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App Feature Release Notes vs Stories | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

App Feature Release Notes vs Stories

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Almost daily I’m updating apps on my iPhone and iPad. Half the time I’ll just press the Update All button without too much care. For the rest of the time if it’s an app that I use regularly I’ll read the release notes carefully. It’s not because I’m not going to update the app but I’m curious to see what issues they tried fixing from a previous release and new features that they’re adding. A couple days ago that happened to Path as noted above.

The first point from the Path release notes caught my attention because I do use my Nike+ GPS watch everyday. I’ll be posting about that up & down experience once I finish my first 13 week training cycle (I’m on week 10). While I don’t use Path everyday it’s an app that people should keep an eye on. They have people from FB running it and I’m guessing if FB started as a mobile site it would be something like Path. So the combination of Nike+ GPS and Path caught my attention. The challenge with the release notes is that Path’s mention was one bullet point and a link to their site for more info that I had to manually type in.


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Comparing those release notes to the Forbes post (Forbes is a client of Gesture Theory) to the release notes it offers a much more compelling reason why someone would want to attach their Nike+ GPS data to Path, or not depending on knowing what they are sharing. The 3rd party article is a much more compelling experience when compared to the bullet point app feature release note. The challenge is that I probably wouldn’t have seen the article if it had not been for a tweet.

Will I actually connect the two pieces of info? Not yet because I don’t think people will want to see my #walkingtoworktoday path everyday nor the same routes I take running over time. I also don’t know if I have the option to keep a run private or not. Over time I suspect that I’ll relax a bit on apps that don’t allow me to decide what I can share publicly and privately but for the time being I’ll keep an eye on other blogs that talk about their Path and Nike+ GPS experience.

I would love for Apple to evolve their app feature release notes to include hyperlinks for more info and potentially give apps more freedom to share more info in a compelling way that people would actually take the time to read the notes as opposed to ignoring them. How that could be done is allowing for images and discourage the use of bullet points.

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