Gospel Library App for Mac

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Re: Gospel Library App for Mac

Postby joshuarutkowski » Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:07 pm

While catalyst is pretty awesome, it definitely leaves much to be desired in most apps since fundamentally the design for iOS is different than macOS. The toolbar being the main thing, but also the iOS version uses lots of navigation that isn’t standard in macOS.

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Re: Gospel Library App for Mac

Postby robinson.j » Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:07 am

I realize this is an old thread, but to future Googlers:

ARM Mac users can download and run the iPad version of Gospel Library via the Mac App Store. It isn't pretty, and there are a few bugs, but most features work well enough.

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Re: Gospel Library App for Mac

Postby sbradshaw » Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:50 am

robinson.j wrote:I realize this is an old thread, but to future Googlers:

ARM Mac users can download and run the iPad version of Gospel Library via the Mac App Store. It isn't pretty, and there are a few bugs, but most features work well enough.

I haven't gotten a chance to try Gospel Library on an ARM Mac yet, but am curious what bugs and/or display issues you've run into.
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Re: Gospel Library App for Mac

Postby robinson.j » Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:22 am

sbradshaw wrote:am curious what bugs and/or display issues you've run into.


So far, the biggest thing is that the Share option on the lower toolbar consistently and immediately crashes the app. (I reported this issue yesterday, and am waiting to hear back.)

Other than that, the app only suffers from the usual consequences of running under iPad assumptions:
  • The menus are unwieldy, but they work.
  • It takes a lot of clicks/taps to get anywhere. There is very little real keyboard support.
  • The page-switch menu moves around when the present page is deleted.
  • The list items don't quite support mouse control, other than clicks. No lateral-scroll-to-delete, like in standard apps.

On the bright side, this app is better than some other iOS-on-Mac apps out there:
  • The window is fully resizable, even stretching to the full screen dimensions in fullscreen mode.
  • Picture-in-picture works nicely.
  • The list items fully support the MacBook trackpad (and presumably Magic Trackpad as well), with swipe-to-delete actions working mostly as expected, sans haptic feedback like in standard apps.
  • Content downloads work fine, and with a large internal drive I can download and search almost anything! (I can't say this about my smaller mobile devices.)

Overall, GL seems to benefit from the developers' early decision to utilize many of iOS's built-in UI paradigms. With Catalyst, there seems to be a strong foundation in place for a real Mac port one day.


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