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First Patch: v1.0.0.1 available for our official Windows 8 app

WPCentral for Windows 8.1

After a very positive initial launch of our official Windows 8 app, development is still very much in high gear as we look through all your feedback and start to address the teething issues you'd often see with any first big release.

Today v1.0.0.1 is available on the Windows Store, and is the result of work to fix the initial bugs we discovered after going live. So whilst you shouldn't expect to see much in the way of obvious changes we've hopefully addressed a few critical ones that were causing the app to either crash or not function at all for a few users. You can find the app here in the store, and the changelist below.

V1.0.0.1

  • Fixed the connection error bug by reducing the number of articles initially retrieved and then expanding the list in a background thread
  • Fixed a crash when tapping on the comment bubble whilst blank
  • Fixed a bug that occurred when some message boxes were to be shown
  • Fixed a crash when trying to cache articles

I believe this should have fixed the connection error bug many of you were seeing, however if you are still experiencing problems please get in touch through our forums. Expect another update to come in the next couple of weeks to address a wider range of issues and feedback we've received from you.

Remember that you can force Windows 8 updates by going to "App updates" in the Windows Store settings charm, enjoy!

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First Patch: v1.0.0.1 available for our official Windows 8 app

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YES SIR! This fixes the Network errors. Also the app flows smoother. Nice work Jay!

Are toast notifications on the roadmap?

would be really cool. indeed.

also there are some improvements necessary when it comes to layouting the text especially when you are using split screen or portrait mode. vertical scrolling makes much more sense there. for now its all horizontal scrolling for articles.

but anyway its a really great app and i very much like it! go on with your great work! ;)

That was really quick. Jay must have been on his toes day and night fixing the reported bugs and sending the release as early as possible. Good job Jay...Keep going !!

I got a problem with WPC app on Windows 8.1. I just sent an error log to Jay. I wish that it'll be fixed soon. Go Jay!

I was using yesterday. Each time I pressed 'back' on an article it took me back to the front page, rather than where I was in the articles summary. A bit annoying. Just me?

Yep this and other issues will be addressed in an update that I'll work on other the next week or so, we just wanted to get the major problems which were preventing people from using the app out of the way first

When the app is opened & that big picture comes up is there a possibility in a future update to click anywhere on the picture to read the detais like you can do so when you swipe to the right & click on the listed items? Right now we have to click on the headline itself. Go on make us lazier!

Jay, not sure about pink colour scheme. Looks like teenage girls app. Not nice and not appropriate. Please consider changing it. Should be simple. Otherwise for first version looks good.

It's appropriate with our branding. But we will be including an option to allow custom accent colours in the near future

Please fix the login page. When I wanted to make this comment in the W8 app, it naturally asked for my credentials. As i have all my passwords in lastpass I started that app and put the apps side-by-side. Now it would be rather easy to copy the username and paste it into this app followed by copying the password and pasting that to. But, the problem is that after pasting the usernamne and clicking in lastpass to get the password - the WPcentral app closes the credentials page. And when I reopen it its blank!! Please fix this.
Also please make the text input bos for comments (like this one) adjust for when the app is snapped to the side. Right now the text box stretches out of the screen if the app is snapped.

I hadn't considered that scenario for logging in, something the flyout control we're using probably won't support well. I'll consider a change in the future.

Yes! Now i can finally use it! I just wish the logo wasn't so big so we can see more content on the starting screen.

Guys, before posting comments here please consider going to our support forums (as linked to in this article) if you want to report a bug or make a suggestion. You may find it has already been suggested and I may have already responded to it.

1.01, the update. Must say, not always a connection error. But had it twice since the update. And, on entering the app, the same post keeps comming up. No new items. Only after refresh

Could you just try closing the app fully (drag it to the bottom of the screen and wait for it to flip) then re-opening it? Or a restart of your machine, just to see how it behaves on first start up. Thanks in advance

Like i wrote: something, i think, is wrong with the WPCentral server and not with your app. No problems at this time with the app. Love it.

I've noticed that if you zip through the comments really fast the app crashes, oddly to the desktop.

I'm enjoying the app - but it took me a while to find it after installation. I searched for 'Windows Phone Central' and then looked for it in my apps list, before I stumbled upon 'WPCentral'. I don't think I have any other apps that have different names in the store and on the computer.

Love the app, downloaded, and supporting development - used it, but until it gets forum access, im going to stick to the website.  I also think you could show the pictures on the main news site that show up on the web.  All in all, great app.

I'll wait for gddr1 - if the carriers let them release it. Oh wait, this isn't Windows Phone, it's Windows Phone Central.

Great app.  My only suggestion at this point is it is not really intuitive to scroll side to side to scroll the article list.  Can this be changed to scroll top to bottom to scroll the article list?  When you are reading using a tablet or touch device, its harder to scroll side to side than up and down.

 

 

Can we get some hints as 2 what to expect in the next month or 2 update wise ??? ps : My 1 pet peeve i wish there was a way to see more than 1 story on the home page... yes i know you can only see one story on wp but on the web you can see the popular storys as well.))) just my 2cents

In the next month expect only refinements on the existing formula. So UI tweaks and new options as requested in our support forum. After that first month (or two) I'll move on to adding more major features.
Of course through all this I still need to support Windows Phone, and there's a WP7 update that needs to go out

Yes it's working now! Thanks for the quick update.
Btw....i had a hard time locating the user login... Usually it's in setting. But I was able to find it by accidentally tapping on the message box.

Wow. The Windows 8.1 Modern U.I. app appears to be a complete waste of time. Where in the world are the forums? How do you sign in to comment? It just sends me to the web page. Who needs it if it just sends me to the web page. I check at WP Central several times a day. The phone app works great. Why use the 8.1 app if you can just pin the web site to the Start screen. This app is missing a ton of functions.

 

version 1 buddy, give me some time to get the rest of the features in. and you can sign in when you go to post your first comment

My apologies to the developer. I didn't intend to offend. The technicalities of this project are certainly well above my head. I will keep using both versions and look forward to future versions. Peace

I don't think the app is the problem. I.v tried to send a tip on a Dutch app, via the WP8 app from WPCentral and got a server error. Now the Windows Version WPcentral works fine. So, look at your server, it's giving server errors for days now.