Popular photo-editing app Instagram has been updated to v2.0, adding an overhauled interface, new editing features, and more.

The most significant aspect of this update is its revamp of the app’s editing technology. Besides a much crisper and easier-to-navigate camera UI, it includes an innovative new feature called ‘live filters.’ These are updates to the original photo filters which are now “200x faster” and allow users to see editing effects (filters) and enable or disable borders while taking pictures.

Instagram now also supports high-res images, specifically up to 1936×1936 in the iPhone 4’s Camera Roll app. The selective blur function in the editing process is also “100x faster” than the former version. Pinching, panning and rotating is now much faster while providing more field depth. This is also called “live tilt shift.” The move to ‘real time’ functionality, as opposed to requiring an entirely separate phase for photo editing, is clearly where Instagram is headed.

Instagram v2.0 is available in the App Store for free on all devices running iOS 4.2 and later.

via 9 to 5 Mac


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