Art Book (Our New Comic Viewer!)

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  1. MadcapStudios macrumors member

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    Hey guys!

    Our app has been available now for a couple weeks, but I'd really love some feedback. :)

    Info and demo videos can be found here:

    www.ArtBookApp.com

    Or:

    Get it Now in the App Store!

    The main thing to keep in mind is this:

    It's currently $2.99 with four built-in comics. Soon we'll be pushing an update that will lower the price to free (no more built-in comics), and it will gain our In-App Book Store, with free and paid content from several big-name comic publishers, with new content every week.

    If you want to try it out for free, we also have single-book apps as well. Here's "The Heretic" issue 1, by Joe Phillips, for free:

    The Heretic - Issue 1

    Screenshots:

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    Press Release:

    Get it Now in the App Store!
     
  2. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    Also I'll give out free promo codes to the first 5 people who ask for one! =)

    (going to need an email address to send to :p)
     
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  5. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    Sent. :) You can delete the post with your email address in it now. I would do it through PMs, but there is a post minimum. Enjoy!

    Edit: 4 left!
     
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  7. jmccray macrumors regular

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    Thanks so much. Hopefully this will be scalable also for the upcoming **cough** tablet.
     
  8. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    Sent! Enjoy! :)

    3 left!

    We just finished a pass to ensure the whole app is resolution independent. Of course there's no way to REALLY know until us devs get a version of the Simulator.app that supports that screen size / OS variant. ;)
     
  9. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    Added some screenshots to the first post.

    Edit: Still have 3 promo codes left to give out. :p I can only assume the thread title isn't enthralling enough.
     
  10. PhoneI macrumors 65816

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    If you have any left. I would love to try it..
     
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  12. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    Sent and Sent. Enjoy! :)

    I'll give out some more tomorrow, but in the meantime I would love some discussion. Questions, suggestions, feedback. All are welcome!
     
  13. Metsfan7450 macrumors regular

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    I'd love to try it out if you have any promo codes left. I'll provide feedback and leave an itunes review. Can you download DC comics?

    mcggarcia@hotmail.com
     
  14. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    Sounds good! :)

    Currently it only includes the 4 built-in books. As I said in the first post, the in-app store, and access to additional content will be coming with the 1.1 patch.

    As for DC comics, they haven't yet made the move to Digital.

    Soon I hope. ;)
     
  15. Hes Nikke macrumors member

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    promo code?

    oh cool! i saw this on youtube a month or so ago.... i'd love to give your app a shot.

    [deleted] - Thanks! I'll have a look at it this evening when I'm off work.
     
  16. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    Sent! Enjoy! :)
     
  17. Hes Nikke macrumors member

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    Reveiw

    Cool, I tried it out. Read through issue 1 and 2 of "The Heretic" so far. Pretty cool series. Well drawn! As for the app, you're right it's WAY better than any of the other comic readers. Even better than panelfly! I can't WAIT for you guys to push the store update so I can just use this app instead! :D
     
  18. Gokunama macrumors 6502a

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    I'm just wondering whether Image comics has gone digital, it would be great to see a list of comic companies that support digital formats.

    Feedback: I was thinking that Stanza like controls for pages would allow for a screen without controls, just the comic images. Tap the right side of the screen to go forward, the left side to go back, and the center to bring up the controls, although I guess that might be harder to implement if you've got zoom. I guess double tap could be zoom in and zoom out though. Just one idea.
     
  19. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow thanks! :D
     
  20. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    We tried that before, but determined visible controls were the way to go for the following reasons:

    • Consistency - You never want to be unsure of what tapping a part of the screen will do.

    • Sense of orientation - We want readers to be able to take over manually at any time. It's easy to get disoriented on a comic page when you're being panned around quickly, and it's great being able to swipe and zoom around if you miss something, or forget what the first panel said for example.

    It was really important to us that we retain the sense of physical Comic Book pages.

    (Despite the buttons being on top of the content, we designed the panel mode controls to fade out to only 30% opacity when untouched for more than 2 seconds. When you tap one, it lights up to full opacity, before fading out again. We found this works really well, and is extremely unintrusive. When you hit "play", the panel mode buttons disappear entirely while the app presents the book to you. To bring them back, just tap the screen once.)
     
  21. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    New features in 1.0.5:

    • Settings toggle to display the Full Page before and after Panel Mode walks you through the panels.
    (with these disabled, pages will flip directly into the first panel)

    • Settings toggle to retain the Zoom Level while reading manually.
    (with this enabled, any time you zoom in or out, the book will remain at that zoom level, from then on)
     
  22. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow, we are up to our EARS in comic book PDFs right now. :D

    We're working our butts off to have it ready within the next week or so. (We may skip 1.0.5 straight to 1.1.0)
     
  23. MadGoat macrumors 65816

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    Will this app allow importing of my own cbr, otherwise it's pretty darn useless to anyone.
     
  24. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    Glad you mentioned it.

    **snippet** [ removed info about unreleased products ] *snippet*

    You'll find that our content is priced the same as similar apps, but provides higher quality / higher resolution pages, which are hand-cropped to ensure quality, and includes support for seamless 2-page spreads. In addition, our Panel Mode feature walks you through those books one panel at a time, on a timer or at the tap of a button.

    So no, it isn't useless, and it's about to become a whole lot better!

    :)
     
  25. MadGoat macrumors 65816

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    Then I will be waiting for the release of the other version.
     

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