It wasn’t long ago that Flickr rolled out its massive redesign — met by both boos and cheers — that entirely changed the way you experience the photos sharing site. Now it’s 500px turn. The premium photo sharing platform just announced its own redesign, focused around larger photos and a Focus Viewer feature that offers a “stunning full screen experience.”
Rolling out to everyone today, the redesigned photo page makes sure that your photography is as large and “pixel-perfect” as possible, while making it easier to like, favorite, and share. This is helped along by a simplified header that puts the photographer’s information in the top left, and share and like buttons in the top right.
Here are before-and-after comparison screenshots of this photo by Scott Bourne, sent to us by 500px:
The redesign also extends beneath the photo, where interested viewers can find camera, lens and EXIF info, and photographers can read their comments and see a visual list of the people who have liked or favorited their photo.
The most significant change, however, comes with the addition of “Focus View,” an immersive new way to experience 500px entirely in full screen. Focus View allows users to browse through photos using the arrow keys, while taking advantage of keyboard shortcuts to Like (press L) or Favorite (press F) the best of them.
You’ll have to check it out for yourself to get a real feel for the new page (be sure to click on a photo or press “H” to enter Focus View, and then “M” to see the photo in all its maximized glory), but 500px brass is excited about the change.
“Our new photo page raises the bar in the industry and features photos that are up to six times bigger than before,” says founder and COO Evgeny Tchebotarev. “By continuing to push the boundaries of our platform, we’re offering photographers a more visually appealing way to showcase and share their work online than ever before and improving the aesthetic experience for people who just want to view the photos.”