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Monday, December 10, 2012, 04:13 pm PT (07:13 pm ET)

Twitter rolls out image filters in app update after Instagram pulls integrated photo viewing

Twitter rolled out updates to its official iOS and Android apps on Monday, adding new image editing features including Instagram-like image filters after Instagram halted support for in-app photo viewing on Sunday.

Twitter Filters

Twitter's new filter options as seen in iOS (left) and Android (right). | Source: Twitter


One day after Facebook's Instagram dropped support for Twitter cards, which now results in blank screens when users attempt to view photos, the microblogging giant released an update to its app that brings back some of the lost functionality.

According to Twitter's official blog, the image effects were built by photo editing software company Aviary and include eight different filters. Users can choose from "vignette, black & white, warm, cool, vintage, cinematic, happy and gritty," each offering an Instagram-like feel to photos taken within the Twitter app.

To use the new photo editing feature, users first take a picture and then select a filter of their liking by either tapping on a preview in grid view or swiping through the eight choices to compare how each affects the image.



In addition to filters, Twitter's image editor brings cropping and one-touch auto-enhance capabilities which are implemented in much the same way as Apple's Photos app. Cropping can preserve the original photo's aspect ratio, or bound it into a square for easy viewing on a Twitter timeline.

As of this writing, the iOS version of Twitter's app is not yet available through the App Store, though the company said the download would be available sometime on Monday.