Mimi Reader 4.0 Released

Actually, Mimi Reader 4.0.1 was released. There was an issue with the preferences that I didn’t catch before it went out the first time.

This release has been in development for a long time. It’s an entire rewrite of the app to fix the major issues with it. The largest issue is the crashing while browsing images. The gallery has been written with much stronger memory management. Hopefully the out of memory crashes will be significantly reduced.

Other than stability fixes, the UI has been redone as well. The tabs system has been expanded to include all available threads. If you’re browsing a thread on a phone, all you have to do is swipe left or right to see another one. Tablets have the thread list on the left and the full thread on the right. I think it’s a lot more organized.

There are a ton of other changes as well, but those are two of the big ones.

Since this is a huge update, you may need to reinstall the app. I tried to make upgrading from older versions seamless, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.

21 thoughts on “Mimi Reader 4.0 Released

  1. Micha

    you just fucked it up man..
    images will not save into my gallery anymore, and i cannot find them in any of my maps.
    You cant change the folder to save, and it is much slower then it was yesterday.

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    1. Eli Post author

      I’m sorry it’s not working well for you. The location of saved files shouldn’t have changed. There’s a notification that appears after saving that gives you a preview and allows you to open the image in a third party app or share it.

      From my testing the app has been much faster and more stable. What device are you using?

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  2. Micha

    HTC One X (Android)

    I do see a notification that the file is saved. But it does not appear in my gallery.
    i just tried finding the pics via my pc, but i cannot find them anywhere. Not even in the MIMI Folder.

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    1. Eli Post author

      Try installing QuickPic and see if it sees the saved image. I can try tweaking how Android discovers new images in the file system.

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    1. Eli Post author

      My guess is because that’s when the media scanner gets run. It is something I can call from within the app as well but I haven’t had good luck with it. I’ll put it in the next build and see how it works.

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  3. flinch

    Hi Eli,
    what happened to the bulk download option? Looks like I am too stupid to find that in the new layout. Looks good btw, like the new look in general….

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    1. Eli Post author

      The bulk download option didn’t make it into this release. It will be in the next major release though. Probably next month. I’ll be on vacation for a while but it will be a priority when I get back.

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    1. Eli Post author

      What version of Android are you running? I don’t have any HTC devices but maybe I can reproduce your problem on the emulator.

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        1. Eli Post author

          The only thing I can suggest is to reinstall Mimi. In the meantime I’ll load it up on a 4.4 emulator. Custom roms can cause problems, but I’m not sure how it could be affecting the app.

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          1. Tousakusha

            Thanks for your fast replys!
            I did reinstall the app but it still crashes.
            I’ll try to update my custom rom later.
            If this doesn’t helt i’m going back to stock.

  4. Chloe

    Why would you remove the tabs? 🙁

    Please make it so you can hide threads, or just use the old tab-system. It’s frustrating to scroll through every thread if you just wanna read a few.

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    1. Eli Post author

      When you open a thread, you can swipe between each one. You don’t have to go back to the thread list. When you see a thread you want to keep track of, bookmark it for later. The system will auto refresh the thread until you close the app. When you want to read bookmarked threads, tap on the icon in the upper right corner. It opens a drawer that lists both your history and your bookmarks. When you open a thread from that drawer, you can then swipe left or right to view each thread in your bookmarks without going back.

      I can see the appeal of tabs, but I think this system is good. If all you want to do is check up on a few threads, you can easily access your bookmarks or history. If you want to browse new threads, you can open one of the boards.

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      1. bxtch

        I really like the new UI but I too disagree with the decision to drop the tabs. It was incredibly confusing. I will try the bookmark suggestion. Thanks for your work on this. This app rules!

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  5. rslime

    Are you reading all the reviews on Google play? Everyone hates the new overhaul. The old app was perfect save for webm support and stability issues. Why change it to something everyone hates? Literally the highest rating I’m seeing in the last 25+ reviews is 2 stars with the majority being 1

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    1. Eli Post author

      The UI was changed because it was getting dated and I felt it was inefficient. The app should work very similarly to how it worked before. The tabs just don’t have labels. You can still bookmark and swipe through threads.

      I do read reviews sometimes, but I read emails and comments more. Sometimes I ask /g/ for advice. This app has been in development for a couple of years now. Every major update has people who hate it. Not to diminish your concerns, but every update also has people who say it was perfect before the change. All I can do is use my best judgement with help from the beta community and people who email/comment.

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  6. AnAnOn

    Hey man, this upgrade deleted all my bookmarks. Next time please make sure app-settings are preserved!

    And also: why is it still not open source ?
    Is it written in C# ? I’m soon finishing an open source 4chan searcher, so I thought it would be great if Mimi could incorporate the same.

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