ChinesePod iPad app released
We're very excited to announce that the ChinesePod iPad app has been released overnight.
It will help you get easy access to lessons/courses, study them and manage them. And more over, it's an elegant design and great experience!
It's available for free download here. If you have an iPad, try it out and let us know your thoughts/issues and help us improve the app!
We've just started working on the next version of the app which will also support iPhone (yes, finally!)
he2xu4July 11, 2012, 01:49 AM
Nice. I wish it didn't require iOS 5 though. Those of us with the first gen iPad may not have upgraded to iOS 5 as it is quite sluggish on the first iPad. But iOS 5 minimum is pretty much where most apps are going. :-(
podsterJuly 11, 2012, 04:02 AM
Thanks for letting us know that the improved iPhone app is coming soon too. (or is it?; "just started working on . . ."? I thought it had already been in the works for a while). Did you have to go "back to the drawing board"?
We started with the first iPad version which is what the next version that supports iPhone will be based on. It's a complete overhaul of the current iPhone version. It will take about 2.5 months to build and test the app. Then off to Apple for review. I'd be really excited to use the new one.
bababardwanJuly 11, 2012, 04:55 AM
ok, just downloaded, and a few minor problems/requests. The first thing I clicked on was courses. The thinking icon came up and started thinking forever. Meanwhile I went on the website on my desktop computer and found that indeed I don't have anything in courses...so this is probably why it was "looking" forever. Trouble was even when I backed out of courses and tried to go into something else, it was still thinking so I had to close down the programme and start again.
Now maybe I've missed it, but in the library while there is a filter for all the different academic levels, I couldn't find one that let you search for the other channels.
Used the search fn in the library to find a video lesson, and that doesn't seem to want to play. Any suggestions there?
Maybe I have missed it, but the lessons don't seem to have the exercise tab at this stage.
Otherwise, looks great. Duoxie CPod :)
trying some other video lessons doesn't work either. Pressing the download button ...this message keeps flashing up briefly [too brief to capture all the details] but something about "expected status code"...and them some numbers and letters.
Also, doesn't look like you get the discussion tab either. I'm a little less likely to post from an iPad ...but it would be nice for brief comments...and also it would be nice to be able to read others comments. Will this be introduced in an update?
Thank you for your feedback! You can filter level in "Library" on top right. There are no discussion and exercise in the app since the focus of the app is to help people get easy access to lessons and manage them. Like most apps, the features & functions on the app are not exactly the same as those on the site. It's about leveraging difference devices to perform what they are best at, i.e. convenience and mobility. The app can't play video content because our Academic Management System doesn't support that to iPad, a legacy problem when the infrastructure was built 7 years ago where there were no tablets and smartphones.
"You can filter level in "Library" on top right"
..sure, yeah, I saw that...but I meant for the extra channels like news and features, qing wen, deng deng. I might have missed it though.
hehe, it might be best to have the ipad without the distraction of the community...time for serious learning, hehe.
re video, ok, no biggie, but will it be possible in future? ..video on iphone not so great anyway, but on ipad it's awesome. Anyhow, maybe you can't answer an IT question like that at this stage, but it would be nice in the future, but I'm just getting greedy, hehe.
Cheers Jenny :)
Jenny, it really is great though. There are lots of positives I haven't mentioned above. To start with, downloading and login went perfectly ...swift, easy and without a hitch. It's what I'd call very "clean" ...it's very easy to use, intuitive, and without distractions. I like the dialogue tab options....the drill down and the translation toggle for each line. And it's all working perfectly. Great job !!
What I'd be most interested in is this. For both this app and the upcoming iphone version, to make them truly mobile, will they be able to download via 3G? I think I have commented on this before in relation to previous apps, but I don't recall if this was ever discussed in relation to this new app [but my memory is a little hazy on this....I don't know where that thread would be now to double check, so please forgive me if we are going over old territory...anyway, if we are, things may have changed since then, so an update on the situation there would be nice.] I don't have 3G with my ipad [so can't test it at the moment], but I do with my iphone, and besides, I could always connect my ipad to a mobile hotspot.
Thanks again :)
he2xu4July 11, 2012, 07:57 AM
One thing that would be nice on both versions is customized playback.
When I play the dialogues on my laptop, I use an app that lets me go backward and forward in 2 second increments - 2, 4, 6, 8 seconds. This lets me repeat a phrase or sentence over and over again very easily. The slider is awkward to use and inaccurate. If there was a way to easily jump around accurately on audio playback in thw Cpod app, that would be awesome.
This would be especially helpful for those in the Transcripts with Tal group. I have to resort to using WMP or similar, since as you say, the slider is not at all accurate. Hexu, could you let me know the name of the app you currently use on your laptop that you mentioned above? Is it better than WMP?
I'm using VLC. It's more of a video player but it has 4 hotkeys for jumping back, 4 forward. It has a simple interface. I looked into transcription software and other audio players. All not a good fit. It's surprising someone hasn't written something. I'm looking for the Mac though. Not so sure about Windows.
I've been using podcast apps for a long time. Most of them have special buttons for skipping commercials, so I expect to have some kind of decent quick jump in any audio player for spoken audio. Some hav customizable jumps.
"4 hotkeys for jumping back, 4 forward"
..great tip...thanks. I have vlc player but haven't used it for podcasts.I'll have to check it out.
"2, 4, 6, 8 seconds"
..was this the default or your customisable jumps? I love the idea of customisable jumps.
"Most of them have special buttons for skipping commercials"
..I would like this for youtube clips [don't need it for podcasts]...any suggestions?
rootJuly 11, 2012, 09:58 AM
O man so exciting!!
I've been using Openlanguage app all day, and this one looks very similar -- good news!!
Downloading now... Have tons of comments, hope you guys start collecting feedback in an organized fashion soon!
Keep up the hard work !
goulnikJuly 12, 2012, 06:11 AM
The mail system rejected my message to firstname.lastname@example.org so here we go :
Great discovery of the new iPad app this morning, albeit fortuitous - an email blast announcement would have been nice. Lots of good stuff in there, particularly in Self-study which is my focus.
However, selecting Courses seems to go into an infinite loop, eventually timing out - probably because I have nothing in there.