We have been pretty quiet for the last couple of months because we have been working on a big release (the biggest release since Panels 1.0).
First of all, this release is all about the library. We know that the readers also need some new updates (like 2 page for landscape) but we decided to split the work and focus on the library first.
Here is a list of all new features to get you excited. Stay tuned for the new betas coming up this week to be the first ones to try Panels 2.0.
WARNING FOR TESTERS
If you decide to join the beta and install the new version, you won’t be able to go back to the current Panels version available in the store without losing all your content. We will greatly appreciate your feedback but keep this in mind before installing this version.
We are planning to release a few beta versions within the next few weeks.
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.
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
- 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!)
In addition, you will find reading goals at the bottom of the home screen. You can set your weekly/monthly/yearly goal and see your collection filling up. Our idea is to link this to a nice way of sharing it, although share is not ready yet and will be pushed back for a future release.
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 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.
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.
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, …
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).
Panels 2.0 now supports Apple SignIn. We’ve also created a new profile section.
Price and availability
Panels 2.0 will be a free update
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, blogpost, youtube review will help.
- Submit an app store review. This really help Panels appear on top of other apps.
- Send us your feedback!
Most of the features mentioned above will be available for all users (not only Premium).
We don’t have a release date yet. We want to give enough time to beta testers to try the app, and to us to fix any bugs that might appear. This version includes so many new features that we want to make sure everything works before we submit a final version to the App store.
Last but not least, this version will also come with many bugs fixed.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for all the feedback we receive. We may be a bit slow answering emails/community posts/app store reviews, but we definitely read every single comment we receive and take them into account to shape future of Panels.
If you want to participate in the beta testing, signin here
One more thing
We are on Twitter now!