Play by Play
By David Keegan
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Play by Play is your courtside announcer for the popular design community Dribbble. The app gives you a play-by-play of all the action with customizable notifications. Browse shots by players you follow, popular shots, shots from everyone, debuts, and your activity stream.
Play by Play works for Players, Spectators, Prospects, and even if you don’t have a Dribbble account.
Play by Play keeps track of which shots and activities you've already seen making it easy to stay on top of all the action.
9/10 "…as soon as I began using Play by Play, I fell in love with Dribbble all over again."
★★★★★ "This is so much better than browsing dribble from within Safari, you just have to try it for yourself."
★★★★★ "I've only been using Play by Play for a couple days, and I'm already loving it. It's like a constant inspiration feed right on my desktop from the best designers in the world. It makes Dribbble really accessible and fun."
★★★★★ "Play by Play is a great tool for those who wants to keep inspired while working."
★★★★★ "Really love this app - looks amazing and works really well. Well worth the money! Great for any graphic designers or anybody obsessed with UI/UX :D"
★★★★★ "Play by Play is awesome. It's beautiful and to the point. I hate checking web pages repeatedly and this app saves me of that pain by bringing the best and latest design directly to me."
★★★★★ "I've been using Play by Play since it was in beta and its a wonderful app that delivers a continuous stream of inspiration into my day in a very seamless way."
Q: Why are only 50 shots loaded in each table?
A: 50 is the maximum number of shots that can be requested through the Dribbble API at one time. It is possible to request more 'pages' of shots so endless scrolling will definitely appear in a future release.
Q: Why are there ads in the detail view?
A: The detail view is a web view of dribbble.com, there is no official way to like or comment on shots so using a web view is currently the only way to allow users to interact with shots. The ads seen at the bottom of the detail view are part of the dribbble.com website.
Q: Why isn't the window horizontally scaleable?
A: Two reasons, one of the goals of Play by Play is to be compact and out of the way. The other reason is that it doesn't make sense to add more horizontal space to the table view and if the web view is scaled the mobile(compact) styling is no longer used.
Q: Why isn't there search in Play by Play?
A: Unfortunately there is no API to search Dribbble.
What's New in Version 1.3.1
✓ Fixed the display of new retina shots in the preview window. Play by Play now has full support for retina shots!
✓ Removed the preference to hide the dock icon because this caused issues with fullscreen on Lion and Mountain Lion.
✓ Improved the feedback by switching to Apptentive.
✓ Crash and bug fixes.
A great application that could be much better.
This app has a great design and is especially convenient for Dribbble users such as myself who are not on daily, but still like to see what's new. The option to recieve Mountain Lion notifications is delightful, and the customization of what you would prefer to be notified about was extremely pleasant to find. Implemented sharing is great as well, and the ability to download shots is nice - though I have not used the feature myself.
However, I find myself just going back to my browser a few clicks into the app. I'm the type that prefer to stay away from the browser and browse in an application - especially if I'm going to pay for it! The ability to search, view jobs and profiles, and explore in the application would be a fantastic addition to an already great application.
And while I know that it may not be possible, the ability to upload shots directly through the application would be the cherry on top for this app! I can only hope. Looking forward to future updates.
Dribbble Just got better
This app makes an already loved service even better. And that in essence is what Apps are all about. Yes, you can't upload through the App (which is Dribbble's doing after all) but you can Like and comment and share on social networks like Twitter and to me, that's more then worth it.
It's great but...
It's great but slightly annoying when it links out to the web browser. Let's keep it in-house please!