• Author arn
  • Posted On2012-05-13 23:19:36
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With the launch of the official TouchArcade App last week, we've been fielding some common questions and feature suggestions through our support line. If you have any issues or requests, please send them to support@toucharcade.com.

In the meanwhile, we'd like to address the most common comments/questions we've seen, and offer some tips to new users of the app.

iPad Version

It seems we weren't clear enough about it before. Yes, an iPad (Universal) version is in the works. We have beta builds of it already. So, it's coming -- and sooner rather than later. We'll release screenshots in the near future.

The Back Button

Another common question has been how to quickly navigate back to the main app from the forums.

In designing the forum interface, we chose to go with a single unified back button (see right). That button serves as both a browser back button as well as the App's own back button. While it does buck the tradition of giving the user a second Browser-specific back button at the bottom of the screen, it avoids another common issue -- where you accidentally hit the App back button destroying your entire browsing session history.

Regardless, here's the solution to get back to the App quickly from deep in the forums:

1) Press and hold the Back button or
2) Triple tap the Back button

General Usage Tips

As you start to explore the app, here are some tips on how to best use the app.

If you are looking for fresh new games, be sure to check out the Hot New Games sidebar and section in the App. This is a weighted list of recently released games that are being actively discussed in our community. We should point out that not every game in this list is guaranteed to be good -- in fact, some may be actively discussed because they are bad. But, this list can be used as a great starting point to see community reviews, screenshots and videos of the latest games, so you can make your own decision. In fact, games will frequently appear in this list before anywhere else.

If a game looks interesting, but you haven't yet been convinced to buy it, you should add the game to your Watch List. The Watch List will then notify you when we publish an official review of the game, or if the game has any other major activity, such as price drops or updates.

Similarly, you can "Watch" upcoming games highlighted in our News section. This allows you to easily follow the entire lifecycle of a game -- from preview, to release, and to review.

If you haven't tried it out yet, give the App a try, and we'll provide more updates and tips in the near future.

  • B34$T

    Will anything be done to the horrible font in the app?

    • arn

      Nope.

      • https://me.yahoo.com/rekzkarz#a0df5 REkzkaRZ

        Ah, concise.  Blunt.

        I know it's not iPhone-y, but it's kinda nice for the user to be able to change fonts, y'know?

    • wweaverr

      I suppose you'd prefer Comic Sans?

    • Guise

      The typeface is Futura (or something very similar). It is the one font that rules them all. Recognize.

    • captainugboots

      Please don't change the font I love this font
      It sets it apart making it a bit different and it is so easy to read and easy on the eye

  • rodgerodger

    Ah. I do prefer the universal back button, but the hold for main menu mechanic isn't obvious. The first time the app starts you should add an overlay with tips that point this out. Definitely good to know!

    • arn

      The triple tap was meant to be discoverable. Since you would naturally try to rapid fire tap to get out.

      • https://me.yahoo.com/rekzkarz#a0df5 REkzkaRZ

        Triple tap?  There is a reason most apps don't use that -- cuz it ain't.

    • Noah

      You should use what the original Twitter app used (back when it was called Tweetie). Slide from left to right on the back button to go back to the home page. It was natural and I miss it greatly in the current rendition of the app.

  • captainugboots

    Not a big deal at all but any plans to be able to tilt to landscape view?

    Otherwise it's perfect :)

    • captainugboots

      Even if just when you are posting/typing?

    • http://normalkid.com Arnold Kim

      we're looking into it, but not in the next version. it's complicated.

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    Will the iPad version be universal, or are we going to get a separate TouchArcade HD app?

    And why does it say it's iPad compatible in the App Store when clearly it is not?

    • Gabriel.Voyager

      Because it's work on the iPad :) so it's "compatible" ;)

    • http://normalkid.com Arnold Kim

      It says "Universal" in the article.

      It's listed the same as any non-iPad-native app in the App Store.

      • DrFu79

        The "Reply" and "Like"-Buttons in your App should be further apart ...

      • Quarkles

        Or, alternatively, get someone else to tap the button for you if your sausage fingers are too fat.

        Of course, this would require contact with other humans. Pursue at your own risk.

      • Quarkles

        Also, given your unfortunately unwieldy fingers, I'll interpret any reply to my first comment as an attempt to "Like" it.

      • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

        Thanks, I missed that.

        I only recently acquired an iPad - but the practice of saying something is iPad-compatible when it's not is out of hand. I'm not sure why Apple even allows it. One shouldnt have to look for clues or decode a riddle to tell if a program will be displayed at the proper resolution for that device. I hope this is fixed - it would save me both time and money.

      • djshep1973

        It IS iPad compatible - just not iPad NATIVE; there's a difference. (it runs on the iPad, just in 2x mode for now, Universal app apparently on its way.)

      • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

        Symmantics. It doesn't display correctly on iPad hardware, it's incompatible. There are degrees of compatibility.

      • IMNS

        As long as it runs on the iPad and does whatever it's supposed to do, it's compatible.

      • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

        Semantics? Oops.

      • IMNS

        No need to decode any riddles. Just Look for the little + icon at the top left of the price of the app in the AppStore. Only universal apps will show this icon.

  • The Son of Anarchy

    I think the app is great... and I'd never sit here complaining about it cause I think we're lucky it exists and especially for free... I now spend at least a couple of hours every single day between this and appshopper. Thankyou Arnold and everyone at Toucharcade for creating this, I've discovered quite a few awesome games already that I'd probably never know about otherwise...

  • alialo

    Any chance of Instapaper support? Other than that, it's pretty flawless.

    • arn

      There is instapaper support. Hit the share button on an article. Then hit "more" and instapaper is there. It will appear in the menu without hitting more if you use it once.

      • alialo

        Not sure how I missed that. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/woodesh matthew wood

    Nobody gives a Damn about universal, where is the kitty corner section!? Hit that music son!

  • airhead3

    Kudos on the app - so much to love. I love the universal back button; I can't tell you how many times I use the wrong one in other apps and lose my place and browser history.

    Being able to track upcoming games is a killer feature. I thought I'd stump the app and expose a hole in the interface with the 'watch' switch for articles that cover multiple upcoming games. Sure enough, though, hot that switch and all of the apps in the article end up in your watch list. Beautiful.

    • airhead3

      One request, though, is to add a list similar to Hot New Games for upcoming games, weighted based on forum activity, and with the ability to add to the Watch List (though that may be asking too much, without the tagging and metadata of actual articles to use).

  • Espekayen

    Great app, absolutely love it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FBFCHYXNF54UIGYTLDQAX6XYTE Sam

    I'm so glad you picked up on the fact some people accidentally hit the back button on the app, instead of on the browser.

    You have no idea how many times I've done this; and I'll never learn! So infuriating.

  • DoctaMario

    First of all, I want to say how great it is to finally be able to view TA in this app rather than in Safari. I definitely won't miss that! I've already given a 5-star review in the App Store too.

    A couple suggestions:

    1.The ability to edit posts in the forum. Maybe it's already in there but I couldn't figure out how to do it.

    2.Being able to bookmark pages in forum threads. The threads I visit most on TA are the really long SF4 thread, and the soon to be long KoF thread and it would be fantastic to be able to come back to the app and be able to zoom to the last page I was on and catch up with what I missed without having to remember the last page number I was on.

    Other than that, great work! This is easily the best forum app I've used, and I'm a forum junkie! :)

    • IMNS

      You can already do that. Subscribe to your frequently visited threads (you'll need to use the browscozy or this part coz there doesn't seem to be a way to do it from the app). Once subscribed, just go to "User Control Panel" (using the app) and select "subscribed threads". Your fav threads will be listed there. Click on the post number and you'll be taken to the first unread post automatically. No need to remember the page number.

      (I think I made it sound more complicated that what it is. Just give it a try. It's pretty straight forward)

      • arn

        Working on making this easier/more obvious.

  • diemer

    I think you guys knocked it out of the park with this app. I'm not one for site specific apps but this has such a well designed set of features that I find myself using Pulse to read the site on the go less and less.

  • Arch Deluxe

    If the hot list is driven by comments, could a shifty dev manipulate this by spamming the forums?

    • arn

      It's not just comments, there are a number of factors.

  • espekayen

    Shouldn't these tips be included in the app? I think they would be more help there, as opposed to in this article.

    And seeing as people are listing their feature requests, here's mine:

    1) Ability to subscribe and unsubscribe from threads
    2) Ability to edit forum posts

    That's about it for me. I love the app and I even love the font.

  • RowdyDinglebery

    Hey thanks for clearing up the back button

  • nizy

    1 thing I'm not getting is after posting to te forums

  • nizy

    1 thing that I'm not getting right now is the way the app handles the back button after posting to the forums. It takes me back to the the create post screen. Seems like a weird thing to do. Shouldn't it just go to the view of that thread?

  • Filing Cabinet

    I will admit that I too was one of the people with the back question. Hold to go back is great. Triple tap not so much.

    Overall the app is fantastic and much better than I thought it would be. The forums integration is great and far better than using safari. Watchlist feature is cool as well.

    Maybe I didn't notice this but is there any way of adding games to your appshopper wish list as well? I use appshopper to keep track of the games that I need to buy (as well as price drops)...would be pretty useful

    • arn

      At the bottom of a game details page, there is a link to AppShopper app. So you can easily hop over to add to your AppShopper list.

  • http://twitter.com/juannacho john denton

    Press & hold! Ahh!! That does the trick!

  • Frank Hopewell-Smith

    Where is the iPad version? It all seems to have gone VERY quiet. 

  • Blammo72

    What happened to the iPad version?
    I certainly Love this app. I use it since its release.