Almost a year after its iPad release, 500px has finally arrived on the iPhone. Unlike a lot of other popular apps, the iPhone version of 500px is quite feature-rich and sports just about everything on offer in its tablet counterpart. You can manage your 500px account from within the app, follow other users and, of course, view the staggeringly large collection of images that this service offers. The whole interface has been revamped, and users can now finally enjoy “Flow” on their iDevices. If you don’t already know, Flow is a customizable feed that can be used to view updates from your favorite professional photographers and other 500px users.
For those of you who already have a 500px account, there is a login button in the bottom-left corner of the welcome screen. Others can register for a new account from within the app using their email ID, Facebook or Twitter account. You could skip this altogether, but then you won’t be able to make use of the app’s Notifications and commenting system. Notifications can be accessed by tapping the 500px logo in the upper-left corner. The app displays a badge on the logo if you have unread notifications. Within the “Settings” menu, users now have the option to update or edit their profile pictures.
The main page shows a grid of photos based on your choice of category. By default, these are “Popular”, “Editor’s Choice”, “Upcoming” and “Fresh”. The last option in this list is “Search”, which lets you view all images related to a keyword of your choice.
To view the “Flow” screen, go to the Home page and select the first option from the list. Flow shows all the recent activities from people you follow. The great thing about this feature is that even user profiles have a Flow of their own, meaning you can view past activities that anyone has ever engaged in.
The photo viewer in the iPhone version works in both landscape and portrait modes, with options to comment, like and favorite images available for registered users. Image details can be viewed using the button in the bottom-left corner. Info can reveal a photo’s popularity in the past, along with the artist’s description and other data.
Pictures can be shared via email, Facebook and Twitter. The sharing menu also includes the option to open an image in your web browser. As before, if you want to get the capability to download photos from within the app, 500px demands an in-app purchase of $2.99.
The app itself is still available for free on the iTunes App Store.