristics of the speech. This will be a $0.99US in-app purchase on both the iPhone and iPad versions, since not everyone will want this. One major other change in 2.17 is a change in how preferences are stored. This will require a reset of your preferences the first time you use a pre-2.17 database. (This includes restoring a pre-2.17 database). This will help make migrating from version 2 to 3 a lot easier when that occurs.
That’s the latest. 2.17 is at least a week or two from submission based on early testing. Sent from Auteureist™ on iPad – http://auteureist.com/