Instagram will no longer auto crop your shared pictures and videos to make them fit inside the square format. From now on, the size/orientation of an image or video will remain the exact same as when originally taken. Pictures won’t be cramped anymore, your friends won’t get cut out of selfies and you can even share full size panoramas and wide-screen videos.
A new format icon will appear when uploading a picture or video allowing users to adjust the orientation as needed. In addition, when your friends see your recent activity they will see the media the same as you do, meaning it takes effect on both ends. But that’s not all! Instagram will include a new feature letting users adjust the intensity of filters right within the app. Best of all, not only does this work for your photos, but also your videos. These enhancements will be a welcome improvement and will make your story even more dramatic and appealing to the eye.
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Instagram has always been one of the easiest ways to share photos to the world, but in the past, that hasn’t come without its caveats. The Facebook-owned social networking platform has only ever allowed for the sharing of square photos, but that’s changing today. In a new update that’s rolling out on Android, Instagram will finally let you post full-size portrait and landscape photos.
Trying to fit certain images in a square format can be pretty difficult. In fact, the Instagram team says that nearly one in every five photos posted to the site aren’t in the standard square format, which is why the company is changing its ways. After you receive the update, simply tap on the format icon to adjust the orientation to portrait or landscape instead of square. Your photo will show up in your feed in the orientation that you’ve chosen. But to keep your profile looking clean, your post will appear there as a center-cropped square.
This will of course make watching and uploading videos easier as well, as the app now gives folks the ability to post widescreen videos without the need to download a third party application to do so.
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Last month Instagram announced that it would begin supporting 1080×1080 resolution photos, which was a much-needed addition to the platform. Between the bump up in resolution and these new formatting changes, our Instagram feeds are about to look a heck of a lot better.
Oh, and one more thing – to celebrate this new change, the official Star Wars Instagram account has posted a new mini-trailer for The Force Awakens. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this. Check it out below:
The big version 7.5 update is rolling out now, so head to the link below to grab the latest version! What are your thoughts on this move? Will you miss square-only photo sharing, or is this a feature that’s been long overdue? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.
Instagram today announced that the popular app would begin letting users post photos and videos in both portrait and landscape modes, expanding upon the all-inclusive square format for which the service is well-known. The company notes it discovered that nearly one in five posts aren’t in the square format, so today’s decision comes from its mission statement of putting each user’s “visual story” first and the format second.
Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to.
It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram: friends get cut out of group shots, the subject of your video feels cramped and you can’t capture the Golden Gate Bridge from end to end.
Now, when choosing a photo or video, you can tap the format icon to adjust the orientation to portrait or landscape instead of square. Once you share the photo, the full-sized version of it will appear to all of your followers in feed in a beautiful, natural way.
The company believes that the update makes videos “more cinematic than ever” thanks to widescreen, and that instead of a segregated selection of filters for photos and videos, now all filters can be used on any type of moment. The update is live now and should be rolling out to all Instagram users today. Those who have yet to download Instagram [Direct Link] from the App Store can do so for free.
First things first, I wanted to let you guys know that you can now subscribe to Dear Veronica on iTunes! We’ll have an RSS feed up soon for you non-iTunes people, so don’t think we forgot about you. These things just take time.
Episode-wise, I’m excited to welcome onto the show my friend and my former Tekzilla co-host Patrick Norton of TekThing! He’s going to set you straight on the best home automation setup. Plus, we talk about following (or not) awkward acquaintances on Instagram.
Keep sending in those questions to me via email, or on Twitter using the hashtag #DearVeronica. See you next time!
Not happy with having to wade through filters and other editing tools just to post your Instagram shots? You might have a much simpler solution in the near future. Droid-Life has noticed that Instagram is trying out a new photo editor on Android that squeezes things into a single, simpler page that lets you add comments, tag people and apply filters. You only have to jump to another screen if you’re eager to make in-depth tweaks.
Don’t expect to try this editor just yet. You need to be running Instagram 7.3 (which isn’t automatically rolling out to everyone), and the new interface only appears to be available to a handful of people — we couldn’t get it to show up on 7.3 despite following instructions to the letter. For now, this is more of an experiment than a full-fledged upgrade.
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An update for Instagram on Android, taking it up to version 7.3.0, has been spotted and is apparently rolling out to users. This new version appears to change the process one follows to edit and filter pictures before posting them on the service.
Users of Instagram are familiar with the three steps one follows when making a new post. After selecting an image, the app gives users a chance to crop the image, then apply some filters, and finally add a caption and some other optional information to the post.
The new process takes users directly to a new screen with most of these steps combined on this single screen. The selected image itself can be swiped on to move between filters which are displayed in real time as they are selected. A small edit button is located in the bottom left corner to access the traditional editing options. A tag button is present in the bottom right corner for tagging other users. Below all of this is a slider of nearby locations that can be selected and options for cross-posting to other services. There is also an entry field for the caption.
You can check out a video below showing how this new interface works. Use the download links to get Instagram or check to see whether the update is available for your account.
source: Droid Life
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Adult Swim has added one more weird experience to its warehouse of silly yet generally entertaining video games based on its television shows: Rick and Morty Rickstaverse, a hidden-object game that takes place entirely on Instagram. This is a true point-and-click game — In Ricktaverse, players click on photos of the literal Rick and Morty universe (the starting point is in space with a naked Santa) and tap the tags that pop up on each photo to be transported to a new area. There are secrets, collectibles and mini-games to find, each played out by tapping photos on Instagram. Find and follow the accounts of five Garblovian Bootleggers, for example, and they may post exclusive Rick and Morty clips in the future. Welcome to the golden age of user-driven advertising.
Adult Swim has invested heartily in the video game market, with a trippy VR experience, a hat-based partnership with Valve, and some silly games for Vita and PC. The company has even gotten into the Instagram game before with Rick and Morty, in 2014 offering entire episodes in 15-second chunks. And then there’s Paul Robertson’s Super Dino Boys, a series of adorable animated shorts done up in a retro side-scrolling style. Stay weird, Adult Swim.
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Today on In Case You Missed It: Forever 21 just unveiled (or unwound) a new kind of billboard that uses mechanical spools of thread to rapidly display Instagram photos. A bionic eye was implanted in a patient for new use with an old disease: Age-related macular degeneration. And your next kiddy birthday party will be the perfect place to unveil your mastery of common household ingredients to make a rainbow flamethrower display. Don’t say I didn’t warn you if you blow up your house, though.
From the cutting room floor: Scientists put tiny lasers into human cells. The hope is that such a breakthrough (if it gets beyond the petri dish stage) could track where cancer cells move. So fascinating!
Today’s bonus story, we admit, has little to do with tech and more to do with lols. It’s a woman inside a clear box that a bear is slamming around. We don’t know either.
Instagram has offered access to images uploaded to the Instagram iOS app on the web for several years now, and as of today, the site’s gained a new highly desired feature – search. Prior to today, Instagram users could not search for content on the Instagram website, with search being limited to the company’s apps.
With the new website search feature that’s rolling out today, it’s possible to search for hashtags, locations, and user accounts directly from a web browser. The new capabilities are designed to make the web experience better complement the mobile browsing experience.
Searching for a location will bring up images from that location alongside a map, while searching for a username will bring up individual accounts and searching for a hashtag will bring up a landing page that shows all images tagged with that label. Search pages display both top posts that have received the most likes and most recent posts.
Today’s new web search feature follows a major June iOS update that made it easier to discover content within the Instagram app. That update expanded the “Explore” tab with curated collections of images and enabled the ability to search by location for the first time.
Instagram announced on Twitter today that you can now search for people, places and hashtags on web.
The new search feature on Instagram.com lets you view people, places and hashtags, however does not support the new overhauled explore feature that was released a month ago on the mobile app. The new search feature does make it easier for users to find posts on the web, as before, you were only able to do so by clicking on a direct link or find it from a user’s feed.
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