WebOutLoud for iOS Release Notes

v2.9.4

May 12, 2020

New in Version 2.9.4

  • Added "Open in Browser" button to the Safari extension.

  • Fixed bug where resuming TTS would start at the beginning of the current paragraph when word highlighting was disabled.

  • Added logic to stop TTS playback when headphones are disconnected. This is in accordance to Apple's guidelines.

  • Fixed bug where PDF loading spinner would stay on screen indefinitely following a specific sequence of events.

  • Tweaked ads to be less intrusive.

v2.9.3 Quality of Life

May 08, 2020

New in Version 2.9.3

  • When resuming TTS after pausing mid-paragraph, the app will now start reading where you left off instead of restarting the current paragraph.

  • Improvements to the "Paste'N Go" feature where long pressing the address bar will invoke a context menu.

  • Added button to the bottom menu which allows WOL users to share content.

  • Added "Start Reading Here" button to the context menu that appears when selecting text in a web page or saved content.

  • Fixed bug related to importing content via the share extension from the Mail app.

v2.9.2 Plain Text

April 25, 2020

New in Version 2.9.2

  • The web browser now has better support for plain text ("text/plain") content.

    When saving a plain text document from the browser, the app will no longer interpret it as an HTML web page. Instead it will correctly save the content as a Text Document.

  • You can now import documents from the "Saved Content" screen.

  • It is now possible to rename saved PDFs and Text Documents.

v2.9.1 Extension Enhancements

April 20, 2020

This release includes bug fixes and significant enhancements to the WOL Share Extension.

Share Extension Improvements

The share extension no longer relies upon push notifications. You can now begin listening to saved content with a tap. No need to sign in first.

This makes activities like copying text or notes and listening to them in WebOutLoud much easier than before.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issue with the "Previous" button where it would not always work properly in PDFs.
  • Fixed issue where PDFs would not begin playing automatically when part of a playlist.
  • Fixed bug where articles from washingtonpost.com would fail to save.
  • Fixed issue where the "Report a Problem" form would falsely identify a good email address as invalid.

v2.9.0 PDFs and "Better Bookmarks"

April 18, 2020

We've added PDF support!
WebOutLoud now understands PDFs!

As with web pages, the app will read PDFs out loud. You can use touch assist as you'd expect and it highlights words as it reads. Additionally, you can save PDFs to your device to read later.

"Better Bookmarks"
WebOutLoud is now better at remembering where you left off.
The app will now automatically remember where you stopped reading (or listening) and scroll to that position automatically the next time you open the article/pdf/text.

This release also includes some stability improvements and bug fixes.

More to come! Thanks for reading.

v2.8.0 Document Scanning

April 06, 2020

We've added document scanning!
You can now use your camera to scan text and import it into the app to be read aloud.

You can also import images from your camera roll for text recognition.

Multiple pages can be imported at once as a single text document or split up into multiple text documents inside a single collection.


Watch the brief intro video:


WOL utilizes the powerful OCR tech that was added to iOS 13. Integrating it into WOL seemed like an obvious fit.

Enjoy!

v2.7.0 Text Documents

March 24, 2020

We've added support for text documents.
You can now import any kind of text into WebOutLoud. Additionally, you can create and edit text documents.

Check out the How-To Video:


Also, we've changed the "Saved Content" toolbar to accommodate the expanding functionality:

Before:


After:

v2.6.8 "New Website" Integration

March 11, 2020
  • Changes to support integration with weboutloud.io.
  • Fix issue where reader view would become non-functional in certain cases.
  • Miscellaneous cosmetic tweaks.

v2.6.7 Text Resizing

March 2, 2020

You can now resize text in Reader View.

While in Reader View, simply open Browser Settings to reveal a new option labeled, "Text Size" (shown below.)

  • This release also includes various UI fixes affecting newer iOS hardware.

Text resizing in Reader View is a step in the right direction toward our upcoming goal of supporting Dynamic Type across the app.

One might wonder why Text Resizing is not available in WOL's web browser as it is in Safari. This is due to limitations of WKWebView (the in-app browser provided to developers on iOS.) We'll continue to revisit this capability following future iOS updates.

v2.6.6 Bugfixes

Feb 27, 2020
  • Fixed bug where the "Original Article" link in Reader View would not take you back to the original URL.
  • Fixed issue where email addresses with a "+" character were not able to sign in after registering.

v2.6.5 Bugfixes, etc

Feb 26, 2020
  • Improved the look and feel of Reader View.
  • Improved Accessibility of Sign In button.
  • Fixed various memory leaks.

v2.6.4 Accessibility, Responsive Reader View

Feb 24, 2020
  • Improved accessibility by adding accessibilityLabels to the UI elements that were missing them.
  • Updated the Reader View template to have a responsive layout which looks better on iPads.

v2.6.3 In-App Messaging System

Feb 17, 2020

The major feature of this release is the in-app messaging system. Additionally...

  • Added switch in Browser Settings for "Auto-Hiding" of top and bottom bars.
  • Auto-Hiding now defaults to off.
  • Fixed back button text in saved Article View.

v2.6 Collections

Feb 8, 2020

With the release of version 2.6, we are pleased to announce a new enhancement to WebOutLoud...

Collections

What are Collections?

Like folders on your computer, Collections are a way to organize your saved content.

You can create as many Collections as you want and, using drag-and-drop, put saved articles (and yes, other collections) into them.

Collections can also be thought of as playlists. Each saved article in a collection will play automatically in sequence.

What else is in 2.6?

UI Improvements and Bug Fixes

Version 2.6 also brings improvements and bug fixes to the text extraction engine, and user interface improvements.

You may have noticed that the navigation bar and the toolbar now automatically hide themselves as you scroll. Well I've continued to improve the auto-hiding functionality to be as good or better than what you'd expect from the likes of Safari or Chrome. Specifically, you can now tap near the bottom of the screen to invoke the toolbar. Additionally, auto-hiding will no longer occur after navigating between pages or in response to auto-scroll.

I hope you enjoy the update and please stay tuned for future improvements that are underway.

As always, your continued feedback (positive or negative) is welcome. Please leave a review in the App Store as it helps tremendously!

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