Digital Comics app for iPhone / iPad

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  1. MadcapStudios macrumors member

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    AppBoy video review: http://blog.appboy.com/2010/05/digital-comics-video-review/
    Macworld min-review: http://www.macworld.com/article/151019/2010/05/digital_comics.html

    Now available, for the iPhone / iPod Touch! Free iPad Universal update is coming with 1.2! (2-3 weeks following 1.1.5)

    (In the meantime, iPad users, while the iPhone version's UI doesn't scale up in 2x mode on the iPad until iOS4, the content DOES, and actually looks QUITE nice! And very usable.)

    Website: http://www.DigitalComicsApp.com
    iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/digital-comics/id354853921?mt=8

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/madcapstudios
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MadcapStudios

    It's free, and currently has 6 free comics in the in-app store. More comics, from those publishers and more will be added regularly. Check it out, and enjoy!


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  2. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    Wanted #2-6 now available. :)
    (Wanted #1 is FREE)

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  3. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    The Darkness #0-1, and Witchblade #2 now available. :)
     
  4. Gokunama macrumors 6502a

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    Love everything but the lack of pagination. I see you've got at least one big name series from Image, really hoping you can get the rights to Spawn. WitchBlade might be good, I've just started it though, and I'll check out the others as well.
     
  5. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    Now Available: The Darkness / PITT #1-3 (Full Series)!

    We're working on it. :) Thanks for the support!
     
  6. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    Now Available: Witchblade #3-4!

    Note: We release books too frequently to post in here every time. So please follow us on Twitter or Facebook for new release announcements. Thanks!
     
  7. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    AppBoy.com just posted a video review of Digital Comics:

    http://blog.appboy.com/2010/05/digital-comics-video-review/

    Check it out! :)

    In other news: We're nearing completion of update 1.1.5, which includes several new features (such as book updates, and automatic download continuation), bug fixes, etc. The iPad-native update (1.2) should be following suit a couple of weeks later!
     
  8. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    Upcoming features in Digital Comics 1.1.5:

    1 • Download Resuming.
    2 • Book Versioning.
    3 • New Setting: "Auto-Play on Enter".
    4 • New Book Info: Runtime.
    5 • [ I OWN IT ] Buy Button State.
    6 • Complete Right-to-left reading support.
    7 • Unique Downloading / Updating Cell Appearance.

    Details:

    1 • Downloads now resume automatically on next launch, if interrupted
    Yesterday at 8:06am ·

    2 • If changes are made to a book, it will now display an "Update" button. A single tap, and it will begin to download and install the update.
    Yesterday at 8:06am ·

    3 • New Setting: "Auto-Play on Enter". If enabled, the book will immediately begin to play out the moment you enter it.
    Yesterday at 8:07am ·

    4 • Book Info now displays the Runtime, from start to finish, of each book, based on your current Transition and Reading Speed settings. Ex: 26 minutes 32 seconds. (You will notice that most books have an average runtime greater than that of a 30min television show!)
    Yesterday at 8:08am ·

    5 • Deleted books now display an "I OWN IT" button in the Book Store, rather than the price tag. This better communicates that you do not have to re-purchase deleted books.
    Yesterday at 8:08am ·

    6 • App-wide Right-to-left reading support for japanese mangas. We're considering a setting option to force right-to-left mode on ALL books, for readers who prefer it.
    Yesterday at 8:09am ·

    7 • The "Glass" Book Cells in the "My Books" list that are downloading, queued, or require an update now have a "Tilted" 3d appearance to them, to distinguish them from installed / up-to-date books. (Looks quite nice, might I add!)
    Yesterday at 8:10am ·

    PS: 1.2 will be following shortly behind, with native iPad support!
     
  9. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    HUGE update! What's new in 1.1.5:

    New Features: (read below for details)

    1 • Download Resuming.
    2 • MultiTasking Support.
    3 • App-Wide Retina Display Support for iPhone 4.
    4 • Book Versioning.
    5 • New Setting: "Auto-Play on Enter".
    6 • New Book Info: Runtime.
    7 • [ You Own It ] Buy Button State.
    8 • Complete Right-to-left reading support.
    9 • Unique Downloading / Updating Cell Appearance.
    10 • Dynamic Collection Sizes
    11 • Mixed Panel Orientation Support

    Some screenshots of how it appears - 1x on the left. 2x on the right. Click to see full size:

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    The icon looks great too!

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    UI Refinements:

    • Settings: Panel Mode settings renamed, and now feature a turtle and a hare, as universal representations of fast and slow.
    • Settings: Certain settings now hide, if a setting they are dependent on is disabled.
    • Store: Thumbs now feature a white border and a soft drop shadow. General UI improvements.
    • Book: Manual Page flipping (swiping) is MUCH smoother now.
    • Book: When entering Panel Mode, the Navigation bar now fades our after a moment. A single tap anywhere on the page brings it back.
    • Book: "Panel Mode" button in the upper right has been renamed and now has 2 states: "Pages", while in Panel Mode, and "Panels" while in manual mode.

    Changes:

    • Cutting the fat: "Full Page at Start" and "Full Page at End" settings removed.
    • "Enter In Panel Mode" now on by default. This can be disabled in the Settings.
    • "Double Tap To Hide" the page picker now on by default. A single tap on a page will select the page. A double tap will select the page and hide the page picker at the same time. This too can be disabled in the Settings.

    Bug Fixes:

    • Canceling a purchase should no longer result in a stuck "QUEUED" buy button.
    • Entering a book with "Enter in Panel Mode" enabled will now work properly.
    • Entering a Store Book Preview with "Enter in Panel Mode" enabled will no longer enable Panel Mode.
    • Quartz drop shadows are no longer reversed in OS 3.2+ (iPad included)
    • App now has the proper splash screen (with tabs along the bottom).
    • Menu spinner should now only be enabled during network transactions.
    • The display should never go to sleep while in auto panel mode.
    • Message of the Day should now ONLY appear when you are on the My Books tab, and no longer while reading books.

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    FEATURE DETAILS:

    1 • Download Resuming. ( Downloads now resume automatically on next launch, if interrupted )

    2 • MultiTasking Support. ( In iOS4, on an iPhone 3GS or newer, the app remains active in the background, and downloads even continue to chug away. )

    3 • App-Wide Retina Display Support for iPhone 4 ( iPhone4 users will notice that the entire UI is twice as sharp! )

    4 • Book Versioning. ( If changes are made to a book, it will now display an "Update" button. A single tap, and it will begin to download and install the update. )

    5 • New Setting: "Auto-Play on Enter". ( If enabled, the book will immediately begin to play out the moment you enter it. )

    6 • New Book Info: Runtime. ( Book Info now displays the Runtime, from start to finish, of each book, based on your current Transition and Reading Speed settings. Ex: 26 minutes 32 seconds )

    7 • [ You Own It ] Buy Button State. ( Deleted books now display an "You Own It" button in the Book Store, rather than the price tag. This better communicates that you do not have to re-purchase deleted books. )

    9 • Unique Downloading / Updating Cell Appearance. ( The "Glass" Book Cells that are downloading, or require an update now have a "Tilted" 3d appearance to them, to distinguish them from installed / up-to-date books )

    10 • Dynamic Collection Sizes. ( Collection totals are now gathered from the server on launch and stored locally, so you know exactly where you stand with your digital collections )

    11 • Mixed Panel Orientation Support. ( Books may now support mixed panel orientations. You will see this featured in several books, shortly. )
     
  10. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    1.1.5 is in review and should be available any day now!
     
  11. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    1.1.5 is now live! 1.1.6 has already been submitted, including even more new features and refinements, as well as minor bug fixes.

    The next update to come is 1.2, which among other things, will be iPad native!
     
  12. MadcapStudios thread starter macrumors member

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    We just launched v1.5 which includes bug fixes, ui refinements, and *drum roll* iPad-naive support!
     

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