FourIt, a third-party foursquare client for iPhones, was upgraded to version 2.0 over the weekend. The app brings a few unique features that aren’t available anywhere else, including a photo slideshow and a map view of specials. Its unique multiple account support has also been improved.
With version 2.0 of FourIt, you can click the Â slideshow icon to see an easy-to-browse view of your friends’ recent photos that have been posted to foursquare. Simply swipe to move through them. It’s much more fun than the method provided by the official foursquare app of clicking the camera icon to view photos attached to each individual checkin.
The specials map is probably the most useful new part of the app. By dragging the map, you can see the specials for a different area. Each one shows up as a pin. Clicking on it shows more details at the top of the screen.
The official foursquare app allows you to see specials on a map, but doesn’t offer any way to see them anywhere but within your immediate vicinity. I found FourIt to be a nice way to find specials downtown, for instance, while I’m in the suburbs.
FourIt has long been the only app to offer support for multiple foursquare accounts, making it a popular choice for users who maintain both a person account and one for a business or local foursquare community. The checkin process is much improved in version 2.0. You can finally search for a venue if it doesn’t appear in the initial display and you can add photos to your checkins.
A list of your accounts is available at the bottom of the checkin panel, allowing you to quickly switch between accounts. Unfortunately it still doesn’t allow you to check in to multiple accounts at the same time. on Foursquare Day, for example, I checked in at the same place with my personal account and the ones for Foursquare Cincinnati and About Foursquare. While it saves time by not having to enter login information again, it still required completing the checkin action multiple times.
The new version does away with the confusing panel approach of the previous version, making it easier to navigate. A few confusing UI issues, remain, but once you figure them out, they don’t detract from the app.
Overall, the changes make FourIt much more useful. It’s clearly not aimed at replacing the main foursquare client, but rather in augmenting it with several unique features, which it does very well.
The app runs $1.99 in the iTunes app store.