Reddit App Alien Blue Gets Updated With Moderator Tools, UI Improvements And More


I could get lost in Reddit for days. It’s beautiful. It’s horrible. If it weren’t for Alien Blue my Reddit binging would be confined to my desktop, but alas, they make a hell of an app that feeds my addiction on the iPhone too.

To make things even better (or worse), Alien Blue just received a major update this week that makes browsing Reddit from your iPhone more alluring than ever. They’ve added a crapload of UI improvements, some new moderator tools, better navigation, and a ton of other stuff all for free.

Here are the release notes on everything new in version 2.7:


- Drag from screen edges, toolbar or navigation bar to easily navigate back (and forward) without reaching
- Clipboard detection for Reddit links
- Optimal article view now uses a hybrid readability engine to render articles to match your Alien Blue color/font settings
- Optimal switch now remembers your preference based on content type (gifs, videos, articles etc.)
- Ability to choose Instapaper Mobilizer, Readability, or Alien Blue’s native layout for reformatting articles
- Ability to order search results by number of comments
- Improved handling of image centric / comic websites in optimal
- Improved scroll performance for comments

Moderator Tools:

- Ability to approve/remove posts
- Template-based messages & comments to notify posters of moderation activity
- iCloud backup & sync of moderator templates across iOS devices
- Access to Mod Queue, Removed and Reported posts
- Subject line is now available in Mod Mail
- Tapping on a Mod-mail notification will now take you straight to your Mod inbox
- (Comment moderation is coming soon)

UI Improvements:

- Revised posts view improves density of visible posts per screen
- UI improvements to comments header bar
- Revised UI for switching post order
- Revised UI for searching posts
- Minor UI improvements to Inbox screen (major revisions coming soon)

New Gestures:

- Screen edges (and navigation bar) can be dragged to navigate back or forward
- Drag beyond an article to switch to its comments. Same for switching from comments to an article.
- Dragging any browser content downward will quickly toggle between it’s optimal and original view.
- Long press on back button to skip directly to any previous screen
- Triple tap on navigation bar to switch between day/night theme


- Critical: Canvas not handling revised Imgur links
- Fixed: Some GIFs freeze the application for a few seconds
- Fixed: Photos/GIF occasionally causing optimal switch to rapidly move backward and forward
- Fixed: Switching themes causes artifacts near the navigation bar
- Fixed: Texture distortion on additional options drawer for posts and comments
- Fixed: Texture distortion behind posts table
- Fixed: YouTube videos stuck in portrait when “Allow Rotation” is off
- Fixed: Some imgur albums appearing out of sequence
- Fixed: Occasional crashes when manually clearing cache
- Fixed: Image cache not routinely clearing
- Fixed: Crash from incorrectly encoded gif images
- Fixed: “More” button is hard to trigger while tilt-scrolling is enabled
- Fixed: Entering and exiting fullscreen slightly snaps the content out of place


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