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.