How the new Facebook iPad app handles photos
It’s been a long time coming, but the new Facebook iPad app looks – for those of us who regularly post photos to our pages – to have been worth the wait.
With a slick and attractive user interface designed for touch, the new app allows you to browse and update all your feeds, pages, profiles and updates: making keeping up to date with Facebook a pleasure on the iPad.
Viewing photos on the new app is simple. By navigating to a friend or page’s photo link, you’ll be presented with thumbnails of all the albums they have uploaded. Touching the cover of one will open up a slideshow view of all the photos in an album, which you can swipe back and forth to browse.
Displayed full size on a black background on the iPad’s crisp screen, photos look great. And of course, you have the ability to like and comment on photos as you would expect.
If you were previously using Safari to access Facebook on the iPad, uploading photos was a major pain. As the browser version of Facebook can’t ‘see’ your iPad’s photo library, you had to resort to emailing photos to your wall; or using one of the unofficial Facebook apps to get your pictures out there.
With the new app, sharing photos couldn’t be easier. Selecting ‘status update’ will pop up a panel allowing you to type in a normal update, paste in a link – and upload a photo.
Selecting the camera icon will then give you the choice of taking a photo with the iPad’s camera; or selecting one already in your photo library.
With other features and an elegant interface, the new app is a great way to interact with Facebook on the iPad. And by making it simple to upload and share photos, it may well be the best.