[iOS App] Bomb Cyclone, a Giant Bomb video app for iPhone and iPad, is now available!

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@anidem said:

Hey! as a fellow app developer I must say this one is really well done! I just wanted to ask something regarding video streaming/download speeds: is it something from GB's end? thanks and keep up the good work :)

Thanks! Yep, absent any network issues, the streaming/download speed is almost always determined by GB's CDN. You shouldn't notice an appreciable difference between streaming/downloading in the app versus watching on the site using "Progressive" mode, though, so if there is a discrepancy there I'd love to hear about it just in case there's an issue with the app.

yeah I just have terrible download/streaming speeds with the app which is why I asked. Usually when I download a video via the website I have a pretty good ratio but with the app it seems really slow, I guess it would be nice if you could also include a download speed or current_size/total_size info in the download section of the app but then again maybe i'm an outlier case, with that said this app was a great discovery last week! Before that I was using the GBTV app but it seems the developer stopped supporting it (last update was over a year ago) If you need any more info on my network set up or anything related please feel free to ask!

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@anidem said:

yeah I just have terrible download/streaming speeds with the app which is why I asked. Usually when I download a video via the website I have a pretty good ratio but with the app it seems really slow, I guess it would be nice if you could also include a download speed or current_size/total_size info in the download section of the app but then again maybe i'm an outlier case, with that said this app was a great discovery last week! Before that I was using the GBTV app but it seems the developer stopped supporting it (last update was over a year ago) If you need any more info on my network set up or anything related please feel free to ask!

OK, that definitely doesn't sound right. If it's not too much hassle could you let me know the following?

  • Do you notice streaming playback to be atypically slow or just downloads?
  • What video quality level to do typically download?
  • When downloading from a browser, are you using the same iOS device or some another device?
  • When you download using Bomb Cyclone, do you leave the app open or is it in the background?

Thanks!

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Big fan of the app, any plans to add a developer tip option? I know it would cause the dreaded “In-App Purchases” to appear in-store, but still.

How much trouble would it be to add the ability to sort search results? It’d simplify watching Playdate videos in chronological order.

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@audiosnow said:

Big fan of the app, any plans to add a developer tip option? I know it would cause the dreaded “In-App Purchases” to appear in-store, but still.

Thanks! No plans to add a tip jar, but I appreciate the gesture. To be honest I'm just glad people seem to like the app.

How much trouble would it be to add the ability to sort search results? It’d simplify watching Playdate videos in chronological order.

Yeah, someone asked about this before so I looked into it. From an app perspective, it would be easy to add but unfortunately it looks like the API doesn't support sorting search results. I've been meaning to submit a feature request for this but haven't gotten around to it yet.

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#105  Edited By ev77

@conmulligan: Search might not allow for sorting, but you can do a videos search with a name filter and then sort those results. ;D

But it does seem like the name filter has a weird quirk where it searches for the specific string so you can search for "minecraft" and get all the lockdown minecraft together videos (plus quick looks, etc) but if you search for "lockdown minecraft" you get no results. Or I haven't figured out their APIs completely yet and am missing something.

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@ev77: Oh, interesting. I didn't realise the "name" filter would do partial matching. Switching away from the search endpoint might complicate some search features I want to introduce, though. It's a tricky one. Anyway, thanks for the the heads up!

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@cmungall: Thanks! I'm a huge fan of the video smoosher so I've definitely been thinking about doing something similar. I'm in the middle of a pretty big update at the moment which will add things like the watchlist and I don't want to overextend myself though, so I probably won't really dig into it until that's done.

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#109  Edited By Jensonb

Hey, just wanted to pop in and say I‘ve recently switched to using Bomb Cyclone from a mix of GBTV and Video Buddy and it’s absolutely fantastic. Great work, thanks for making it 👍🏻

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Fantastic app, really love using it on my iPad pro. Keep up the good work!

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Loving the app! I have a couple of things I'd love to suggest:

  1. Is there any way to add a filter to search results?
    For example, if a user searches for 'Persona 4', it would be great to have to option to sort the results by date (ascending or descending) to be able to easily watch the endurance run in order.
  2. Can Clue Crew be added to the Shows tab?

Thanks so much!

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#113  Edited By conmulligan

@griggsgarious: Thanks! There's no way to filter search results at the moment, but this has come up recently so it's on my to-do list. What I'll probably do is mimic the site and have an "advanced search" mode that'll allow you to filter and sort results.

Clue Clew should be there, but for some reason it's currently listed as inactive so you have to scroll a bit to find it. Unfortunately there's nothing I can do to change the inactive state because it's marked as such on the site, but you could subscribe to it by hitting the bell icon which will float it to the top of the list.

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Hey folks, there’s a new build up on TestFlight that includes the watchlist and a redesigned player view. The UI for both of these is still very much in progress, so if anyone has feedback I’m all ears. If you’re interested, check it out!

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I’m liking it so far! Have only tested it a little, but it seems to work well. Is there any limit on how large the list can be? A ‘quick select’ type feature could be useful, but I imagine that would be a future idea after you get the initial list making released.

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@natiko: There's no hard limit, but I've only tested it with a couple dozen videos. Theoretically it should have no trouble handling hundreds of entries. Not sure what you mean by "quick select"; would that be like an inline search bar?

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#118  Edited By natiko

@conmulligan: What I had in mind was a way to add videos faster than on a one by one basis of clicking into each one. Say I went to the Latest Videos feed. It would be nice to be able to swipe to add or even just a toggle option where you could multi-select to add multiple to the watchlist in one go. Some way to backup the watchlist would be cool too. I know these are all niche features that would be reserved for a future update if at all lol What I’ve seen is really good though!

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@natiko: Ah, gotcha. I do want to add context menus at some point which would make adding videos a bit quicker, but I'll have a think about some other ways to make the process smoother.

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Version 1.5 is now available! In this update:

  • You can now add videos to your personal watchlist.
  • The player screen has been redesigned.
  • Added real staff names.
  • Watched videos will no longer appear in the featured section.
  • Improved home screen performance.
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#122  Edited By Pinghaps

I’m having an issue with the app remembering my progress on downloaded videos. Right now, it starts them from the beginning whenever I go omegle back to them. Is this a known thing, or maybe something I’m doing wrong?

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@pinghaps: That's odd, I'll look into it. Would you mind letting me know what version of the app you're using? Also, are you watching the downloaded videos without an internet connection? Thanks!