Announcing Elixr 2.0 for iPhone and Elixr for Android
A great drink is more than a sensory experience and goes beyond chemistry. It relaxes or enlivens. It helps strike up new friendships or deepen old ones. It gives the joy of finding something new or the pleasure of connoisseurship. The right drink in the right place puts you in a moment like nothing else can.
Over the course of this year, we’ve created a community with Elixr to find those drinks, to locate those places, and to share those moments. Today, we have exciting news about the future of our community:
- Elixr 2.0 for iPhone, completely redesigned for iOS 7 and with numerous new features, is now available.
- Elixr for Android is also now available and we’re thrilled to welcome Android users.
- We’re also proud to have Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp as an Elixr investor.
The main features of our apps:
- Check-in. Take a photo of your drink and edit it in creative ways. Tell us what you had and where. Rate the drink. Post it to your favorite social networks or keep it private.
- Interact. Find out what your friends are having. Make new connections based on drinks you love or where you are. Like and comment on drinks. Add interesting drinks to your favorite and to-do lists.
- Discover. Find the best drink venues nearby or around the world. See who’s making great cocktails and who has a tempting beer or wine list.
- Search. The quest for the best drinks and venues can be challenging. Search across all of Elixr to find exactly what you’re looking for.
New features include:
- An all-new design for iOS 7. We didn’t just update a few icons, we started over, thinking through every view and interaction to make sure Elixr was a first-class citizen on iPhone.
- Search. Find anything on Elixr, including drinks, venues, members and even your own past check-ins.
- Photoless check-ins. No time to line up a shot? Simply tap ‘Skip’ to quickly check-in without a photo.
- Refocused Nearby View. See a list of places nearby known for good or great drinks. Perfect for choosing a venue based on your (and your friends’) tastes.
- To-do list. Keep a running list of the drinks you’ve come across and have been meaning to try.
- Custom photo filtering. Not happy with the preset filters? Tweak your shot to your liking. Don’t worry, we’ll store your settings between sessions.
- Bartenders. Now you can claim who made your drink and give them credit. You can see a list of known bartenders at a venue, as well.
- Private check-ins. These check-ins go into your history but are visible only to you.
- Member notifications. Want to know every time a particular member posts? Get push notifications with the flip of a switch.
To celebrate the artistry of great bartenders, we’re also launching the Elixr Discovery Series. It’s a glimpse into the minds of people making great drinks, starting in our hometown of Richmond, Virginia. You can see their stories and learn more about the new apps at elixrapp.com.
As always, we welcome your questions and thoughts about Elixr at email@example.com. And, we invite you to continue on a journey with us to Discover Great Drinks.
Super proud to announce Elixr 2.0 for iPhone (and Elixr for Android, too)! This was quite the design exercise. Not only did we completely rewrite the entire app to focus on discovery but we also redesigned it from the ground up to mesh with iOS 7 paradigms.
This was an interesting design project to work on for me. While I take no credit for the icon shapes or standard navigation concept this was a major design project to tackle. Assets had to be created for both light and dark modes for each of its states (that were different between tablets and phones) and then finely adjusted for three screen resolutions. That means every icon asset could have up to 36 permutations. Then there was the matter of completely custom popovers, trays and standard chrome elements. Needless to say I got pretty good at making sprite sheets. All in all this was an eye-opening project and I can’t wait to get to work making it even better.
Multiple APK Support in Android Market
With multiple APK support, you can now upload multiple versions of an APK for a single product listing, with each one addressing a different subset of your customers. These APKs are complete, independent APKs that share the same package name, but contain code and resources to target different Android platform versions, screen sizes, or GL texture-compression formats. When users download or purchase your app, Android Market chooses the right APK to deliver based on the characteristics of the device.
So, Google’s solution to rampant fragmentation in device features and OS molestation is to make the developer ship multiple versions of the same app on a per device basis? Sounds like an open-faced shit sandwich to me.
Introducing: Tumblr Android App
Built by the same brilliant team behind the Tumblr iPhone App, v1 of the official Tumblr Android App is ready to download!
Anyway, here’s some highlights:
- Post text, photos, links, chats, quotes, audio and video
- View your Dashboard
- Reblog and Like
- Kick-ass share menu support. Works from the Gallery app, YouTube app, Browser app and more
- Full advanced post options support
- Post MP3s direct from the device (!)
- Full landscape support
On a side note, we’d like to thank all the folks that helped beta test. We appreciate everyones patience while we work through any bugs that exist in the 1.0. There are a lot more fragmentation issues than with iPhone because of all the different device models and carrier customizations (hey carriers: you should really stop doing this and stick to how Google rolled the Nexus One. For real).
We can’t wait to show you what else we have in store, not only for Android, but the other platforms as well. Stay tuned!