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Rosetta stoning… introducing Camera+ 3.8

by John Casasanta
April 10, 201323 comments

Rosetta stoning… introducing Camera+ 3.8

Today we’ve launched Camera+ 3.8 (1.3 for iPad) and it’s got a lot more culture now. We sent the app back to school to learn a bunch of different languages and the end result is that it now speaks the following, in addition to its native English…

  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese

The process

If you’re curious about how it all went down behind the scenes, I’ll detail a bit of the process for you. As with everything we do, we wanted the translations to be of the highest quality so we searched for a good, solid localization house. After looking over a bunch of good candidates, we decided on wordcrafts. If you develop apps and plan to do any localizing, I recommend them as they were great to work with.

Initially, we planned to translate Camera+ into around 20 languages. And that we did. But at the 11th hour, we made the tough decision to drop around half the planned languages. We threw out a lot of work since the translations were all done but we realized that the whole localization process goes far beyond just the translations.

No doubt, we anticipated that localizing an app as big as Camera+ would be a huge effort, but we still underestimated the reality of it. And moving forward, we’ll now always need to translate any new features we add.

We did a lot of work to automate as much as we can but there’s still a ton of other things that need to be done for each language. So to start, we decided to scale things back and go with a handful of the more popular languages. Depending on how things go, we’ll possibly add back some of the stripped languages in the future.

And speaking of how things go, I’ll likely post about the results down the line. We’re really curious to see if the efforts were all worth it and I’m sure there are plenty of developers out there who’d love to know, too.

Camera+ 3.9 and beyond

Some of you may recall that when we released Camera+ 3.7, I mentioned that the next release would have a bunch of nifty things in it. Welllll… that release got shifted from 3.8 to 3.9. The good news is that 3.9 (among other big upcoming releases) has been in simultaneous development along with this release, so we’re not very far off from launching it.

To make up for this slighting, here’s a little preview of what’s coming up in it…

Camera+ 3.9 Sneak Peek

3.9 is part of the convergence between the the iPhone and iPad versions and we’ll be introducing a nice UI in it so that you can do effects layering. When you combine two or more effects in Camera+, you can get some really cool results.

There’s still a lot more to do to have complete convergence between the two platforms and we’ll be continuing along those lines beyond 3.9. And then we have Camera+ 4, which we’ve literally been working on in parallel for the past two years. Just wait…

http://campl.us


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23 comments

  1. T-Will
    7:17am, April 10, 2013

    Please please please add video recording so I can make Camera+ my complete Camera.app replacement! :-)

  2. Dhinakaran
    7:19am, April 10, 2013

    My favourite app on my iPhone. It’s really good to see developers like yourself keep working to make apps better. Looking forward to Camera+ 3.8 and beyond! Keep up the good work!

  3. Raul
    7:21am, April 10, 2013

    +1 to the video recording!

  4. Mike Woody
    7:28am, April 10, 2013

    Thx for this update but me I remind you of all your other apps which haven’t received any update since a long time.

    Many, many others complain in the world wide App Store about this but you just neglect us all.

    My advice: either remove your other apps or give them the update your customers deserve.

    We feed you !

  5. BJ Wanlund
    7:28am, April 10, 2013

    I have been taking a TON of snow pictures, and I have a feature request: A setting (maybe a filter, or a scene mode, I dunno) for optimal snow pictures.

  6. Michael Stenhjem
    7:32am, April 10, 2013

    Sliders and more than one filter? Yes please!!

  7. Bryan
    8:20am, April 10, 2013

    -1 Don’t do video.

    Keep up the good work. Can’t wait for 4.0

  8. Vladimir Campos
    9:34am, April 10, 2013

    Please add new services to the shearing feature:
    - Evernote
    - ADN (App.Net)

  9. 劉德偉
    11:52am, April 10, 2013

    很好喔 請多加油

  10. Dan Waldie
    12:19am, April 11, 2013

    I agree with other comments regarding need for video. Also the snow or water setting.

  11. Ace one
    4:32am, April 11, 2013

    Hi, Camera+ is one of my favorite, i think its so great product, and wanna tell you my (and my friends) appreciation for adding language, Japanese. However, I strongly wish that you set app name back to English. Please think about it for next update.

  12. lwr32
    10:40pm, April 16, 2013

    Please, please leave the camera button. I’m not a shake the iPhone to do anything.

  13. Khürt Williams
    9:13am, May 8, 2013

    Please do NOT add video to Camera+. Not needed. Nothing to be gained by adding video to this app. There already great apps that do this very well.

    I also do not want to shake my iPhone onto a hard floor and smash the screen.

    I second the request for an ADN share button.

  14. Lewis Francis
    8:21am, May 20, 2013

    Can’t wait for the next release — decent sharpening is my #1 so far un-met need in an iOS app and I am super-jazzed to hear it’s on the way.

    And folks, the shake-to-shoot thing? Ever hear of April Fools? ;)

  15. Allan Georgee
    6:42pm, May 25, 2013

    Hi. Love this app. Using it with my class of kids for art. Have an issue with iPad 2 where I mistakenly clicked no when asked if I want allow access to photo roll. Can someone tell me how to fix this? Emailed support but no reply.

  16. Johntheone
    5:24pm, May 30, 2013

    Please, Please, Please do not add a video recording function, or if you do, make another app for it (yes I know how hard it is making an app) Camera+ should stay the way it is for the purist in all of us. 3.9 looks brilliant, more control – more time on the app, and that’s always a good thing, right?

    Can’t wait for 4.0 – I would love to see, a recent (remembered) hashtags used in the sharing section of twitter, that would be ace.

    Keep up the brilliant work, kind regards.

  17. gen
    5:15am, June 26, 2013

    Camera+ for Android phones PLEASE!!

  18. jarrett
    6:12pm, June 28, 2013

    Please add to android. .

  19. Joe Videki
    8:03am, July 20, 2013

    Running Camera+ on my iPhone 4S on iOS 6.1.3 and I don’t have any scene modes – including clarity available. Any suggestions as to how I may access the scene modes?

  20. Joe Videki
    8:11am, July 20, 2013

    I just found clarity and scene modes under the edit menu, I was thinking it was a shooting mode, silly me. Awesome app btw!

  21. Cialz
    12:55pm, July 21, 2013

    Great fan of this app, glad to see layering in iPhone version too.
    I wish to see also a compare button, I think it is a must have feature.

  22. Curt
    1:57am, July 22, 2013

    In app purchase for the Analog edits with Camera+? What’s with that? A very poor move that will loose users.

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