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Crowd-funding platform Kickstarter introduces iOS app

Want to support unique crowd-funded projects while you're on the go? There's an app for that.

Popular online funding platform Kickstarter announced its first official application, which has landed in the Apple App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch.

"We took things we've learned from the past three years of building the site, and applied them to a total redesign for the iPhone," co-founders Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler wrote in a blog post.

The free app includes many of the same features web users know and love, including project pages, topic browsing, and nearby picks, and aims to make finding new projects, keeping up with those you're backing, and creating blueprints easy and enjoyable.

"The best part of Kickstarter is all the amazing projects, and the app is a really fun way to find them," the blog said.

iOS users can browse by category, popularity, or other filters like staff picks, and can even back projects and watch project videos directly within the application. Sign into the app using a Kickstarter username and password, or via Facebook, to keep an eye on the projects you've helped fund. Even share your generosity by posting a message to Twitter and Facebook about your contribution.

The app helps to keep tabs on users' activity, as well. Want to know the latest on the Kickstarter Open Source Death Star or the Internet of Things Greenhouse to which you contributed? Look no further than the Activity option, which displays the goings-on of projects you've backed and friends you've followed.

Users who tap into Kickstarter's social features will be notified by the app when friends contribute to a project or launch one of their own.

Meanwhile, for those looking to crowd fund their own hopes and dreams, the new app offers real-time pledge notifications and provides up-to-date progress and stats in the project dashboard. "Most excitingly, creators can take pictures and videos with their iPhone camera and post them as project updates straight from the app," Kickstarter said, "bringing backers even closer to the creative process."

The Kickstarter iOS application is now available for free in the Apple App Store.