Ok… So I have to say, I don’t get why this is needed AT ALL? It’s seriously so annoying! I don’t want to come off negative about this, but I fear I will as I just want to give honest feedback on it.
So, under the text box, it already said tap to continue. It was small, subtle, but noticeable. In all honesty, I still don’t even know why it was needed as in this day and age, with touch screen smartphones and game apps like this, it’s pretty obvious you need to tap. But anyway, that text saying to tap underneath was bearable. Why feel the need to make it massive with a big finger (were people using their noses to tap?) Plus… it makes the screen light dim.
When trying to direct on the app, it makes it very difficult and it’s distracting. I don’t use the mobile previewer on the portal 1, because I find it fiddly using a mouse and it’s much easier on the app with fingers. 2, because the previewer on the portal crashes my laptop and over heats it. This doesn’t bother me, though, because I prefer to direct on the app. But this new massive tap to continue and finger is just getting in the way and making it very difficult. I also usually direct on my tablet and trust me, this tap to continue and finger is HUGE!
Other reasons this new feature is not working… because people take screenshots and share them on IG, Facebook, Twitter and other mediums. This is how people use the app. But this big ugly finger and text, plus the fact it dims the screen, ruins this. Also, filming the screen, again, it’s ruined because of this feature. Also, people tale screenshots of their own stories so can cut out characters to create covers and posts to share. But again, this feature is getting in the way of this.
My feedback is coming from a place of love for Episode. I just want to be honest about how this is ruining my reading and writing experience. People read at different speeds and may not even finish reading a sentence before this pops up and dims the screen and flashes at you.
To be constructive, my constructive feedback about how to improve it, is to please, please, please remove it altogether. The text saying tap to continue under the text box worked just fine. I don’t understand why the urge was felt to add this finger and huge text and screen dimming. Where there people who started to read a story but couldn’t because they didn’t know to tap? They had to tap to open the story in the first place.
Another suggestion, give us the option to turn this off, like the text effects.
I’m sorry if this is all sounding negative but I’m very frustrated right now. I adore Episode and love reading and writing on it, but I’ve had this feature for about 24 hours and it’s already driving me crazy
Much Love, AM x