With the presentation of the new features coming to iOS 13 (specially for iPad) in September, we wanted to take the opportunity to share with you what our plans are in the short-term (next couple of releases) and how are we planning to support iOS13.
We have been working on preloading next pages. The current version in the store (Panels 1.10.8) did already add a huge boost in performance. Panels 1.10.9 will preload the next page which will give you a smoother experience when flipping pages. This version will also include minor bug fixings (rotation library layout, sync problems…).
We have been planing this release for a long time. We are super excited about these changes. It will be a lot of work but we think it will pay off. We have already started with it and hopefully you will receive a beta very soon.
All changes are related to the library. We want to organize things better and for that reason we will introduce a tab bar.
Designs are not final, just mockups
The first tab will be a new and improved Recent (or current). Having a full screen for it (not just a section) will allow us to implemente better and more powerful features in the future. The recent section proved that people really use it, specially those of you that have very big libraries.
We will move search to its own screen as well as a new dedicated download section. This will include import sources and inbox. The inbox will show current downloads so you will no more have a single download bar but a full screen showing you which comic is being download.
In addition, we want to add individual actions to each comic (mark as read, unread, delete, rename…) as well as bulk actions.
We are haven’t still decided if all these changes will come in one big release or will be released in smaller releases.
Double page reader
We want to bring this reader to life soon. We know a lot of you are asking for it. However we are having a technical difficulties. We can’t just join 2 pages together because it won’t work for some comics (some of them are already landscape, others are portrait but a few pages inside are scanned together…). It is not as easy as it might look. We need to scan the comic beforehand and this process takes some time. We will continue working on it but we can’t commit to anything at this time.
We are very excited about iOS13 and we want to support a ton of features for it (dark mode, keyboard support, external hdd, etc).
We will of course add all these features but do not expect them on release date. We have already a ton of work to improve Panels and supporting iOS13 will take some time. We are only 2 devs working on our free time, so please bear with us.
We hope we can share some more details soon and new beta versions including some of those features.
Please feel free to share any feedback