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August 29, 2013

New Flickr app for iOS adds Editing Tools, Live Filters and more

Flickr just updated their iOS iTunes up with a variety of new features, including Live Filters (does what the name suggests), new camera tools and professional editing features (Enhance, crop, sharpen, adjust color, use levels, add vignettes) among other things. This looks like it is an important update and perhaps a signal that Flickr is not going to be forgotten under the MM regime.

The new app impressed The Verge so much that the Vergist writing the post exclaims, Flickr just took over my iPhone camera: After years of neglect, Yahoo is restoring the prestige of Flickr's name. More coverage of the new app at Tech Crunch and CNet Crunch.

The new Flickr app, version 2.20.1134, is available for free at the iTunes App Store.

Main New Features in This App
The "What's New" at the Flickr app page describes the new additions as follows:

● The Flickr Mobile App has a brand new set of filters! With a new range of dynamic and stunning effects you’ll be able to personalize your photos like never before.

● Live filters! Now you can scroll through and preview the effects of each filter before you snap your shot. Choosing the right one is no longer a guessing game.

● Tired of stock filters? With the Flickr Mobile App you can customize your filters to get the exact effects you’re looking for.

● We’ve also got new camera tools. Perfectly compose your shots with awesome grids, pinch to zoom, and the ability to lock your focus and exposure points.

● Professional editing tools. The editing tools you usually pay for are now free with Flickr. Enhance, crop, sharpen, adjust color, use levels, add vignettes and more.

● Now our camera and editing tools have beautifully animated transitions, giving users the best camera experience yet.

What about Android?
No word at the Flickr blog as to when Android will receive these features. The Google Play app was updated today as well, but under the "What's New" section it only says "Bug Fixes".

We are using Flickr to host the Readers Flickr Pool where photographers of all experience levels and cameras are welcome to share up to five pictures per day. This is a low pressure laid back Flickr pool, you can share whatever you want. We don't have judgmental sharks ready to pounce on the most minor of imperfections!

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