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[App] Kickstarter Browser

  1. #1

    [App] Kickstarter Browser


    I'm gonna try something different here. I'm in need of YOUR help.

    I need your feedback on my latest Windows 8 app: Kickstarter Browser. The thing is, I just got it release just to have a initial release but I need feedback on it. It's easy to feel satisfied with your app because you are familiar with it. I do have a general idea where I want to go with the app (adding twitter share, add favorites) but as far as GUI I'm not really sure. So any critic is welcome to just post here, perhaps even screenshots if there is anything specific you want to point out. If you have good things to say you can also review it windows 8 store. (Please do not post reviews/low stars saying it's bad, remember this is just my first release and I will improve it over the coming months using your feedback and then you can give a proper review ) If you give me feedback which I'll use to improve the app I will, if you want, add you to a thank you list in the App description.


    As far as adding, login/pledging from the apps etc. there are no official Kickstarter API and the API I'm using is Very restricted.


    Anyway, please give me feedback and I will be very thankful.










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  2. #2

    Update!


    I've made an update for this app. Though I have not received a single piece of feedback.


    This time I bring the ability to see videos in the app and to search through descriptions of projects to find specific words (This is something the normal kickstarter.com website cannot do). I also updated to GUI to look much better and fixed bugs, you can find the app update here:





    Please download, try it and give me some feedback.


    Thanks.
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  3. #3


    Well, you could say I really buckled up last night and started my code, because here is the halloween update!


    I focused on customization and user experience this time. The change log follows:


    -Changes in version 1.2.0-
    Big GUI update
    Multitask support added (view video while using other apps)
    Added tool tips
    Added FAQ to project description
    Significantly improved search times when searching through descriptions (by 20 percent)
    Search now list projects as they are found (not when search is done)
    Added settings for spotlight
    - It's now possible to add/remove and enable/disable individual spotlight categories (found under settings)
    Added the possibility to to favorite projects
    Added favorite page (accessed by swiping down from top or right click the top of the screen)
    Removed crash bug when no internet connection


    Anyway I hope you all will download it and try it (and tell me what you think). I will be taking a one week break from coding Kickstarter Browser to recharge my batteries and get inspired to do some more work.





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  4. #4


    I did have a brief look. I suggest the problem here is that, if a facility already exists and a developer wishes to put something similar on the market, then, in all aspects, it must show something innovative or, at least, improved to be successful on the market. With respect, your app doesn't, for me anyway, offer any of this.

    I am sure you will continue to work with it and, who knows, one way make your way into the market.

    Again with respect to your efforts. It is the problem with half of the store Apps that I have tried. Many, in fact, seem to have been modified from the original desktop variety - a pointless exercise. A good 10% of those I tried did not even work correctly, which puts a downer on the so-called "quality" of store apps, which Microsoft originally made great claims about.
    At least your effort,congrats, works 100%.
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    I did have a brief look. I suggest the problem here is that, if a facility already exists and a developer wishes to put something similar on the market, then, in all aspects, it must show something innovative or, at least, improved to be successful on the market. With respect, your app doesn't, for me anyway, offer any of this.

    I am sure you will continue to work with it and, who knows, one way make your way into the market.

    Again with respect to your efforts. It is the problem with half of the store Apps that I have tried. Many, in fact, seem to have been modified from the original desktop variety - a pointless exercise. A good 10% of those I tried did not even work correctly, which puts a downer on the so-called "quality" of store apps, which Microsoft originally made great claims about.
    At least your effort,congrats, works 100%.
    My motivation for making this app is that the search feature on kickstarter.com is really, really bad. So there is where I want to put most of my effort. One thing it lacks in the ability to search through project descriptions which I find annoying. Many times I'm looking for game project which will be released for specific platform and the project usually do not specify this in the project name or "short description" (which the normal search only look through).

    I have implemented this function to my app and it works really well. But it also includes things like hide ended projects etc. But you are correct in some regards, the user have no need to use my app if they are not looking for improved search or find it interesting. I will however in future releases focus more on the ease of finding projects interesting for the user. I thank you for your effort, though, could you tell me something specific you would like to see in the app? (If you don't find it totally useless for your needs)
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  6. #6


    I have uninstalled it for the moment. I'll pop it up again and hopefully get back to you.
    But browsers are very personal, in use. My preferences might not be suitable for all. I cannot, for example, get along with chrome. I prefer to see a classic top bar menu etc. Your browser, very basically, falls into the same category. It lacks facilities and options. But that's me.
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  7. #7


    Ah, but I'm not sure you get the point of the app if you do think the point of it is to be a "browser" in the sense of being a web browser. The name might be a little vague but the app is suppose to help you browse/search for Kickstarter project. What you make it to sound like is that you expect more of a web browser experience. There is a good reason why I put the "Open in default web browser"-button in the app. If you do try it again perhaps you can use it from another perspective. (And this gives me an idea of a setting which let you always open the web site in the default browser )

    I also like to thank you for giving me feedback and being totally honest with you opinion. I like to have a discussion about the app rather than someone just saying it's good or bad. Thanks!
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  8. #8


    Good app overall, the performance is good, although i have found some UI bugs (?) like this:
    Click image for larger version
    Note the Advanced Search text is being overlapped by the mid-pane (I don't know it's intended or not, it's on a 1366x768 11.6" screen", my suggestion is either make it smaller or divide the text into 2 lines.
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  9. #9


    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Good app overall, the performance is good, although i have found some UI bugs (?) like this:
    Click image for larger version
    Note the Advanced Search text is being overlapped by the mid-pane (I don't know it's intended or not, it's on a 1366x768 11.6" screen", my suggestion is either make it smaller or divide the text into 2 lines.
    Yeah, I know that, I've just overlooked it lately since it does not affect any of the apps features. I will try to optimize the app for different resolutions/screen sizes in the next release. I will probably make it a bit smaller AND divide it into two lines. Thank you for your feedback. If there is something else wrong or you have suggestion for a feature - Please feel free to post it here!
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  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by XanderApps View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Good app overall, the performance is good, although i have found some UI bugs (?) like this:
    Click image for larger version
    Note the Advanced Search text is being overlapped by the mid-pane (I don't know it's intended or not, it's on a 1366x768 11.6" screen", my suggestion is either make it smaller or divide the text into 2 lines.
    Yeah, I know that, I've just overlooked it lately since it does not affect any of the apps features. I will try to optimize the app for different resolutions/screen sizes in the next release. I will probably make it a bit smaller AND divide it into two lines. Thank you for your feedback. If there is something else wrong or you have suggestion for a feature - Please feel free to post it here!
    It's pretty much a small bug though, yeah i agree that it doesn't affect app feature but it was pretty much necessary for new users though.
    Still a great app dude, keep developing!
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