1. crash1989's Avatar
    I think this is my first time posting in developer spotlight. I am an avid xkcd and comics fan. GO Comics is really good but xkcd was not included in it.

    I saw all the xkcd apps and the issue with comic apps is that big windows phone titles and fonts are too obtrusive. I found none of the apps to my liking and made one myself.

    I tried to partially mimic the Nokia Highlights Social app and built one in a few days.Please so reply if any new features are necessary.

    I hope you guys can appreciate the app if you like it. It's cleverly titled xkcd :D .

    xkcd | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)



    Now in the coming week I am going to implement social share feature, rotation lock, offline mode and maybe a night mode feature (not sure about this) and fix bugs if any.
    06-07-2013 02:03 PM
  2. Vaibhav Chauhan's Avatar
    please make it theme aware, a black theme is a boon and easy on eyes for Amoled displays. Otherwise good work.
    crash1989 likes this.
    06-08-2013 01:52 PM
  3. crash1989's Avatar
    please make it theme aware, a black theme is a boon and easy on eyes for Amoled displays. Otherwise good work.
    yup, I am working on it ...
    06-08-2013 11:57 PM
  4. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    xkcd?

    I've been waiting for this. Here's a virtual bar of gold, from me to you.
    06-09-2013 12:57 AM
  5. crash1989's Avatar
    xkcd?

    I've been waiting for this. Here's a virtual bar of gold, from me to you.
    :), please do reply in case you find any issues or you need more features.

    Can anyone please suggest me how to deal with Ads, I personally don't like them, but am forced to put them for monetary purposes :(
    06-09-2013 01:02 AM
  6. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    :), please do reply in case you find any issues or you need more features.

    Can anyone please suggest me how to deal with Ads, I personally don't like them, but am forced to put them for monetary purposes :(
    You could put up an in-app purchase to serve as a donation. Other than that, try AdDuplex or the Nokia Ad Exchange.
    06-09-2013 01:56 AM
  7. crash1989's Avatar
    Thank for the reply .Donation seems a good idea .. I am also thinking of a simpler method where the user can click on any ad once and ads stays hidden for 5 more times the app is activated giving the free experience they need
    06-09-2013 02:11 AM
  8. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    Thank for the reply .Donation seems a good idea .. I am also thinking of a simpler method where the user can click on any ad once and ads stays hidden for 5 more times the app is activated giving the free experience they need
    Actually, I remembered the MetroTube approach. You have a fully functional free trial, and the buy option is there only if you want to pay for it.
    06-09-2013 03:32 AM
  9. polomint's Avatar
    This app is looking good, nicer when if plays nicely with the dark theme. But im liking it so far :)

    I have a couple of apps like this (not comics) that i keep meaning to create, just haven't got round to reading up on wp8 apis etc.

    Keep up the good work :)
    06-09-2013 03:46 AM
  10. crash1989's Avatar
    Guys,

    I have submitted the update with three new features .
    I have added the Dark Mode Toggle and tried to maintain the same color combinations (albeit with minor differences)
    I have also added Sharing to social networks
    The final feature is Locking the sceen to portrait mode toggle. A new Settings menu will be visible when the app passes certificarion and is published.

    Cheers
    Vaibhav Chauhan likes this.
    06-10-2013 11:01 AM
  11. polomint's Avatar
    Excellent, will test when the new update is out :)
    crash1989 likes this.
    06-10-2013 11:24 AM
  12. TripsG's Avatar
    Nice little app there, Crash. Good work.
    06-10-2013 11:30 AM
  13. TripsG's Avatar
    Wait, guess I shouldn't use "app" and "crash" in the same sentence...lol
    06-10-2013 11:36 AM
  14. crash1989's Avatar
    Wait, guess I shouldn't use "app" and "crash" in the same sentence...lol
    I made a deliberate attempt not include that name anywhere in the app ... :D:D:D

    This was a necessity for me on wp.
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    06-10-2013 11:40 AM
  15. polomint's Avatar
    Wait, guess I shouldn't use "app" and "crash" in the same sentence...lol
    aye, dont tempt fate lol
    TripsG likes this.
    06-10-2013 11:59 AM
  16. pranav rai's Avatar
    I love you man. This is what I wanted so much that I was thinking of writing one myself. :D
    Thank you so much.

    Please keep an option to buy a no-ads version, I'll gladly pay a dollar (actually make it 55 rupees), instead of having an ad ruin the experience. I do realize that you deserve to be reimbursed and it makes perfect sense for you to get an ad supported version out since this is a rather niche app, put I'd love it if there was atleast an option to outright purchase the app and get a clean interface.

    I have a couple of suggestions if you dont mind.
    1. Ability to swipe into next/previous comic when viewing archives would be nice to have.
    2. In some comics the ... bar at the bottom obscures the last lines of text. when in portrait mode and the right/left side panel when in landscape mode.
    3. Live tiles that 'push' the latest comic image up-down like the me hub (as an option instead of the standard flipping tiles) ;)
    Last edited by pranav rai; 06-10-2013 at 12:23 PM.
    06-10-2013 12:04 PM
  17. crash1989's Avatar
    umm.. Thanks for the support :D
    ahh ... I have thought about ads, If you open the app you will see ads are only on the menu,about, blag, whatif pages. I have made it even cleaner in the current update which will be out soon.

    The pages where comics are I have no placed no ads. I will put out the trial version very soon. I understand , I have made their use as minimal as possible :).

    To answer your points
    1. Ohh, ok, This might have to go into the next update.Do you want it to be similar to the default image gallery app??
    2. I made the application bar translucent, I will have a look at this. I am sure this is an issue with larger comic strips.
    3. Here I can't help. Microsoft gave us developers only three types of tiles to work with i.e. Flip tiles, iconic tiles and an image tile that can flip through 9 images only
    Iconic tile would mean the main tile image would have gone, image tiles are for gallery apps. So I chose the original flip tile. I will check the options for this too

    Microsoft keeps the special tiles like people hub, me tile, games hub to itself.
    The funny thing is in WP7 there was only flip tile, I don't know how developers managed with that.
    Last edited by crash1989; 06-10-2013 at 12:41 PM.
    06-10-2013 12:22 PM
  18. pranav rai's Avatar
    umm.. Thanks for the support :D
    ahh ... I have thought about ads, If you open the app you will see ads are only on the menu,about, blag, whatif pages. I have made it even cleaner in the current update which will be out soon.

    The pages where comics are I have no placed no ads. I will put out the trial version very soon. I understand , I have made their use as minimal as possible :).

    To answer your points
    1. Ohh, ok, This might have to go into the next update.Do you want it to be similar to the default image gallery app??
    Yes, swipes similar to the gallery.
    2. I made the application bar translucent, I will have a look at this. I am sure this is an issue with larger comic strips.
    06-10-2013 12:29 PM
  19. crash1989's Avatar
    got it
    06-10-2013 12:46 PM
  20. crash1989's Avatar
    Hey ppl,

    Sorry for the slight delay. I was engrossed in the WWDC. I have made a ad free version of the app costing 0.99$ (55 INR in case you are in India) .
    So now there is xkcd (ad supported) and xkcd.pro (no ads).
    I brought back the flick gesture which I kind of disabled in the original update and have worked on minor tweaks so that the app bar doesn't obstruct viewing. And there are ofc the dark mode toggle, lock to portrait still available.

    I didn't have a good camera with me so I had to use a really old android phone to capture the following vid. Sorry for the bad quality.


    I haven't yet registered any crashes from the downloads so I am quite happy. My other app is a mess although it has better ratings than this :D (weird)
    06-12-2013 02:34 PM
  21. pranav rai's Avatar
    Looks good, although I couldnt find this on the marketplace. Have you not submitted it?

    Also, I dont see any ads in the free version that I currently have, is that by design? If yes, as soon the app loads there is a tiny ad-like but blank black box at the bottom that disappears after about 3-4 seconds what is that?
    06-12-2013 04:12 PM
  22. crash1989's Avatar
    Looks good, although I couldnt find this on the marketplace. Have you not submitted it?

    Also, I dont see any ads in the free version that I currently have, is that by design? If yes, as soon the app loads there is a tiny ad-like but blank black box at the bottom that disappears after about 3-4 seconds what is that?
    hey,
    Just submitted it yesterday. It will take at least 3 days for. microsoft to publish it. The ads and everything are figured out in yhe new update. I will pm u when it publishes.
    06-13-2013 01:09 AM
  23. crash1989's Avatar
    Ok, the Paid version has been published in the store.

    It does not have any ads, has swipe and flick gestures (which will trickle down to the free app soon) . I have priced it at the cheapest option available 0.99$.

    Here is the link xkcd.pro | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (भारत)

    and the QR Code



    Hope you guys like it. Please keep the suggestions and issues(if any) coming. Thanks for the support
    06-17-2013 12:19 PM
  24. crash1989's Avatar
    Both apps xkcd and xkcd.pro have been updated to V1.2.0

    A few minor bugs fixed and What-If section has been fixed too.

    Average rating for the free app is currently at 4.7 which is cool. Thanks for the ratings.

    xkcd xkcd | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)


    xkcd.pro xkcd.pro | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
    09-26-2013 09:18 PM
  25. crash1989's Avatar
    Both apps xkcd and xkcd.pro have been updated to V1.3.0

    Now they are almost feature complete .. The app's average rating is 4.65 which is very healthy but users recently have reviewed asking for more features which I think I have done in this update

    here are the new features in this update
    +Search using Comic Names and Comic Numbers
    +Favorites Pane now shows comic thumbnails instead of just comic numbers
    +404 comic bug fixed
    +Minor Bugs from previous update fixed

    You can find the apps at
    xkcd free - xkcd | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (भारत)


    xkcd.pro - xkcd.pro | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (भारत)


    Here are a few screenshots of the new features from the store:
    01-11-2014 12:04 AM

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