The Best Photo App version 1.1

Less than two weeks after the initial launch, I’m excited to announce the first major update to The Best Photo App. The response to the initial launch was wonderful! I’ve received a lot of positive feedback, along with many great feature requests, and some bugs.

In this release:

  • HDR smart search - Apple's HDR feature can make fantastic images in high contrast situations, but it also saves the non-HDR version to your photo library. It’s great to have the options, and this smart search makes it easy to go through and pick the best for each.
  • iOS Widget - Focus on the past 6 months, right in your notification center. Get a quick breakdown of how many photos, live photos, and videos you’ve captured. Easily keep an eye on problem percentages, and resolve issues right away.
  • 3D Touch quick actions - Quickly jump to your latest photo, a specific year, or a smart search in the 3D touch quick action menu on supported devices
  • Choose satellite or standard maps when setting the location of photos
  • Fixed a variety of bugs, including an issue where assigning location to photos would not immediately remove them from a “Missing Location” smart search
 
 

1.0.1 is here

Yesterday I received reports that certain users were frequently being prompted to rate the app. For the geeks out there, I’m using Apple's new rating API built into iOS 10.3 . The excessive prompting was due to a bug in my code. I never intend to pester anyone for ratings or reviews.

1.0.1 limits to only one potential request for a rating per device. More advanced logic will be added here later.

I also fixed a bug where albums in the "Add To" screen were not sorted alphabetically, making it harder to tap on the right one. You can learn more about adding photos to albums in my tip today on Instagram . Apple’s new Clips app makes these videos super easy to produce…more on that another time.

This was the first of many updates over time. I have so many great bug fixes and features in the works. Thanks to everyone for all the great feedback so far.

1.0 is here!

After months of development, it's finally here. I am launching The Best Photo App for iOS. I've always loved taking photos, especially while traveling, and as an iOS app developer for the past six years, it's great to have a project that merges these two passions.

This all started last April, when my wife Lauren and I took an anniversary vacation to Aruba. With the introduction of the iPad Pro, I was enjoying my iPad more as a computer replacement. While on vacation without my Mac, I had plenty of great photo editing and viewing tools, but I was annoyed by the lack of features for managing photos. This started some brainstorming sessions by the ocean, and reading up on the photos framework .

Through nights and weekends of iteration, the idea really started to take shape in July. Fast forward through a move from the San Francisco Bay Area to Chicago, more development, iteration, a couple months of beta testing, and here we are!

Although I'm really proud of this 1.0, I have big plans of where I want to take this app. I have bet so much time and hustle to get it to where it is, and this is only the beginning.

You now have an app that turns your iPhone or iPad into powerful photo management tool, and if you use iCloud Photo Library like I do, those changes sync to all your Apple devices. Take lots of pictures on your day out, and condense them into those worth keeping and sharing during pockets of time at the end of the day. In using this app, it’s also been great to go back and relive old memories, finding the gems in all those pictures from the past.

Now go discover your best photos!