WhoNews 2.0 ready for release
New screenshots are available on the site here and under the iPad section here
The changes are subtle to WhoNews 2.0 but significantly enhanced the app. Firstly you’ll notice the new content selector on the right of nav bar. It has three buttons (from left to right) News, Blogs and Podcasts. The Most Recent and Sites view both have this control and the view content will change accordingly. So sites like Kasterborous, Doctor Who News Page, Whovianet will appear under the News section, the likes of Life, Doctor Who and Combom move into the blog section along with Tachyon TV and naturally all podcasts move into the podcast section.
This should allow less prolific content generating sites, not to be swamped by other prolific sites and increase their visibility to Who fans.
WhoNews now has its own dematerialising police box which is displayed when news, blogs or podcast data is being downloaded. So the icon will come and go as you switch views to display the downloading state.
Also new in WhoNews 2.0 is the last updated indicator. If you pull down the Most Recent view it will display the time and date of the last update and allow you to force a download of the currently selected section (news, blogs or podcasts)
When you first launch WhoNews 2.0 you will be asked whether you want push notifications. Push notifications send you alerts of new articles only from sites listed under the News section. This is currently to prevent swamping users with lots of alerts. However if requested I may add push notifications for blogs and podcasts as well. You can configure whether you want sounds with alerts under your notification section in the iPhone/iPad Settings area under WhoNews. As WhoNews sends alerts 24 hours a day you might want to disable the sound...
WhoNews 2.0 will be with you soon and I hope it has been worth the wait.