Thursday, September 27, 2012
Almost there, 0.50 beta and more!
I've been updating Fabrik Reader almost every day since 0.40 beta, with new features as well as bug fixes. And today, I finally got the 3D page turning animation working, and I decide to move up the major version number, so, 0.50 beta, here we are.
As always, let's summarize what's been added since 0.40 beta, but I'm not going to get into too much details this time. Here is the list:
1. Tablet optimized UI, including multi-column bookshelf and two-column landscape reading model. I know I promised a full redesign of tablet UI. I had an idea last week when I wrote that post, and I actually did implemented that a couple of days ago. But unfortunately I don't think it's good enough when I actually see it on my nexus 7. So, I'm gonna put that on hold until I had a better idea.
2. Add a lot more customization options, like hiding status bar, change font, change line spacing, change animation speed, etc.
3. Justified text align.
4. Book search function, also voice search is supported thanks to google's excellent voice recognition engine.
5. 3D page turning animation.
At this point, Fabrik Reader is relatively function complete. Also the session error ratio is dropping continuously, so it's more or less stable too. I think we are very close at graduating beta phase. So I want to talk a little bit about my monetization plan here. I don't have a lot of experience, and for now my plan is the classic ad-supported free version plus ad-free paid version way. The free version will have the exact functionality as paid version, but with an ad banner on the bottom of the screen. There will be NO ads in the reading view because that'll make the free version completely useless. I know many of you guys probably prefer a donation supported strategy, but unfortunately I'm a guy who still has to pay for his student loans, so when I see a chance to earn some extra cash, I damn well won't miss it! God forgive me!
As always, let me know what you think, and enjoy!