Tumblr for iOS has just gone four dot oh.
And typical of software versions with “dot oh” designations, Tumblr 4.0 is packed with a number of significant features and improvements.
First up, the update introduces the ability to create new blogs right from within the app. Just go to the app’s “Me” tab, scroll to the bottom, and tap the new “Create a new blog” option. You can then enter a username, a title, and a description, and customize your new blog’s avatar, header image, accent, and background. Perfect for when you think of an idea for a blog while you’re on the go.
Also while you’re on the go, you can now submit to blogs that accept post submissions using Tumblr for iOS, in addition to being able to ask questions and send fan mail to blogs with the app.
Moreover, it adds post type filters in searches. As a result, when you search for something in the app, you can tap the fine-tune icon to filter the results by post type. This enables you to see, say, only photos if you’re just looking for photos.
The new version of Tumblr for iOS also introduces a new Today widget that shows a dynamic grid of what topics are currently trending on Tumblr. Tapping an item on the grid automatically opens a search for the corresponding topic in the Tumblr app.
Tumblr 4.0 also includes the following improvements:
- New icon. Feels good under your finger.
- Sticky search bar. Convenient for those heavy search sessions.
- Sticky avatars. Always, always know who made the post you’re currently reading. Never forget.
- Clean, fresh look for the iPad.
- GIFs load in a much more pleasing fashion. You’ll see.
- You can delete blogs from the app, which sounds like something only a troublemaker would need to do, but okay.
As a longtime user of Tumblr, I’m quite glad to see a couple of much requested features and then some make their way to the service’s official iOS app.
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