A few notes about coming updates

Hi guys!

With the latest version 2.3 update I included automatic crash reports, and it’s been going very well. I’ve received a number of reports through the automated process and fortunately the majority of the bugs won’t affect you in every day use.

It’s more or less impossible to have software without bugs, but I’d like to make an attempt at bringing the amount of bugs in Mizuu down to a minimum. Obviously, stability is one of the key factors when dealing with software and it’s something that I want to work for. Based on the automatic crash reports I’ve seen a lot of very strange crashes that really shouldn’t be possible, but somehow crashed regardless. I need to find out why it’s happening and fix it.

For the next few months I’d like to focus on stability in Mizuu. I think the performance is quite good now and it’s got a lot of the requested features – not all of them, I know, but a lot. Stability and good software structure is key to future development and adding more features. The code needs to scale well and much of the current code doesn’t really handle that very well. I’ve been re-writing Mizuu for quite some time now, and it’s gotten a lot better, but there’s still work left to be done, as the project is getting fairly extensive.

So… Please consider the next few updates as the foundation of what’s to come. In order to build a nice construction, you’ll have to build a great foundation and that’s what I’ll mainly be doing with the next few updates, so there’ll be fewer new features, but more stability and room for awesomeness to come.

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  1. That’s good to hear, even though Mizuu has been quite stable for me already. Keep up the good work on that! Just out of curiosity, does this mean the deeper trakt integration has been sidelined for a while? Obviously, this is assuming I understood correctly that you were planning to implement Seriesguide X/ TV Shows Favs kind of functionality.

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    • Yeah, it’s “stable” for most of the time. The crashes are mostly edge case scenarios, but that obviously needs to work as well.

      And yeah, all major features are put to side for a while. Some of the bugs occur in core features of the app, and that really isn’t acceptable.

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  2. I just purchased this program after using the free version for awhile and I immediately noticed a feature you apparently removed. In the Actors section, there use to be an option to view movies that are listed in your library based on the selected actor. It now only shows all the movies they are in whether it’s in your library or not. Will you be able to add that feature back in? It’s nice to know which movies I own that the selected actor plays in.

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    • I’m not sure what you’re asking for. Nothing has been removed in terms of functionality – it’s not just available in the same view. Instead of having an extra tab for movies in your library, you can now go to the actor movies tab and find the “In library” label on the movies that are in your library. There are a number of advantages to this approach, so it’s not something I plan on changing.

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      • The “In Library” tab is missing. I tried it on different movies and actors and cannot find it.

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        • Yes, like I said: It’s been merged into one tab: http://i.imgur.com/elrFoOX.jpg

          There’s a small “In library” label on the movies that are in your library. There’s no need to have a separate tab for it, when it can be presented alongside all the movies.

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          • Oh, okay I see it now. I would have never found it if you didn’t post that image. I was looking for something like a tab, button, menu option. Would it be to hard to add a color option to make it stand out more or change the color?

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        • I’ll reply here to avoid issues with the comment threading system…

          The whole point of the feature is for it to be as unobtrusive as possible, but useful for those who know if it. I think it does a pretty good job of that.

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          • Well if that was your goal, then you nailed it! It’s so unobtrusive that you have to really look hard because the label blends in with the movies.

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        • I don’t personally think it’s *that* hard to see. Might make it slightly darker in a future version.

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  3. Would it be possible to list all the “In Library” movies first at the top of the list instead of having them scattered throughout?

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    • I’m not really a fan of the idea. It’s currently ordered by release date, so it’d be quite weird if some of them were at the top of the list if they’re older than the following movies that aren’t in your library.

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  4. Hi there …

    I am still using the free version of your app and I spent quite a lot of time to build my movies library. I changed lots of cover and backdrop images and so on. Since I really like your app, I want to buy it now from the play store. But I am not sure if my library with all of my chosen pictures will still be there after the upgrade? And is there a suggested way of upgrading, I mean should I uninstall the free version before I download and install the paid app or the other way around? I just do not want to make any mistakes that could lead to losing my library. Thanks in advance for the information.

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    • Hi!

      The whole point of the link at the beginning of this post is that upgrading from the free to paid version was kind of hard. It requires root access and a bit of manual work. Do you have root? If so, I’ll be happy to guide you through the process.

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      • Thanks for your answer. No … I have no root. I use the Google TV device from Sony. So my library will be gone when I update? 🙁

        Do you plan to improve the Google TV support in upcoming versions? If not I do not really know if I want to set up my whole library again. Because I only want to use your app on my Google TV this would be important to know for me.

        Thanks.

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        • Yes, I absolutely plan on improving the experience on Google TV. You’ll already notice quite significant improvements in 2.3 vs. the free version you’re currently using.

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