Camera+, one of the most popular photography apps for iOS devices, has just released a major update that brings a revamped user interface, better sharing options, faster speed, better photo importing, and a number of other new tweaks and features that make this a must-have in your app arsenal.

Sharing

At the top of the improved features list is the new Camera+ sharing features. In version 3.0, users can share on multiple social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr) at once, which is similar to Instagram’s offerings. (Other sharing options include sending via email, MMS, or through a generated Web link, which is also new in 3.0.) From our tests, the new sharing feature worked well, though the app did crash twice in a row when we input our Facebook login credentials. The issue seemed to work itself after that, however, and the sharing was quick and easy. We posted a photo to Twitter and Facebook simultaneously in about 11 seconds.

Batch importing

One big drawback to previous iterations of Camera+ was that importing photos from your library was limited to one-at-a-time. Now, users can import multiple photos into Camera+ in one go, with no limit on the number. In our test, we chose four photos at once, and it took less than three seconds for them to appear in Camera+, where we can edit, add filters, and share.

Single-photo workflow mode

A major advantage to using Camera+ over the standard iPhone camera app is that you can quickly shoot many pictures in a row, without the lag. But oftentimes you only want to shoot one photo, edit it, and send it out to your friends and followers. Camera+ 3.0 makes this easier by adding a single-photo workflow mode, which allows you to edit a picture immediately after snapping the shot. Users can also choose to shoot multiple pictures in a row, then edit, save, or delete each when ready. Users can choose between the two options in the menu.

Other improvements

In addition to the updates above, Camera+ 3.0 also includes focus and exposure locks, which allow users to keep the focal length or f-stop the same, independent of one another. The “Clarity” tweak, which automatically boosts an image where it needs it most, has received some improvements. The Lightbox got a makeover. The VolumeSnap settings now appear in the menu. And users can opt-in to various notifications, including news, and information about Camera+ contents.

API

While all of these updates are for the Camera+ app specifically, the most significant change made be the release of a Camera+ API, which will allow app developers to incorporate Camera+ into their own apps. This means that social networking apps, for example, won’t have to build their own photo-taking feature, but can instead incorporate Camera+ directly into their app.

Camera+ costs $0.99 from the iTunes apps store. Get it here: iTunes link