Box overhauls its iOS app

They promise it's slicker, faster, better

This week, Box announced the release of its updated iOS app, which they claim is slicker, faster and generally better.

Judging from the press materials, it certainly appears to be so. You can have a look at the promotional video below to get a sense of how it works.

The page flipping ability, a la Flipboard, is worth checking alone, but it includes a slick new interface to present content, add comments and generally interact with content in the Box system. You can run presentations from your iPad wirelessly with the flick of a finger to change slides.

You can view over 100 file types and they all appear in an easy-to-review grid, as do pictures, making it easy to back up photos to Box, then cycle through them to find the ones you want.

And if that isn't enough to lure you to download it, if you do so within 30 days, Box will give you 50 gigabytes of free storage just for trying it, which is reason enough to upgrade if you're a Box user already (and even if you're not).

Overall, it certainly looks like a huge improvement over the current version, which is neither slick nor fast. It's worth noting because the press publishing embargo was lifted at Noon on the day we went to press, I didn't have a chance to test it before we published and I'm basing this report strictly on the press materials, which isn't the same as using it and seeing what works and what doesn't.

But the app is free, and for 50GB of free storage, you have little to lose by at least trying it out and seeing for yourself.

For more:
- see the Box blog post

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