Previous version of Kasvopus used the toolbar menu which was located in the top of the screen. In the long run I felt it was rather painful to use since if you hold your phone with one hand in portrait mode it’s quite hard to press any buttons that are on top of the screen.
With this release of Kasvopus I moved the menu items from top to bottom and removed the whole top bar. Now most of the shortcuts are always visible, Home, Friends, Profile and Status. When you press “More” icon the toolbar slides upwards and reveals second line of icons. This feels much better to use compared to previous version.
The v1.2 also includes the following:
Pull down to refresh home feed
Scroll down will trigger “load more” automatically
Few days ago I created a small poll on what features would you like to see in next version of Kasvopus, the Facebook client for Maemo, MeeGo and Symbian. There were hundreds of votes and these are the results:
So based on this I made a small changes to Kasvopus and now you are able to go easily to your friends wall directly from the status view and on the wall view you can write a comment on your friend’s wall or browse their photo albums. Please note that some users might have blocked photos from 3rd party apps even they are shown to you on Facebook page. From the albums list you can browse album thumbnails and photos. You can also like or comment individual photos.
Here is a small demonstration of albums feature in Kasvopus:
It’s still beta and buggy but go ahead and try downloading the latest version from kasvopus.com
As I’m developing the next version of the Kasvopus, Facebook client, I’d like to add the features first that have the most value to the users. So please use this poll to indicate what you are missing the most in Kasvopus app. You can also leave other feature ideas as a comment to this blog post.
Didn’t expect my Kasvopus app to get that much attention when I released it on last Saturday. There are already over two thousand users according to Facebook app statistics. So maybe I wasn’t alone in need of Facebook app for the Maemo and Symbian devices.
Previous version (0.9.2) was more like a alpha preview (and so is 0.9.3) to get some feedback from the users. There are now over hundred comments on the Kasvopus app page. Most of them are related to installation and authentication problems. Hopefully the Qt 4.7.2 will be included in the future firmware updates so that wouldn’t need users to install development versions of the Qt libraries.
Kasvopus uses WebView component for the authentication and it seems that N900 didn’t render the authentication pages in the same way as e.g. N8. So in this new version I changed the authentication page to use Facebook login page’s “wap” version which hopefully now shows the “Authenticate” button to all users and devices.
This new version also has the following changes:
Show notifications on startup (notifications can’t still be marked as read)
Smaller lower toolbar for the “Share status” button
“Kasvopus” title acts as a menu button to show:
Home feed icon
Friends list icon
User wall icon
Friends and events lists are really basic and they don’t even have paging yet
Events view only show your current events without further details