Caught up as we were in the madness that was the Exposure Photo and Digital Imaging Expo this weekend, we've been a bit delayed in this major announcement on the blog. Nevertheless, ladies and gentlemen, it's finally here
: the official 500px iPad app. Download it from the Apple app store for free.
What makes our app different from anything else out there? It combines the best photography on the web with the fast, beautiful, and intuitive performance of the world's best tablet. The result, both in our opinion and in that of many others, is the best photo-browsing experience in the world.
It's easy for anyone to use: just tap, swipe, shrink, and expand to switch between curated pages or view thumbnail and larger photos on the brilliant iPad display. In addition to offering almost all the community functionality of the site—liking, faving, commenting, and so forth—the app allows you to create impressive slideshows (with music!) of photos you love. With the tap of a screen, you can also share photos to your different social networks.
We spend hours just looking at photos on this thing and we're absolutely in love with it, but perhaps you can't just take our word for it. Consider this: the app, which was released on October 15, has already become the #1 free photo app for iPad in Russia and the Netherlands, #2 in Canada, and #3 in the United States. Users are already flipping through 1 million photos per day.
The app has also made big waves in the media lately. Check out articles about it on GigaOM
, and Techvibes
500px and the iPad are a photography marriage sent from the tech gods, but more specifically, an incredible developer/designer team of two. A virtual standing ovation goes out to Ash Furrow
and Adam Shutsa
, the two hardworking and talented people behind the app's creation. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing that the project you've worked so hard on is being well-received, so if you'd like, drop them a note on their Google+ accounts to let them know how much you love the 500px app. I'm sure they'll appreciate it!
This is, of course, the first version of the 500px app. That means that some features have not yet been developed (we're talking about account creation, offline browsing, direct uploads from iPad, and lots of other goodies). Other features from the 500px website have specifically been excluded simply to optimize the experience for iPad. By no means is this app the final copy, so please be patient and stay tuned for even more improvements and features as time goes on.
Don't have an iPad? It's okay (I don't have one either, although I'm tempted to buy one now)—we've got iPhone and Android versions of the app on our to-do list.
Happy browsing, everyone!