Greetings JibJab Jr. fans!
The rumors are true! JibJab Jr. Books will soon become Starring You StoryBooks. Don’t worry…it will still have all the books your kids love, but it will look different and load a ton faster.
My brother and I are thrilled to give you this behind the scenes look into the update we submitted to Apple recently and that we hope to have approved and available to you in September.
Here’s what’s changing (and what’s not)…
BOOKS: The books your kids love will not change one iota. You will have all of the books you currently have access to and we will continue to roll out a new book every month. Our pipeline of new books looks amazing and we can’t wait to share them with you!
BRAND: While no one loves the JibJab brand more than us (heck, we invented it) we have decided to roll JibJab Jr. into our new children’s initiative called StoryBots. After the update, the name of the app will change to “Starring You StoryBooks” (which we think better describes the product).
SPEED: Our technology team spent weeks digging into the initial code that was written for the app and have optimized the heck out of it. The result? The app is blazing fast compared to the current version. A lot of the pauses that used to happen in the experience while you were waiting for things to load now happen in the background so the app, overall, is more responsive.
LOADING SCREEN: After the app loads, a super fun intro animation will ease you and your kids into the StoryBots world. Check it out!
HOME SCREEN: While the existing app only fully featured one book on the carousel that wraps around the globe, our new home screen was designed to really showcase all of the books. Having used the new app to read to our kids for the past few weeks while in testing mode we have found that it has greatly increased the variety of the books they want to read at night. That makes the bedtime reading experience more fun for us as well. Here’s the new home screen:
ENDING ANIMATION: Last, but certainly not least, one of the things that always bugged my brother and I about the existing app was how suddenly the books ended. It was jarring and unpleasant and did nothing to ease us into the inevitable shut down of the iPad and telling our kids it’s time to go to sleep. In the app update, which you will all have soon, we take a much softer approach with a beautifully animated transition from the last page of each book back to the home screen. Hopefully the little guy will get your kids yawning just like it gets our kids yawning – and us too!
That’s all for now. We will let you know as soon as the updated app hits the iTunes store so you can download it and start experiencing all the new, exciting, speedier goodness for yourself (and your kids).
As always, thank you for your support and feedback – and if you have any questions or comments please let us know in the comments below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach us on our new StoryBots Facebook page.
Evan & Gregg Spiridellis
Co-founders, Brothers & Dads