Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Version 2.03 of Reader+ for Gmail

is now available here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reader+-for-gmail/id959397919?ls=1&mt=8

This version has a cool new Delete feature for moving unwanted Gmail messages to the trash folder. It also fixes an issue with de-selecting folders that you don't want to listen to and offers some improved graphics. Here are some examples of the improved App Store graphics that Moments By Kassie made for me:

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

New Website!

Just added a new website that will hopefully help people find Reader+ for Gmail. Pretty basic right now, will have to do a bit of work to make it not look totally terrible! Anyway, here it is:


Monday, November 7, 2016

First Ever $9.99 App Store Sale!

Imagine my excitement this evening when I signed into iTunes and found out that someone bought the "ad-free" version of Reader+ for Gmail yesterday for $9.99 US! A few days ago I had raised the price from $1.99 US to $9.99 US, in the hope that my meager number of sales would not be greatly reduced. Too early to say for sure yet (previously averaging maybe one $1.99 sale per 20 downloads) but this gives me hope.

In other news, version 2.01 with the date header fix is now approved and available:


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Date Header Bug

Encountered a strange bug this morning... email messages were sometimes not sorted in the correct order! The issue seemed more apparent when I used my personal Gmail account. Turned out the issue was that the date in some email headers used just a single digit for the day field, ex: 1 Nov, 2016 instead of 01 Nov, 2016. So Reader+ for Gmail now reads these single digit days in properly and version 2.01 is waiting to be reviewed...

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Version 2.00 Approved!

Version 2.00 was approved today, yay!!! Today I also happened to have an eye doctor appointment, and got prescribed "progressive" lenses for the first time, boo!!! So this app might prove particularly useful to me in the coming years :-P. Here is the link for downloading version 2.00 with VOICE COMMANDS:


If you decide to use the voice commands feature, you will definitely want to be wearing a pair of headphones. Otherwise the voice recognition routines pick up every word uttered by the automated voice reading the messages... it sometimes offers creative re-interpretations of the original email.

Another nice feature that made it into this version was the ability to skip or go back one email on the playback screen by doing a short swipe with your finger left or right respectively.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Version 2.00 Submitted for review...

Just finished testing today, updated screenshots, modified the descriptive text and text for the new features, and now waiting for the app review process to complete. It's so nice now that Apple is able to review your app in a day or two. The week-long process that it used to be was pretty annoying. Especially when they found a problem that needed some minor correction and then made you wait another week!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Adding Voice Recognition Feature

Lately I've been doing some work with the new iOS 10 voice recognition feature, adding capability to the app to allow users to speak simple commands such as "next", "skip", "back", "previous", "play", "pause", "download", "start", "stop", etc. My wife loves listening to me repeat these words over and over again in our basement :-P.  Hopefully I'll be releasing version 2.0 of Reader+ for Gmail soon, with these new voice commands, maybe a few days after Halloween. I think this feature could go a long way towards making the app more use-able for people with visual impairments.