Back on the 9th March we were pretty thrilled to announce the launch of the first version of our Metaverse Reader application for iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch. Since that time, we’ve been working hard at creating version 2.0 and it’s now live on the iTunes App Store.
Probably the most exciting feature of this version is the better browsing experience in the ‘Wider Metaverse’ section: there are now news categories, with each virtual worlds news feed falling under one or more of the categories. Aside from making it easier to browse, it also makes adding more sites to the app easier. If you run a blog / news site related to virtual worlds and want to be added, just drop us a line and we’ll assess what we can do for you.
The other key improvement is in-app browsing of full stories, including streaming content. Previously you had to exit the app to view these, so this is a big step up from version 1.0.
What is it?
It’s essentially an RSS reader with two sections. The first is our own RSS feed . The Second is a ‘Wider Metaverse’ section, which features a range of virtual worlds related feeds from around the world. The ‘Submit a Story’ section is purely a contact form if you want to make contact.
Here’s a quick demo:
Why wouldn’t I just use my RSS Reader?
For some, a broader RSS reader may indeed be preferable. However, we’ve had a lot of feedback that people like a quicker option of a handful of feeds easily accessed. The Metaverse Reader is exactly that. And at under 200KB in size, it’s also doesn’t take up much room.
Can I suggest a feed to add?
Absolutely – just contact us with the details.
Where do I get support for this app?
Are there plans to expand the app?
Version 3 is already underway – if you have suggestions for improvement, we’d love to hear from you.
What does the app cost?
Who developed the application?
I do need to give a huge plug to the developer who created the application from the specification provided. Phillip Street is an Australian iPhone developer and contributing writer who happens to live pretty close to me. I couldn’t be happier with his responsiveness and price competitiveness and he’s now hard at work on version 3.0.
So if you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or have managed to be one of the world’s first iPad users, give the Metaverse Reader a whirl and critique away!