Greg de J

Tokyo iOS Developer & Designer Joined over 2 years ago

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  • Posted to After declaring Pocket bankruptcy, I made my own minimal read-it-later app, in reply to Cody Fitzpatrick , Dec 10, 2018

    Great idea Cody. Will do! Thanks~

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  • Posted to After declaring Pocket bankruptcy, I made my own minimal read-it-later app, in reply to Daniel Canetti , Dec 10, 2018

    Thank you Daniel! Can you please point me to your homepage?

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  • Posted to After declaring Pocket bankruptcy, I made my own minimal read-it-later app, in reply to Peter Zimon , Dec 09, 2018

    Thanks Peter! Damn, I'd love that too...

    I made a basic prototype with a stretched UI on my iPad, and not only it looks like shit, the current button and menu placement is barely usable on a tablet, and the edge-swipe left gesture conflicts with the slide over gesture of iOS. Also, no cross device sync implemented at the moment... So, lots of work ahead, but this is high on my priority list! Stay tuned.

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  • Posted to After declaring Pocket bankruptcy, I made my own minimal read-it-later app, in reply to Florian Grau , Dec 09, 2018

    First, thanks a ton Florian for writing all these nice words and advises!

    I'm having so internal struggles on what kind of limitations to set, whether they should be opt-in, default, or mandatory. Getting that kind of user feedback is helping me so much.

    I like the hard limit too. Eventually I'd like to set some maximum reading time budget. Eg. you set your queue can not excess 5 hours of cumulative reading time, or another number based on how long you're using the app every week. Then the user would need some kind of new screen to review every page of the queue (with a screenshot preview and some basic metadata?), and choose which ones to remove to regain some budget back to add new articles.

    1. 100% agree, it was making me cringe when I added it at the last minute. Will redesign into something that looks like a proper progress indicator.
    2. I suspect you bumped into that stupid bug that went through 1.1, and should be hopefully fixed with 1.1.2. If you delete the app and reinstall it, you should see the third and last screen of the onboarding. Just make sure your queue is empty first because it won't be saved after the app is deleted. Please let me know if you have the opportunity to replay it.
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  • Posted to After declaring Pocket bankruptcy, I made my own minimal read-it-later app, in reply to Suganth S , Dec 08, 2018

    Browser extensions are next on my list, even though this is going to take me quite some time.

    Always happy to hear feature requests, given how biased I am myself :)

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  • Posted to After declaring Pocket bankruptcy, I made my own minimal read-it-later app, in reply to Suganth S , Dec 08, 2018

    I'll shout you an email, but visually it looks exactly the same, except that it shows a static web page of mine with links to my bookmarks. And from there I can also open Google to look up a specific site. Very rough around the edges at the moment.

    I still recall my friends thinking I had dementia as I was telling them I was working on "a browser with no tabs," and recommending me to start as a reading app first and build up from there. I'm not too sure yet how to design and market it as a mobile browser replacement.

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  • Posted to After declaring Pocket bankruptcy, I made my own minimal read-it-later app, in reply to Thiago Duarte , Dec 07, 2018

    Thanks a lot! Looking forward to reading your feedback Thiago.

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  • Posted to After declaring Pocket bankruptcy, I made my own minimal read-it-later app, in reply to Suganth S , Dec 07, 2018

    Super proud to have found a place on someone's home screen! :)

    The first commit was done around 2 years and half ago, as a very early prototype of something closer to an actual web browser, with the queue metaphor already there. Swipe left → Close the tab → Open the next one.

    The big secret is I'm still using it today as my mobile web browser, with a special version where swiping right adds a new page at the top of the queue with a search engine and my bookmarks. And from there I can browse anywhere.

    Anyway, back then I was also teaching myself iOS development, and overall it's a fairly small app code wise. Figuring out the interaction design I was ok with took me hundreds of iterations though, with long periods where I was just stuck and no progress was made.

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  • Posted to After declaring Pocket bankruptcy, I made my own minimal read-it-later app, in reply to Alex Johnson , Dec 07, 2018

    Sorry about that, I don't have the ressources to work on an Android version. I'm hoping to ship desktop browser extensions in the following weeks though!

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  • Posted to After declaring Pocket bankruptcy, I made my own minimal read-it-later app, in reply to Adam Marsden , Dec 07, 2018

    I suspect that in the iOS simulator, the share menu is actually smaller because it does not show the AirDrop section area at the top. I'll see whether I can make it scrollable at the very least. Adding that to my list. Thanks Adam!

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