• Joe BarberJoe Barber, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I believe I built the simplest and easy-to-use camera app

    That’s why I made oSnap completely gestured based:

    No.. Simplest from a visual standpoint? Maybe.

    But if you just hand this app to an average iPhone user without an on-boarding process, they're not going to figure this stuff out. Not to mention that shake-to-anything sucks.

    But most of all, I'm really irked by the subtitle.

    How I discovered my inner Steve Jobs.....

    No man, no.

    21 points
  • Matt ScorteMatt Scorte, over 7 years ago

    His focus solution is a bit confusing, tap and hold to focus? So then when I let go it takes the picture? How would I know what I focused on with my finger in the way.

    I use the VSCO app, my favorite camera app by far.

    7 points
    • Lee SwagertyLee Swagerty, over 7 years ago

      Same here. I think VSCO is a happy medium in having the "shutter" button be very large compared to the default apps button.

      Some of this guys ideas are valid, but like other said; poor execution.

      0 points
  • Will BakerWill Baker, over 7 years ago

    Just wanna pop in to say that displaying recent photos at the top of the screen—pushing the capture/live-view panel down some-hundred pixels—is absurd when the camera itself is at the top of the device.

    5 points
  • Nice ShoesNice Shoes, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Whilst there's some logic to his arguments. His solution, oSnap, feels less intuitive.

    4 points
  • Joe BarberJoe Barber, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I felt bad for commenting on the article here where the author might not ever see it. So I figured I would also comment on the medium post.

    I thought it was strange that there weren't any comments on it yet. But I think I figured out why -

    2 points
  • Moeed MohammadMoeed Mohammad, over 7 years ago

    When you design an app for however-many-hundred-million people, you need a button or two.

    File this under meh.

    2 points
    • Tammer IbrahimTammer Ibrahim, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )


      There is one and only one problem with the default Camera, and it's glaringly obvious. Everywhere else in iOS 7 words = action. The natural inclination is to tap the video, pano etc. words, which in this case does nothing.

      I like how the gesture is a tribute to a pro camera switch without resorting to skeuomorphism. But on the other hand I really don't think my mom would have figured this out until I filled her in.

      1 point
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, over 7 years ago

    weird way to promote your app.

    1 point
  • Pasquale D'SilvaPasquale D'Silva, over 7 years ago

    Too many buried gestures.

    1 point
  • Matt ZanchelliMatt Zanchelli, over 7 years ago

    There are a lot of other problems that Apple is trying to solve with the default Camera.app that you don't have to solve when creating your own 3rd party one.

    How do you take burst photos if tap and hold on the camera view is for focusing?

    It's not entirely obvious either because tapping takes a photo, but tapping and holding does something completely different— not an extension of tapping.

    If this solves your use cases, great! However, it is no way "fixes" the default Camera app. Trust me, using gestures was not entirely missed. It was considered and it did not solve the problems they needed to solve.

    0 points
  • Alex StevenAlex Steven, over 7 years ago

    Shake to flip the camera - Ridiculous idea!

    Say I'm riding my bike down the street and out of nowhere comes a monkey dressed as Miley Cyrus riding an elephant. Wow, I really need to get a photo of this, open oSnap, get the photo composition perfect and...BAM! I hit a bump in the road... All I get is a selfie of my startled face and no proof that this incredible act ever happened.

    Ridiculous example for a ridiculous idea.

    0 points
  • Paul MacgregorPaul Macgregor, over 7 years ago

    I don't understand the hostile reaction to this, swipe to control the flash is genius.


    0 points
  • Askar HussainAskar Hussain, over 7 years ago

    I really like the idea of a button-less camera app. I hope it has some decent filters to make it to my home screen.

    0 points
  • Radu CeucaRadu Ceuca, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Have you ever struck the perfect selfie pose only to NOT be able to find the camera button?

    find the camera button
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    find the camera button

    find the camera button

    find the camera button

    0 points
    • Nick PfistererNick Pfisterer, over 7 years ago

      I'm glad it wasn't just me. Not even halfway through the article, I couldn't help but wonder: how does one hold an iPhone without being able to find the camera button? Was he grabbing it from a weird angle without looking at the screen and failed to mention that?

      0 points
    • David BroderickDavid Broderick, over 7 years ago

      Right? Also, does no one use the volume controls to take a pic? Eliminates any problem of trying to "find the camera button" if you can't see the screen.

      0 points