So it’s been almost exactly a month since the last blog post. At that time I had proclaimed that the release candidate was almost ready (with an exclamation point no less!). Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), some last minute critical issues came to light that needed to be handled. Then, as the wonderful iSub beta testers started running a fine toothed comb through all of iSub’s features, more and more little interface issues and small bugs were kicked up.
Since the last post I fixed 94 issues according to the iSub beta Trac system. It wasn’t until the latest beta a couple days ago that, in the succinct words of one of the beta testers, we hit the “‘Yaaaaaaaaaaaay’ build.”
Now there’s just a handful of tickets to close in the Trac before release time, mostly final regression testing tasks to make sure that we didn’t miss anything, that it works well with the new iOS 5.1 update that was released today, and that it’s retina ready for the new iPad.
Since everything is essentially final now, I have some new screenshots to share!
You guys saw some shots of the new iPhone interface last time, including the new player — which has actually changed a bit since then, but more on that in a minute — but the iPad interface also got a big facelift to better utilize the available screen real estate.
For instance, the player is now always visible, instead of hidden away in a tab.
And you can now easily browse through an artist’s albums without hitting going back and forth over and over. (still have a little tweaking to do on the labels next to the album art)
Also, the final iPhone player interface is a little different than what was shown last time.
When the player is first opened, the new controls and info area is shown automatically.
Unless you’ve opened the controls manually, the extra buttons and info will hide automatically after a few seconds.
If you do open them, by tapping the gears button or the album art, and you leave the player, iSub will remember that you had them open and keep them open next time.
Same goes for the playlist display, which can be accessed by tapping the playlist button on the top right or by sliding to the left on the album art:
Some final words…
Once again I want to thank everyone for the patience and support! The great comments, tweets, and emails I get really help keep my spirits up!
I’m going to be chugging along for the rest of the week, finishing up those final tests and fixing anything else that turns up. Then the next blog post should be an announcement of the submission to the App Store!