Shutterstock has just had an incredibly successful IPO, but that’s no reason to rest on laurels, which is why the company has just launched an iPhone app in the Apple App Store.
With much the same look and feel as the iPad app, which launched last year, the iPhone app is designed with image search and browsing as the main focus.
Wyatt Jenkins, VP of product, tells TechCrunch that most designers have a whole process that goes into a project. “Sure, actual creation is still much more comfortable on the desktop, but we find that designers also spend time browsing photos and finding the right image for their project,” said Jenkins.
The app has search front and center, and the company actually told me that the team worked hard to speed up search. The algorithms themselves are quite quick in terms of image search, both in Shutterstock’s desktop and iPad app products.
But with mobile, that steady and often fast WiFi connection isn’t always there, so Shutterstock worked to improve the search by detecting the speed of the mobile network and rendering images accordingly.
Users can save images from the app to various lightboxes, perhaps having one for work and one for personal projects. In fact, novice photographers can even take pictures on their iPhone and upload them directly to Shutterstock’s library.
The Shutterstock iPhone app is available now in the Apple App Store for free.
Shutterstock is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations and videos to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Shutterstock works closely with its growing contributor community of photographers, videographers, illustrators and designers to curate a global marketplace for royalty-free imagery. Shutterstock adds tens of thousands of rights-cleared images each week, and with more than 19 million images currently available, the company recently celebrated its 200-millionth image download.