Monday, April 7, 2008

Snapture Fixes The iPhone's Camera, Free


The developers behind Snapture, a new camera enhancement add-on for the iPhone, don't pull any punches on the product site:

While the iPhone itself is a slick package, the fact of the matter is most of the Apple built apps are mediocre and overly simplistic - to point where features are sacrificed. It's like buying a new sports car and driving it at the speed limit.

That's a valid point, and the five authors of the software didn't just complain: they did something about it. Snapture adds many new features that should have been built in. There's burst mode which captures three frames in a row, a 3X digital zoom, a grayscale setting, proper 360º auto-rotation (for snapping pictures upside down), a level (which appears to use the iPhone's accelerometers) and support for different image sizes.

Camera Pro, another iPhone app, has offered these features for a while, but it costs $20. Snapture is free, and also has a much slicker looking website. You'll need to have a jailbroken iPhone to run it. If you do, you'll find Snapture in the Utilities section of the Installer application.

Product page [Snapture]

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