Feature requests, bug reports and forum
Sorry I haven't been around much - really needed a weekend off to step away from the keyboard.
There's a lot of information to take in and quite of lot of threads running to many pages. I've only skimmed so far but I see a lot of recurrent themes, particularly with regards to features people would like and issues with AUs etc. I'm happy to explore these as I rely on feedback from you guys and try to use it to mix in and steer my own ideas.
I also see a lot of things I wanted to do myself but had to ruthlessly cut to keep timescale and product quality on track, so when I read about those I think, "yeah, totally busted - I know I've been naughty!".
It's been a heavy couple of months leading up to launch with many things to think about - not just writing the app but writing the user manual, making videos, screen shots and App Store description text, press releases, building a new website and setting up the forum (and getting those damned spambots locked down).
I also apologize if some of the guys who were involved in the beta test have seemed defensive about criticisms etc. They've been in a fairly unique position as they've seen the process from the developer's side and know first hand how much thought, time, work and consideration goes into it, and so probably feel they need to defend that when it's criticized. I've been here before with NS1 so I know the deal but obviously they weren't so it's a learning experience for them right now - I probably should have given them a heads-up on that but running on 4 hours sleep a day has probably led to me forgetting the odd important detail or two. I've discussed this with them and they understand how it works now. They are actually really nice enthusiastic guys who have consistently provided me with help, ideas, suggestions, testing, demo tunes and sounds - not to mention help with getting the website set up. This has all just been done as a favour to me basically, so they might actually be genuinely mad - difficult to tell
So I know for a fact that their hearts are in the right places and they really do want to genuinely help, but sometimes that enthusiasm may have come over in the wrong way and/or been interpreted in the wrong way.
I want the NS2 forum to be a nice peaceful haven where people intelligently share ideas, suggestions, provide help, ask for help, talk about shared interests and have a laugh. What I don't want it to be is a place where other developers' apps are rubbished (because they are also written by real humans with feelings too) or threads that descend into arguments going nowhere. I'll be frank: I'm almost 50 now (40 still in my own mind) and just can't be bothered with that crap, so if I see it going on I'm going to bust some ass with no qualms whatsoever!
OK, so that's the ground rules laid down - hopefully you can see that they're for the best reasons.
Next week I'll setup some better categories for feature requests and bug reports and consolidate a lot on this information so each feature request and bug report gets its own thread so we can all track its progress, share ideas and hopefully arrive at agreeable solutions.
Which brings me to my last point. I have absolutely no shortage of ideas for future features and a lot of the stuff I've seen is on my list already. The thing I struggle with is not the feature - it's how to make that feature work within the limited confines of a touch screen interface whilst keep the overall UX clean and consistent. Also, an added complication is that I've also been maintaining an iPhone version and where possible I want to keep that consistent with the iPad version, which often limits design choices on the iPad - and I appreciate that the iPhone version is invisible to you at the moment. So when I set up the new categories I'll try and make it clear that although I'm interested in the feature suggestions, I'm much more interested in peoples' ideas on how those features might be implemented, as that's where you can really help and guide the future of the app.
So keep it chill everyone, and I'll start addressing the information overload from the last couple of days.