UI is the least important thing for programmers, however, the most important thing for the users. Our UI designer Hu Qiang really has a pretty nice UI sense. The ebook is simple and intuitive. I like it. There are still some modifications needs to be done for font size adjustment, book cover adjustment, etc. Users are complaining that the number of texts/page is not well displayed in small devices. Yingbo is already crazy about adjusting the font size after manual adjusting it for a long time. It's not simply multiply some magical coefficients. There is limitation on the ebook format itself, too. Aldrian and I may continue working on it and embed the images inside the html texts(using base64) and maybe add more <p> tags for Yingbo to process.
I'm pretty pleased that our app is getting pretty popular. Today along, we've got 150 new visitors and 2000 page views from Singapore, China, US, and even some from Switzerland, Australia, Belgium, Finland, etc. That's pretty encouraging. We've already got over 500 unique visitors and over 7800 page views which is quite close to Prof.Ben's bottom line(10,000). Honestly, the problem we initially want to solve may not happen that often(synchronize reading history in different devices), For readers like me, it's not that painful as I normally didn't read books on my ipod touch or the browser. I would like to borrow a hard copy book or read on Kindle(which is not harmful for my eyes). But there is a trend that people will have an increasing need for this kind of functionalities as we are getting more devices, people would also like to share with their friends while reading. Mobile, Cloud and Social-- A ebook reader that combine these three things. Yes, I find it quite cool:)))
Comments on other groups.
Well, I like many ideas presented in the class. For instance,the moral education site, which will really make a positive impact on the society, the public letter sending site, which is pretty cool. Some are executing very well, like the cute 3D animation gaming.The apps are mostly creating values, unlike many facebook apps which basically waste many people's time. I really feel that we all deserve a good mark for the efforts we have put. I think the way of a forced distribution is unfair though I'm pretty confident my group's app is among the best.
Future planning. CS3216 is really different from other classes. I find that our app really has a good commercial potential. I'd like to put the site in China and examine how well the market can be before the site die. We shall at least make enough profits to pay for our own server, but it would take a pretty long time to reach that goal. I'm not that confident though the product is really really really good. We'll try to figure out some way to prevent the site from dying before we successfully monetize the app.
Need to focus on other courses as well. Thankfully, not many...Good night