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Regressions in latest Stanza iPhone version

I've only been running the new iPhone version for about 5 minutes, but I've already encountered a number of bugs/regressions in this version compared to the old one.

1) The Phone Status bar now always has a white background! This is a major pain point for me, as it is highly distracting even in daylight, and will probably be even worse at night! I use a white-on-black theme always as I find it much easier to read, and in the previous version the phone status bar was also white-on-black, so it matched the rest of the display and was barely noticeable. I know you can turn off the phone status completely, but I find it extremely useful to be able to just glance at the time. This simple issue is a killer for me.

2) The old version started up much faster, and very cleanly (a faded version of the current book, which then became solid once the loading was finished). The new version is both slower and more distracting - the control bar, phone bar, and the big bright blue header bar all appear and then slide up or down, all very bright and distracting. The old experience was much better - you could check for push messages very easily by tapping the Home button, glance at the icon badges, then tap Stanza to continue reading -very smooth flow, and only a second or two's pause. The unnecessary animation is jarring and distracts from the reading experience.

3) The Settings menu includes a 'sharing domain' item that defaults to 'local'. However, if you touch this, a keyboard appears with no 'Done' button and completely obscures the bottom of the screen, and there appears to be no way to hide it - I had to press Home to exit the app completely and come back in.

Is there a way I can revert to the old version? The first issue in particular is a showstopper for me. I really like Stanza - I preferred it to all the other e-reader apps a year or so ago when I switched to the iPhone, have 270+ books in it and use it several hours a day.

Thanks,

Chris.

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We're going to fix the

We're going to fix the light-colored phone status bar in the next release. As for the new splash screen, I actually think it is much smoother than the old splash screen, but opinions seem to vary on that one.

We hadn't heard of the sharing domains problem; we'll look into that one.

Glad to hear it about the status bar!

Fantastic! Would you even be able to give us the choice of colors for the status bar?

Not really necessary as long as it picks up the black, if we set the background as black!

Will the books in iTunes functionality come to the iPhone and iPod Touch, too? Right now it's not working (I assume it's only for the iPad).

On another matter... I see you're moving forums to a new web site. You mentioned leaving the old forums as reference, but are there plans to move it into the new web site? So that we'd have one-stop shopping for information?

Thanks, as always, for your responses!

Agree completely

"1) The Phone Status bar now always has a white background! This is a major pain point for me, as it is highly distracting ... I use a white-on-black theme always as I find it much easier to read, and in the previous version the phone status bar was also white-on-black, so it matched the rest of the display and was barely noticeable."

I use a black on yellow theme, and the black status bar blended into the screen border. The white status bar is totally jarring and intrusive.

"2) The old version started up much faster, and very cleanly (a faded version of the current book, which then became solid once the loading was finished). The new version is both slower and more distracting - the control bar, phone bar, and the big bright blue header bar all appear and then slide up or down, all very bright and distracting. The old experience was much better"

I second this as well. Why do we need all that stuff showing up momentarily when it starts? Just take me to the book!

I couldn't agree more.

I second on both 1) and 2)!!!

Oh, no!

I just downloaded the update--to my Mac. I was excited to see that development was continuing on Stanza. That was great news!

Fortunately, I saw your post. I may hold off updating Stanza on my i-device until they fix the status bar issue.

The status bar always being white is a deal-breaker for me, too! I enjoy reading in the middle of the night and don't want the distraction either.

The slow loading and animation doesn't good either. I'm often switching between Stanza and ereader--or another program--and want a fast response.

Wonder how it does on the iPad?

There is no way to switch

There is no way to switch back to an old version.

There is an setting to hide the iPhone status bar at the top though.

Revert to a previous version of just about any application

Here's how to revert to previous versions of just about any application: simply open iTunes and navigate to your applications tab, drag the old version of the app from the recycle bin back to your open iTunes app (on Windows, dunno about Mac OS), delete the app from your device, sync and be prepared to rebuild your entire library. The folks at Lexcycle have developed a tool to assist with library restorations, but apparently it only works if you have not encrypted your iTunes backups.

Here's the link to the article about the restore tool: http://www.lexcycle.com/content/stanza-book-restore-tool

Note that this method of "version reverting" only helps if you haven't emptied the trash after upgrading the application.

I hope this helps you.

- Dave

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