We've been working hard on a new version of the Foundbite website but have also had time to roll out some nice new features for Windows Phone (188.8.131.52), most notably the Foundbite equivalent of a "like" which we call mapping.
From looking through the comments on foundbites and hearing some of your feedback, it's clear the ability to do something like "liking" a foundbite is needed. It would have been quite easy to copy the likes of Instagram and Facebook with a heart or like, but we wanted to try something slightly different. What we've tried has turned out to be pretty cool.
With the proliferation of the like or heart these days they've become pretty meaningless, and I'm sure I'm the only one who has found myself scrolling through an app hearting things without even thinking. To put some of the conscious thought back we've added a button (inspired by the blogging platform Svbtle) that you have to hold before your like/heart takes effect.
This holding button in Foundbite adds a bit of friction to the process as well as giving you time to take in a bit more of the sound. Coincidentally, it makes for a really nice control.
So why is it called mapping? Obviously, location plays a major part in Foundbite but when you hold down the button, this foundbite is added to a personally curated map of all your favourites available from your profile. It's a great new way to discover foundbites you might have missed.
While this is a pretty big addition we've also made several other improvements. Here's a brief overview:
- Image Import - A button at the top right of the camera page allows you to import photos from your photo library allowing other photo apps like Nokia Camera to be used.
- Transparent Tile - As many of you are close to upgrading to Windows Phone 8.1, there's now a transparent tile for your home screen.
- Foundbite Capture Time - you can now see when a foundbite was taken on the full page view.
- Fast App Resume Improved - the app will now launch faster and behave better when launching from a deeplink or from the tile.
The update should be out in a few hours, we hope you enjoy the changes. Please let us know what you think!