AAWP Universal updated with UI refresh, new functions and views

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There has been another significant update to AAWP's own (ahem) much praised UWP application for Windows 10 Mobile. V1.4 adds a UI refresh, including a hugely revamped hamburger menu, and lots of useful views and functions. Thanks (a million) as always to Joe Blumenow, the developer.

This is a UWP app, as the name suggests, and is for any phone upgraded to (or running natively) Windows 10 Mobile. Since the last time we featured 'our' app, back in November.

As per changelog below, there’s quite a few UI updates in this, mainly around the menu. There are plenty of other little tweaks and improvements throughout and Joe finally got round to adding image caching, which should give a better offline experience.  Also, see the ‘zoomed out view’ of the app/game directories – he managed to get category images included!

  • Given the UI a bit of refresh, including improvements to the menu
  • Added swipe-to-open for the hamburger menu - triggered from swiping in from the very edge of the left side
  • Added the gallery and podcast feeds - full podcast/audio support is still on the to-do list, but not available yet
  • Added the app/game directory articles to the main menu
  • Added image caching, which can be enabled from the Settings > Cache page
  • Added the ability to pre-cache new articles during the background update. This will also pre-cache images, if enabled
  • Added recently viewed articles - like favourites, your recent list is also synced between devices
  • Updated image viewer so images can be double-tapped to return to the original article
  • Updated image viewer to include an indication of the zoom level of images. You can tap/click this label to alternate between 100% and a 'show all' view
  • Updated storage/caching services and removed some old and unused files and settings
  • Loads more little improvements and fixes throughout

Here are some salient and relevant screenshots of the new version of AAWP Universal in action:

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The new, extended (Galleries, Podcasts, Directories), swipe-out, hierarchical(!) hamburger menu - top work here from the developer, Joe, in my opinion.

Screenshot, AAWP Universal

Within one of the application directories, my gategory graphics are used, albeit faded - they give a favour though, even when the app is used in the dark theme here. Curiously, the 'Filter' system didn't work for me, I'm sure an extra bug fix will be along soon from Joe.

Screenshot, AAWP Universal

Browsing through a media gallery, double tap to open a high resolution image full screen...

Screenshot, AAWP Universal

...and then, as you multi-touch zoom, the current scale/ratio is shown in the left-bottom corner.

You can grab or update 'AAWP Universal' from the Store here, it's a free download. Why not add your own rating of 'AAWP Universal' (in the Store) and leave a text review? It all helps discoverability!

Comments welcome for Joe, he'll read and take it all in, we promise!

PS. By the way, aside from Rafe being in the podcasts, virtually all the content for AAWP is now being written by me, as you've probably gathered. I/we'd love to have some more guest articles in 2017, so do please get in touch if there's a topic, device or application that you feel strongly about. You can reach me at slitchfield@gmail.com .

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