Pleco 4.0

(Knowing nothing of the complexity to implement it, or any UI guidelines) could the tab bar work like the current Favorites screen? i.e. allow the user to decide which items are on it and so quickly accessible?

Looking at the video above, I see "Add-ons" there, which while obviously very important, I don't use particularly frequently. Generally I prefer not seeing anything I'm not using at the time, so the way the Favorites screen currently works is great. Quick and unobtrusive.
 

mikelove

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Staff member
Possibly, the tricky thing is that each tab's UI is a bit different and so it would take some work to customize each tab to include / not include specific child items. (but we'll have to do some of that anyway for the sidebar on iPad)

But actually I think we're probably going to end up putting a link to Add-ons at the top of Settings instead (with a nice attractive "Upgrade to Pleco Plus" banner or some such) and separating the test / organize flashcard functions into two tabs, at least that's the way we're currently leaning. While they're both flashcard-related, there's a strong likelihood people will want to do both of them at the same time, whereas with for example Live OCR now being part of Reader we think it's much less likely somebody is going to want to be reading a document and live OCR'ing another document at the same time. We had originally been planning to have you just tap on the Flash button to toggle between testing and organizing, but that's not a standard gesture and nobody will know about / use it.

(also, honestly, after doing some testing with this it's a little too easy to jump into add-ons by accident; we obviously do want to sell stuff, but we don't want people to feel like if they use our app incorrectly they're going to be charged for something they didn't want, or else many of them will simply choose not to use our app at all)
 

mikelove

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Staff member
I should add that Organize is getting a bunch of nifty new functionality that makes it all the more useful as a primary tab:

Simulator Screen Shot - iPhone 12 Pro - 2020-12-28 at 11.11.11.png

(haven't converted the New Card / Category / Search buttons into floating ones yet, but we will)
 

Ng Oon-Ee

Member
Hi, happy CNY to mike and all.

I've set aside the funds (tidy sum in my country) to purchase the pleco bundle, just wanted to confirm if pleco 4.0 will be a free update for same functionality (I understand new functionality would be additional purchases, that's fair)? In particular I'm wondering if with the anki emulation et. al. what the difference is in flashcard functionality between purchasing a 3.0 bundle and waiting for 4.0 to release.
 

mikelove

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Staff member
To be honest I haven't decided about that yet.

In general since the point of Anki emulation is getting people to switch from Anki to Pleco there are strong business reasons to want to make that free / cheap / accessible to as many users as possible, but that doesn't automatically mean we will.

It's also quite possible that we'll raise prices when we launch 4.0 - another thing I've been considering is getting rid of standalone feature add-ons altogether and re-branding the Basic Bundle as "Pleco Plus" and the Professional Bundle as "Pleco Pro" or some such, possibly with software (and not just content) differences between those two options.

Basically I just don't know, I can't promise that you'll be no worse off by buying now but I also can't promise that you'll be no worse off by waiting. So all I can do is repeat my refrain from elsewhere on these forums that if you think the current version of Pleco is a good/worthwhile purchase for you as it stands now, you should buy it, and if not, you should wait - don't buy anything based on what's coming in 4.0 until 4.0 is actually out.
 

Ng Oon-Ee

Member
To be honest I haven't decided about that yet.

In general since the point of Anki emulation is getting people to switch from Anki to Pleco there are strong business reasons to want to make that free / cheap / accessible to as many users as possible, but that doesn't automatically mean we will.

It's also quite possible that we'll raise prices when we launch 4.0 - another thing I've been considering is getting rid of standalone feature add-ons altogether and re-branding the Basic Bundle as "Pleco Plus" and the Professional Bundle as "Pleco Pro" or some such, possibly with software (and not just content) differences between those two options.

Basically I just don't know, I can't promise that you'll be no worse off by buying now but I also can't promise that you'll be no worse off by waiting. So all I can do is repeat my refrain from elsewhere on these forums that if you think the current version of Pleco is a good/worthwhile purchase for you as it stands now, you should buy it, and if not, you should wait - don't buy anything based on what's coming in 4.0 until 4.0 is actually out.
Thanks, that's non-committal (and I totally understand and respect that), but reading between the lines it does seem like I won't lose out TOO much if I do, if at all.
 
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