Posted by: Brett
Mobile app developer tap tap tap has updated their iOS camera alternative – Camera+. The update brings the version number to 3.0 and adds a whole mess of new features. The Lightbox has been revamped, clarity has been upped for 4S users, performance was increased, bugs were squashed, APIs and sharing services were added, and more. There is also a setting for VolumeSnap in the settings. Camera+ gained publicity before iOS 5 for having the feature in the app and it was removed and then re-added to the App Store. The feature was put back into the app after iOS 5 and today, the setting to turn it on or off is here. The 3.0 update is free for those who already have the app. You can purchase Camera+in the App Store for $0.99 if you have not done so yet. The entire change log is after the break.
★ App icon
The very first thing you’ll notice in Camera+ 3 is its shiny, new icon. It’s essentially the same Camera+ icon that you’ve grown to know and love… but better and much more polished.
★ Dramatically improved sharing
There are two main improvements here… The first is that you can now share to multiple services, or even multiple accounts on the same service, all at the same time. The second big thing that you’ll notice with sharing is the increase in speed. It’s now faster than ever to share your photos online.
★ Multiple photo library import
We’re introducing a great new feature where you can import multiple photos from your photo library all at once. And we added several fine touches to the import panel. Large thumbnails, zooming to view your photo large, and photo info will help ensure that you’re choosing exactly the photos you want.
Note: Import is now done via the + button
Sometimes you want to shoot a bunch of pics in a row without having to think about things like editing and sharing. And sometimes you want to do just the opposite and edit and share each pic you take, right after you take it. Workflows easily provide you with the flexibility to do it either way.
★ Focus & exposure locks
Now you can lock the focus and exposure of the camera, independently of each other. Photographers looking for the utmost flexibility in shooting will love this new feature because it enables all kinds of creative ways of taking awesome shots.
“Bokeh?! I hardly know her!”
We’ve created a few comprehensive APIs for Camera+. These APIs enable people to integrate Camera+ into other apps and to create web services that make use of the many, many photos that have been shared by Camera+ users.
Several prominent developers have already integrated Camera+ into their apps via these new APIs. Check-out the WordPress, Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Foodspotting, and Twittelator Neue apps in the App Store to see these APIs in action.
And to get all the details on how the APIs work, visit http://api.camerapl.us
★ Improved Lightbox UI
We’re a bit obsessive when it comes to user interface and user experience. With Camera+ 3, we’ve reworked several details of the Lightbox to make it even more usable. It’ll take a couple of seconds to get used to the changes but we’re completely confident that you’ll love these improvements almost immediately.
★ Create web link
Many of you used to use the SMS sharing feature (now renamed to Message) for passing web links along to others. Now we’ve got a much better, easier, and dedicated way of doing it.
★ Tuned Clarity
Often imitated but never duplicated, Clarity is one of the things that makes Camera+ what it is. And now it’s even better, especially if you’re using an iPhone 4S.
★ VolumeSnap setting in menu
VolumeSnap is our birthright. That is all.
★ Status bar in Lightbox
In previous versions of Camera+, we didn’t display the status bar (you know… that thingy with the clock, battery level, etc at the top of your screen) when you were in the Lightbox. Well, that’s all changed with this version! Never again miss picking your kids up at soccer practice because you were editing photos and had no clue what time it was.
★ Improved performance
We’ve gone through painstaking steps to improve performance in several parts of the app. It all feels a lot more fluid now. But don’t just take our word on it… try it yourself and see how much nicer it is now.
Find-out about Camera+ updates, news, and contests. We’ve implemented notifications so they’re not intrusive and they’re opt-in only.
★ Lotsa bug fixes
We’ve identified and fixed several bugs in Camera+. Thanks to all of you who’ve reported any issues you’ve experienced.
★ Various other subtle, but significant enhancements
“Beware of the person who can’t be bothered by details.”
— William Feather