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Old Nov 16, 2011, 05:43 PM   #1
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"VolumeSnap" Feature Returns to Camera+






VolumeSnap has returned to the excellent iOS photography app Camera+.

Last year, developer TapTapTap released an update to its Camera+ application with a small hack -- users could press the volume-up button to take a picture, instead of needing to press a soft-button on the screen.

This was considered an unauthorized hack and Apple banned the app until TapTapTap removed the feature. Apple then borrowed this innovation for iOS 5, and now users can press the Volume Up button to take pictures in the native iPhone camera app.

Camera+ for iPhone is available for $0.99 on the App Store [Direct Link].

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Old Nov 16, 2011, 05:55 PM   #2
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Any app, if it uses the built in camera API, now inherits this feature as well.
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 05:58 PM   #3
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Apple did not 'borrow' this. It was clearly a planned feature hence Apple blocked it.
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 06:17 PM   #4
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Apple did not 'borrow' this. It was clearly a planned feature hence Apple blocked it.
Do you have any proof to this? How do you know that Camera+ didn't have this on their planned feature list before Apple?
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 06:23 PM   #5
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If you can't beat them/think of it first, then block them citing DA violations regarding 'unauthorised' use of API. Then do a 180-degree U-turn once you've utilised the idea into you own OS.

Not Apple's finest hour this...
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 06:24 PM   #6
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There was a jailbreak for this long before Camera+ included it.
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 06:26 PM   #7
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"Volume snap is back, beyotches!"

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Old Nov 16, 2011, 06:27 PM   #8
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And by having the publicity from Apple removing the original Easter egg from this app, the developer has made MILLIONS of dollars that she wouldn't have without said publicity.
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 06:38 PM   #9
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I still call bullcrap on Apple...
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 06:40 PM   #10
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iRonically I had two updates earlier: one for Camera+ and the other for Camera Genius. Both had one-line blurbs about the update.

Camera+: "Volume snap is back, beyotches!"

Camera Genius:"Removal of Volume Shot as requested by Apple."


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Old Nov 16, 2011, 06:41 PM   #11
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"Apple then borrowed this innovation for iOS 5"

A more accurate description would be "apple blatantly and outright stole this idea"
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 06:41 PM   #12
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VolumeSnap has returned to the excellent iOS photography app Camera+.

Last year, developer TapTapTap released an update to its Camera+ application with a small hack -- users could press the volume-up button to take a picture, instead of needing to press a soft-button on the screen.

This was considered an unauthorized hack and Apple banned the app until TapTapTap removed the feature. Apple then borrowed this innovation for iOS 5, and now users can press the Volume Up button to take pictures in the native iPhone camera app.

Camera+ for iPhone is available for $0.99 on the App Store [Direct Link].

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Editorialize much? :roll eyes:

I wasn't aware Mr. Golson was allowed to speak for MR.
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 07:10 PM   #13
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Editorialize much? :roll eyes:

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Old Nov 16, 2011, 07:19 PM   #14
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Too bad it doesn't actually work...

Is there some trick or secret to activating this function, or is it an iOS 5 only feature? Because I downloaded the update and tried it. When I push the volume up button while in the Camera+ app all that happens is that my volume is turned up. I have iOS 4.2 on an iPhone 4, as I am waiting to upgrade to iOS 5 once they've got a couple of .x updates to it.
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Is there some trick or secret to activating this function, or is it an iOS 5 only feature? Because I downloaded the update and tried it. When I push the volume up button while in the Camera+ app all that happens is that my volume is turned up. I have iOS 4.2 on an iPhone 4, as I am waiting to upgrade to iOS 5 once they've got a couple of .x updates to it.
I am wondering the exact same thing! I hope it works on iOS 4. I already have the app and I like it, but not sure what I need to do. I did just download the upgrade, but still not quite sure what else I need to do.
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 08:19 PM   #16
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Man you guys don't know what you're missing. iOS 5 offers such significant API and core language benefits to developers that our company's basically closed the book on iOS 4 for good.

For example: this function, which is not legal under iOS 4 but is built in to 5.

Get yourselves in the future. Don't like it (you will), you can always restore.
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 08:23 PM   #17
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Is there some trick or secret to activating this function, or is it an iOS 5 only feature? Because I downloaded the update and tried it. When I push the volume up button while in the Camera+ app all that happens is that my volume is turned up. I have iOS 4.2 on an iPhone 4, as I am waiting to upgrade to iOS 5 once they've got a couple of .x updates to it.
Just an iOS 5 feature, it seems. I just tried taking a picture with the volume button (on a 4S, 5.0) and it worked with zero issues.
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 08:33 PM   #18
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I am suspecting that they just made the app match what the existing iOS 5 apple camera app does.
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 08:42 PM   #19
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iRonically I had two updates earlier: one for Camera+ and the other for Camera Genius. Both had one-line blurbs about the update.

Camera+: "Volume snap is back, beyotches!"

Camera Genius:"Removal of Volume Shot as requested by Apple."


Too funny!!!!




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Yea, as a Camera Genius user I saw that update and just figured another one of those incomprehensible Apple decisions, now seeing Camera+ gets it though I'm wondering what gives? Hopefully it just has to do with the way Camera Genius was coding it and it'll come back.
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I am wondering the exact same thing! I hope it works on iOS 4. I already have the app and I like it, but not sure what I need to do. I did just download the upgrade, but still not quite sure what else I need to do.
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Is there some trick or secret to activating this function, or is it an iOS 5 only feature? Because I downloaded the update and tried it. When I push the volume up button while in the Camera+ app all that happens is that my volume is turned up. I have iOS 4.2 on an iPhone 4, as I am waiting to upgrade to iOS 5 once they've got a couple of .x updates to it.
They are no longer using the 'hack' they had to do before to get it to work but the app did have to be updated to make use of the new API.
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And by having the publicity from Apple removing the original Easter egg from this app, the developer has made MILLIONS of dollars that she wouldn't have without said publicity.
I doubt they made millions after the app was removed by Apple.. maybe from the original publicity of the feature.
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 10:54 PM   #22
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There are good reasons not to have this: the volume switch becomes only “sometimes” volume, and the tap-trigger jiggles the camera less (since it triggers on release and has no physical click). You can say that user confusion only matters on major issues, but the great iOS experience is actually a sum of many small choices, with pro-user motivations just like this policy (when it was in effect).

There are good reasons TO have this: people asked for it! Camera+ demonstrated/encouraged that request. A click feel is, after all, familiar (and doing it via the headphone remote is actually useful at times).

Did Apple block Camera+ so they could “steal” the idea (Evil Apple as always!) or did the developer agreement ALREADY forbid the use of the hardware buttons for non-standard purposes? Hint: the latter is true.

Then Apple changed that policy, because they LISTEN to people and flexible. This is but one of a constant stream of examples of how Apple adapts and improves. They are not fairytale tyrants, they are innovators seeking the best experience for us, and making great calls, and making bad calls, and fixing them.

However, because Apple is Always Evil™, they are both evil when they do NOT change a policy, and evil when they do

So, since we know they’re always evil in all cases, no matter what, and facts don’t matter... lets enjoy the change in both the native app and Camera+
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I just want it to work on my iOS 4 phone so it is more ergonomic than trying to take a picture using the button on the screen.
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A nice synopsis of Apple's idea of innovation going forward.
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Man you guys don't know what you're missing. iOS 5 offers such significant API and core language benefits to developers that our company's basically closed the book on iOS 4 for good.

For example: this function, which is not legal under iOS 4 but is built in to 5.

Get yourselves in the future. Don't like it (you will), you can always restore.
Actually, from what I understand from information I've read online, once you upgrade your device to iOS 5, you CAN NOT go back to iOS 4. Can anyone else verify or discredit this particular information for us?
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