A few months back, tap tap tap’s wonderful Camera+ app was pulled from the App Store for sneaking in a feature that was disallowed from the app in a previous build. The feature, which was wonderful, gave users the option of turning the volume buttons on the iPhone into the camera shutter so you could completely free up the screen for the viewfinder. Apple, in their own technical lingo, replied with:

Your application cannot be added to the App Store because it uses iPhone volume buttons in a non-standard way, potentially resulting in user confusion. Changing the behavior of iPhone external hardware buttons is a violation of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement. Applications must adhere to the iPhone Human Interface Guidelines as outlined in the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement section 3.3.7.

Unfortunately for us, the feature was then snuck back into the app in an Easter egg that was widely reported on various tech blogs which forced Apple to kill the app for good. Camera+ then slinked off into iOS app limbo and was forgotten by many. Sad times indeed.

Four months and a few staff member additions later though, Camera+ has been re-released with version 2.0 and has a whopping 50 new features (minus whole volume button camera shutter). Fans of Camera+ can expect more of the same great interface that made the original app so great, as well as many speed and interface improvements that may make cause some people to abandon the old Apple standby.

The app is currently 99 cents, but pick it up fast because tap tap tap may bump the price up when they decide that their relaunch celebration is over. If anything, get it now before it gets pulled again!

Also, be sure to check back after the break for the complete list of the apps improvements.


$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-07 :: Category: Photography


What’s new
1. added sliders to effects for adjusting effect amount
2. added exporting geolocation and metadata when saving to the Camera Roll
3. added photo info panel which shows photo metadata, editing recipe, and map with photo geolocation
4. significantly sped-up startup time
5. reworked much of the user interface so that it’s more unified and much more intuitive
6. improved the usability of zoomed photos in the Lightbox
7. improved usability of Touch Focus/Touch Exposure
8. removed “SLR” screen for a simpler user interface
9. added rotation of photos
10. added flipping of photos
11. improved most effects
12. added Cyanotype effect
13. added Tailfins effect
14. added Depth of Field effect
15. added in-app purchasing of effects, with the first being the “I ♥ Analog” effects pack
16. added Diana effect (in I ♥ Analog pack)
17. added Silver Gelatin effect (in I ♥ Analog pack)
18. added Helios effect (in I ♥ Analog pack)
19. added Contessa effect (in I ♥ Analog pack)
20. added Nostalgia effect (in I ♥ Analog pack)
21. added Expired effect (in I ♥ Analog pack)
22. added XPRO C-41 effect (in I ♥ Analog pack)
23. added Pinhole effect (in I ♥ Analog pack)
24. added Chromogenic effect (in I ♥ Analog pack)
25. improved most borders
26. grouped borders into Simple and Styled sets
27. added Light Mat and Dark Mat borders
28. added Round White and Round Black borders
29. added Offset border
30. renamed Grit border to Light Grit and added Dark Grid border
31. added Viewfinder border
32. added Old-Timey border
33. added Film border
34. added Sprockets border
35. added shooting preferences panel
36. improved operation of stabilizer
37. added timer shooting mode
38. added burst shooting mode
39. improved most scene modes
40. added Darken scene mode
41. added Cloudy scene mode
42. added Shade scene mode
43. added Fluorescent scene mode
44. added white balance lock
45. added a function to save and leave photos in Lightbox
46. added a function to commit all edits in photos
47. added a function to copy photos with edits committed
48. added a function to copy photos without edits
49. added a function to undo all edits in photos
50. added a function to remove geolocation in photos
51. added 3×2 crop
52. increased menu size and included it on both camera screen and Lightbox
53. Touch Exposure now works on iPhone 4 and 4th generation iPod touch front facing camera

[List Source: iTunes]

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