Free update: CameraSharp 1.5 with iOS 8 features, enhanced photo viewer, and more

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Last September, we released CameraSharp 1.4 alongside Apple’s new iOS 8. We brought you full compatibility with iOS 8 and took advantage of new capabilities — including the #1 most requested feature, which is deleting photos directly from CameraSharp without having to leave the app. Now you can do just that! Version 1.4 also enabled fully native iPad support.

Today we released another free update for CameraSharp. Version 1.5 now lets you select, share, and delete multiple items straight from the built-in photo viewer (on iOS 8+).

Multi-select: selection of multiple photos in CameraSharp built-in photo album viewer with delete and share buttons
Photo credits: A Tale Ahead Photography

An even cooler feature, unique to CameraSharp, is our powerful new multi-select gesture for the photo viewer. When in selection mode, to select a range of photos, tap-and-hold on the first photo you’d like to select and then tap on the last one. This will quickly select all the photos in between!

We also added several other new capabilities, including the oft-requested resolution control to allow shooting lower-resolution photos, and a switch to hide or show the zoom slider.

CameraSharp best, high, medium, low camera photo resolution setting

And of course, we fixed bugs and made improvements under the hood as always. Hope you enjoy the new update, and please send any feedback our way!

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CameraSharp 1.3.1 is now available in the app store

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Screensmudge proudly announces the availability of CameraSharp 1.3.1, now available today in the iOS App Store. This new update brings iOS 7 compatibility while still retaining full functionality and peak performance on iOS 4.3. CameraSharp works on all ...read more

iOS 6 and app permissions

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iOS 6 introduces a new permission system for apps. Apps that read or write to the camera roll now require the new photos permission; prior to iOS 6, any app could save photos to the camera roll but required the location permission to read from it (as discussed previously). Though the new system might be confusing at first, we welcome the change as it provides users greater control over what apps can and can’t do with their data.

As a result, CameraSharp no longer requires the location permission to display your photos — due to the increased granularity of the permission system, it’s now necessary for geotagging only. The new photos permission is all that’s needed to take and display your photos.

If you inadvertently denied CameraSharp permission to access your photos when you first ran the app, then the app won’t work. Here’s how to fix that:

First, open the Settings app and tap on Privacy (you may have to scroll down a bit):

Privacy menu item in the iPhone Settings app on iOS 6

 

Next, find the Photos permission:

Photos item in the Privacy iPhone settings menu on iOS 6

 

Finally, move the slider next to CameraSharp to be in the “ON” position.…

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mCAMLITE: A worthy tool for creative iPhoneography

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I had the opportunity to try out the mCAMLITE recently. It’s a solid metal holder for your iPhone 4/4S with a lens mount accommodating a few lens specially designed for the iPhone camera. Overall, I was very pleased with the results which I’ll show here.


Above: mCAMLITE with the 37mm Wide Angle lens and external microphone attachment.

The first thing I noticed was the impressively solid and sturdy build quality. The case felt quite hefty, and the lens mount was precise, allowing easy attachment and removal while snugly holding the lens when attached. The next thing I saw was the size of the included 37mm lens: it’s much bigger than the iPhone’s standard lens, allowing it to gather more light and improve the picture quality. In addition, it also lets you get really close to your subjects and has a slight fisheye effect, if you’re into that sort of thing.

I tried out this lens with CameraSharp and got lots of great photos — here’s one of my favorites:


Above: Close-up, taken with mCAMLITE about 2 inches from Morgan’s nose.

As you might expect, the mCAMLITE and its lens works great with all of CameraSharp’s features, including all the different …

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CameraSharp and your privacy

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Update: The first part of this post applies only to iOS 4 and 5. In iOS 6, due to Apple’s improvements to its permission system, the album viewer requires only the new Photos permission and doesn’t need Location Services to be enabled any more.

You may have seen this screen if you’ve tried opening CameraSharp’s album viewer with Location Services disabled:

CameraSharp requires location services to display saved photos because of the way it accesses the Camera Roll. Because the app is fully integrated with the Camera Roll (we don’t use an app-specific storage area for photos), it has to ask iOS for permission to access your albums. Confusingly, the iOS permission for Location Services happens to be the same one that controls photo album access; we’re not entirely sure why Apple designed it that way, but that’s how it is.

Which brings us to the next topic: what does CameraSharp do with your data?

Here at Screensmudge, we take your privacy very seriously. We don’t like our privacy being invaded any more than you do. That said, CameraSharp does collect some usage data. In the spirit of transparency, I’d like to fully and clearly explain to our users what …

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CameraSharp 1.2 is in the app store!

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Last October we released CameraSharp 1.1, which fixed dozens of bugs and added several cool new features including big button mode, continuous mode, and an enhanced bubble level. We also made CameraSharp faster than ever, allowing you to have a feature-rich camera app ready at a moment’s notice.

We’re proud to now announce the availability of CameraSharp 1.2, another major update that brings a revamped album viewer which is both more capable and much, much faster than the previous one. Our users are even more excited about 1.2 than the highly successful 1.0 release — we’ve received almost 200,000 new downloads of CameraSharp 1.2 in just the first 72 hours!

Above: Continuous mode with the self-timer being activated.

Above: Big button mode showing typical backwards dog behavior.

We have a lot in mind for the next version of CameraSharp, but we’d love to hear your thoughts too: what would you like to see in CameraSharp 1.3?…

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Welcome to Our Blog!

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I am pleased to unveil the new screensmudge llc blog! We can now let everyone know about our upcoming applications and updates. At the same time, we are all very excited to have just moved into our new office right by the Pike Place Market here in Seattle. A festive atmosphere, a Chipotle, and a Starbucks right next door provides a perfect environment for us to continue to create exciting new products. I hope this blog also gives everyone the opportunity to comment and discuss our products. We weigh your feedback very heavily. Thanks for the continued support!…

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screensmudge launches a new site layout!

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We just released our new website in anticipation of some major upcoming releases including CameraSharp 1.1! We hope our new site will simplify the communication between us, our fans, and our partners.

Enjoy!…

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