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BeerAdvocate Mobile: Update History

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Mike, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    Last week we announced the launch of the BeerAdvocate mobile beta. With the help of our beta testers, we just rolled out our first mobile update. Simply refresh the page to apply the update. We anticipate that everything will update seamlessly. Should you experience a problem please clear your browser history including both cookies and local storage.

    We welcome your constructive criticism and are working to implement your ideas and suggestions. This is just the first of many rapid iterations. Please join the discussion to provide your feedback or to submit a bug report.

    Patch Notes (version 0.0.1)
    • Header button size increased
    • Back button icon changed
    • Event section removed temporarily
    • Android icon when bookmarking to the Home Screen
    • Page elements now slide with the side menu on some Android browsers
    • Scrolling down and clicking no longer causes the header to flicker
    http://beeradvocate.com/m/
     
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  2. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    The forums are now viewable from the BeerAdvocate mobile beta. Recent posts and the ability to create, edit and reply are forthcoming.

    Patch Notes (version 0.0.2)
    • Forums (read only)
    • Page titles are more accurate
    • Scroll position remembered when navigating between pages
    • Members online now and last seen activity updated
    • Error handling for 401 access denied and 404 file not found
     
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  3. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    Touching (clicking) a desktop link will load the corresponding mobile page. Beers, breweries, forums and threads are currently supported. This functionality will be extended as more pages become available on mobile.

    Patch Notes (version 0.0.3)
    • Translates desktop pages to mobile pages
    • Beer aliases redirect to the appropriate page
     
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  4. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    Your inbox is now accessible from the BeerAdvocate mobile beta. The ability to start, leave, edit and reply to conversations will be added soon.

    Patch Notes (version 0.0.4)
    • Inbox (read only)
     
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  5. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    A major update to the BeerAdvocate mobile beta has just been released. This update includes several additions, revisions, bug fixes and performance improvements. Simply refresh the page to apply the update. We anticipate that everything will update seamlessly. If you experience a problem please try clearing your browser history including both cookies and local storage. Please join the discussion to provide your feedback or to submit a bug report.

    Patch Notes (version 0.1.0)
    • Header redesign
    • Beer styles
      • Description
      • Most popular for style
    • Recent forum posts
    • Beer reviews
      • Write new
      • Edit existing
      • Scroll to read
    • User profiles
    • Unread conversations
      • Count in side menu
      • Highlighted in inbox
    • Events page restored for ACBF
    • Icons updated throughout
    • Pages may be accessed directly and bookmarked
    • Support for hardware back buton
    • Ajax error handling improved
    • Error 404 "not found" applied more accurately
    • DOM caching disabled on most pages
    • Various other bug fixes and performance improvements
    http://beeradvocate.com/m
     
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  6. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    User reviews, hads, wants and gots are now listed in the user profiles.

    Patch Notes (version 0.1.1)
    • User profile additions
      • Reviews and hads list
      • Wants list
      • Gots list
      • Total beer karma
    • Consistent title bar throughout
      • Minor design changes to some pages as a result
      • Minor changes to header as a result
    • Version synchronization (expire cache and/or reload when updated)
     
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  7. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    Places are now available on the BeerAdvocate mobile beta. This includes both a directory style listing and an interactive map of nearby places. GPS, Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection is required to determine your location. You may have to enable location services in your browser settings and/or system preferences.

    Almost all of the places listed on BeerAdvocate in the United States have been mapped. International places will be added over time. The ability to view maps from other locations will be added in a future update.

    Patch Notes (version 0.2.0)
    • Places
      • Nearby: Interactive map with geolocation
      • Directory listing
        • Regions
        • Countries
        • States
        • Cities
        • Places
    • Brewery page compatible with all places
      • Location image (instead of logo)
      • Beers (if brewery)
      • Address
      • Additional information
    • Beer reviews, forum posts and conversation messages changes
      • User avatars displayed
      • Full page width
    • DOM caching re-enabled on all pages except inbox
      • Unread conversations count in side menu is synchronized whenever a page is loaded from the DOM cache
    • Several other bug fixes and performance enhancements
     
  8. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    It's now possible to reply to forum threads using the BeerAdvocate mobile beta. Instead of scrolling to load more posts they are divided into pages. A toolbar at the bottom of the screen provides navigation between pages. This toolbar may be hidden by touching (clicking) anywhere on the screen that isn't a link.

    Patch Notes (version 0.2.1)
    • Reply to forum threads
    • Forum thread pagination (instead of scroll to load)
    • Loading bar added to search page for consistency
    • Various other bug fixes and performance improvements
    Known Issue:
    • After replying to a thread the loading of uncached images causes the scroll position to change
     
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  9. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    It's now possible to reply to conversations using the BeerAdvocate mobile beta. Instead of scrolling to load more messages they are divided into pages. A toolbar at the bottom of the screen provides navigation between pages. This toolbar behaves similarly and is affected by the same issues as the toolbar mentioned above.

    Patch Notes (version 0.2.2)
    • Reply to conversations
    • Conversation message pagination (instead of scroll to load)
     
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  10. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    The brewery beer lists have been split into two sections: current beers and archived beers. In addition to reviews the beer pages now have a link to hads. All remaining scroll to load functionality has been replaced with the navigation toolbar.

    Patch Notes (version 0.2.3)
    • Current brewery beers
    • Archived brewery beers
    • Beer hads
    • Scroll to load replaced with pagination on the following pages: conversation messages, thread posts, forum threads, inbox conversations, brewery beers, user hads, user wants, user gots, beer reviews
    • DOM caching disabled on all pages
    • Trailing slash canonicalization
     
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  11. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

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  12. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    A bug that was preventing the page from updating upon successfully replying to a forum thread or conversation has been fixed.

    Patch Notes (version 0.2.5)
    • Update page on reply bug fix
     
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  13. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    When replying the submit button will deactivate after it is pressed to prevent sending duplicate replies. An error message will appear if replies are sent too quickly. Beer images awaiting moderation will no longer appear in search results.

    Patch Notes (version 0.2.6)
    • Duplicate reply prevention
    • Replying too quickly (flooding) error message
    • Approved images only in search results
     
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  14. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    It's now possible to create new threads in the forums. An international daily list of events has been added. The ability to hone in on events by date and location is forthcoming.

    Patch Notes (version 0.3.0)
    • Create forum threads
    • Events list
    • Event pages
    • Event beer list pagination
    • Event brewery list pagination
    • Countries lacking an active place will no longer appear in the places directory
     
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  15. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    Touching (clicking) a brewery on an event's brewery list will display the beers being poured by that brewery at that event. The option to continue to the brewery's main page has been moved to the new page.

    Patch Notes (version 0.3.1)
    • Event brewery beer list
    • BeerAdvocate event icon
    • Description text spacing improved on beer, style and event pages
     
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  16. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    It's now possible to start a conversation from a user's profile page. The ability to create a conversation with multiple recipients will be added in the future.

    Patch Notes (version 0.3.2)
    • Create conversations
    • After creating a forum thread the new thread will be displayed instead of the forum list
     
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  17. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    It's now possible to add a beer from a brewery's page. The search page has been updated to more closely resemble the desktop search. A minimum of three characters is now required to perform a search.

    Patch Notes (version 0.3.3)
    • Create beers
    • Search algorithm updated
    • Review beer dialog streamlined
    • Error handling in dialogs improved
    • "Hads" changed to "Ratings"
     
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  18. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    Several minor bug fixes and performance improvements.

    Patch Notes (version 0.3.4)
    • Special character support improved in search
    • Loading bar displayed after rating a beer while waiting for stats to update
    • Ban reason displayed to banned users
    • Various other bug fixes and performance improvements
     
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  19. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    Place statistics are now displayed and it's possible to rate places. Search queries and the map of nearby places are preserved while switching pages and using the back button. The nearby button has been added to the nearby places page which reloads the map if your location was unable to be determined or repositions the map based on your current location. It's now possible to add a beer from a brewery's current and archived beer list pages in addition to brewery's main page. It's also possible to start a conversation with a user from their reviews, gots and wants pages in addition to the user's main page. The ability to review places and view place ratings and reviews are forthcoming.

    Patch Notes (version 0.3.5)
    • Place statistics
    • Rate places
    • DOM caching re-enabled on some pages
      • Search page
      • Nearby places page
    • Add beer from a brewery's current and archived beer list pages
    • Initiate conversation from a user's reviews, gots and wants pages
    • Navigation header button descriptions improved
    • jQuery hosted on Google's CDN for improved performance
     
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  20. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    The raster icons have been replaced with scalable vector icons. The vector icons will scale to any screen size for optimal viewing. On platforms where vectors are not supported, such as Android 2 and Internet Explorer 8, it will fallback to the raster icons.

    There has been a major update to the underlying framework:


    Patch Notes (version 0.4.0)
    • SVG icons that fallback to PNG icons
    • Vertically centered images in list views
    • Disabled ability to hide/show footer pagination
    • Older browser (Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5) fixes
      • Login
      • Geolocation
    • Updated addresses to reduce/eliminate redirects
      • www
      • Trailing slash
      • BeerAdvocate CDN
    • jQuery Mobile hosted on MaxCDN for improved performance
    • Major update to the underlying framework
    • Several other performance and stability improvements
     
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  21. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    The header and footer have been redesigned. There is now more space to view and interact with the pages. The header buttons are now the same on every page: menu, action, back and search. Pushing the action button will present a list of actions relevant to the current page. The page selection in the footer is now presented in a similar fashion.

    The beer search can now be accessed while viewing any page.

    Some icons have been adjusted slightly.

    Patch Notes (version 0.5.0)
    • Header and header button size decreased
    • Header buttons consistent across pages
    • Header button text removed
    • Search added to right panel
    • Nearby places and recent posts moved to navigation menu
    • Page actions moved to action menu popup
    • Footer page selection changed from native select option to popup
    • Most custom icons have been replaced with new default icons
     
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  22. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    Updates in preparation of a native app.

    Patch Notes (version 0.5.1)

    All platforms
    • Hide native only functionality while viewing in a web browser
    • Minor text adjustments for consistency
    • Side menu closed when button for current page is pushed
    Native only
    • Improved boot and update procedure
    • Update conversation count on resume
     
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  23. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    Improved security and error handling.

    Patch Notes (version 0.5.2)

    All platforms
    • Logout button added to side menu
    • Improved security of log in and many other forms
    • Bans handled better after app has been initialized
    • Read only access for some users with too many warnings
    • Minor script optimizations
    Native only
    • Error message with reload button if app fails to initialize
     
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    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    Minor security improvements.

    Patch Notes (version 0.5.3)
    • Recent posts are not listed if you don't have permission to read them
    • Redirects are never listed
     
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    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    The search algorithm has been optimized and is much more accurate. Search has its own page again. You won't lose your search results while changing pages.

    Patch Notes (version 0.5.4)
    • Search algorithm optimized
    • Search page reintroduced
    • Search results cached
    • rAvg listed in search results
    • Logout confirmation dialog
    • Other minor optimizations
     
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  26. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    The homepage has been changed to display excerpts from the forum. A visual representation of each beer's rAvg is now displayed on the search and brewery beer list pages. The avatar of the user who last replied to each conversation is now displayed on the inbox page. The "recent" navigation button is now a drop-down which allows beer reviews or forum posts to be viewed. The app icon / "Ba" logo has been redesigned. It's now possible for Android users to "Add to homescreen" using the Chrome web browser to install the web app.

    Patch Notes (version 0.6.0)

    All platforms
    • Homepage displays excerpts from beer news, beer releases and announcements forums
    • Beer rAvg rating bar
      • Search results
      • Brewery beer lists
    • Inbox displays avatars for conversations
    • Recent changed to drop-down
      • Recent beer reviews moved from homepage
      • Recent posts moved from recent page
    • Redesigned application icon / “Ba” logo
    • Support for additional icon sizes (Android, iOS 7, Spotlight, Settings)
    • Precomposed icons (iOS 6)
    • Android web app mode for Chrome 31+
    • Add to home screen update (Android, iOS 7)
    • Further improvements to search algorithm
    • Major CSS Optimizations
    Native only
    • Scanner bug fixes
    • External image fix
    • Major update to native framework
     
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    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    A visual representation of each place's rAvg is now displayed in the places section. The "Recent" navigation drop-down has been removed. The recent beer reviews are now located in the new "Beer" section. The recent forum posts can now be accessed from the "Forums" page.

    Patch Notes (version 0.6.1)


    All platforms
    • Places rAvg rating bar
    • Recent drop-down removed
      • Recent beer reviews moved to new "Beer" navigation tab
      • Recent forum posts moved to "Forums" page drop down navigation menu
    • Splash screens updated (iOS)
    • Fixed page layout for non-rateable places without images
    • Overflow scrolling bug fix
    Native only
    • Splash screens
      • Windows Phone added
      • Android added
      • iOS updated
    • Improved bootup procedure
    • Search / update bug fix
    • Android add to home screen bug fix
    • Several other bug fixes and performance optimizations
     
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  28. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    Several adjustments in preparation of a native app release.

    Patch Notes (version 0.6.2)


    Native only
    • Android requires less permissions
    • Improved bootup procedure
    • Splash Screens
      • iPad/iPad Mini
      • Android XXHDPI
    • Icons
      • Android LDPI, MDPI, HDPI, XHDPI, XXHDPI
      • Windows Phone Icon, Tile
    • Geolocation bug fix
     
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  29. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    Published on Google Play and the App Store. Side menu bug fix.

    Patch Notes (version 1.0.1)

    All platforms
    • Fixed a bug that would prevent the side menu button from working on some platforms when more than one page is cached.
    Native only
     
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    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    Top 250 beer list added. Login, user profile and email verification bug fixes.

    Patch Notes (version 1.0.2)
    • Top 250 beer list added to "Beers" page drop down navigation menu
    • Login and logout bugs as a result of AJAX caching fixed (iOS 6)
    • User profile error messages fixed for new users
    • Contributions disabled until email address verified
    • Additional verification of user on POST requests
    • Country in URL is no longer case sensitive
    • Added desktop to mobile URL translations for place directory, regions, countries, states, top beers per style and cities (place/list not place/city)
     
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  31. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    It is now possible to review places. There has been a major overhaul of the rating and review functionality. It is now possible to rate in increments of 0.01 instead of 0.25. The review text length requirement has been reduced from 250 characters to 5 characters. The review attributes have been removed. All places, including breweries, may be rated and reviewed. Many statistics will now update in real time.

    Patch Notes (version 1.1.0)

    • Review places
    • Rate and review breweries
    • Review attributes removed
    • Review text length requirement reduced from 250 to 5
    • Ability to rate in increments of 0.01 instead of 0.25
    • Support for typing in rating
    • Ratings/Reviews counts added to place pages
    • Wants/Gots/FT counts added to beer pages
    • Beer and place stats updated in real time
      • Beers
        • Wants
        • Gots
        • Ratings
        • Reviews
      • Places
        • Ratings
        • Reviews
      • Users
        • Beer Wants
        • Beer Gots
        • Beer Ratings
        • Beer Reviews
        • Place Ratings
        • Place Reviews
    • Number of ratings updates in list as well as scoreboard
    • Ability to browse ratings, as well as reviews, of places
    • List of ratings (beers and places) template updated
    • Lists that previously only contained ratings now include reviews
    • Score text now updates asynchronously
    • Text of additional navigation menu options improved for clarity
    • Icons adjusted slightly for styles, places and scan (scan coming soon)
    • Additional checking for POST request type in AJAX
    • Maintenance update of underlying framework
     
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  32. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    Submitted to Amazon Appstore. The minimum Android version was increased from 2.1 to 4.0 for the native app only. Older Android devices are still supported in the web browser.

    Patch Notes (version 1.1.1)


    Native only
    • Submitted to Amazon Appstore
    • Android minimum API level 14
     
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    Mike Senior Web Developer (465) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member

    The BeerAdvocate rating system has been revamped. The rating attributes have been restored. It is now possible to rate places based on attributes.

    Patch Notes (version 1.2.0)
    • Rating attributes restored
    • Review place by attributes
    • Rating by slider and/or numerical input disabled
    • Outlier detection for beer and place reviews
    • Labels on beer and place review forms
    • Review minimum adjusted from 5 characters to 5 words
    • 5,000+ character review error is more descriptive
    • Top beer lists by style synchronized
    • Top 250 beer lists synchronized
    • Brewery only places cannot be rated
    • Wants/Gots rAvg rating bar
    • Several performance optimizations
     
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