Dmitry Lyalin's Applications for Windows Phone 7

TWiT v1.8 Released to Marketplace

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I am once again happy to report that the TWiT app for Windows Phone 7 has been updated and is now available in the Marketplace in v1.8.

(v1.7 was also released one day before v1.8 therefore this blog post covers the  release notes for both versions)

The goal of these rapid release is to focus on bug fixes, performance improvements and overall application stability. After perhaps one or two more release I will be shifting my focus almost exclusively to the Mango (Windows Phone 7.5) version of the app to be released later this fall (4th quarter, 2011)

v1.7 & v1.8 Changes/Fixes include:

  • During audio/video playback I have added back an improved version of the slider for seeking to a specific position with the podcast (by popular demand)
  • Some people were experiencing problems playing video versions of TWiT shows which should now be mostly resolved (see note below for some more detail)
  • Included some performance improvements that should make certain parts of the application “snappier” and allow for quicker resume after tombstoning
  • Added new TWiT network show “Ham Nation” and a few other tweaks/fixes to the show data
  • Removed the last Panorama tab “More” and instead added a Panorama-wide “…” menu with most of the same options
  • Added a “Rate this App” link in the “…” Panorama Menu (Please rate this app and support us!)
  • Removed “Featured Shows” feature as it was not used often (based on user feedback)
  • Live playback now works on app resume from tombstoning (possibly broken in v1.6)
  • New splash screen graphic (as displayed above)
  • Various other bug fixes in various parts of the app including the media player
  • Fixed the spelling of “Calendar”

Video playback notes:

As stated above video playback has had some bug fixes but there might still be issues caused by things such as:

  • Problems with your phones connection to the Internet. Video playback requires a more stable and stronger connection then audio which tends to work even during a weak connection to the Internet
  • New TWiT shows often get published with the audio content first and the video isn’t available right away, so you cannot play the video and will get an error if you try. During those times playing audio will likely work
  • Live video feed is still not available to me in the platform

Technical Notes #WP7DEV:

  • Behind the scenes im also happy to be moving the application to AgFx caching framework for all data loading/caching. This is an EXCELLENT framework for Windows Phone 7 and makes working in a tombstoning oriented data model much easier
  • I have updated to the latest version of the Microsoft Ad Control as they released various bug fixes and improvements
  • I am using the Mango version of the developer tools to makes changes to this app in 7.0 mode, which is working great
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10 responses

  1. peter macarthur-king

    Hi
    I can’t find the app in the win phone marketplace in Australia

    Peter

    September 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    • lyalindotcom

      Sorry about the problem, you can find it by searching for “TWIT.TV” or “TWIT PODCAST”. Marketplace refuses to make my app searchable by simply typing “TWIT” and i am working with them to try and understand why.

      September 15, 2011 at 11:09 am

  2. Mattias

    Hello,
    Is version 1.8 available in all markets? I’ve purchased the TWiT app from the swedish marketplace, but it seems to be version 1.18. It crashes on startup, so would definately like to try 1.8. 🙂

    October 17, 2011 at 10:13 am

    • lyalindotcom

      Mattias,

      Sorry for the problem you are having, yes it seems the application is having problems in certain markets im working on a fix :(. When i publish a version i release it to all markets and this is the first time im hearing of a problem, you are the second person to report it to me in the last 5 business days.

      Please keep the feedback coming and do let me know if the next release does not improve things for you. Unfortunatly i dont have an ETA yet on when this patch will go live.

      October 17, 2011 at 10:55 am

      • Mattias

        Ok, thanks for the quick response. Just to be clear, this is the error I get:

        1. Start the application. The splash screen appears (looking just like the screen shot in the 1.8 blog post.
        2. A text about enabling the Home tile updating appears.
        3. Before I get a chance to do anything, an error message appears: “An error happened in TWiT that we did not expect, can we try to email TWiT WP7 app support about it?”.
        4. When I click ok it returns to the application list, seemingly without sending any email.

        I should say that I previously used the free version of the app from the UK marketplace, and I really like it – keep up the good work!

        October 17, 2011 at 11:14 am

  3. Hi Dmitry!

    I seem to be able to download only version 1.14. How to get the 1.8 version?

    November 13, 2011 at 8:30 am

  4. Martin Jerresand

    Using the Swedish marketplace and there it is still the 1.14 version and it has the crashing on startup issue. Any comment on when or why it is not working?

    Thanks!

    Martin

    April 9, 2012 at 7:38 am

    • lyalindotcom

      The correct TWiT version is 1.14, and i can finally report that i have published the 2.0 update that should also fix problems such as the one you are reporting.

      Please give it one to two weeks to be released to the marketplace, once that happens let me know if you still have an issue (you can reach me by emailing twitwp7@lyalin.com)

      April 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    • lyalindotcom

      Martin,

      Version 2.0 should be available in the Marketplace in the next 24 hours, see if that fixes your issue. If not contact me at dmitry@lyalin.com with the details of how its crashing. Thank you for your support!

      April 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm

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