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In honor of Ionic RC1's release, the publishers of several Ionic and Ionic-related books are offering special, limited-time promotions. Get ‘em while they’re hot!

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Now that we’ve released Ionic RC1, we want to share more about our favorite new Ionic features. Last week, Adam wrote about his favorite new feature in Ionic RC0, Swipe to Go Back. Personally, I’m most excited about our new animated SVG spinners, and I thought I’d explain why we decided to change the spinners and what the new SVG spinners can do for your app.

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Think about how it feels when you open up a particularly well designed iOS or Android app. The entire experience is predictable and clear; everything functions according to your expectations.

To achieve a user experience this seamless and comfortable, you'll need to design your app according to the style guidelines of each major mobile platform. Users expect apps to look familiar on their mobile platform of choice: a centered header on iOS, a left-aligned header on Android; tabs on the bottom on iOS, and on the top on Android; rounded icons in iOS, etc. Until now, accomplishing this was time-consuming, expensive, and downright difficult.

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One of the biggest requests for Ionic View and ionic.io is to be able to invite co-workers, friends, and customers to preview and test your app. This would make the Ionic View app a great beta-testing experience that is quite a bit easier to use than TestFlight, etc.

Now you can! To invite someone to view and test your app, just run:

$ ionic share EMAIL

to share the current app with the person at that email address.

To use this new feature, make sure to update to the newest version of Ionic CLI and upload your app to ionic.io:

$ ionic login
$ ionic upload
$ ionic share EMAIL

Also, soon you'll be able to share right from Ionic View and ionic.io. Enjoy!


Last week at ng-conf, we announced Ionic RC0, which includes several new features about which we’re really excited.

The first one, a feature near and dear to my heart, is Swipe to Go Back. Ionic now uses interactive transitions, rather than just static animations. Swipe to Go Back works the same way the back button does, animating the nav bar title and back buttons. You can swipe from the left of a page to go back to the previous page. Letting go at certain points of the transition will cause the view to either snap back or complete the navigation.

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