The new edition of Memory Box app is here. Packed full with new stories and a new guest editor. This update also brings a number of new features, enhancements and user interface changes. Version 2.1 is available now in the App Store and is free for existing users, simply check the App Store updates tab.
The brand new stories come from a residency in Los Angeles between Flo-culture, British Council and the LA Foundation library. The addition of stories from America expands our reach significantly and we hope to have even more regions added in the near future. These stories feature the local residents, their brushes with fame, the jazz scene and much more. All of these stories are featured on the main screen of the app and can also be found on the map.
We are pleased to welcome Kate Fox as our guest editor for the season. Kate is a poet, comedian and writer from the North East of England. You can find four selected stories on the front page of the app.
We’ve also been hard at work developing new features for the application to further enhance the app. The main new feature is ‘Story of the Week’, each week we select a story based on a certain topical theme such as Bonfire night. On the iPad this story will now appear on the home page so you can quickly tap in and listen. iPhone users can look out for this feature soon.
Other feature enhancements include the ability to skip a story forward or back by 15 seconds, playing audio whilst browsing for other stories (pause from any screen or feature page on iPhone), seeing more stories from a collection and stories will no longer automatically play (turn this on in Settings app).
Our designer and developer have been working on some user interface changes that will become immediately noticeable from when you update the app. The main change is the new feature page on the iPad. The layout of this page has been changed significantly to offer more space for features like ‘Story of the Week’. You’ll also find that colours and our app icon are now much more vivid. You’ll also see a number of changes specifically on the iPad such as larger images on every screen, timeline & categories now using text based buttons rather than a slider, a consistent bar along the top for controlling stories and authors names showing on every screen. iPhone users can expect more changes soon.
Finally we’ve fixed some annoying bugs. The timer will now progress more regularly and allows for scrolling at the same time, the screen will no longer go to sleep whilst on the story screen and there have been some fixes to story information.