Layout from Instagram: Finally, Instagram’s own photo collage app.

25 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Instagram launches new standalone collage app Layout.

On Monday, Instagram announced Layout, a new app that allows users to quickly create collages and edit photos, which can then be shared to any social platform.New Delhi: Facebook owned Instagram has launched another standalone app, called the Layout, that allows people to create collages of their images before sharing them on social networks. Some clever folks over at Instagram realized they weren’t doing enough to help users make collages or photo montages right in the app, seceding those functions to a plethora of third-party apps. This is the second standalone app from the Facebook-owned photo and video sharing network, following the launch of timelapse-videos app Hyperlapse in August 2014.

Upon opening the app, users are immediately met with their Camera Roll—a change from other apps that force users to choose a photo layout before choosing their photos. The app is all about turning the already fun art of photo collage even cooler by making it easier, more intuitive, and really streamlining the process. Users can share the images prepared through Layout directly to Instagram and Facebook, iPhone’s camera roll, or to other apps including Dropbox, Flipboard, Google+ and Snapchat. For example, with most collage apps, you need to select a format first — 3 photos stacked vertically, a grid of 9 squares Brady Bunch-style — then import your pics from your photo library into the empty grids. Layout isn’t a knock-off of apps like Pic Stitch, InstaCollage and PhotoGrid, rather it gives users a new and convenient way to make collages, enhancing their mobile experience. “The first thing you see is a view of the Camera Roll.

The all tab obviously displays all the photos on the user’s phone, the faces tab displays just the photos that have people’s faces and the recent tab is also self-explanatory. There is a “Faces” button that filters through all of your photos, in an effort to isolate pictures of people, as well as a button to separate all of your most recent photos. Plus, Layout gives you previews of custom layouts at the top of the screen to scroll as you try to figure out which photo of your kid devouring a cupcake (or a cupcake devouring your kid, more likely) that you want to use first and just where it should go. That means you’ll find tools that aren’t only pared down for smaller screens, but ones that work well via swipes rather than needing super-careful fingertip placements to operate.

It’s hard to tell which is the more appealing part of this app: that it offers you new exercises to include in your daily routine, or that it’s a gateway to the old school Atari games that you probably miss dearly. This option is useful to people who usually build collages with pictures of family and friends, and it’s important that their faces are visible in the picture.

Other smart features include a a “replace” button that pulls up your Camera Roll again with a simple tap, and the ability to fiddle around with the sizing and position of individual pics by sliding the edges. The app also comes with a another useful feature called “Photo Booth”, which just sets a timer and takes a burst of spontaneous pictures in a given time sequence, and then presents them in a layout for the user to make an instant collage. It’s total madness that in 2015 there are still moments when employers or landlords want you to fax documents — you might as well send files by carrier pigeon. It’s hard not to be excited for the next Star Wars film — but for those of us eagerly awaiting December 18, this cheesy trading card app can tide you over nicely. And just for fun, if you’re in a no time like the present kind of a mood, there’s a Photo Booth option, ready to snap four quick selfie shots in a row.

Experts believe that Instagram’s backing is going to help the app get more exposure, but there are already many photo collage apps, such as Pic Stitch and PicFrame that have been around for years and have a huge number of users. Considering Android users had to wait more than 18 months for Instagram in the first place, hopefully Layout won’t be quite so long in coming to your shiny LG and Galaxy phones.

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