Camera+ ‘Volume Snap’ rejected, but not quite!

by Phil Olin

Camera+ ‘Volume Snap’ rejected, but not quite!

by Phil Olin on August 10, 2010

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If you are a user of Taptaptap’s Camera+, then pay close attention. Since its release, Taptaptap has been trying to get Apple to allow them to use the volume buttons to snap photos. Their most recent version, 1.3, was shot down because of this.

Unfortunately, Apple decided to reject it. This doesn’t come as a complete surprise since it wasn’t our first time being rejected for that very feature. Their exact reason for the rejection is the following:

“Your application cannot be added to the App Store because it uses iPhone volume buttons in a non-standard way, potentially resulting in user confusion. Changing the behavior of iPhone external hardware buttons is a violation of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement. Applications must adhere to the iPhone Human Interface Guidelines as outlined in the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement section 3.3.7″


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Now some of you may think that it’s not much of a big deal. It may sound like a small thing, but being able to use your volume buttons as a camera shutter will result in much better photos. No longer will you have to try to stabilize your phone with one hand, and hit the shutter button with the other. Now you would be able to use two hands to hold your phone and hit the shutter with one finger. Thanks to Chris Herbert, Camera+ users can use this, even though Apple hasn’t approved the app.

Safari.app » camplus://enablevolumesnap » enable volume snap in Camera+ » Get taptaptap banished from App Store.

A simple hack in Safari, just type “camplus://enablevolumesnap” in Safari’s address bar on your iPhone (no quotes) will enable the volume buttons to snap the shutter. I know this works in version 1.2.1 of Camera+, not sure about older versions. If you want to disable it, type “camplus://disablevolumesnap” in Safari (again with no quotes).

Before I heard of this, I was unsure about Camera+; I had never used it, and the screen shots in the App Store do it no justice. It truly is an amazing camera app. I’m shocked that we haven’t reviewed it before, so expect a full review of this awesome app soon. In the mean time, there is a very good chance that Camera+ will get pulled from the App Store, since it isn’t following Apple’s guidelines. So if you are on the edge, I’d recommend grabbing it while you have the chance, it is on sale for $1.99.

UPDATE: The app has been pulled from the App Store. We’ll see if it returns anytime soon.

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