picTrove 2 pro 2.2 adds a search extension for iOS 8

We’re excited to announce availability of picTrove 2 pro version 2.2 for iOS 8 today! We’ve added major new features and the update is available for iOS 8 only.

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Major new features

  • URL share extension: The new URL share extension lets you search a website while you’re browsing it in Safari or any other supporting app on iOS 8. You can search for photos on the website and even on the exact page you’re browsing. Read more about the search in website extension on the feature page.
  • Photo library integration: We love the new Photos app on iOS 8 and we just had to show some love for it in picTrove 2 pro. The new photos library integration adds a direct button in full photo view to save to a dedicated album in your Photo library. There’s also a bulk export option within picTrove 2 pro’s Saved Photos area to save photos to the device’s photo library. Read more about it here.
  • Open URL API: Finally, we’ve added support for openURL API in picTrove 2 pro. You can now launch picTrove 2 pro with URL actions to search photos from your favorite 3rd party launchers. The technical details are here.

Improvements

  • Completely redone internal networking gives picTrove 2 pro even more performance and stability benefits.
  • Faster internal web browser to see a photo’s web page supports automatic navigation bar hiding.
  • Navigation bars automatically hide when you scroll through photo thumbnails in the side-by-side browsing interface
  • The action bar in the side-by-side thumbnails view is reduced in height to show the maximum possible thumbnails
  • Simplified, speedened the transitions between photos in the full photo view
  • More visible, bluish tint color for quick visibility of buttons, actions
  • Fixed cases where captions would show some invalid characters in Google Images

The new 2.2 version is available from the App Store, here. Please update as soon as you can and as always, tweet us or send us an email to let us know what you think, thanks!

picTrove pro is free this weekend!

This weekend, we’re celebrating the launch of picTrove 2 pro, our latest and the best app to search for photos on the Internet.

To show our appreciation for all these years of image searching bliss, and to celebrate the new launch, we’re making the old picTrove Pro free for the weekend. So go ahead, download picTrove pro, and if you like it, please consider upgrading to picTrove 2. We intend to keep adding services and features to the new app as fast as we can. As always, we’d love listening to your feedback, so contact us or tweet to us anytime to let us know what you think.

 

picTrove 2 pro updated to 2.1

picTrove 2 pro has been updated to version 2.1 today. Get it from the App Store now!

Version 2.1 is mainly about improving the look of the thumbnails shown in side-by-side browsing. The thumbnails size calculation has been improved to show full thumbnails with no cropping.

A new setting is now available in picTrove 2.1 that halves the size of thumbnails used throughout the app. This setting effectively doubles the number of thumbnails you see; it’s especially useful for people who prefer reduced clutter and want to browse through the maximum results possible. A visual comparison is shown below:
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With the default setting (Use small thumbnails: Off)

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With small thumbnails (Use small thumbnails: On)

We recommend that users who want to use the smaller thumbnails setting turn off all of the display information in the picTrove 2 pro settings screen like shown below, to minimize clutter on the thumbnails. This setting makes most sense for users with devices having smaller screens. Please note that turning this setting on on iPad is possible and works well, but it’s quite resource intensive. If you have an older iPad model you may see some lag scrolling side-by-side.

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Fixes

  • This update fixes a critical bug with passcode usage, that would show a blank screen after passcode was successfully entered.
  • Fixed an issue where some photos from Google Images would not load up in full photo view due to malformed URLs
  • A message box is now shown when ‘Login to twitter’ is pressed and there are no twitter accounts present on the device
  • Fixed an issue where the device status bar would show the wrong time during launch of picTrove 2 pro.

picTrove 2 pro is now available

The wait is over, picTrove 2 pro is now available in the iOS App Store, in all available countries. picTrove 2 pro has been released as a new universal app, it is available for iOS 7.0+ devices.

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We’ve updated the traversient.com website with a new section for picTrove 2, with dedicated feature sub-pages to show off the key innovations like side-by-side search and search query customization that we’ve done in the new picTrove app. For the first time, picTrove supports animated GIFs, AirPlay connectivity for large screen displays, slideshows with transition effects and extensive settings to customize what is displayed on photo thumbnails and the full photo view. We hope you enjoy the new app, and as always, we welcome feedback and suggestions.

It’s been a fun journey getting till here, but it’s far from over. We continue to work on new features, adding Internet search services and we’ll keep the app updated with the latest iOS innovations.

 

picTrove 2 is coming!

We take great pleasure to announce that picTrove 2 is ready and is going to be released this coming Tuesday, the 19th of August, 2014!

We hereby invite interested journalists, bloggers, app reviewers and influential power users to approach us at our email or tweet to us to get a promo code to get and test picTrove 2 even before it’s general availability, for free! There are very limited codes available – please tell us how you can help us with picTrove 2 in your email. If you write for a website then please include a URL as well.

What you’ll get:

  • A promo code to download the new picTrove 2 pro app from the App Store, before it’s release
  • Access to the picTrove 2 features section on our site and it’s press kit
  • Direct contact with us to answer your questions and listen to your feedback

What we want:

  • We’re looking for good opportunities to promote picTrove 2 for maximum exposure – so contact us now!

picTrove v1.8.12 is now available

We are happy to announce that picTrove v1.8.12 is now available.

Recently, flickr changed their service policy to only allow access over SSL. In practice, this meant that we had to change the way picTrove queries the flickr API for results. We also took this update as an opportunity to provide the following changes:

  • iOS 7 look and feel: picTrove now shows up with UI matching the iOS it’s running on. iOS 6 users continue to enjoy the old UI, iOS 7 users get the improved look and feel of the OS.
  • Aviary photo editing: This version of picTrove includes the latest version of the popular Aviary photo editing component, with improvements to stability, performance and features.
  • Stability improvements for devices running the older iOS 6 version: We ran into a few snags with the v1.8.11 release with iOS 6 devices, this release addresses these issues and should work much better now.

If you’ve turned on automatic updates on your device, then you’re probably already running the latest version. If not, get it from the app store, now!