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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Hella Americanish

When Brits speak American. Truck or lorry? Elevator or lift? Boot or trunk? Rubbish or trash? Could you care less, or couldn't you??


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This week and next week are the last in my Tinyview experiment, and then I'll decide whether to continue with them exclusively or not. I've heard from those of you who want an RSS feed, and the makers of the app are working on it. I've also heard that the desktop version is less than ideal, and we'll see what they decide to do about that. They're definitely catering for the mobile audience. But I totally get the frustrations.

I'd love to hear from anyone who: a) doesn't mind, b) thinks the Tinyview format works well, and/or c) has a suggestion for how I could achieve the best of both worlds. I have my own ideas, but I'd love to hear yours!

Thanks as always, loyal reader!

Mal

23 comments:

  1. Also: does she live on the American 12th floor, or the British 12th floor? ;)

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  2. I know you called for positive feedback on moving to tinyview, but I'm afraid it will mean the end of itch feet for me. I prefer to read all my things in one centralised feed/app (feedly in my case) instead of installing a separate app for everything, on my phone, on my tablet and on my computer in case I want to read it there...

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  3. Yeah, not having a rss feed is a deal breaker for me too

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  4. I only have one question:
    Will the Tinyview "exclusive" panels actually be exclusive to Tinyview, or will they also be available on future physical print anthologies (if you still plan on doing those)?

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    1. Good question. For now they're exclusive - that's the deal I made with them. In the future I might be able to put them in print books, though. Also if Tinyview fails then I can do whatever I want :)

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  5. I'm pretty neutral I would say. I liked how things were before and I'm not sure how keen I am on having to keep an app on my phone just for accessing the comic; I prefer to just use my web browser whenever possible instead of switching between separate dedicated apps for everything (in general, not just for this).
    That being said, though, I'm really liking the vertical format on Tinyview and how easy it is to jump back and forth between comics. I also love the notification option so I don't miss anything. I found the app a little confusing at first, but now I'm not having any trouble with it. I really don't think I'd mind if Itchy Feet stayed exclusive to Tinyview ... Although physical books are my preference personally. ;)

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    1. More or less the same response as Schuyler. Like the vertical format on Tinyview and the notification option. But I think the UX needs serious work, it is very confusing. I expect the "homepage" to be comics I have subscribed to. Instead it seems to be a list of all comics on Tinyview.

      Although I am averse to installing yet another app, I am ok if that's the path you choose :)

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  6. I'm pretty neutral too... from the moment you keep to mention them here ;)
    - first I like to be able to comment
    - I still have an rss reader so yes having a feed at least as reminder would be good
    - I'm split regarding tinyview format. I think I liked to be able to see the ensemble in one piece.


    + I think it's really good that you are paid to do those comics, because you are working on those for a long time and you cannot do all for free.

    However... I'd regret not having them in an anthology if you continue to print them :/

    PS : love this comics. as a French living in the UK, but working in a mostly American-English speaking company, + reading a lot of english books without specifically searching the origin, I know that I have sometimes more americanism than my english counterpart would like... but harder to spot for me ;)

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  7. As long as I can keep following an RSS feed with at least a link to tinyview I'm easy. If the rss feed dies completely then I will likely not keep reading. I love your comic, but feedly is such a part of my routine.

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  8. bets of both world: publish comic there and here; tinyview probably is good for mobile but here is way way better for desktop

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  9. its kinda sad that new comics are in tinyview, because it sucks way too much on desktop so unless comic returns here I prolly have to remove this from bookmarks

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  10. As long as I can do it on my laptop ill be fine, but I do prefer having to be able to read it in one block and not panel by panel. I also like the ability to comment on this page. :)

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  11. I typically don't even open the blogspot page, I just read the strip in the RSS reader. I am not going to install an individual app or manually go to different websites to read each different webcomic I follow. No feed, no read.

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  12. I don't mind tinyview in principle, I don't use RSS, instead I come to your website from time to time. Opening in tinyview is another click to a new page, but it's only one click and it's not a big deal. Yes, the UI isn't great on desktop, but it's readable. If it generates revenue for you I would put up with it, it's not like I'm paying to read now....
    BUT TINYVIEW IS SO SLOW TO LOAD! I don't know if it's because they have too many 3rd party trackers, or what, but it takes nearly 5 seconds to load on my mobile, which is totally unacceptable in 2020. (On wifi, 1000Mbs fibre, so it's not my network)

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  13. I would much prefer posting to the site than Tinyview.

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  14. Although this website is far from perfect on mobile, I still prefer this over the "single frame only" format of tinyview (I refuse to install something just to read a single comic, and any reasonably well developed service should work just as well in a browser as in an app anyway). To me, tinyview looks like some early preview of a concept that still is a long way from being ready to use. No option to view more than one frame at at time. No chat/discussion. No continuous scrolling/browsing. Constant nagging about the app that returns on every visit. Way too much unused space in landscape mode on desktop, and completely unusable in landscape mode on mobile (zooming out does not work so at most half a frame is visible at a time). And if the creators of tinyview are set on limiting everything to "vertical comics", I don't see a future for them as it requires comics to adapt to that specific format to work well (itchy feet works well with two frames side by side in portrait mode, or three in landscape mode - and that is on a 5 year old phone with a low resolution screen - I can imagine newer phones with even larger/better screens should easily be able to display everything at once). I also hate all kinds of "exclusivity deals" with a passion, since that usually only means the service is not good enough to get customers/users on their own merit.

    Of course I don't mind that the author gets paid, and I will continue to read itchy feet even if it stays on tinyview - although it will be a lot less frequent until the comic is available in a more readable format. I would suggest to continue publishing all the comics here until tinyview is past the early prototype stage, and then publish on both platforms so those who prefer their moblie layout have that option (if they still exist then).

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  15. I'm good with whatever's best for you. I don't plan to download the app, but the desktop is functional enough.

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