9GAG Metro Now Published in Windows Phone Marketplace
My first windows phone app, 9GAG Metro was recently approved and published in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Here’s the link: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/apps/927f98ac-ba6b-41ee-8673-eea59e7815f8 . Although there are already a lot of 9GAG client apps in the marketplace, most of them lack features that I want. That is why I decided to create an app. I’m not saying that my app currently has a lot of features. Actually, it is the opposite. But, I can work on new features during my spare time and continuously improve my app. I do have an update already submitted and is waiting for the certification results.
So what is the difference of this app compared to others? The main difference is the image quality of long posts. To ensure that Windows Phone apps perform well, one of the requirements Microsoft set is to have images displayed to at most 2000 by 2000 pixels. Other apps display long posts by scaling them to fit within the 2000 pixels requirement. Unfortunately, some long posts containing text tend to be unreadable after scaling. 9GAG Metro addresses this problem by breaking down the image into smaller images. The trade-off is that it consumes more memory.
Another feature I included is the ability to read comments. Sometimes, there are some posts that you don’t understand. Commenters usually explain the post so I decided it is quite necessary to be able to read comments. Unfortunately, this feature is currently broken and causes the app to crash. I will post a detailed blog post on what caused this. The fix is included in the new update I submitted.
It failed certification once, which I wrote about in a recent blog post: http://mdetras.com/2012/02/25/my-first-submission-to-the-windows-phone-marketplace/ .
Update: Version 1.1 was already published to the marketplace. This includes bug fix for viewing comments, image zoom, and viewing recent posts. Please check http://mdetras.com/9gagmetro/ for details and how-tos.