Manga Rock MF – A few clarifications

We have got quite a number of enquiries regarding Manga Rock MF, so we will dedicate this post to answer some of those.

1. Is it an update to Manga Rock? Or is it a new app?

Manga Rock MF is a separate app from Manga Rock that has more features, namely a huge library of manga from MangaFox.com, a filter by alphabetical, rankings, status, and categories, overall app performance enhanced  and various tweaking etc.

2. Why did you choose to make it a separate app?

There are a few reasons why we chose to make Manga Rock MF a separate app from Manga Rock.

Firstly, it’s a technical reason. Manga Rock was meant to be a uni-database app, meaning when we first designed it, we only wanted to support OneManga.com. Only when OneManga.com went down did we see the need to add support for other databases, which proved to be difficult. We tried adding the whole MangaFox library (almost 6000 manga vs. OneManga’s 1000′s) inside the existing Manga Rock, it couldn’t even finished loading the catalog. We tried to tweak it, messing around with memory handling, it did succeed populating, but took a whooping 6 minutes (!), and after that, the app was very prone to crashing, be it searching for a manga, let alone reading and downloading it. That’s when we decided to just scrape it, and rewrite Manga Rock from the inside out.

It may look similar to Manga Rock, but Manga Rock MF is a whole different beast. Now, populating those 6000 manga only took roughly 45 seconds on an iPhone 3G. We added a categories and status filter, that helps searching for your manga greatly when you have a library that big. Also, the viewer is revamped in a big way. We were shocked to find out a chapter in MangaFox.com to have a staggering 1600+ pages (Dark Green, chapter 2). Obviously it crashed on the old Manga Rock, but for Manga Rock MF, it was no problem. Let’s not forget about the bugs and crashes, we fixes those too. So in general, we are pretty happy with our decision to remake Manga Rock MF from a technical perspective.

Now let’s go to a user’s standpoint. We feel that, with the state of things as they are, with OneManga.com closing down and god-know-when others will follow suits, having a separate apps allow us and you to have more flexibility in getting our manga. What if Manga Rock go down (it will no longer use OneManga.com in version 1.3, more on that later) for some reasons, then we still have Manga Rock MF as a back up manga sources or vice versa. That’s why we think our reason for having Manga Rock MF as a separate from Manga Rock is once again justified, from a user’s standpoint.

3. So what is the pricing for the app? Does current users of Manga Rock get it for free?

As far as we can foresee, Manga Rock MF will be a free app, with an option to unlock premium features (unlimited downloads, favorites, recent etc.) for a small price ($3). We do know that many of our existing users of Manga Rock will love to have the 2nd app to explore the manga from Manga Fox.com, so we are holding a launch promo for Manga Rock MF, during the first 3 days of the app launch, the in-app unlock will be available for only $0.99! We will announce the launch date before hands, so mark your calendar, tell your friends, and get ready for some sleepless nights!

4. What will happen to Manga Rock? Will you guys drop the support for it now that OneManga.com has closed down?

We plan to continue support for Manga Rock. We actually have started working on Manga Rock 1.4 to bring its feature up to par with Manga Rock MF, but seeing that we have make considerable changes in Manga Rock MF, it will take a bit of time to make it ready. As for the manga source, we have changed the manga source in Manga Rock in 1.3 from OneManga.com to Mangable.com. It has a very good directory that is similar to OneManga and updates daily. Check it out if you want.

5. What about Manga Rock for iPad?

We are in the process of developing it. It will be built from the ground up. We don’t like half-baked products. We are not doing it like iMangaX or MangaDL, who just simply make the app bigger to fit the screen of an iPad. There’s a reason why they call it an iPad and not Huge iPod touch, and the UI design is important in delivering the best user experience. That’s what we are doing. More info about it will be available soon.

Update: You guys can register here to be one of the first to get Manga Rock MF once it is on the App Store.

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