Professional photographers absolutely love 500px. Amateur photographers do too. Flicker may have started the whole online photo phenomenon, but 500px perfected it. The iPad app, which launched earlier this year, has generated nearly one million downloads. Today the company has updated the social photography app to include the much-anticipated support for the iPhone, as well as improvements to the iPad design.
Users can now upload their avatar information from within the app when they log into their 500px account. You can also customize your visual presence right from within the app.
Improvements to the iPad app are minor, almost indistinguishable. However, the subtle changes make the app more user friendly. For example, previously, the main screen showed a grid with 12 thumbnail images. Now, not only can you see those same thumbnails, you can also see a sliver of the next 12 images so that you know how to access the rest of the photos.
The real changes are with the iPhone app. iPhone users can access Flow, which is a photo stream based on activities from your 500 px friends. Controls are at the top of the screen instead of the side, the way they are on the iPad. To access different categories, for example, tap “Popular” at the top of the screen and you’ll get an elegant looking dropdown menu that is superimposed on top of the current window. Most apps start on the iPhone and eventually get iPad optimized, but the developers of 500px worked backward. It is clear now, why they waited so long to bring the app to the iPhone. There are a lot of design changes that make it work elegantly with the smaller screen.
The 500px app is available for free in the App Store. You don’t need an account to view the thousands of images available, but you’ll get more out if the experience if you sign up. The standard account is free, but you can upgrade to a premium account, which offers unlimited uploads, optimized portfolio access, and journal capabilities.