Most of us will be in Japan all of February (plus some), so I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how support will go during that month as well as update you on the next version + edition of TextFugu.
Let’s start with the next TextFugu Version / Edition. They’re actually two separate things.
The next version of TextFugu will be an updated design. I’m making things a bit cleaner and easier to read. I’ll also be including a few new features that you’ve been asking for. Here’s a couple of spoilers:
Cleaner for reading (better on mobile too)
Viewing history (so you can remember where you are)
I think there will be one or two other things as well, including a non-Paypal payment option as well as things like quizzes to make sure you understand what you just read about. This is actually pretty close to being finished, though I want to wait for certain content changes before putting it up, since the content updates will make more sense with the updated design.
This is the content side of things. It is also where things get more complicated. With each edition I learn a lot about how you use TextFugu. I figure out the things you like and don’t like and then keep them in the back of my mind. Eventually, there gets to be so many of them that I decide it’s time to start revisions. Usually it happens more often than everyone likes (sorry!).
I’ve actually gotten a decent way into this revision but would like to get a bit more before posting it up. Most likely, similar to last time, I’ll have both the old version and the new version up at the same time for a while. This time it’s especially important because of the number of changes there will be. Don’t worry, the lessons will be fairly similar so you can still go through the current ones quite nicely (I wouldn’t recommend waiting for me, basically), but the way in which the lessons will be displayed and formatted will be quite different. The planned changes are:
I’m sure there are other things as well, but those are the big ones. So, when is this all happening? There’s good news and there’s bad news. First the bad news: Since I’ll be in Japan all of February, it’s definitely not going to happen before March. Here’s the good news: When I get back in March, TextFugu will get my full attention. The last couple months has been WaniKani, and I’m actually pretty close to “finishing” up on the main content for it which means I can circle back to TextFugu. I’ll still be working on it, but it will be more like 70% TextFugu and 30% WaniKani instead of the other way around.
So, you should start to see some of these updates in March. I think it’s going to be much closer to my vision on how I wanted TextFugu to be and I think it will become a better resource for self learners because of it. Thank you all for your patience, too. I know I have a lot on my plate and that gets frustrating for people who want updates, but hopefully March and beyond will be a great year for you :)
While we’re in Japan support should be running pretty normally, though possibly on a different time zone. We have just recently put all our support into one box, though, which means if you email firstname.lastname@example.org four or five eyes will have the chance to see it instead of just one. You can still of course email me directly at email@example.com. Anyways, support shouldn’t change much. We’ll be available to fix things even when traveling, just email the “firstname.lastname@example.org” email for the fastest response!