MobileDN 1.2 update – Full DN integration for iOS

4 years ago from , Product designer @Heroku

I'm very happy to announce the new version of MobileDN, my iOS Designer News app is now available for free in the App Store.

This is a big update, bringing a lot of the new API integration right into the app.

New features

  • Fully integrated with the new DN API
  • Swipe right to upvote comments & stories
  • Swipe left to reply to a comment
  • Add new comments to a story
  • Markdown support (!) – links in comments are now clickable and you can view images within comments
  • Free, as ever

I'm super excited to share all this new functionality with you. As always, I'd love to hear your feedback.

Download from App Store

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53 comments

  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 4 years ago

    Great stuff! Thank you for making it. :)

    I have some comments, if you don’t mind. Even if you choose to not act on the suggestions, I hope they help make the app even better.

    Sign in validation

    It's possible to sign in with empty credentials. It might be good to disable the Sign In button until there’s something in both fields.

    Table cell down state

    It doesn't seem like there's a down state on the table view cells. It’d be nice to be able to know when and where I’ve tapped.

    Comments default state

    “No one has said anything yet” displays while fetching comments, even if people have commented. It seems like a better empty state might be to leave it completely blank?

    Search

    Search could be added to the top of the Top and Recent tabs, saving a tab, but also reducing number of taps from 2 to 1 in most cases (tap search field and typing vs tap search tab, search field and typing).

    Probably not entirely correct as search covers the entire site, not just top and recent, but it still feels like it could be an improvement? If you did keep search as a tab, maybe highlight the search field when the tab is selected?

    Settings

    Seems like you don’t need a separate sharing settings screen? Everything fits pretty well on the one tab.

    Thanks for reading.

    7 points
  • Stephen ChinnadoraiStephen Chinnadorai, 4 years ago

    Great update! One minor critique: on the login screen when the email field is highlighted, I would switch the iOS keyboard over to the one with the @ key at the bottom.

    7 points
    • Michael AleoMichael Aleo, 4 years ago

      Can you do me a favor and also follow up with about a million app developers?

      4 points
      • Stephen ChinnadoraiStephen Chinnadorai, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

        It's really easy to do for a mobile site (). So I'm guessing there must be some barrier that's preventing most iOS app developers from doing this?!

        0 points
  • Ymar FrenkenYmar Frenken, 4 years ago

    Well done, I love it!

    6 points
  • Kelly SuttonKelly Sutton, 4 years ago

    This is pretty great :)

    (Posted from MobileDN)

    4 points
  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, 4 years ago

    You are the bomb, man. This has just officially replaced the DN web app link on my home screen.

    iPad plans?

    4 points
  • Daniel SpronkDaniel Spronk, 4 years ago

    I remember buying a DN app, which couldn't even launch on my phone because it crashed. You've not only made a good app, you're updating it too. Mad props to you. I would gladly pay for this app and I'm guessing many others too.

    3 points
  • Parker MooreParker Moore, 4 years ago

    Fantastic work! This post being written from MobileDN, you can likely tell I am a happy guy. Two questions though:

    1. Can I donate money to you for the app? Feels like cheating to get such a sweet app for free!
    2. Where do we submit bug reports? :)
    3 points
  • Xavier HaniquautXavier Haniquaut, 4 years ago

    Awesome job you have my upvote, but what about the non-members? They can not use the app to just read the feed as they use to do in the previous version. I get that DN wants to keep it close but isnt this a bit too elitist?

    3 points
    • Parker MooreParker Moore, 4 years ago

      This was something I thought about too. It would be great to preserve the "spectator" views if possible.

      That said, it may be a huge challenge programmatically so pragmatically speaking, for a proof-of-concept, 1.2 is exceptional.

      0 points
  • Tim ParkerTim Parker, 4 years ago

    LOVELY JOB AL MONK

    2 points
  • Ahmet YalcinkayaAhmet Yalcinkaya, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    Nice job! This post send from MobileDN app and I love the new update.

    2 points
  • Alasdair Monk, 4 years ago

    Thanks everyone - really appreciated :)

    2 points
  • Manik RatheeManik Rathee, 4 years ago

    Really nice work.

    I agree with Parker as well - I'd like to donate at least a few bucks for this.

    2 points
  • Greg RosenGreg Rosen, 4 years ago

    Nice work man! Couple of small pieces of feedback:

    -On the login page, you should set the email input field to use the email keyboard for easy access to @ & .com -Comment scrolling seems to be slightly laggy/jittery now.

    Great work however.

    2 points
  • Harouth Arthur MekhjianHarouth Arthur Mekhjian, 4 years ago

    Looks amazing! Now if only we would get an android port :D

    2 points
    • Gonçalo MoraisGonçalo Morais, 4 years ago

      HI Harouth! Ahmet have already done a DN Android app, which you can find here. He released the source code, so I'm trying to schedule future features and improvements with him.

      1 point
  • Artemiy MorozovArtemiy Morozov, 4 years ago

    Fresh! Looks even better than original website :)

    1 point
  • Braden HammBraden Hamm, 4 years ago

    LOVE THE APP! One small fix: on the sign in form, it would be nice to have a 'Next' button on the keyboard to jump from the email field to password field. Using the 'Return' key is another option.

    1 point
  • Surjith S MSurjith S M, 4 years ago

    I don't have an iPhone to check :-P

    But, The screens looks great!! Keep up the good work.

    I've also made an Infinite scroll Chrome extension for DN, but I think no one is interested :-P

    1 point
  • Falko JosephFalko Joseph, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    Nice! MobileDN became the most used app on my iPhone :) love it.

    1 point
  • Julian NJulian N, 4 years ago

    Awesome work!

    • Sent from mobileDN
    1 point
  • Kory WesterholdKory Westerhold, 4 years ago

    This is rad. Great job dude!

    1 point
  • Shaun TollertonShaun Tollerton, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    Awesome.

    1 point
  • Matt ColeMatt Cole, 4 years ago

    Amazing! Would have definitely paid for this.

    1 point
  • Christoffer TønnessenChristoffer Tønnessen, 4 years ago

    Very nicely done! I would though like to see some more padding when writing comments. It gets a bit clutered

    1 point
  • Falko JosephFalko Joseph, 4 years ago

    GG, 134 points already. Well deserved.

    1 point
  • Belkin FahriBelkin Fahri, 4 years ago

    Good job! Do you have plans for iPad app soon? :)

    1 point
  • Arnaud BenardArnaud Benard, 4 years ago

    Great job. Love the icons!

    0 points
  • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, 4 years ago

    Oh yes, what a great way to start the day.

    0 points
  • Michael AleoMichael Aleo, 4 years ago

    No joke, last night I moved MobileDN into a folder and replaced it with the Safari bookmark because I couldn't add comments. Well timed :)

    0 points
  • Cole TownsendCole Townsend, 4 years ago

    Great!

    0 points
  • Rafael AlexRafael Alex, 4 years ago

    Stunning work! Thanks for your effort.

    • Rafael
    0 points
  • Mathieu MayerMathieu Mayer, 4 years ago

    You're awesome. Have my upvote and my love.

    0 points
  • Ernest Ojeh, 4 years ago

    Android user here.. I feel lost :(

    0 points
    • Gonçalo MoraisGonçalo Morais, 4 years ago

      Have no fear! Ahmet have already done a DN Android app, which you can find here. The code is open-source, so I'm trying to collect new feature and improvements to submit a couple of pull requests to it.

      0 points
  • William ChannerWilliam Channer, 4 years ago

    Love it.

    0 points
  • Removed AccountRemoved Account, 4 years ago

    Looks great. Too bad I just sold my iPhone :(

    0 points
  • Manik RatheeManik Rathee, 4 years ago

    Is there any plan to be able to create new posts from the app? (Not sure if this is an option via the API, haven't dug into the documentation myself)

    0 points
    • Kelly SuttonKelly Sutton, 4 years ago

      It's not available in the API currently. We're taking things one step at a time.

      3 points
  • Benjamin FritzBenjamin Fritz, 4 years ago

    Thank you!

    0 points
  • José DelgadoJosé Delgado, 4 years ago

    Great Job.

    0 points
  • Nattu Adnan, 4 years ago

    Thank you and good work!

    0 points
  • Sindri AvaruusSindri Avaruus, 4 years ago

    Excellent work! Love it

    0 points
  • Ahmet SulekAhmet Sulek, 4 years ago

    Man thanks for this, I'm enjoying the endless traffic in Istanbul right now :)

    0 points
  • Joe TurnerJoe Turner, 4 years ago

    Fantastic! Good job!

    0 points
  • Jens NikolausJens Nikolaus, 4 years ago

    Well done!

    0 points
  • Kevin RabinovichKevin Rabinovich, 4 years ago

    Thanks a lot for making this-- where can we submit bug reports?

    0 points