Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
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This application opens with ‘Latest’ films for the default screen. Two images from films are visible as well as the title of the third. This can be changed by clicking a small button at the top left of the screen, which compresses the information so you can view five at a time. The larger images however are a great visual. Beside the image is text information about who the main actors in the film are.
Also on this screen is an arrow – when clicked it downloads both a film clip and a trailer. Next to that is a star, so you can favourite the movie. The image is also clickable, and this launches it to nearly full screen.
There is a small indicator arrow to the right. This launches a further, more detailed information screen about that film.Included in this secondary screen is
- release date
Below that are three buttons, and then two larger ones below that. The first takes you to the website (leads to Apple and a clip from the film). The middle button is so you can favourite the film (again) and the last one takes you to that movies website. Important to note that both of these links launches Safari which leads you to the information page / website about the film. This could have been better integrated by launching a browser within the application and then a ‘back’ button so you can return to what you were looking at. Having to leave and relaunch it is unnecessary and boring, and I would not use these ‘features’.
The buttons below those however are useful, one launches a youtube clip from the film, and the second plays the trailer (again from youtube). Those are the great features that you want this application for.
Below that there are five more buttons you can select. The first one, an ‘s’ is a brief script detail all in text so you can read about the film. There is also a play button in the middle, which again is just duplication of the buttons above, and then a last one that launches email so you can send information about the film. (again causing you to leave the application)Some good features about the application is that you can ‘swipe’ the screen and it navigates through the movies. You can also use the main screen to scroll down the list of movies there so plenty of options. Also the integration of swipe features is great for deleting favourites. There is also a link to categories, dates and search. Making it really useful to find any type of movie that you already know about, or are just curious to see what’s out there.
However – all of those options may be where the application is let down a little. There seems to be too much duplication of features on too many screens. I’m not sure why you need to have a ‘favourite’ button on both screens, and equally, the websites that launch safari (which isn’t a great feature) is also on both screens. Navigation along the bottom through clicking of arrows is also redundant as the swipe features work wonderfully. They should simplify.
Overall this is a great application if you enjoy finding out about the latest films on release. I found myself watching the trailers when I had some spare time. This made me what to see films that I didn’t think I would have been interested in, or known about. It’s also good if you are trying to tell someone about a film. You can just show them a clip from it, quick and easy.
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