500px launches on the iPhone and updates its iPad app with an improved design, iOS 6 support

500px launches on the iPhone and updates its iPad app with an improved design, iOS 6 support

Canadian startup 500px on Wednesday launched version 2.0 of its iOS app. You can download the latest version now from the official Apple App Store.

The biggest addition to the app is support for the iPhone. 500px has been developing its iPhone app for some time but the company’s CEO, Oleg Gutsol, says it only releases a new product or an update when it meets “our high aesthetic and functional standards and enhances our photographers’ experience.”

500px says the app features “a lush design and elegant, easy to navigate user interface.” The navigation bar at the top of the screen allows the site’s members to browse their favorite categories including Fresh, Editor’s Choice, Popular, or Upcoming, as well as search for content by photographer and keywords.

The iPhone app also has a feature called Flow, a photo stream based on the actions of your friends on 500px (one of the platform’s most popular features). Users can like, favorite, and comment on photos, as well as email or share them on social channels.

Tapping on a photographer’s avatar on the top of the screen will reveal their profile, photos, bio, and so on. At the bottom, you can see the comments other 500px users have made about his or her work, rating, pulse, details on the camera, as well as how and where the photo was taken.

Here’s the official 500px for iOS version 2.0 changelog:

  • An all-new, designed from the ground up, iPhone experience, including Flow.
  • An improved look and feel for the iPad.
  • Avatar upload for profiles: customize your visual presence on 500px straight from your device.
  • iPhone 5 and iOS 6 compatibility.

500px released its iPad app less than a year ago, generating 100,000 downloads in its first week, followed by an Android app in April 2012. The company says it expects its iPad and Android apps to exceed a million downloads before 2013. Today’s release should help those numbers.

“Our iPhone app is focused on great photography and, with minimal UI, is distraction-free,” Adam Shutsa, lead designer at 500px, said in a statement. “We display the largest photos possible for the device with an outstanding design that fills the screen and showcases our community’s incredible photos.”

Image credit: Miguel Saavedra

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