A new version of our iPhone app hit the Apple App Store today. iPhone users, take it for a spin and let us know what you think. If you don’t have our app, please download it. It’s free!
The new app has a lot of flashy features to recommend: rich traffic and weather sections, embedded photo galleries in articles, links to related content and a cool photo slider on the homepage. But I’d like to dwell for just a minute on our new navigational concept.
We’re a big Web site. Readers come to us for everything from political news to Carolyn Hax columns. Making all of that content — some 100+ streams — easily accessible is a challenge with any app we build. For this 2.0 release, we decided to put all blogs, columnist feeds and sub-sections into one long list. You don’t have to know whether we classify television reviews under the entertainment category or the lifestyle category — you can just scroll to find your favorite feeds.
We’re also giving you the option to customize the bar of sections that appears at the top of the app. If you’re a big Food fan, tap the edit button when you’re looking at this list of sections and press the green plus sign next to the Food feed. It will then appear in the Bookmark Bar at the top of your app. Our hope is that this makes it easy for you to find all of your favorite Post voices every day.
This is a pretty geeky feature, I know, but for a content-heavy app like ours, navigation is critical for how readers find what they want. User experience is something we’re always working to improve across our platforms, so I’d love to hear what you think about the new nav or the app in general. Chime in in the comments or please feel free to reach out to me directly at julia(dot)beizer(at)washingtonpost.com.
— Julia Beizer, Mobile projects editor