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Twitter launches new photo-editing tools for mobile apps

December 12th, 2012 | by Seán J. Grannum
Twitter launches new photo-editing tools for mobile apps

Well that didn’t take long at all. Following widespread rumours Twitter has launched new photo-editing features for it’s iPhone and Android apps in partnership with Aviary, a popular photo-editing software development kit.

In a recent post from the official Twitter blog the company said: “Every day, millions of people come to Twitter to connect with the things they care about and find out what’s happening around the world. As one of the most compelling forms of self-expression, photos have long been an important part of these experiences.”

Aviary expanded on the new tools in a recent blog-post: “Together we’ve created a unique experience that makes it easier than ever for people to create and share photos on Twitter, in real time. Each filter was designed from the ground up exclusively for Twitter, and we couldn’t be more excited about how they turned out. We designed these features so that it is very easy to add new and elegant filters to the photos that people share using Twitter’s mobile apps for iPhone and Android.

The new photo-editing tools allow users to crop and zoom in on photos, auto-enhance them (which appears “enchance” the contrast and colours” and also add filters, much like popular photo-sharing service Instagram, which recently pulled all it’s support for the social network. Users will likely find Twitter’s nine filter options lacking compared to Instagram for the time being, despite the unique ability to see how your photo looks in each filter all at once being a nice addition to Twitter’s offerings.

Though Twitter has put up its gloves as it battles Instagram to fulfil users photo-uploading needs it remains to be seen if the new tools will be able to convince Instagram fans to jump ship. Filters are nice, but one of the best features about Instagram is it’s ability to post to multiple social networks simultaneously. Watch Twitter’s video about the new features below.