We thought it was useless to implement a sort of tutorial the first time the user launch Ecoute on his iOS device.. but we were wrong.
Our only excuse may be the fact that we made the app, and we were used to the way it works and all the tricks it has.
Today, I’d like to share some tips about the app.
I -Let’s start with the tab bar. On the App Store, we mentioned many sort options for your music, like Artists, Albums, Playlists, etc… but you can only get 5 items at once on the screen.
The trick is simple, you just scroll it horizontally.
II - The second trick is about fast play/shuffle actions. You just need to hold your finger on a tab, or on any cover
You’ll also notice that you can re-order your tabs using the Move… action.
III - Now let’s talk about your huuuuge library. I wanna play some songs by Justice, but I don’t want to scroll through my artists until I find the one I’m looking for.
So, how do you jump to a specific letter on iOS? Well, if you’re really used to it, we instinctively know that you just have to put your finger on the right of the screen, and swipe it up or down. Well, do the same on Ecoute and letters will magically appear on the screen:
For the story, we decided to hide the letters because we think it’s too much distracting. Also, setting those letters to be always visible on the screen requires to move every covers to the left in order to have enough width available for the alphabet.
IV - And finally, let’s talk about the best thing we ever crafted for Ecoute: the player bar.
It has many features into it, you can play/pause the track, share it,.. aaaaaaaaaand :
- Change the current playback time
- Change shuffle mode
- Change repeat mode
- Display the player view
- Jump to the Artist / Album of now playing item (v1.1.1 minimum)
- Display every songs from the same album as the now playing item (when in player view)
So, how do we do that ?
Well, if you want to change the playback time, shuffle and repeat modes, just touch the player bar.
Jumping to the Artist or Album is as easy as a long pressure on the bar:
If you want to bring back the player view mode, just like in the default Music app, just swipe the player bar up with your finger.. and down if you want to get back to your library.
That’s it for the tricks. This article will be updated quite soon.
Thanks for your support.
Louka Desroziers & Julien Sagot
Catégories : Ecoute