Getty Images, purveyor of stock photos, editorial and creative images has launched an iPad app that will undoubtedly be useful for designers and photographers, all the while featuring one of the slickest interfaces we’ve seen in an iPad app so far.
Even if you’re not interested in Getty Images, the app is a great example of what well-designed iPad apps can look like, and shows how the iPad can beat a traditional computer at its own game: browsing images on the iPad is quicker and arguably more fun than on Getty’s website.
Upon opening the app, you’re greeted with a mosaic of images that flip and zoom automatically between different shots. You can choose from creative, editorial or archival images, or search for something in particular. If you shake the iPad, it’ll search for a random word.
You can compare images or view them fullscreen, and it’s easy to email them (with all the necessary web links included) or save to a lightbox (if you have a membership).
The app is a little limited in use for anyone without a Getty subscription (but signing up is free), as images are relatively low resolution and watermarked. But it’s still a nice way to find inspiration, or browse what’s available in the vast catalogue of images.
The app is free and available now from the App Store.