Pinball Map App Version 5.2.7
September 29, 2021
The unofficial Summer of Code has perhaps come to an end. We released 8 app updates between June and now. And we finished off in style - LITERALLY. Because this latest update has a bunch of style changes.
In June, we refreshed the app design, and we think they were great improvements. But after a summer of brooding, some things weren’t sitting well. In the light mode, we had tried to give it a “warm” off-white theme. This was achieved with various super light orangey tones. However, they didn’t age well. In this latest refresh, the orange tones are all gone, and in their places we have a super light purply set of tones. We also minimized some of the usage of blue (like on the machine names at a location - those now have a white background instead of blue). Overall, it just… looks nicer.
We also refreshed the dark mode while we were in there. But dark mode is incredibly easy to “do right” compared to light mode.
Another big style change is the addition of little icons all over the place. Some of the screens, such as the location details screen, have a lot of text. The icons are used to direct your eyes and break up the text. We kept them small and light, and overall we like the effect.
You may also notice that the fonts are different. Previously we had been using the default system fonts - Roboto on Android and San Francisco on iOS. But this resulted in the apps looking a little different on both platforms, and we strive for parity. So, after carefully testing dozens of font combinations, we chose Nunito for the bold text and Lato for the regular text. We think this is nice and readable!
On top of that, we touched up dozens and dozens of other things.
Aside from designy stuff, we also fixed numerous bugs, including a lousy one on Android that was making it so hearted icons on the map weren’t always showing up.
We also tweaked a lot further behind the scenes. For example, the root of the app is now not the “welcome” screen that users only ever see ONCE (the first time they install and launch the app), but is instead the map. With that, as well as some fixes to the “splash” screen, now the splash remains visible until the map has loaded (before you would see a spinner between those screens).
Anyway, lotta stuff. We’re happy about this one, and think it’s looking pretty slick!
- Updated theme colors, as well as redesigned some elements, especially on the Location Details screen
- Replaced system fonts with custom fonts
- Android: Fixed bug with heart map marker icons not always displaying correctly
- Fixed issue with search not geocoding correctly
- Fixed issue with search keyboard being dismissed at wrong times
- Code enhancements and performance improvements (lots of behind the scenes updates, like how we store secrets, and where the root of the app is, etc)