Panels 2.0 is here!

Hello everyone!

After a few months of beta testing, polishing rough edges, and addressing some of your great feedback, Panels 2.0 is finally here.

:inbox_tray: Download Panels for free.

This new version is all about the library. Here are some of the most important features:

Fresh new look

Panels now have 4 main sections: “reading now”, library, downloads and search.
We have updated the design for all of them as well as for the settings menu.


Reading now

What was previously known as “Recently read” has been moved to its own tab. Here you will find different sections that might be useful to you:

  • Reading now” shows the last comics you have opened. The first one shows in full screen :heart_eyes:
  • Recently finished (you may want to download them once finished, this could be a nice shortcut)
  • Pick up where you left (Panels will suggest comics that you abandoned in the past and you may want to continue reading!)

Contextual menus

If you’re using iOS 13, you’ll be able to tap and hold on almost any comic cover in the app, and a new contextual menu will appear with different actions depending con the context and the item you’re selecting (Comic or Collection)

Some of the most requested library management features now live in this menu:

Mark as read/unread

Mark your comics as read or unread with a simple tap. This option is also available when selecting multiple comics at the same time.

Rename file

Rename your files so they appear nicely formatted in Panels.

Hide a Reading Session

Did you start reading a comic and didn’t like it and you want it to disappear from your reading list? Now you can hide them. If you change your mind and want them to appear again, you just have to continue reading it.

Change reading direction

You won’t have to open a comic to change the reading direction anymore. If you read manga and want to tag all your manga titles as right-to-left reading, you’ll probably appreciate this new feature. It also supports multiple files.
Add all your manga titles to a collection, select them all and configure them as manga with just one tap.

The new Library

We’ve redesigned the Library while keeping the essence of Panels. The same familiar look with a lot of new features.

Contextual Action Sheet

If you are not yet using iOS 13, we got you covered. The contextual menu won’t be available, but we’ve implemented a contextual ActionSheet that will show exactly the same features as the Contextual Menu.

We also use this action sheet to offer contextual actions to when selecting multiple files at the same time.

Visible titles

We’ve always considered comic covers as small pieces of art. And we think that the best way to enjoy a clean library is to give protagonism to these pieces of art and remove any superfluous information.
But we are also aware that some of you like to keep a massive collection of titles in your portable device. And some of you need the titles to be shown to organise your collections and titles more effectively.
That’s why we’ve added a new configurable option to show/hide titles of your comics and collections independently.
More options to make your library your own.

Downloads

We’ve removed the progress bar from the library and replaced with a whole new section. A complete download manager that will give you much more control over all the downloads. Cancel, pause, retry, % of download, …

Search

The search has also gained its own section. The new search shows, not only comic results but also collections. If you have so many collections that you can find them, the new search will probably solve that problem.

Show containing collection

The new search also includes this long time requested feature.
If you know you have a comic but don’t know where it is, you can now search for it and let Panels find the collection(s).

SignIn

Panels 2.0 now supports Apple SignIn. We’ve also created a new profile section.

Price and availability

Panels 2.0 is a free update :partying_face:
Remember that if you are already Premium, you can still support us with a tip, we’ll really appreciate it.

In addition, remember that you can also help us in many other ways:

  • Spread the word! Panels is still young and many people don’t know about it. Any tweet, blog post, youtube review will help.
  • Submit an app store review. This really helps Panels appear on top of other apps.
  • Send us your feedback!

Most of the features mentioned above are available for all users (not only Premium).

One more thing

We are on Twitter now! :bird:
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We will also really appreciate if you could help us spreading the word by retweeting this! (will also give you a chance to get Premium for free).

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This is an awesome update! Especially the reading now tab and the reading progress sync. Looking forward to doing that between my iPhone and iPad.

UI wise, one of my thoughts for the new background images is that while it’s great there is gender diversity, there isn’t really any other diversity represented. If there were just or two images like that I probably wouldn’t notice, but since there are more than a few I suggest the team considers this. At a certain point it does convey a probably unintentional message.

Hey @renzokuken thanks for the feedback.

You have raised a great point and we will reflect some more diversity in future updates.

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So why can’t we move comics out of collections? You would think that would be a no brainer. But, oops, I accidentally drop. A comic or collection in a collection it isn’t supposed to be in and I’m either stuck with it or I have to redownload it all over.

So what happens when you press and hold a comic in a collection and select move ? Then select the 3 dots at the top?

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