Foliobook version 3.0 supports the iPad 3 and the retina screen. Existing users of Foliobook who want to see full resolution images on the iPad 3 need to delete current images from galleries and reimport them. This will create the correct sized display images. See below for revised image sizing advice
- Supports iPad 3 resolution
- Music is available in Galleries
- Dropbox can be used to load images for backgrounds and into galleries, only JPEG is currently supported
- A new side navigation bar has been created to help users find features more easily
- Twitter and email integration allows quick sending of screenshots
- Many fixes and subtle improvements have been made including design of editing menus and improvements to transitions in galleries
Revised image sizing guidance
The following image sizing is advised for the non-retina and retina screens
iPad 1 and 2
As before, the minimum image size we recommend is 1024×768 as this exactly fills the screen. Maximum size should be no more than 2048 x 1536 for good performance when zooming. Larger images may be usable but this risks making the app run short of memory in some cases, particularly on the iPad1
iPad 3 and later – retina screens
The minimum image size we recommend is 2048 x 1536 as this exactly fills the retina screen. Zoom images have been tested up to 22 megapixel and while this is stable (as the iPad 3 has twice the RAM of the iPad2 and four times that of the iPad1) zooming in can take a long time. We believe that 12 megapixel, 4096×3072 is a good maximum size if you want to permit zooming. As always we don’t force you to use smaller images, but you have the responsibility to try a smaller size if you find the performance is affected negatively.
Music in galleries
A simple music playing method has been introduced. This allows a different music choice to be played in each gallery. Sound is turned on and off globally by tapping the speaker icon in any gallery. Music loops continuously in this version. Further music controls may be added in future updates.
Dropbox image loading
Users with a Dropbox account can link Foliobook to their account and download images from any folder in their Dropbox account. This has a number of advantages. Firstly its a simpler process to import images than by going through iTunes. Secondly, this method causes fewer generations of JPEG compression in the files. In addition, colour quality may be improved as iTunes import appears to alter the colour profile of an image. Note that currently only JPEG files can be be imported from Dropbox. We will support additional image types when possible .
Side navigation bar
A new side navigation bar will appear throughout the app. This side navigation can be hidden by single tapping on the iPad screen. It is possible to disable the side navigation, this is likely to be necessary on the home page of your Foliobook. But we recommend leaving the side navigation bar enabled on all other screens. This is because the back button allows a reader/user of the app to easily navigate back out of galleries and categories.
Twitter and email screenshots
In previous versions single or multiple images could be shared via an email feature. In Foliobook 3.0 screenshots can be made anywhere in the app and either be Tweeted or shared via Email. This means that any design created in Foliobook can be shared with the world via Twitter. The #foliobook tag is automatically added to tweets and can be removed if desired. However users who include the tag will be included in a regular ‘competition’ to find new candidates for our hall of fame. Screenshots are copied at full resolution, so keep in mind that by Tweeting these, you will need to accept Twitters terms and conditions for images uploaded to Twitpic. We believe that these T&C’s are reasonably photographer friendly, however you will need to make your own assessment of whether the terms and conditions meet your own business requirements.
Subcategories have been renamed to ‘categories’ in the interest of simplicity.
Video presentation has been improved
Video poster image can be set to a selected frame from a video or from a still image, just click on the small video camera icon on the surround of the thumbnail in the lightbox to reset the video poster frame
Video play button has been changed in the gallery to a more consistent visual design
Video play mode now defaults to the full controls when a video is played from a gallery, this allows early cancellation of the video