I usually don’t write blog posts about new beta versions, but tonight I’m making an exception.
The latest beta version – called v2.9-beta1 – brings a ton of changes and improvements. Now, this is very much work-in-progress, and some functionality is missing, so please don’t install the beta version if you absolutely need all the current functionality.
TV show changes
Version 2.9 will bring major changes to the TV show area of the application, i.e. the interface, functionality, identification and much more. The beta version includes changes to the interface and some functionality.
You will now be presented with a grid overview of TV show seasons when viewing the “Seasons” page of a TV show. You’ll now be able to long-press seasons to mark them as watched / unwatched, and the final release will add the ability to remove entire seasons at a time as well. The filtering option doesn’t currently work.
Selecting a season will show you an overview of the episodes of that season. And of course – if you’re on a tablet in landscape mode, you’ll get an overview of the episodes for the selected season.
If a season contains episodes you haven’t yet watched, it’ll show you a counter in the subtitle of each season. Likewise, you’ll get a hint in the episodes overview if you haven’t watched them.
The episode details view has been revamped as well. It is now in style with the rest of the application and it looks a lot better. You’ll be able to see how it looks in portrait mode in one of the images above, and you’ll be able to see it in landscape mode on a tablet below.
As always, you can swipe between the TV show episodes when you’re in the details view.
With this version, Mizuu no longer uses www.thetvdb.com for its actor information. Instead, it uses information from www.themoviedb.org. This means that you’ll finally be able to get actor details for TV shows as well. It also means that the content of the “Actors” page might change since the data provider changes.
That’s not the only change I’ve done to the actor details view, though. It’ll now show you TV shows featuring the actor in question and you’ll also be able to browse tagged images of the actor.
Performance and minor fixes
I’ve made a ton of changes to the performance of the application and it should – hopefully – feel faster than ever. I’ve still got more to do, but progress is progress. I know that image loading still isn’t perfect, but this will hopefully change in time for the release of version 2.9.
Other than that, I’ve been making a gazillion minor fixes and improvements throughout the application. These improvements include:
- Higher resolution images and icons for certain devices
- Option to open movies and TV shows in browser
- Typeface refresh
- UI tweaks, i.e. ellipsized descriptions to avoid long scrollbars and enhanced navigation drawer
- Support for multiple filters simultaneously (for movies at the moment)
- Lower memory usage
- Improved code readability
- Added option to use large covers in the movie and TV show overviews
- Bug fixes and stability improvements
Testing and more development! If you want to give it a go, please feel free to do so. If you haven’t already joined the beta program, please see www.mizuu.tv/beta for details.