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  1. DutchmanIII's Avatar
    Very impressed by your app! Let me know if you'd like help translating to german and dutch.
    04-02-2013 02:00 PM
  2. Nicholas Valbusa's Avatar
    Very impressed by your app! Let me know if you'd like help translating to german and dutch.
    It would be very nice if you could help us with the german/dutch translations! :)
    Could you PM me your email so we can discuss it?
    04-02-2013 05:24 PM
  3. KQ17's Avatar
    Maybe I could help with French :)
    04-02-2013 07:39 PM
  4. Nicholas Valbusa's Avatar
    Maybe I could help with French :)
    It would be precious! Could you PM me with your email as well? :)


    All our contributors will get access to the beta versions of Collector, which means that you can try all our features few weeks before they go live, and of course you don't have to pay 1.49 to enjoy Collector on your phone.
    04-03-2013 03:50 AM
  5. blnwp's Avatar
    @Nicholas Valbusa As a frequent user now, the only thing which really bothers me is the time taken to refresh the collections. I know that it's very hard to collect content from multiple sources very quickly. Are you doing it with a server or is it fetched from the phone directly? To compare(not fairly) with Flipboard, it refreshes feeds lot quicker which I believe is due to the content fetched from their servers and not directly. But as I said, it's not a fair comparison with their huge investments and you guys as small indie developers. It was just a nitpick. If you can optimize it a little, might make a great difference.
    04-03-2013 11:48 AM
  6. Nicholas Valbusa's Avatar
    @Nicholas Valbusa As a frequent user now, the only thing which really bothers me is the time taken to refresh the collections. I know that it's very hard to collect content from multiple sources very quickly. Are you doing it with a server or is it fetched from the phone directly? To compare(not fairly) with Flipboard, it refreshes feeds lot quicker which I believe is due to the content fetched from their servers and not directly. But as I said, it's not a fair comparison with their huge investments and you guys as small indie developers. It was just a nitpick. If you can optimize it a little, might make a great difference.
    Hi, this is currently something that internally was discussed a lot during the development, and we decided to opt for the "fetched by the phone" for two reasons:

    - As you said, we're small indie devs, so there's no money to get a big infrastructure like Flipboard does
    - Collections are custom made rather than "chosen by the server". This means that "Technology" could be different for each users; it really depends on what you decided to put inside.

    Right now, we're planning to making huge improvements on the collections update, I promise that it will be very fast in the near future :)
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    04-04-2013 03:52 AM
  7. TopTomy's Avatar
    Great, thanks!

    The most missing feature is an option to create an account that saves your feeds... so that way you can login from different devices and have your feed right away.
    Tom.
    04-04-2013 04:08 AM
  8. Nicholas Valbusa's Avatar
    Great, thanks!

    The most missing feature is an option to create an account that saves your feeds... so that way you can login from different devices and have your feed right away.
    Tom.
    This feature (login/signup/backup/restore) will probably be implemented around the end of April :) don't worry!
    04-04-2013 05:42 AM
  9. TopTomy's Avatar
    Oh, awesome!
    thanks for your respond :)
    04-04-2013 05:53 AM
  10. Al_2's Avatar
    What I'd love to see implemented on this app is an attractive live tile. I haven't really found any news app on WP yet that displays news headlines on a live tile effectively.

    On Windows 8/RT, the built in News app and the Sky News app have excellent live tiles. Something like that would work nicely.

    I'd love to see on one side the latest headline with a photo (like the Win 8 News app) and on the flip/back side of the tile maybe the next three latest headlines and last updated timestamp.
    04-04-2013 06:55 AM
  11. ozahran's Avatar
    I'd love to see on one side the latest headline with a photo (like the Win 8 News app) and on the flip/back side of the tile maybe the next three latest headlines and last updated timestamp.
    That would be amazing
    04-04-2013 08:52 AM
  12. Nicholas Valbusa's Avatar
    What I'd love to see implemented on this app is an attractive live tile. I haven't really found any news app on WP yet that displays news headlines on a live tile effectively.

    On Windows 8/RT, the built in News app and the Sky News app have excellent live tiles. Something like that would work nicely.

    I'd love to see on one side the latest headline with a photo (like the Win 8 News app) and on the flip/back side of the tile maybe the next three latest headlines and last updated timestamp.
    Thanks for the idea! I'll add it to the "next ideas to be discussed" meeting ;-)
    04-04-2013 09:55 AM
  13. Nicholas Valbusa's Avatar
    Quick update: the version 1.3 is now live on the Marketplace!

    Changelog:
    [v1.3]
    - New redesigned home screen
    - Facebook integration
    - Share via email
    - Tens of improvements and fixes
    - Better quality for the articles images

    IMPORTANT UPDATE: Today, Twitter made some changes to the "Connect with Twitter" APIs (OAuth). Lot of developers already blamed Twitter because a huge number of apps are now broken.
    Collector is suffering from this issue: the Connect with Twitter feature makes the app crash. If you were logged in before yesterday, this issue doesn't affect you but only users that login.
    This evening we'll submit an update to Microsoft, with a fix for the issue.
    Last edited by Nicholas Valbusa; 04-05-2013 at 07:21 AM. Reason: twitter update
    04-05-2013 04:27 AM
  14. blnwp's Avatar
    I don't see v1.3 yet in US Marketplace. May be it's still propagating to all regions.

    Also, would like to add few things I noticed in v1.2. Probably they are fixed in v1.3. Believe, I'm the most frequent complainer here and sorry about that.

    - Resuming an app loses the position of the article and goes back to top. Would be great if it can go back to the same position.
    - Videos does not fit to width. Would be nice if they fit to the width and at least YouTube and HTML5 videos are playable.
    - As like someone said before here, I would like to directly go into the "read article" mode from the collection and all the buttons in the intermediate view can be moved to a translucent bottom bar. When hitting back button, it should bring back to the collection. Pretty much, the intermediate view is unnecessary in my opinion.
    - I'm not sure whether you've noticed or not but all articles open with alignment little off center to the right instead of being exact center aligned. This really drives me nuts and I manually adjust it before reading. May be I'm weird or something.

    Great effort!! Thanks.
    Last edited by blnwp; 04-05-2013 at 10:26 AM.
    04-05-2013 10:10 AM
  15. ally42's Avatar
    Love this App. Bought it to show my support. You guys are quick at fixing things and updating. Good job.
    04-05-2013 10:18 AM
  16. Al_2's Avatar
    - As like someone said before here, I would like to directly go into the "read article" mode from the collection and all the buttons in the intermediate view can be moved to a translucent bottom bar. When hitting back button, it should bring back to the collection. Pretty much, the intermediate view is unnecessary in my opinion.
    This would be great. Please do this :)
    04-05-2013 05:02 PM
  17. KQ17's Avatar
    Got the update today. Great job.
    04-06-2013 08:19 PM
  18. Al_2's Avatar
    Quick update: the version 1.3 is now live on the Marketplace!

    Changelog:
    [v1.3]
    - New redesigned home screen
    This is great! Please also lay the individual collections out like this :)
    04-07-2013 05:28 AM
  19. ally42's Avatar
    Thanks for the idea! I'll add it to the "next ideas to be discussed" meeting ;-)
    ** yes add thAt. That'd awesome !
    04-07-2013 05:33 AM
  20. blnwp's Avatar
    Congrats on being featured in the homepage of the 'apps' section in the marketplace(US). That should bring some visibility to your app.
    04-07-2013 11:41 AM
  21. brunok's Avatar
    A few suggestions:
    • Some feeds/articles have low image resolution. An option to either suppress low res images or to show them in a proper size would be very nice. Currently, these images show up in the home screen and in articles headers and they look very ugly. It's a minor problem but it really bugs me.
    • Someone suggested a few changes to Intermediate view above, that would be awesome.
    • Full article view is a lot uglier, fonts and layout are weird... again, a minor issue.
    04-07-2013 02:04 PM
  22. ally42's Avatar
    [*]Full article view is a lot uglier, fonts and layout are weird... again, a minor issue.[/LIST]
    I agree, full article view is not as stylish as the rest of the app. Maybe a change of the font would do it good.
    04-07-2013 04:12 PM
  23. Al_2's Avatar
    I agree, full article view is not as stylish as the rest of the app. Maybe a change of the font would do it good.
    The main article view definitely isn't as stylish as the rest of the app. It's partly the font and also the way it's spaced out I think.

    Here's how I think you could improve it:

    1. Put the image right at the top and make it span the full width of the screen.
    2. Align the main body of text so it's in the centre (currently the left margin is bigger than the right)
    3. When you scroll down the article can move from left to right...it'd be better if it didn't do that
    4. Change the font to Segoe UI
    5. Add the Share and Open in browser buttons at the bottom.

    The USA Today app does it very nicely:

    Collector:
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    USA Today:
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    On another point, why doesn't the news automatically refresh when you open the app? You have to hit refresh which is a bit annoying...
    blnwp likes this.
    04-08-2013 12:01 PM
  24. blnwp's Avatar
    On another point, why doesn't the news automatically refresh when you open the app? You have to hit refresh which is a bit annoying...
    Auto refresh can be configured from settings for each collection but not for all the collections. Once enabled, it will refresh (an indication would be better) the collection. You can notice this behavior by seeing that refresh button is disabled if it's auto updating.
    04-09-2013 09:31 AM
  25. mangoose's Avatar
    Hi Nicholas,

    I recently bought your app. Its awesome. Great work!

    I'd just add that there are couple of things you could do to improve:

    1. On sites like 'The Verge', half article is posted with note 'Developing'. But even when the full article is posted, the Read article shows only that half article.

    2. Please include a night mode. AMOLEDs tend to burn eyes in low light, specially with white background. What I'd recommend is to add a mode that reads the phone time and at 7pm (the user specified night time), starts toning down the articles background and text brightness. Note: Gray text on black looks more awesome than white text on gray or navy blue. (You can also make a slider control for this)

    3. Please show the full article when an article is touched upon.. i.e. kill the 'Read Article' from article options. When a new article is clicked upon, you can start loading the rest of the article. In that case, you can compare the two text and replace it from the point it the article differs. Usually, the replacing point is ".... (continue reading)". Replace this with the rest of the article.

    4. Please add an 'Open Media' or 'Open Video' button in the article options. This would enable watching any video attached to the article.

    Also, Al_2 has posted excellent points above for formatting.
    Last edited by mangoose; 04-13-2013 at 12:20 AM.
    04-13-2013 12:02 AM
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