I started rewriting FFI List pretty much the day after iOS 8 was announced. Version 2 is a significant release and I’d like to discuss a few of the bigger changes in this blog.
I am, along with many other developers, still learning Swift and it’s a challenge I am relishing. That being said, I am pleased (nervous!?) to say that FFI List is now entirely written in Swift with the exception of Apple’s
Reachability code and the
Parse 3rd Party library.
In Version 1.x of FFI List, updated lists were only distributed with app updates. That wasn’t ideal for a variety of reasons:
- There was a delay between an FFI list being released and it actually being available in the app; and,
- Review scores were reset with every release of the app.
With Version 2, that’s changed. The app is seeded with an FFI List (August 25th 2014), and new lists can be downloaded when available. The September 24th 2014 list is available to download now.
This was a significant piece of work for the app. (I hope it works well.)
The app UI now supports all devices from iPhone 4S to iPhone 6 Plus, iPad 2 to iPad Air, in both landscape and portrait orientations. What’s more, the app now supports dynamic text. So if you use larger text sizes, the app will display data in larger sizes as well. The Avenir font has also been replaced with Helvetica.
I also wanted to simplify searching. Instead of specifying what you're searching for (name, GIIN, or domicile), you just need to input your search text and the app will search all three. A small change, but one that reduces the number of taps.
FFI List can be downloaded here