* Do you find Facebook's iPhone app too easy to understand and navigate? Try Paper!
* Is the type in Facebook's iPhone app too easy for you to read? Try Paper!
* Are you tired of swiping down on Facebook's app and wish you could do some swiping left and right? Try Paper!
* Do you enjoy losing your place in your newsfeed when you tap on a story to read more? Try Paper!
* Do you enjoy voiceovers reading text to you that is already printed on your screen? Try Paper!
* Want half of your iPhone screen taken up by distracting images unrelated to what you're reading? Try Paper!
* Tired of having two good apps for news and Facebook and want a single app that does both poorly? Try Paper!
* Do you LOVE generic app icons that could mean "news", "email", "flashcards", or "envelopes"? Try Paper!
* Tired of not having to wave your phone in the real world to see the sides of a digital photo? Try Paper!
* Prefer apps that require a tutorial before you can use them? Try Paper!
* Want to read stories from "the world's best sources," but only inside of a walled garden? Try Paper!
What bothers me more is the blanket sarcasm and disregard in your comment. An incredible team spent years working on this, sweating every detail. Isn't that worth investigating, rather than taking cheap shots at the icon design or voiceovers? Even the Dropbox app has an intro tour.
There's a lot of great stuff in Paper.
What bothers me more is the blanket sarcasm and disregard in your comment.
I downloaded it and tried it. I added topics to my Paper, tried out all the features suggested in the intro. I tried to read my friends' updates. I found it tiring to have to concentrate so hard to consume information from the tiled layout that is much more appropriately conveyed in a list, like in the main Facebook app.
An incredible team spent years working on this, sweating every detail. Isn't that worth investigating, rather than taking cheap shots at the icon design or voiceovers?
Great teams occasionally spend lots of time making something that doesn't succeed. Cuil. Color. Facebook Paper.
If you disagree with any of my specific criticisms, I'm happy to discuss them.
Didn't find Paper's type difficult to read.
Ha. As if the original app didn't have horizontal swiping.
As far as I could tell, the cards at the bottom maintain their order after you dismiss a story. It even has its own scroll bar position indicator.
Didn't have my headphones on, didn't notice them.
The top half are headlines. There's not much to read there. The bottom half goes full screen once you tap as well.
That said, I agree that the expert skill evident in the design of Paper and other Facebook mobile products is something to behold and worth appreciating for what it is on it's own terms. Just don't drink the Koolaid.
To be fair, this sounds pretty Koolaid-esque as well. But you know what? Sometimes Koolaid is just a refreshing, sugary drink.
But I did have a bit of a chuckle at your comment only becuase I am reminded of all the self-back-patting that quora did where they were touting their site design as incredible and what not, and told anyone who disagreed that quora was the pinnacle of design that they were just too stupid to know great design when they saw it.
Facebook suffers from an incredible technical cancer; the belief that every single thing they do is the best way to do it and that they're all so damn smart! Facebook needs humility.
I'll just say that I agree with every point cfinke made (and I'll add that even more space is also wasted when displaying status update which don't have photos associated with them). If it took a sizable team 'years' to make this app, then what a lot of time and talent wasted.
The notion that geek's somehow can't make critiques of "designed products" is dismissively painting with a very wide brush. Would you dare say that men or women or Jews wouldn't be able to muster an informed opinion on something?
One thing to keep in mind though is that they are likely gathering usage data and will adjust the product accordingly, so we should at least wait for some version updates before giving out the final verdict.
I'm calling bullshit. What makes the team incredible, aside from their product being at the center of a Facebook PR blitz?
I think our industry would be better off with fewer people doing that.
> I think the team behind Paper might be the best iOS team anywhere in the world, including Cupertino.
I actually think it's true (regarding the quality of the team), from a UI perspective, but it's better to let other sing your praises.
They should have called the app 'Glass'
With the Facebook app I scroll down. With Flipboard I flip. With Facebook Paper I... swipe up and down and left and right and pinch and tilt. Fancy but unusable.
Personally, I don't have the Facebook app on my phone. The only FB app I use regularly is Messenger, which works well because everyone I know is on it. I also use Facebook for finding reading material and following the News, and so Paper looks really nice and I'm eagerly anticipating its arrival on Android.
A lot of people deride Facebook for over-complicating their app strategy, but I really don't see the problem. Facebook is allowing users pick and choose the functions that matter to them. I wish other companies would take this approach.
 - http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4807:qzi8jw...
* It's really pretty, which makes perfect sense given the pedigrees of who was involved in its creation (http://www.mikematas.com/ and http://www.atebits.com, among others)
* The IPA file is huge given what it does. It seems like the bulk of the 50.4MB download is consumed by the completely unnecessary first-launch video.
* I found the app difficult to use, which is especially surprising given the pedigrees of who was involved in its creation. The process of switching between different data feeds was unintuitive to me, and I felt like there several instances where it simply failed to respond to my touches (I have an iPhone 5s, so device performance shouldn't be a problem).
Anyway, I promptly deleted it. I'll probably try it again in a couple months.
- Adding in content categories are exposing me to sources that don't normally show up on my Facebook feed which increases my likelihood to "like" them and drive more interaction.
- Massive real estate given to photos in HD resolution might increase the general quality of photos that folks post on Facebook since those really pop out in the article scroller.
- This large card format is going to make advertisers salivate as you can now use vertical scrolling space (if FB allows it) within the Paper format. Scroll down for more details, etc.
In general: If you are going to hide the timestamps and replace them with an oh-so-convenient "X minutes ago" relative time, you should make damn sure that relative time is current at all times. Preferably even in screenshots and printouts.
Sorry… but all the app shows are a bunch of photos and a bit of text. Never dropping a frame on the most high end of devices isn't anything to boast about, To be honest for what it's doing it shouldn't be dropping a frame on any device in the past 3 years