Release Notes for iOS

2017-05-01 14:00:40 UTC

Starting from December 2015 you can find release notes for Visiolink's generic iOS app here. By each release the article is updated, and you can track what changes you will benefit from, next time your app is upgraded. 

Release: iOS 2.17.03

Release date: 5. April 2017

New Features

  • Added option to use custom autodelete intervals
  • Added arrows on the right and left edges of the screen when zoomed all the way out
  • Added setting to disable mobile network download warning
  • Added crosswords support

Improvements 

  • Improved help text for archive search
  • Improved how page overview is updated while the publication is still downloading
  • Improved how the app handles removed regions
  • Improved app started statistic events to include context info

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed graphic bug when deleting an issue from library
  • Fixed priority of interstitial image to best suit the device when images with different sizes are added (aspect ratio is first priority, image size is tiebreaker)
  • Fixed wrong email header when sharing an article through email
  • Fixed not displaying the 'No results found' message when searching in downloads
  • Fixed not saving credentials after a failed login
  • Fixed a missing Finnish translation 
  • Fixed various German translations

 

 

 

Release: iOS 2.17.01

Release date: 17. March 2017

Improvements & Changes

  • Added support to enable/disable images in article list
  • Added support to open links through Safari instead of inside the app, for increased security (this is now default behavior)
  • Added support to disable tap-to-close on article view for new apps
  • Added support to upload a login logo separate from the standard logo to differentiate between the two
  • Added support for image/logo instead of name of a region
  • Slightly improved the process of updating a publication 

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issue with blank article in article view

 

Release: iOS 2.16.11

Release date: 8. December 2016

Improvements & Changes

  • Optimized disk usage to reduce app size
  • Implemented support for Apple Transport Security
  • Added 15 min screen timeout (in addition to the default screen timeout)
  • Improved the font size in article view to scale better on phone (also affect Android)
  • Now uses native toolbars for better performance and integration in the platform (also affect Android)
  • Added more styling options to fact boxes (also affect Android)

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a visual issue in Life Feed where text was shown with a line through it
  • Fixed an issue where you previously couldn’t remove a selection after selecting text in Article View 
  • Fixed sorting of sub-articles and fact boxes so they no longer appear in random order
  • Fixed Splash Screen not displaying properly if uploaded through Publishing Hub
  • Fixed a crash in Archive
  • Fixed issue with picture disappearing from an article when the device is rotated (also affect Android)
  • Fixed issue with fact-boxes disappearing from an article, after double rotation in article view (also affect Android)
  • Fixed issue with text sizes switching between landscape and portrait mode on phone (also affect Android)
  • Fixed issue with headline and date overlapping (also affect Android)

 

Release: iOS 2.16.09

Released on: 13.10.2016

Improvements & Changes

  • Demo tab is no longer shown after login
  • Push messages can now target individual titles in apps containing multiple titles (Guide)
  • App openings triggered by autodownloads are no longer counted in TNS Gallup Norway. Norwegian apps with both autodownload and TNS tracking will get a more precise number of app opening events.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed not showing an error message if offline
  • Fixed that the “More list” was displaying wrong color when the app was in dark theme

iOS 10 related fixes

  • Fixed not being able to enlarge or reduce text size in article view and live feed
  • Fixed displaying the wrong article when returning from article view or pictures in full screen
  • Fixed not being able to open pictures in article view
  • Fixed the live news section on the front page being too transparent
  • Fixed search in article view to now include the active article

 

Release: iOS 2.16.06 

Released on: 26.07.2016

Improvements & Changes

  • Search results appearing when searching in My Newspapers are now sorted with newest date first
  • The dimmed search highlight overlay now fades out proportionally to zoom level making it easy to at the same time seeing the highlight box and reading the text on the page
  • We have added 3D touch shortcuts making it easy for the reader to open the newest issue or go to the My Newspapers view directly from their home screen. Works for devices with 3D touch 
  • Performing a search in the archive right after having displayed a result of a previous search would leave the old search result visible when performing the new search. The search result view is now cleared when performing a new search 
  • Page numbers added to page overview
  • Minor improvements of accessibility labeling
  • The TNS Gallup library (DK) has been updated to version 1.8.10 
  • We have added an option making it possible to carry user information through when the reader accesses a Web View in the app. This can be used for differentiating/targeting content shown in the web view
  • In the article view the category (politics, foreign, local, football) of each individual article is now displayed instead of the general category of the page if present in the XML 

Bug Fixes

  • The "Deselect all" button in My Newspapers is no longer active when no issues are selected
  • In rare cases buttons in the spread view could disappear
  • Fixed a localisation issue in search mode, where not all buttons translated correctly
  • Bookmarks: Search icon is now greyed out when there are no bookmarked articles

 

Release: iOS 2.16.06 

Released on: 11.07.2016

Improvements & Changes

  • We have added a generic help screen to use in the app for assisting the reader figuring out basic navigation 
  • We have added an option to show publication title in the list of search results when making an archive search
  • It is now possible to enlarge pictures by pinch zooming in the image gallery in article view 
  • We have removed the "jiggling" icons option that would make publications jiggle making it possible to delete them in My Newspapers 
  • Subarticles/fact boxes that are attached to a mainarticle would appear as seperate articles in the article list. This is now changed so they can be read in the right context 
  • Search queries of less than three characters are prevented when searching in archive or in a single issue. This is done because all one or two letter words are not present in the search index
  • If no words are highlighted on a page actually containing search results, we now remove the dimmed search overlay. Please see THIS ARTICLE for full documentation of how archive search works
  • When device is offline, the network dependent solr search is disabled
  • When searching in a single issue, the reader now searches in the Solr index and not in the XML. This gives a bigger search base for potentially higher hitrate
  • We have added adaptive white capabilities for True Tone displays. This means that the app will adjust brightness according to the level of light in the surroundings on devices with True Tone technology. Read more about it in THIS ARTICLE
  • In some cases it was a disadvantage to automatically fetch product information from iTunes Connect and display it on buy buttons in the app (improvement introduced in iOS 2.16.05). Option now added to disable automatic duration naming on buy buttons

Bug Fixes

  • The section overview on the start screen could some times overlap the coverflow
  • When download of a publication was timed out due to lost internet connection, the download sometimes did not resume correctly
  • Login popup box could appear in the top left corner 
  • When opening the article view by tapping an article in the spread would display a short glimpse of the previously displayed article before showing the right article 
  • Push messages did not appear in the app after there where opened from the notification center. As the messages might be shortened in the notification center, the reader risked not seeing the full message

Release: iOS 2.16.05
Released on: 06.06.2016 

Improvements & Changes

  • We have added a warning if more than 14 publication are downloaded to "My newspapers". The reader will from the dialog box be led to the settings menu for Autodelete. This is done to help readers, who are unaware that downloaded publications take up space on their device. 
  • We now fetch all product information dynamically so that price or duration changes of in-app subscriptions made in iTunes Connect are directly visible in the app. It is also possible to add a new subscription or product in iTunes Connect and make it available in the app without resubmitting the app. 

Bug Fixes

  • In some cases a push message could be shown twice.
  • The keyboard covered the login button on some iPhones. Now all elements on the login screen are moved up when the keyboard is active. 


Release: iOS 2.16.04
Released on: 13.05.2016 

Improvements & Changes

  • We have improved swiping between publication articles in the article view and news feed articles for a smoother and easier navigation. Furthermore, we have improved swiping between pages of the publication leaving the reader with much more control of the navigation.
  • An oppertunity to show the reader a message if an autodownloaded publication finishes downloading while the app is open has been added. The reader can dismiss the message or the reader can open the new issue directly.  
  • New Feature: Interstitials booking through Doubleclick for Publishers by Google. The Visiolink implementation of the DFP system allows for both interactive and static image interstitials.  
  • A major work-through of 7 main events in Google Analytics in order to completely align metrics on all platforms has been performed. This will impact metrics in your Google Analytics account by an increased number of Publication Openings. Read more here.
  • Easier implementation of New Banner when a publication has been updated. This feature is suited for you if you regularly publish updated versions of the same issue and you want to make the reader aware that a new version is available. 
  • It is now possible to book the same interstitial to multiple titles or regions from the Visiolink Publishing Hub.   
  • It is now possible to add some information about an article when sharing it on email. In the subject, the header and the footer of the email, you can add headline of the article, date of the publication, title of the publication and name of the app.
  • A setting allowing you to display the three most recently selected regions in top of the Region Picker is now available. The three most recently selected regions will be displayed separately in the top of the Region Picker - they will of course still be available from the usual list below the recently selected regions.     
  • One and three days added to the Autodelete menu as options for the interval of deleting downloaded publications.
  • Text size in the Live News article list increased to match the article view list.
  • A more general network error message is now displayed. Instead of "No internet connection" it now states "A network error occurred". This way it is not implied that the error is due to the reader's device. 

 

Bug Fixes

  • The download bar did not always show correctly.
  • The message displayed when bookmarking an article was often cut off. Now we make sure to show the whole message.
  • The app now checks for internet connection when reader enters a web view tab. This way the reader doesn't access online material when offline, optimizing the user experience.  

 

Release: iOS 2.16.02
Released on: 31.03.2016 

Improvements & Changes

  • iOS 8 is now minimum required OS-version: The most important update of this release is that we have raised the minimum required OS-version from iOS 7 to iOS 8. Find more information here  
  • It has now been made easier to remove the keyboard while on login page on iPhone. Now the user can tap outside the keyboard in order to make it disappear. 
  • It is now possible to force a web view element on the starting page of the app to start up in full screen when tapped. This is useful if a video should be played in full screen instead of in the small web view window when the user taps it. 
  • Several texts and checkmarks in Search and Autodelete are now always black instead of the app key color, as they are always shown on a white background.
  • TNS Gallup library for Danish apps updated to version 1.8.8 

 

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Article Content feature on the Enriched Starting page to be blank if a publication with no article XML was shown in the coverflow.
  • A publication that has been downloaded automatically could be displayed with no frontpage or with page two as a frontpage in the My Newspapers section of the app. This is now fixed making the Autodownload feature much more stable.  
  • Fixes concerning disappearing publications and non-visible buttons in the Semantic Zoom feature. As a consequence, we have removed the possibility to pinch zoom through timelines. 

 

Release: iOS 2.16.01
Released on: 29.01.2016 

Improvements & Changes

  • Semantic Zoom for Archives: The until now experimental feature Semantic Zoom is now available for daily newspaper archives. By adding the feature, the reader can navigate the archive by zooming through decades, years, months and days of frontpages of archive newspapers.   
  • We have added the option to enable or disable teaser text in article list, so you can display the headline of the article only or headline plus two lines of article text. 
  • We have made it possible to only select years in Archive Date Picker, which is very usable for e.g. monthly magazines.
  • Several texts and checkmarks in Search and Autodelete are now always black instead of the app key color, as they are always shown on a white background.
  • Downloaded publications under "My Newspapers" now have two lines of text above them, making room for the new option of adding region (edition) name to the publication title.
  • A popup message notifying the user about a new issue being available is now shown if an issue is ready for Autodownload whilst the app is open (previously nothing happened).
  • Breakfast mode: The screen is now kept awake while an issue is open (either spread or article). This way, the reader can leave the paper open while getting a cup of coffee without having to log in to the device again to continue reading. 
  • The list of features in the "more" section now looks better: more space between features, removed separator lines.
  • When Web View navigation buttons are enabled, a "home" button is now visible. The home button browses back to the starting page for the view.

 

Bug Fixes

  • Interstitial count now resets when a new interstitial is booked. If an interstitial was booked for a period and on the same page (or both with a frequency) as an already active interstitial, the new interstitial would be shown to the reader until it was shown as many times as the previous. When the count was leveled, they would then start to show by turn.  
  • Receiving a push message on iOS 7 while the app is open no longer causes a crash.
  • Search icon was missing from the bookmark list on phones, if the bookmark feature was embedded in the "more" section.
  • The buttons in the pop over containing Date Picker were hard to hit on iPads. This is now easier.
  • Subarticles that relate to a main article - such as an info box - are now part of the main article and do not have separate entries anymore.
  • Download Bar now disappears if the download completes while the publication is not open.
  • Fixed a bug where "search" text could appear white on a white background on phones.

 

Release: iOS 2.15.11
Released on: 15.12.2015

Improvements & Changes

  • Text now gets sharp while user pans around on the page. Until now, the text didn't get sharp before user let go of the screen.    
  • Implemented a Forgotten Password-feature that links to the customer's site for reset of password.
  • You can now link out of the app from a button in the bottom tabbar. This is useful if would like to link to e.g. another app. 
  • It is now possible to link from a push message into a page or an article in a publication or to a website.
  • The Adtech module now contains key values for folder and date. This means that it is possible to book interstitials in specific issues by date.    
  • Updated to newest versions of TNS Gallup Library and Adtech SDK.

 

Bug Fixes

  • DYNAMIC: DYNAMIC toggle button was not shown after the app was force closed
  • DYNAMIC: Nothing happened when selecting a search result 
  • User was not redirected to login page when opening a validated Live Feed tab without being logged in
  • The iPad Pro used a big amount of memory to draw the text on the publication pages. This could cause the app to work slowly
  • If more coverflows were available in the same app, the app could get confused and mix publications from the two coverflows up 
  • Adtech: Banner with key value 'orientation = landscape' could show up in portrait
  • No video was highlighted in the video list and no video was ready in the video player on first opening
  • Videos would play on in the background when switching tab away from the video view 
  • Synchronization of bookmarks across devices and platforms now works flawlessly  
  • On iPhone the keyboard could show up in the wrong orientation when logging in
  • Facebook and mail share dialog showed white buttons on a white background if the key color in the app is white  
  • In the Article View weekday names containing special characters could be displayed wrong    
  • When performing a search on iPhone, the user had to press first "Cancel" and then "Close" in order to leave the search dialog.
  • When performing a search in the archive, the number of search total results was not shown before additional results (40 results are loaded at the time) were loaded
  • When selecting a page in the page overview, the view could shift to next section if the user pressed on the edge of a page thumb. This would cause a page from the next or previous section to be selected
  • Some picture galleries in the Article View were not possible to swipe through
  • German date format above the coverflow was wrong
  • In the overview of search results, the 's' in the word 'Seite' was not capitalized in German apps 
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