Browsing Maps… In Reddit App!

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Hello folks! This week we are currently working on some changes regarding browsing maps in the app. Players can browse maps in the app’s built-in browser, connect to your Reddit account and voila, you see the maps. But we wanted to change that. In the built-in browser, the images of the maps aren’t shown in the thumbnail, and we wanted the players to be able to see the preview before opening it in the app. It helps to enhance the user experience, users can browse the map section as a catalog.

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First, when you open the app, you see the Load menu button. When you tap on it, there comes a bunch of other sub-buttons such as Online Map. Tap on it, and the app automatically opens up the Reddit Official App, instead of the internal web browser.

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Here, you can see our subreddit in the Reddit Official App. The reason we took this approach because the official Reddit app allows us to show the map’s screenshots as previews in the posts. Quite beautiful, isn’t it?

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When you open a map’s thread, it looks like this. You can see the map in the preview. Tap on OPEN IN APP(mobile only) and it will redirect you to the Gray Lake Studios’ website that allows you to download the map.

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Tap on Load Map and voila! You downloaded the map!

And also, if you don’t have the Reddit app, a message will be shown and then you’ll be directed to the Play Store page of Reddit app.

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So, that’s a wrap! I hope you like this new feature!

Stay in tune!

 

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An apology, a brief update…

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Hello folks! Eylul here! I guess I owe an apology for deserting the blog for a long time ^^”. Well, I’m still here, working hard and make sure to deliver the best features for ProDnD! So, shall we have a look at the latest updates?

1. Seed Functionality & DeepLink!

With this feature, players can share the maps they’ve created, without events or props. This feature shares the map’s parameters and the seed value that has been generated with. “Seed” is a random integer that the app uses to generate exactly the same map. Think of it as an ID, when you enter the seed, the app produces the same result. With this, sharing the map’s basic information made easier.

Sharing the map is also easy with Deeplink feature of mobile apps. Deeplinking allows the mobile apps to communicate with each other with a special link. When you click on the link, the targeted app opens and fetches the information that came along with the link. With this case, we share the seed value along with the parameters (width, height, noise amount etc.) and create a link out of these variables. You can use and share the links.

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In this gif, we are generating a map and copy/paste the generated map’s seed (including its parameters as well).

2. Scrollable & Extended Text Area for Events and Map Description 

When a user wants to write a description for an Event (or a map description) the text didn’t allow the user to write extensive and detailed text, the text area wasn’t scrollable and the character limit was pretty tight. But now, it has a 2000 character limit and, guess what, scrollable!

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3. New Props!

We released a good amount of new props to place on the map you created! Props are the best tools to add some spice to the game session, they make the map quite look good and makes the map filled with adventure!

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4. Bug Hunting & Maintenance

Along with developing the new features, overall maintenance for the app is always a primary objective to us. We make sure to deliver the best experience, so we work on the app all the time!

So, here is the brief summary of the times that I didn’t write to the blog ^^” I want to make a promise for writing more regularly, starting with this week! (Hopefully)

Stay in tune!