The new update to Micro.blog for iOS is now available in the App Store. As I wrote about yesterday, it includes an improved conversations gesture. Here’s the full list of changes:
- Added swipe left on a post to view the conversation.
- Added feed settings button when writing a new post for quickly toggling off cross-posting.
- Added confirmation alert when removing a post.
- Updated character counter to not include Markdown.
- Updated sharing from other apps to not use the current draft or save it.
- Fixed compatibility with some XML-RPC servers.
- Fixed opening conversations from links in the timeline.
I just submitted a new update to the Micro.blog iOS app. It adds a couple new features, including better support for quickly toggling off cross-posting, but what I’m most excited about is swiping to view conversations. Here’s a 45-second screencast demo:
It should be out in a couple of days after Apple approves the release. Thanks for supporting Micro.blog.
While I was writing my review of ADN clients, I wondered aloud if Riposte or Felix or some other app entirely was the first to support swiping to move the text cursor. It seems a nice enough trick that someone should get credit for trying it first.
Here’s my brief description of how this gesture works from the Felix part of the blog post:
“Felix also added a clever trick in its post composition window. You can swipe the text view to move the selection cursor one character over, or use two fingers to swipe across an entire word at a time. This saves a lot of time tapping-and-holding and fiddling with the magnifying glass.”
It turns out that many apps support it: Diet Coda, Pages, Just Type, and TextCrafter are some that people mentioned. There are also hacks from the jailbreak community to make it work system wide.
And farther back, there’s the fantastic YouTube concept video of what text selection using drags on the keyboard might look like. I’d still love to see that implemented by Apple.
After ignoring Mozilla for 6 months, I took the latest version out for a spin a few nights ago to try Pie Menus. Although Mouse Gestures worked okay for me, I couldn’t get Pie Menus to work (maybe it doesn’t work on the Mac?). I can’t decide whether I like Mouse Gestures yet. Back and forward can be useful, but the gesture displayed on the left (go to home page) is just silly.