v2.9.18 (iOS & macOS) has been submitted to the App Store for review. Assuming no arbitrary roadblocks are thrown in it's way, it should be available within the next two days.
This is a very minor maintenance update. The primary purpose of this update was to fix a serious iCloud bug caused by a change in the way a specific API responds in iOS 11 & macOS 10.13. This prevented iCloud syncing options from being enabled in Downcast if you had either removed all of Downcast's iCloud data (per our troubleshooting suggestion) or you had never enabled Downcast's iCloud syncing options before.
This also makes a minor change to the feed subscription process. Now, when you play an episode directly from search results or top podcast results, the 'Subscribe' button no longer becomes disabled.
There will be another update prior to the iPhone X being released.
By popular request, there's now a live stream of Downcast's development. Just kidding, there is a stream, but no one would ever request this. The wait for v3 is a frustrating one, for you and me. Besides working as much as possible on it, there's not much I can do to alleviate your irritation until it's done. I can, however, throw myself into the fire by letting you watch me work and accept any friendly abuse that comes with that.🙂
"Why would I watch you work on Downcast?", you may ask. No idea, but here's what you'll see if you tune in...my dumb face, my junky home office (hopefully less junky soon), unhealthy coffee consumption, angry coding, ADHD, my RU1 if she forgets I'm streaming, and frequent appearances of our corporate leader, Rotunda.
All kidding aside, the point is to lighten the mood a bit, show you I'm actually working, and that I'm just a guy trying to make something great again. I'm totally uncomfortable on camera, but anything for Downcast.🙂
Is this stupid? Maybe. I may freak out after 5 minutes and
git revert this blog post, but I'll give it at least 5 minutes.
So, feel free to watch, not watch, make fun of me in live chat, etc. Just keep it clean, semi-respectful, and stick around until v3 is done, it'll be worth the wait!
Downcast Development Stream
Inexplicably, YouTube won't allow live streams to be embedded until you reach a certain number of views. Until then, the frame below won't work and you'll have to view it directly on YouTube.com.
Click here to watch the stream on YouTube
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I never said I was fast. I really did intend to post updates more frequently, and I still do! It's been another crazy couple of months for me, but I'm still hard at work on v3 and still shooting for around the end of the year for releasing it.
I'll be pushing out a long overdue maintenance update for v2.x in a couple of weeks to fix some minor bugs and to upgrade the player view to play nicely with the iPhone X. There will probably be a few more of these between now and the release of v3.
The notch is controversial right now, but at least give it a shot before you make your final judgement on it. I went from #HideTheNotch to #EmbraceTheNotch after spending some time making Downcast's new player UI deal with it. My 7 Plus now feels old and boxed in.
Still looking to finish v3 right around the end of the year. Most of my time has been spent on the player UI recently. It's easily the most complex part of Downcast's UI. Now that it's taking advantage of size classes, I've been able to remove a ton of brittle code that was always terrifying to change.
A few screenshots of the improved player UI below. This is subject to change slightly, but this is essentially what v3's player UI will look like. The UI is universal now, so it will be more familiar on an iPad and, of course, support split screen completely...iPad screenshots coming soon. If you don't like the colors, don't worry, you'll be able to change them, but more on that later