It’s been more than a year since the last version of my Daily Maui Photo App for iOS, but Version 2.3 is now here will a brand new design and full support for iOS 6 and iOS 7.
If you haven’t checked out the App in awhile, or this is the first time you’ve seen it, now’s a great time to give it a look.
New App Redesign
A lot has been said about the newest designs introduced with iOS 7 earlier this summer, but whether you like it or not, it’s here to stay and it was time my original Maui app was given an update to fit in.
For the iPhone version, the main thing I wanted to upgrade was the browsing experience.
So, that’s why I’ve replaced the previous horizontal scrolling navigation with the more common vertical flow to browse photos.
I’ve also add more map support to the iPhone version, and by tapping the location name under a photo, you can view the photo on a map, as well as a list of recent photos for that same location as well.
Lastly, the Menu options have also been given a new sliding navigation view from the home screen, making it easy to get to more information and just as easy to hide when you’re done.
The first thing you’ll notice about the iPad version is the home screen has been replaced with a very easy to use, full-screen grid view.
From there, tapping a photo in the grid takes you to a brand new view for browsing photos and viewing details.
Tap a photo here to flip it over to reveal more details about the photo, including the Map and sharing options.
Speaking of the maps, the Map view from the home screen and the one from tapping a location nmae under a photo map gets you to the newly improved Map screen.
And of course, like the iPhone version, the iPad version got the new sliding menu as well.
Save Your Favorites
One other new feature in both the iPhone and iPad versions is the ability to mark a photo as a favorite, and use the new Favorites screen from the Menu to view them later. Just look for the Star icon near each photo to toggle it’s favorite status.
Behind the Scenes
Besides the new redesign, there are important behind the scene updates that make the App faster as well.
You’ll notice that the App starts up quicker and photos are loaded on the fly, which means no more waiting for downloads before you can start accessing features in the App.
There are other improvements to use native iOS components for scrolling and grid views as well, but I’ll spare you those details.
Bottom line, I’m confident that you’ll find this version the best one so far.