If you were looking through the app updates on your iPhone or iPad this weekend, you may have seen that there was a new Vsnap app in the iTunes store! Our dev team has been working extra hard to introduce a native app (we had been using PhoneGap previously) and this is a huge step forward for us in terms of design, user experience, and performance. Here’s a quick rundown of the new features that we added and if you haven’t already done so, you can download the iOS app by clicking here.
When you first open the app, new users can see our functionality by swiping through three screens:
And no, your eyes weren’t deceiving you. We did add a Twitter log in, however you will not be able to share a vsnap via Twitter within the app. You can do so on the mobile web by saving the vsnap as a draft in your app and then waiting for it to sync on the web.
Record, Title, Attach, Send
Now they all live on one page! Press record to activate your camera (you’ll have to press record again to start once your camera pops up), title your vsnap and send. Remember the description area and attachment function are optional. To save your vsnap as a draft at any point, hit the cancel button in the top bar and you’ll be prompted with delete or save buttons.
If you’re mindful of your data plan, you can now set the app to only send vsnaps when it’s connected to a wifi network. You get to that option by clicking on the gear that’s on the top of your main feed screen.
Another big improvement is the ability to record vsnaps while you are offline (in airplane mode or out of your cell network). Depending on your settings, your vsnaps will start syncing/sending once you get to a mobile or wifi network.
Attach with Dropbox
If you want to attach anything, you must do so using Dropbox. In order to connect to Dropbox, you’ll still need to connect your account on the web or mobile web. Once that’s set, you won’t have to re-login with your Dropbox credentials. We added search so you can easily find the files you wish to attach.
If you’re like me and use Vsnap for work and family, you’ll be excited to know that you can now log out of the app. Although warning (and this is also a pop up on the device), logging out will clear all data (aka vsnaps both completed and drafts) from the device. Please make sure your vsnaps are synced before you log out.
Other things to note:
- There is no skip button to complete and save your vsnaps in your feed for later. You either have to send the vsnap, or press cancel to make it a draft (where it will upload to your drafts folder on the web).
- If you were having issues on the Share page (the app took too long to load or froze), that issue has been corrected in this version of the app.
- You can delete a vsnap in the app by swiping over the listing with your finger. You should see a delete button like the one below. You will not be asked if you’re sure you want to delete the vsnap (like you see on the web).