Terminology 2.0 hit the App store today. I considered a number of different directions for version 2.0. It’s tempting to add a lot of little things, but in doing so, I think I would have lost a lot of the simplicity that made Terminology popular in the first place. I decided to focus on three areas, and I’m pleased with the results.
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The first area of improvement is in the user interface. It’s still basically the same interface, but rewritten and tweaked. The ability to customize fonts and font sizes was also added. Readability is important. I’ve generally received positive feedback about the font selections I made for Terminology, but they aren’t for everyone.
The second area is integration. I wrote a new extensible means to configure links to external resources that appear at the end of each term. I’ve worked hard to try to promote interapp communication through the x-callback-url protocol, and Terminology has supported incoming requests for some time to do word lookups and request replacement words. Incoming lookups in Terminology are now supported by Instapaper, Elements and Mr. Reader — hopefully with more apps on the way. Now, I’m giving back by providing direct links to other apps that support lookups via URL schemes. These links can be turned on and off based on what you have installed and find useful.
I’ve also extended the list of available web resource links, and allowed for the links to be toggled on and off. I expect to extend the list of resources further in the future, so please send suggestions.
The third area is sharing. I wanted to make it easy to share a definition you find interesting. Ultimately, this led me to create a web companion for Terminology, term.ly. term.ly has the same great data as Terminology, and is fully functional as a stand-alone web-based reference tool. The online dictionary space is very crowded, and I don’t necessarily expect to excel on that front alone, but term.ly is made to be very simple for sharing — by being a “definition-shortener”, allowing you to make simple “term.ly/word” URLs. Terminology takes advantage of term.ly by using it’s links to share via Twitter, Tumblr and other apps using the links mechanism mentioned above.
There are a number of other minor improvements, such as improved handling of multi-word phrases, performance tweaks, etc., but the ones mentioned above are the major items. Hope you enjoy the update.