Bowdoin Daily Sun Mobile App Beta Test

Posted on January 28, 2014 in Interactive, Mobile — Share this via

A New Way to Stay Connected…

Bowdoin Sun

After talking with alumni and parents from across the country,  we’ve rolled out a new way to connect with Bowdoin. Designed to merge campus news with alumni and student driven social feeds, the Bowdoin Daily Sun app gives you a new view into the whole Bowdoin community.  It’s a simple, fast, and lightweight way to connect with Bowdoin – on your terms.

This app is for the Bowdoin community – and we hope you’ll help us shape it.  Please use this web site to give us comments, criticism, or request new features.

The BDS is currently iOS only.  Want an Android version?   Ask for it here!

Please use the form below to submit comments and suggestions to improve the app. Thank you for your time.

The Bowdoin Daily Sun App was designed and built by Andrew Currier from the Educational Research and Technology Group.

  3 thoughts on “Bowdoin Daily Sun Mobile App Beta Test

  1. Ben Johnson

    Hey Interactive Media Group,

    Congrats on the app! Very excited to hear about this. Here’s some feedback for you – all in all great job.

    • The left and right arrow navigation at the top is good for a first time use experience, but once I’ve figured out that I can swipe left and right on that section, I don’t really need to see the next sections and they just clutter the interface and prevent me from focusing on what is really important, the awesome content that you are writing.
    • The section name was a bit hidden. I had a hard time figuring out which section I was looking at. I recognized that colors were changing, but couldn’t understand what they were referring to. Finally I saw the category title on the right side. I think if you dealt with the first comment, you’d have more space to feature the category.
    • Branding, love the bowdoin branding on the first page, and the intro animation, do I always need to be reminded that this is the Bowdoin Daily Sun? If I downloaded the app and tap on the icon, that should be enough. I think you could stand to yank the top section and put the category there or use the space for edge to edge content and larger photos.
    • I would love to see the pictures and media at the top of the news article. This is often what subconsciously draws me to an article in the first place, its less jarring to see a faint photo, and then have that photo come in to focus than to have it completely disappear.
    • Push Notifications – huge for driving engagement in apps – send me a push every week when new articles are posted or let me set up specific things or categories I want new articles pushed to my phone. If this came in tandem with the email digest (or as a replacement) that would be great.
    • This is uber nitpicky – but when I click on a link in an article, you should use a UIAlertView and not a UIActionSheet as this is an action that takes you out of the app and not something that affects the way the app functions. Don’t hate the messenger, Apple comes up with this stuff :-) but it is good for consistency. If you do want to keep the Action Sheet, put the cancel button beneath Open in Safari as destructive tasks like that should be easiest to reach.
    • It would be awesome to swipe between articles in article view a la Yahoo News.
    • Tried to play a vimeo embed for “Bowdoin in Motion: 2014 Winter Weekend Ice Sculpture” and it errored out. Looks like your vimeo isn’t set up for an embed the way you are doing it in the app, or that video doesn’t have the right settings.
    • Speaking of embeds – in your video section, on the front page, sometimes that secondary title includes some HTML (see the Get Ready for Life After Bowdoin article). You should strip out HTML before displaying it!

    That’s what I’ve got so far – like I said, overall a great start. Keep up the good work.

    Ben Johnson ’11

    Reply
    • Andrew Currier, Bowdoin IT

      Thanks, Ben, for the fantastic feedback! Very helpful and insightful points. Here are answers to a few:

      + I would love to see the pictures and media at the top of the news article.
      Great idea. Something we will work on for the next release.

      + Push Notifications… let me set up specific things or categories I want new articles pushed to my phone.
      The favorite feeds you select in the app determine what notifications you receive.

      + Tried to play a vimeo embed for “Bowdoin in Motion: 2014 Winter Weekend Ice Sculpture” and it errored out.
      Interesting. I couldn’t reproduce, but will keep testing on different devices.

      + Front page: You should strip out HTML before displaying it.
      This is fixed.

      Again, thanks for taking a look!

      Reply

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