Wednesday, 30 January 2013

BattleScribe 1.13.04 Available on iOS!

This latest version contains some major (and long time coming) bug fixes and brings the iOS version into line with what's currently available on Android and the desktop. There's also some user interface improvements and support for the iPhone 5's bigger screen, giving you a bit more room when editing your roster.

Looking a little nicer

You'll also be glad to hear that I've finally nailed the "random crashing" issue that has been plaguing the free version on iOS for some time. It was a tough bug to track down, but it's finally been squashed - rejoice! This has been a real frustration for many users and has contributed to some (deserved) poor ratings on iTunes. If you're pleased with the fix, I'd love to see your feedback with an iTunes review - hopefully BattleScribe is now worthy of a higher rating. If you previously gave up on it due to the crashes, perhaps now is time to give it another try...

If you experience any other crashing issues please do let me know via the website and I'll get right on it.

Here's the full change list:

  • Fixed "random crash" issue that was causing a lot of people frustration. Hooray!
  • User interface updated to provide more space when editing your roster.
  • Added support for the larger screen on the iPhone 5.
  • Relevant book and page references included when viewing/printing a roster (as long as the data files include this information).
  • Data file author name, contact details and website for your current files can be seen in the About box (as long as the data files include this information).
  • Using a link to a ".bsr" repository file as a repository URL will be handled correctly - the data is imported from the file and any URLs it includes will be added to your list.
  • Clicking a link to a repository will allow you to open it in BattleScribe and set it up automatically for you (as long as it's a repository that's created with v1.13.04).
  • Added a "What's New" popup to keep you up to date with changes/new features - shown each time BattleScribe updates.
  • Added occasional (monthly) prompt to remind you to check for new data files.
  • Other bug fixes.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

On The Radio Again (and other news)

After being stricken by Father Nurgle's blessing and then indulging in huge amounts of food and whisky over the festive season, I fell into a state of hibernation (read: laziness) for a while there. But never fear! Myself and BattleScribe are still alive! Here's some news.

First up, you have another chance to listen to my drivel via your audio-holes. The fine folks over at Noobhammer Radio grabbed me for a quick interview which is up on their site now. I had an awesome time (though I suspect they regret the entire ordeal) and I highly recommend giving them a listen - along with the Of Dice And Men podcast they also produce. A word of warning though: podcast-induced laughter will get you some strange looks in public, and plays merry hell with your brushstrokes...

Here's a link to the episode, and my hearty thanks to Noobhammer's Nate and Jason for having me on!

In other news, I've finally gotten around to finishing off version 1.13.04 for iDevices and have submitted it to Apple. With luck it'll be available sometime next week. Other than my laziness holding me up, I also wanted to get a couple of extra bits and pieces fixed, so it's taken a little longer than usual to get it finished. Here's the major bits that'll be in the release (I'll post full release notes when it becomes available).

  • Fixed the "random crash" issue that's been plaguing it for a while - this bug has taken some time to hunt down, but I think I've finally resolved it.
  • Support for the iPhone 5's  bigger screen.
  • Some layout improvements to provide more space when editing your roster.
  • The same stuff included in the v1.13.04 release for Android and desktop (see previous post).

Finally, I'm working on catching up with emails and forum posts at the moment. I think I've responded to pretty much all of them now, but if you're still waiting for a response please do contact me - you can use the "Send Email" link that's now on the website.

Happy gaming, and a belated happy new year :)