Limelight, cool-looking app to browse and organize your movie library

By , May 15, 2013

Limelight 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 008)

If you thought TodoMovies was great, wait until you see Limelight for iPhone. Created by young developer Oliver Cameron of the iOS app development agency called 9:42am, Limelight lets you manage your collection of the movies you’ve already watched or want to watch, share your movie lists with friends, receive recommendations and more.

It basically wants to become your go-to movie library app and it’s bringing some nice features to the table. In a nutshell, Limelight isn’t just focused on keeping track of your favorite movies, it also monitors when they’re released to theaters…

Getting started with Limelight is easy – just browse a few handy lists like Popular, Upcoming, Top Rated or curated Editor’s Choices (it uses TheMovieDB for its catalog of movies).

Tapping a title reveals detailed information, including its short overview and a trailer that can be streamed right to your device. Yes, it supports AirPlay so you can stream those beautiful HD trailers right to your television, through the Apple TV set-top box.

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Creating your own movie list is easy as built-in search lets you zero in on that particular movie. Although search is great, poor implementation leaves a lot to be desired.

Specifically, instead of pulling down to access the search field, you must first tap the plus sign and navigate to the root view. We expect this UI oversight will be fixed in a future update. Although search is useful, social discovery is even better.

Limelight 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 007)

In that regard, Limelight doesn’t disappoint – you can discover titles by browsing either the aforementioned built-in lists or check out ones other users have published. Limelight also allows you to rate the movies you’ve already seen and let your friends know if you liked them or not.

And should you want to keep up with other people’s movie-watching activities, simply follow individual users or search for friends using their Limelight user name.

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You can share a movie (or your own lists) with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, via SMS/iMessage or email and more.

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What sharing does is basically creates a link to a web page where anyone – not just Limelight users – can check out basic information about the title.

To learn more, check out the Limelight web site.

Limelight for iPhone costs 99 cents.

My only gripe: it doesn’t run natively on iPads.

Limelight 1.0 for iOS (teaseer 001)

Other than that, if you’re a movie buff the app may just as well be worth the asking price, especially if you’re the type who prefers to organize his movie library in a neat and elegant fashion and don’t mind skeumorphism.

And if you can’t decided between TodoMovies and Limelight, this may help: TodoMovies is for keeping track of the movies you want to watch whereas Limeligh has a broader scope.

Oh, and about that 9:42am thing – I bet you’re thinking ‘what kind of a business name is that,’ right?

I was asking myself the same thing until I realized Apple launched the original iPhone at 9:42am nearly six and a half years ago.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000945354629 Avery Massenburg

    Can we stop calling it skeuomorphism and call it, realistic textures instead? I thought we established what skeuomorphism really means.

    That aside, I think this s a great looking app, even the wood textures doesn’t look that bad. One thing I’d love to see is being able select movies we have on the device and be able to watch them straight from the app. I’m not sure if Apple allows this, but it would be a nice thing to have to replace the videos app.

    • Franck Kamayou

      This is why skeuomorphism is cool. Seriously from a cognitive point, it’s as good as flat design. The human eye this natural ability to recognize patterns, textures and depth, which is 3 levels of distinction. That is what makes that app looks cool as well as skeuomorphed Apple apps.

      Even OS X has this bumpy windows, which help in identifying the active window, and the shade all around that helps identifying the foreground window (depth perception). Have you ever looked at windows 8? it looks so flat it makes it hard to identify what’s active

    • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

      I think flat design and skeumortphism can work well together because different apps have different purposes and different “look and feel”.

      If Apple get ride of skeumorphism 100% I think that will be a huge mistake. Not all apps, but many of them look and feel so great and this one is a huge example of that.

      I use some apps that on Android have flat design and don’t look so great compared to the same app on iOS…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000945354629 Avery Massenburg

        Exactly, iBooks, for example, looks great with the wooden textures. I can’t imagine using it without it.
        I’ve been stuck using Windows 8 and Android for a while, and while some apps look good, iOS really makes them better because of the textures.
        And Windows 8 is ok if you have one window maximized it’s no problem, but have multiple windows on screen (Like Windows Explorer) it’s hard to tell them apart if they’re in the background.

  • http://www.facebook.com/neastwood Nathan Eastwood

    It’s a shame it doesn’t work with IMDb as I don’t really fancy re-rating all my films…