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Camera+ goes to the movies

by John Casasanta
July 31, 201335 comments

Camera+ 3.9

I’m excited to present to you Camera+ 3.9 for iPhone (along with 1.4 for iPad)! I’ve got a bunch of very nifty things to show you…

Effects layering

In this new version, we’ve brought the iPhone and iPad apps one big step closer to each other by adding effects layering to the iPhone. Now you can easily combine any number of Camera+’s effects to create some cool, new looks. Mix, match, and blend until you get the perfect combination. You’re limited only by your creativity.

effects layering

It took us three major attempts (and countless smaller iterations) to get effects layering to feel just right and intuitive on the smaller surface of the iPhone. We’ve come up with a pretty neat UI to accomplish it and I’m confident that you’re going to be pleased with the end result.

Here are a few samples of this powerful feature…

Diana (65%), Sepia (21%), Vibrant (60%)

  • Diana (65%), Sepia (21%), Vibrant (60%)
Miniaturize, Purple Haze (17%), Magic Hour (91%)

  • Miniaturize, Purple Haze (17%), Magic Hour (91%)
’70s (87%), XPRO C-41 (78%), Depth of Field

  • ’70s (87%), XPRO C-41 (78%), Depth of Field

Hollywood Effects Pack

It’s been quite a while since we’ve released a new effects pack for Camera+. Over 2½ years, actually. Well, I’m happy to say that we’ve got a real treat for you today! Introducing the Hollywood Effects Pack… 9 stunning new effects and borders inspired by your favorite movies and TV shows.

Hollywood effectsHollywood borders

Lisa Bettany and Wolfgang Bartelme combined their creative juices and worked really hard to bring you this awesome new pack.

Here’s a sampling of the pack…

Neo, Letterbox

  • Neo
  • Letterbox
Madison Ave, HDTV

  • Madison Ave
  • HDTV

  • Action
  • VHS

  • Dreamstate
Enterprise, DVD

  • Enterprise
  • DVD

  • Amélie
Gotham, Poster

  • Gotham
  • Poster
Home Movie, Super 8

  • Home Movie
  • Super 8
Silent Movie, CRT

  • Silent Movie
  • CRT

You can demo the Hollywood Effects Pack for free. When you decide to purchase it, you can unlock all its cinematic goodness for a paltry 99¢. Get it now, before we receive 9 cease and desist orders and it’s too late!

Please note that the inclusion of the DVD border caused quite the rift within the company. There was an actual knife-fight resulting from it. So even if you hate it, out of appreciation for the sacrifices Three-Fingered Louie made for you, at least pretend to like it.


Effects layering and the Hollywood Effects Pack are the big, new things in 3.9, but we’ve got a bunch of additional features and bug fixes we’ve also included…

In keeping with the theme of the Hollywood Effects Pack, we’ve added a couple of new widescreen cinematic crops… 1.85:1 and 2.39:1. Now you can crop your pics to feel just like they belong on the big screen. Only chumps and sucka MCs limit their crops to just squares. MAKE IT WIIIIIDE!!

cinematic crops

Camera+ now utilizes your Facebook account if you have it setup in iOS settings, making for quick and easy setup within Camera+.

Using Camera+ on that weird, new iPod touch that only has a front-facing camera would rip a tiny hole in the space-time continuum, teleporting the user into a parallel universe where they became an Android user. We’re deeply, deeply sorry. In any case, that’s now fixed in this version.

It’s always nice to reevaluate things and polish any weak spots and we’ve done just that in this version. We’ve made a few small usability improvements that should make Camera+ feel just a bit more intuitive to use.

If you’ve purchased any effects packs in Camera+ and have multiple devices with iCloud turned-on, your purchases will now conveniently be synced for you. It’s a very welcome improvement over the whole “restore purchases” rigmarole.

Here’s one that’s a bit perplexing… in Camera+ 3.8, we added support for several languages in addition to English. One that we didn’t add was Brazilian Portuguese, the native language of Brazil. Yet, since that release, the country that Camera+ has consistently ranked the highest in is… Brazil. Go figure. But for this release, we actually have added the native Brazilian Portuguese and I’m willing to wager that Camera+ tanks in the rankings in Brazil. If anyone has any explanation / crackpot theory for any of this, I’d love to hear it in the comments below.

Brazilian Portuguese

Camera+ 4

When we released Camera+ 3.8, I mentioned the upcoming Camera+ 4, which we’ve been working on for quite a while. Well, then that whole iOS 7 thing came along. So we’ve juggled a few things and the Camera+ 4 I mentioned is now going to be called something else and the Camera+ 4 you’ll soon see is essentially going to be our response to iOS 7. We’ve burned a Jony Ive in effigy and buckled-down to bring you a new version of Camera+ that’ll feel right at home in iOS 7, but not lose the spirit of what Camera+ is. The designs are all in place, we’re truly delighted with them, and the programmers are hard at work implementing it all right now. That’s all I’m going to share about it at this point. Stay tuned…

99¢ until Sunday

If you’re an existing Camera+ user, as always, the update is free to you. If you’re one of the few remaining holdouts, now’s your chance to get it and save 50% as it’s on sale for just 99¢ until Sunday. Go get it!

Camera+ 3.9.1 emergency iCloud sync bug fix

We’re really not 100% positive about the hows and whys of it breaking, but in the just-released Camera+ 3.9, iCloud syncing broke. In any case, we‘ve released a quick update to fix it.

We apologize for any inconveniences and frustrations on your part. Now go and enjoy all the goodness that Camera+ 3.9(.1) brings.

iOS 5.1.1 holdouts: we just submitted a Camera+ fix that’ll get you up and running again. Please continue 1-starring it until it’s approved…

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  1. Ara
    7:35am, July 31, 2013

    We already know v4 is on the way and we also know about the UI change. The least you could have done was to give us a date
    I’m seriously thinking about permanently moving to “ProCam” they have faster updates and every time they do an update they introduce a new “useful” feature. If you wanna live on you gotta learn from them, and if you can’t compete with them in a good way, copy from them!…

  2. Nick
    7:40am, July 31, 2013

    Hilariously awesome guys. Great update.

  3. Plebejer
    7:46am, July 31, 2013


    I can not turn on my iPhone iCloud sync, although I have set up the same as on my iPad. Is this a bug with Camera + (Version 3.9.)? And why do you get on the iPad Hollywood FX Pack free? Not that I have anything against it, but … ;-)


  4. Delapera
    7:55am, July 31, 2013

    Thanks, a lot for this upgrade. The filters are really high quality and the multiple fx option is just amazing on a phone. I bought the app for the iphone 3G and it is still the best nowadays. Cheers!

  5. Plebejer
    8:23am, July 31, 2013

    Addendum: The iPhone version on my iPad also claims that iCloud is not available, but the iPad version works just fine.

    oh oh?

  6. Jacques
    9:06am, July 31, 2013

    Plebejer, having the same issue with iPhone version - so I’m not updating my iPad version until resolved…

  7. Samson
    9:06am, July 31, 2013

    Ah man! It’s a great update! Sadly, I was really hoping for white balance editing. Will we ever get these features on the iPhone version? It’s such a hassle to have to push them to the iPad just to adjust the white balance or exposure and then save it back to the iPhone or having to export to an app like kitcam to do those edits and then save to camera roll and then re-import them into camera+ to finish the editing and publishing is really time consuming.

    I love the snot out of camera+ and it’s the only app I want to use and it’s the only app I take photos with but editing is a different story. I love what you guys are doing. I’m excited to see what else comes out, I just hope eventually you’ll consider putting the manual editing in the iPhone version so it’s more like the iPad version.

    Thank you for the great updates!

  8. Phil
    9:46am, July 31, 2013

    Ironically, while 3.9 goes to the Hollywood, one thing it can’t do is shoot video.

  9. citiesandstates
    10:15am, July 31, 2013

    not thrilled about having to pay for the app, pay for the expansion pack, & NOW you want us to pay for the new features it took you TWO YEARS to drop?

    nah… you just freed up 100MB on my iphone, thanks.

  10. Pete
    10:21am, July 31, 2013

    iCloud sync also no longer working on iPhone with this update. Sad panda.

  11. Austin "TheFrosty" Passy
    11:03am, July 31, 2013

    Excited about the new version. Overlays are what I’ve been waiting for for some time now.


  12. Peter Greenway
    12:40pm, July 31, 2013

    I have the same problem as other people, iCloud sync on my iPhone used to work perfectly, the new 3.9 update breaks this. It claims that iCloud is not turned on when it is. Restore the old version to my iPhone and it works fine again without doing anything else.

    The equivilent iPad version allows iCloud Lightbox syncing.

    I think you have introduced a bug.

  13. Boobies Mcgee
    1:12pm, July 31, 2013

    Remember that time when Camera+ was relevant? I don’t, at least not anymore.

    VSCOcam, Afterlight, picfx, and Mextures all blow the doors off of anything Camera+ has ever done/had. It’s a shame really, you guys fell way behind.

  14. Stan Augustyniewicz
    1:41pm, July 31, 2013

    Neither app launches iPad 2 and iPhone 4 both with iOS 5.X. Have reloaded and restarted. No joy…

  15. Matt M
    3:59pm, July 31, 2013

    Shame. I used to love Camera+ when it was first released. Was always my go-to app. Sadly, this release is too little too late. Not only are you required to pay for additional updates after 2 years, but even these filters are so far behind the competition, it makes me wonder what you guys have really been doing for the past 2 years?!

    Snapseed and VSCO Cam blow anything Camera+ ever did and this update doesn’t even come close to doing anything that those two apps pull off well.

  16. Noël Rosenthal
    4:56pm, July 31, 2013

    Hey Everyone -

    iCloud syncing was definitely not working correctly in Camera+ 3.9. There’s an update available now that fixes the issue. I can’t tell you how hard we all worked to push out 3.9.1 this quickly.

  17. Brent Robertson
    5:47pm, July 31, 2013

    WOW looks great team. I wasnt a big one on the iCloud Syncing, as IMHO Camera+ was just too slow in the sync process even over WiFi.
    Im on iOS7 and all works great, but the progress bar is still white out, but i get the chime when the ‘save to’ is done.
    Keep up the work and look forward to the iOS7 version.
    Looks like we all are going to add a little iOS7 to our Apps ;P
    Well done but my only gripe is, if you want a certain part in some of the new borders, you need to crop it to fit some of the crammed horizontal borders. Not cool :(

  18. Mercy
    7:08am, August 1, 2013

    Help! I updated to 3.9 this morning and it won’t launch after that. I have lots of pictures within the app and I really don’t wanna lose them. Please please advise…

  19. Mercy
    7:16am, August 1, 2013

    Correction: Updated to version 3.9.1 and now the app won’t launch at all. Please help. :(

  20. fokewulf
    7:43am, August 1, 2013

    Great update! One suggestion: introduce share on Instagram.

  21. Anne
    4:39am, August 2, 2013

    Love the new effects and the ability to combine multiple filters. Another welcome update with that would be the ability to save our favorite filter combinations to reuse!


  22. Steve
    1:43pm, August 2, 2013

    Disaster. 3.9.1 does not work on IPhone 4S. Just will will not launch. Luckily I could delete and revert back to 3.8 but there is a serious bug in 3.9 that needs fixing

  23. Maria Sacadura
    5:08am, August 3, 2013

    Love the effects and the multiple layers are very easy to use.Congratulations.

  24. linda
    3:27pm, August 3, 2013

    Can anyone share why after the update it wont launch at all?? I even deleted it and repurchased and that didn’t work either! Please Help! I love this app!! I have 4s

  25. Troy
    7:44pm, August 3, 2013

    Updated on my iPhone 4, but am not seeing effects layering. I just have the OK (check) and Remove on the Effects screen. Am I missing it or is it missing?

  26. Steve
    2:46am, August 4, 2013

    Linda re failure to launch, repurchasing won’t work as it will just reload 3.9.1 again. I was lucky as I still had 3.8 in iTunes on my PC so could restore. The only guess I have is that 3.9.1 doesn’t work with IOS 5 and those of us smart enough to not load IO6 have been abandoned by the Camera+ team. Would be good if they’d at least acknowledge there is a problem.

  27. Pablo U.
    3:08pm, August 4, 2013

    SUGGESTION: Please add a toggle so when the app returns from background its ready to take a new photo.
    I missed shoots because I was expcting the camera and found myself in the lightroom.


  28. Steve
    12:25pm, August 7, 2013


    The launch problem some of us had has been ficex in 3.9.2 aviilable today

    Thanks Camera+ team

  29. Mercy
    5:16pm, August 7, 2013

    That was fast!!! Thank you for 3.9.2. It’s now working! :))

  30. Arqks
    4:06pm, August 17, 2013

    iPad app not launching after update!!! Help!!!

  31. rmiller
    6:29am, August 22, 2013

    Use this app occasionally. Bought the hollywood fx package for a nice filter I used. However, it only let me use it one time! I tried to use the fx package again and it prompted me to pay again, or “restore purchase.” I enter my info, but the app then says “unable to restore purchase.” What gives? Please don’t tell me you expect me to purchase this again. Can anyone assist me with this??

  32. gary ashton
    4:50am, August 25, 2013

    Great to see the layering now on the iphone :)

  33. Kelly Garcia
    12:54pm, September 8, 2013

    Please make this for android!!! I no longer have an iPhone and this app is the only thing I miss about it!

  34. Holly
    12:35pm, October 4, 2013

    Will this awesome app ever come to android?

  35. Kattia Basile
    2:44am, December 3, 2013

    Hi, guys..
    I ‘updated’ camera+ for iPad and it doesn’t work anymore..
    This app is my favorite of all and I miss my albums of my best shots I used to keep on it, it was about 1000 pics, ok that I lost them but I think it should be saved in an album in photos..
    Keep going good work..
    Waiting for new update to fix my app..
    Take care..

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