Are you new to Manga Rock? Did you use the first Manga Rock apps? Curious about what’s different in Manga Rock 2? Read on.
AN ALL-NEW DESIGN
From the start, we design Manga Rock 2 as a universal app in mind. Be it the iPhone or iPad, we want Manga Rock 2 to be user-friendly, and look good. Thanks to that, the app now spots a consistent look on both devices, unlike its predecessors.
Manga Rock 2's catalog in portrait mode on iPhone
Manga Rock 2's catalog in portrait mode on iPad
On the iPhone, due to its limited screen size, the design lets you focus on doing one thing at a time, and do it well. The manga info view is separated from the whole catalog, and the manga description is hidden away for faster access to the manga chapters.
Manga Rock 2's manga info view on the iPhone
Meanwhile, you have a better and faster browsing experience on the iPad than ever before. For example, it takes only 2 taps to go from browsing to reading manga, thanks to the extra screen estate.
Manga Rock 2's catalog in landscape mode on iPad
Manga Rock 2 supports both portrait and landscope mode on both the iPhone and iPad. It automatically rearranges all the UI elements to fit the screen when you change the device’s orientation.
Manga Rock 2's main screen landscape mode on iPhone
Manga Rock 2's viewer with settings.
In Manga Rock 2, we decided to completely revamped the viewer so that you have the best reading experience.
One of the most exciting new features of the viewer is its ability to auto-optimize image quality based on your device. On older devices like the iPhone 3GS or iPad 2, the images will be of normal quality. On newer devices like the iPhone 4S or the new iPad, Manga Rock 2 will deliver the highest quality image available so you can take advantage of that Retina Display.
Another new feature that we think you guys, especially iPhone users, will appreciate: Lock Zoom. When enabled, it locks the zoom level so that each page of the manga will be auto-zoomed in. Very useful when you’re reading a manga that’s a little wordy.
A suite of other improvements will make reading manga a joy: Built-in brightness control. 2 reading modes. 2 reading directions.
Manga readers are complex apps in the sense that not only we need to make the app, we also need to build the back-ends that supports the app (getting manga updates, delivering download requests etc.). Instead of re-using the one that serves the first 3 Manga Rock apps, we built a new one instead. As a result, the back-ends for Manga Rock 2 is much more stable and can deliver content faster than its sibling. Not only that, manga lists are updated more frequently. You will also see a lot less blank or black pages, as well.
Manga Rock 2's favorite screen on the iPad
DOWNLOADER: FASTER, SMARTER
Manga Rock 2's prioritizing downloads on the iPhone
The “Faster” part comes from a brand-new back-end. What about “Smarter”? Manga Rock 2 auto-adjusts the number of concurrent downloads based on network speed. When you’re on a fast network like Wi-Fi, you can download 4 chapters concurrently. On a slower network like 3G, the app auto-adjusts to downloading only one chapter to save bandwidth.
You can also prioritize your downloads in Manga Rock 2, using a simple drag-and-drop gesture to choose which manga or chapters to download first. You can also pause and resume download.
Manga Rock 2 is the first multi-sources universal manga reader. In this version, we include 3 of the most popular manga sources in the world: MangaFox, MangaReader, MangaEden. Together, they make Manga Rock 2 the biggest manga reader with over 10,000 manga!
Besides the popular manga that everyone’s reading, there are many “hidden gems” that got buried under the list. In order to help you discover those gems, we have rewritten our manga filter. Manga can be filtered based on its Source, Categories, Status, and can be displayed by Name, or Rank.
Manga Rock 2's manga filters on the iPad
So there you have it, the highlights of Manga Rock 2! The app is still being reviewed as we speak. Do follow us on Facebook or Twitter to know when it launches.