Apps Coubicle TV, if you like gifs/fun videos

vertical smile

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I downloaded, I haven't had a chance to play around with it, but it looks like pretty nice.

About 50% of my time on YouTube is watching these braindead clips, but the ads have gotten crazy lately.

Maybe Coubicle TV will be good substitute for YouTube for some of my viewing.
 

rshev

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Glad you did like it! That's the aim of the app to have those clips and no ads. Enjoy :)
 

vertical smile

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I have used it for several hours and I have some thoughts.

Overall, I like it. It is simple, but does basics of what I am looking for.

I love being able to swipe back to an old clip or skip forward past ones that I have seen a hundred times or that bore me.

I like the infinite repeat feature, especially for some videos that deserve to be repeated many times.

But, I hate how the repeat once is a default. It makes sense for some to repeat, but many clips only need to be played once.

Feature request:
An option to browse thumbnails of videos
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Separate some of them into categories, such as anime, fan service, video games, sports...

If the above was possible, then the ability to filter out certain ones, like I really don't like most of the video game clips.


So, thanks for making this. I have really enjoyed it so far. I am not sure if my feature requests are even possible, but if so, I am sure it would make it an even better experience.
 

rshev

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Thank you very much for your feedback @vertical smile I'm very glad you're enjoying the app!

I'm still collecting initial feedback and will implement requested features when I'll have some free time.
Your idea with categories selection is quite interesting and would be useful, I'm just trying to think of a good balance between simplicity of use and feature-richness. If you have more ideas, please do let me know :)
 

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Hi guys! Sorry for excavating this post, I've currently got some free time on my hands and was thinking of tackling some things which annoy me most in Coubicle, as I still use it from time to time.

Most annoying thing for me was content which I wouldn't like to see while automatically going through a category, such as anime and gaming clips. Previously it wasn't possible to do using Coub APIs, but another dive these days uncovered that they added some additional tag fields, which could allow to categorize content now. I appreciate it might have annoyed only myself, so I'm trying to think of a way for that to be customizable.

So current roadmap for the update is:
- to add filtering (starting without fancy UI, probably a list of keywords to filter out, to understand how useful this feature would be)
- when clip is paused to add overlay showing clip title and tags, to have a clue for filtering
- rewind clips automatically when swiping back (another annoyance)

Is there anything else you would like to point my attention to? Would you be interested in testing that?
 

vertical smile

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Thank you for your app

I use Coubicle TV almost daily, and have really enjoyed it. It is really nice to unwind after work or when I want to put on some mindless videos to enjoy.

I have a question that is more about Coub, not really your apps, but I remember when I first started using Coubicle TV, there was a lot more adult-themed content, but sometime in 2019, it seems like most of the adult content was removed.

Was there some type of crack down on adult-themed content?


- to add filtering (starting without fancy UI, probably a list of keywords to filter out, to understand how useful this feature would be)
Yeah, this would be nice.
This was one of my suggestions back in 2018, although I have used it for so long without a filter that I would be okay if it never happened.

In addition to filtering out content, maybe the filter could also do opposite. For example, select a tag and only play videos with that tag.


- when clip is paused to add overlay showing clip title and tags, to have a clue for filtering
I like this.

- rewind clips automatically when swiping back (another annoyance)
I am unsure what you mean about this one. Do you mean swiping back to restart the current clip playing instead of going to the previous clip?

Is there anything else you would like to point my attention to?
The simplicity of the App is nice, but two features not previously mention come to mind.

1. A clip bookmark - Not sure if this is even possible, and it would make the app more complex, but sometimes I see a clip that I think my wife would like, but sometimes she isn't around to see it. It would be nice to be able to bookmark or save it somehow.

2. A refresh button or auto refresh when the app is being reopened - this isn't that big of a deal, and probably not worth the time, but like I said, I use the app daily. The previews shown are sometimes the same ones from yesterday. They get refreshed or updated when selecting one of the categories and then exiting it, or totally closing the app and opening it again, but maybe if it could automatically update after a certain amount of time, like an hour, or each time the app is open from the background, that would be nice. Definitely not a big deal though.

Would you be interested in testing that?
Sure, let me know.
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But, I hate how the repeat once is a default. It makes sense for some to repeat, but many clips only need to be played once.
I made this comment when I first started using the app, but I think that I have warmed up to the repeat feature. I wouldn't change it.

An option to browse thumbnails of videos
This is still something I wouldn't mind seeing if it was possible.
 
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rshev

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Thank you very much @vertical smile, your feedback really means a lot to me.

Was there some type of crack down on adult-themed content?
Not sure, but I believe so, as I noticed that change as well.

This was one of my suggestions back in 2018, although I have used it for so long without a filter that I would be okay if it never happened.
Yes, I should've given credit to you initially, I remember that suggestion. Anyway, I'm planning to add an opt-out even in the first iteration, so no worries.

I am unsure what you mean about this one. Do you mean swiping back to restart the current clip playing instead of going to the previous clip?
There is a bug currently that sometimes when you swipe forward for the next clip and then swipe to go back to the previous one, it just resumes the previous one from the saved position. It becomes annoying when you're like "oh wait, what was that", you swipe back and that clip has almost ended. I think it should start from the beginning when swiping back. Very minor I think.

1. A clip bookmark - Not sure if this is even possible, and it would make the app more complex, but sometimes I see a clip that I think my wife would like, but sometimes she isn't around to see it. It would be nice to be able to bookmark or save it somehow.
I'm thinking about something similar, but it needs really clever UX for it not to overcomplicate the app, indeed. Definitely not for this upcoming release, as I need not to overstretch the scope, otherwise the release could not happen for a while :)

2. A refresh button or auto refresh when the app is being reopened - this isn't that big of a deal, and probably not worth the time, but like I said, I use the app daily. The previews shown are sometimes the same ones from yesterday. They get refreshed or updated when selecting one of the categories and then exiting it, or totally closing the app and opening it again, but maybe if it could automatically update after a certain amount of time, like an hour, or each time the app is open from the background, that would be nice. Definitely not a big deal though.
That is a very good spot! I noticed the same but totally forgot to add it to my list. Opening from background/waking up the TV should definitely trigger a refresh. Will try to squeeze it into this release!

I'll drop a TestFlight link as soon as I have some goodies to test!
 

rshev

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Quick update: TestFlight build went to Apple for review. Hopefully I'll post it for testing next week!
Happy Easter!
 

rshev

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TestFlight build has been approved by , please test it if you're interested:

What's new:
- added display of clip information when paused
- added filtering of content, accessible from system's Settings-Apps-Coubicle TV
- clip rewinds when swiped back
- categories are refreshed more often in main menu, especially when going from background or waking up a device
- core migrated to RxSwift
- less download parts are mandatory to start playback
- better handling of download failures

Please test everything thoroughly, as there is a lot of core changes, and report all encountered issues.
 

rshev

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Version 1.9 has been released to the App Store.
Have fun and remember, your feedback is always welcome here. Cheers.
 
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