It's officially got to the stage of Qwiki where it's time to close down the open beta. With the release of Qwiki coming soon, it will only be available to the press.
So that's good news right?
It means Qwiki will be with you very soon, and If you want to check Qwiki out for a possible review, then just email me at chris @ chrishannah.xyz, or find me on Twitter at @chrishannah.
But for now, you can find any news on Qwiki over on it's Twitter page @getQwiki.
I've finally implemented the Preferences window, and there's currently two different things you can customise.
When you're viewing a Wikipedia article inside Qwiki, you can use the link button to copy the link.
You now have three different choices of links, that will be copied by default:
- Plain Link
- Markdown Link
- HTML Link
Open in Browser
There is also the choice to open the article in your default web browser, this is for people who just want to use Qwiki as a search engine.
Of course you can always reset these options to their defaults.
Also for support information, I have now included the version and build number at the bottom of the Preferences window.
There's also an icon now! You won't really see it, because it's a menu bar app. But at least it looks good in Launchpad/Finder.
Download Qwiki 0.4 build 8
There’s an assortment of new additions in this build, and it’s starting to feel more and more like an actual app every day.
As you can see in the screenshot above, I've redesigned the bottom bar of the article view since the last build.
- The Back/Forward buttons have been halved in size, and moved to the left.
- The Share button should work better now, but hopefully no-one will even notice this.
- I've added a new button to simply copy the link of the article, it will play a sound and display the icon as blue for half a second, to confirm that the copy was successful.
When viewing search results, if you toggled Dark mode, then the text colour wouldn't change until hovered over. This has now been fixed!
As it's getting closer and closer to a final app, any feedback or suggestions are welcome!
Download Qwiki 0.3 build 7
The article viewing experience should be much better in this update.
When selecting a result, it shows the article inside Wikipedia as before, except you can now quickly go back to the search results by clicking on the search button in the bottom corner. If you decide to navigate Wikipedia through the website after viewing an article, then there are back and forward buttons at the bottom. And I’ve also added a share button in the bottom right hand corner, so you can share it using the standard Share Sheet.
I’ve also code signed this, so if there are any issues with this then please let me know.
Download Qwiki 0.2 build 6
One big feature has been implemented!
You can now actually view the article directly in Qwiki, which has been suggested from multiple different people.
So the main things to look out for in this build, is whether the article looks okay, and whether it loads the mobile version of Wikipedia or not. As I’ve specified it use a mobile user agent, but I’m not sure how this works on different OS versions.
I’ve already mentioned keyboard support, but I will need to some refactoring to implement that I think, but that’s definitely coming soon! Along with a keyboard shortcut.
Download Qwiki 0.1 build 5
This is a very small incremental update tonight.
I fixed some bits of the Fabric/Crashlytics integration, and a few other things.
But earlier on I noticed that there’s no way to quit the app! So I implemented the Settings cog, and you can quit Qwiki from there, or by pressing CMD + Q. The option for Preferences doesn’t work yet, but that’s where it will be.
I hope you have fun using Qwiki! The next update should bring in at least a basic level of reading the article in app!
Download Qwiki 0.1 build 4
The results now appear much better, the font sizes have been adjusted to be more readable (especially on non retina macs).
Fabric/Crashlytics is now implemented, so I can know when crashes occur.
When you click on the Qwiki menu bar icon, the search box will straight away be selected and ready for input.
Download Qwiki 0.1 build 3
Just some incremental fixes.
Download Qwiki 0.1 build 2
Here is the initial build for Qwiki!
It’s designed to be a quick way to be able to search Wikipedia, and access results with a single click.
Any type of feedback is welcome, and I’m still exploring possibilities on where I can take the app.
Download Qwiki 0.1 build 1