Comics fans tired of the slow load times experienced with the Comics by comiXology app for iPod, iPhone and iPad are in luck today. The app has just been upgraded with a new user interface and store, improved comic discoverability paths and increased speed.
I’ve spent some time testing out version 3.0 and I am very pleased with the improvements. The app boots up much faster than before, giving us more time to browse through the store and actually read our books. Also, the new “Purchases” tab will show us all the comics we’ve bought while the “My Comics” tab now only displays the comics we’ve actually downloaded on the device. It’s a great move by comiXology and will definitely help with the clutter previously seen under the My Comics tab.
The feature I’m most happy see in version 3.0 is our ability to download comics in the background. Rather than leaving the app open while we wait for an issue to download, we can jump out and check e-mail or play Angry Birds while we wait.
Here’s a full list of the new features found in Comics by comiXology 3.0
– Completely redesigned application
– Near instant launching
– Separate “Purchases” area that displays all owned comics
– New series groupings in store and “My Comics”
– Discover comics at much faster speeds
– Pause and prioritize downloads
– Background downloading
– Improved “Instant Search”
– Buy or continue reading the next issue at the end of a comic
“With the help of tons of user feedback from our loyal fans, we thought long and hard on how we focus our development efforts,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “We’ve always said we focus first on a quality reading experience, and second on discoverability of comics. Comics 3.0 is a fantastic step in how our customers can discover new comics while creating a great performance boost for earlier devices that have struggled under the weight of our 12,000 comics.”
If you want to see version 3.0 in action check out the video demo hosted by comiXology CEO David Steinberger below.