Listo 2 launch showcases buttonless, gesture-rich interface

By on Aug 28, 2013 at 4:33 am

Ottawa, Canada – SlippySoft Inc. today is proud to announce the launch of Listo 2. The list management app for the iOS platform, whose tagline is “Friendly Lists”, will be free on the App Store for the first day of the new version launch: Wednesday, August 28. The update offers a vastly improved user experience which virtually does away with buttons in favor of a gesture rich interface.

“A gesture-rich interface is more fun to use, and it’s faster to get things done with gestures,” explains Derek Gour, President of SlippySoft. “People who have Listo love it, but while the interface has always been straightforward and clean, it was still clunky. It was hard to add many items to a list quickly, and most tasks required button tap first. We wanted to fix all of those problems while retaining the essence of what people love about this app.”

The new version features a gesture for nearly every task a user might need. A two-finger pinch outwards creates space for a new item in the list. A tap-and-hold gesture picks up an item to be dragged to a new location. A swipe marks an item as completed by drawing a red strikethrough line. A list can be cleared with a quick pinch gesture to bring up list clearing options which include removing all the completed items or deleting the list completely.

“The problem with a gesture-driven interface is discoverability,” explains Gour. “Gestures are great when they’re known, but often need to be taught before they are useful, and most people today aren’t interested in reading instructions. So we’ve kept our gestures as industry standard as possible, and tried to keep them all as intuitive as possible. We have also hidden a more standard toolbar above the lists that can be pulled down – that’s another new gesture – to reveal the buttons.”

Listo 2 offers at least two ways to do nearly every task, so new users (and those who don’t read the new quick-start user guide built into the app) can use the toolbar buttons, while more experienced users can happily use the app while rarely having to tap a button.

“For example, we have three ways to delete a list now. That was a question I heard often: ‘How do I delete a list?’ In Listo 2, swiping the list name to reveal a delete button, pinching the list contents to reveal the delete option, or tapping the delete button in the list toolbar will all allow you to delete your list.” The company hopes it’s improved interface design will please an already enthusiastic user-base, and entice even more people to choose Listo as their list management app of choice.

Listo, a product of Ottawa-based SlippySoft Inc., is a simple, elegant list app for all iOS devices. Whether it’s a shopping list, a to-do list, or a birthday wish list, Listo offers functionality and usability, with a clean interface. Lists can be accessed on all devices sharing the same iCloud account.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 9.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
First launched in November 2011, Listo which regularly costs $2.99, can be downloaded for free all day on August 28th on the iTunes App Store.

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SlippySoft Inc. is an Ottawa-based software development company that develops great apps for the iPhone, iPad and Mac, that are streamlined, intuitive, and visually appealing. It was founded in 2011 by rogue software developer Derek Gour, who was confounded by the many needlessly complicated apps on the market. Gour believes in creating apps that are simple and easy to use, but with meticulous attention to detail. Copyright (C) 2011-2013 SlippySoft Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.