If you want other people to test your app before releasing it in the app store, you can use the Ad-Hoc distribution system. It’s not well documented but it’s very easy to setup. Your beta testers and clients will be very happy because from now on they can just download the app from a link without the pain of connecting to iTunes, neither dealing with the app store. They can download the app directly from their devices.
I got the new iPad last week. I was waiting to get this device mainly to test my apps on it, due its huge resolution. I was a little afraid about the need to resize all my graphics to match the new iPad resolution, but fortunately it scales well and the loss in quality is not a big deal. I can wait to update on a future release.
I read complaining reviews saying that the only improvement is the screen. Some people expected “something else”. I wonder if they understand what’s the meaning of a tablet and mainly all mobile devices. The screen is the device!. The new iPad resolution is a beauty to read on, the quality and definition is far beyond of any monitor I’ve seen before. For photography it’s one of the best screens to appreciate colors, contrast and details. The screen is one of the most important things on a tablet. It even surpasses common desktops and HDTV. This really improves the user experience.
It’s quite a long time since I started using instagram on the iPhone. I really love this app and the concept behind it, but I still don’t understand, why it lacks of some very simple improvements that would make it better. No big stuff, just small tiny changes that would change the experience of using this nice social app.
- If I write a comment on a picture, I don’t get a notification about new comments, only if the new comment mentions me. This is stupid. Specially on mobile devices, the philosophy is to get done as much as possible with the minimum effort. So why not just notify me that a new comment has been added to the picture that I previously commented?
- When I go to a friend’s profile to see his/her pictures, I cannot use a swipe gesture to slide them. I can only tap one, and then come back to the thumbnail view again and tap on the next picture. Wouldn’t it be easier to just swipe your finger and go to the next picture? I know there is a thumbnail and a list mode view button, but the natural way iPhone users are used to, is to swipe your finger and go to the next picture.
- Why I cannot select the text on other people comments? It doesn’t prevent me to copy that text, because if I want, I can just read and type the text again. So, eliminating the selection of text is just pointless. People select text for many reasons. To translate a word, to mention parts of a comment on your own comment and so forth. It just makes no sense to avoid text selection.
- Cropping vertical pictures… Is it too hard to just let the user resize the picture within the square? I understand that the square size is fixed, ok it’s the app design and I won’t say anything about it. But if I take a vertical picture and I want to put that inside the square, why not just let me do it and fill the remaining space with a black background? To avoid a painful cropping now I always take every picture in horizontal.