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Instagram 'Hooks' Up with Other Photo Apps

June 02, 2011

Instagram 'Hooks' Up with Other Photo Apps

By Tammy Wolf
TMCnet Web Editor

If you’re hooked on the Instagram iPhone (News - Alert) app like this editor, then this new development for the photo editing and sharing app is going to make you even more snap-happy.

Up until now, users have been required to launch the Instagram app in order to edit, share and tag (News - Alert) photos. Now, what’s being called an “iPhone hook” will allow any other iPhone app to interact with the Instagram app so that photos taken with other apps can be seamlessly passed directly into the Instagram filter screen.

For example, if you were to snap a photo on the 100 Cameras in 1 iPhone app, you can then instantly jump into the Instagram app by tapping this option in the 100 Cameras in 1 app. So, for those of you who prefer to edit, tag and create captions for your photos before sharing, you’ll be able to do so without switching from app-to-app.

Instagram has all along lacked this functionality due to an absence of a writable application programming interface (API), which allows users to post photos to a network with other apps. Described by experts as a comparable tool to copying and pasting a photo to and from Instagram, iPhone hooks works in several ways.

First, users can pass information from Instagram to the interacting app. Or, they can send photos from other apps directly into Instagram, saving everyone from the tedious steps that come along with importing photos from an iPhone Camera Roll to a social network’s photo stream.

This functionality will even work with Web-based apps, too, according to Instagram officials. “We wanted to make it easier for other iPhone apps (and iPhone Web apps) to hook into Instagram to open a particular item or post a photo through our app,” Co-Founder Mike Krieger told Tech Crunch.

While I have yet to give 100 Cameras in 1 a whirl (it’s definitely the next app on my list, especially with this new tool), let’s hope other popular camera apps like Hipstamatic and ColorSplash will soon offer this option.

In the meantime, check out my review of some of my favorite photo editing and sharing apps, including my personal favorite – Instagram.  

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Tammy Wolf is a TMCnet web editor. She covers a wide range of topics, including IP communications and information technology. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell


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