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  • SnapTap: Take Photos Like a Real Camera using the iPhone Volume Controls


    Last week we covered a new app on the scene called Snappy, which allowed you to take properazzi style photos by snapping a quick photo by simply pressing and holding on the top status bar in any application.

    Although Snappy is more of a camera Add-on, and SnapTap is more of a tweak. SnapTap, by Tom Zickel, allows you to take pictures using the volume controls instead of using the small camera button onscreen. This app is intended to also work with any other camera apps you might use, which really makes this tweak a fantastic addition. I personally always found it ridiculous when taking a photo by tapping the screen. Using the volume controls to snap your photo should have been a built in feature, but alas, here we are, Tom brings us a great tweak to use your phone in a more Camera-Like manner.

    The idea behind this tweak is so that you can hold your iPhone like a normal camera and use the volume buttons as the shutter control. It also makes self portraits incredibly easier, and also works for activating the video camera and stopping it.

    UPDATE: This does NOT affect the volume when using it. I snapped like 10 pictures while listening to music and the volume stayed where it was.

    You will be required to have 3.0 or higher on your iPhone, as it has not been tested on anything below.

    Features:
    * Take photos easily by using the volume controls.
    * Finally take self-portrait pictures without figuring where to press.
    * Tested with the built-in camera taking app, should work with others as well.
    You can download & purchase SnapTap from the Cydia Store for $.99. This tweak is available on the BigBoss repo.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: SnapTap: Take Photos Like a Real Camera using the iPhone Volume Controls started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. pompiste's Avatar
      pompiste -
      Look cool i'm gonna try this one for sure!
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      this only replaces the button not opening the camera like snappy
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      Excellent tweak!
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      this only replaces the button not opening the camera like snappy
      Yes this is just a tweak. Just adds functionality to your volume controls to work with any app that takes a photo. Works in conjunction with Snappy.
    1. yahoowizard's Avatar
      yahoowizard -
      Be nice if the volume controls controlled like, zoom....that would be really epic.
    1. anthem13's Avatar
      anthem13 -
      nice tweak ,self photo shot should be easier by using the button.
    1. justinede's Avatar
      justinede -
      It would be cool the make them zoom, but i always thought the digital zoom on the 3G[S] sucked... Nice app.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      yeah saw this app[edit]errr..tweek-[i a sooo sorry] today. was about to buy but wasnt sure how [if at all] it would conflict with volume usage at the same time. maybe not something that needs to be worried about in the short period of time its gonna be in use.hopefully a great buy.

      ok so i just purchased. works great.
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      yeah saw this app today. was about to buy but wasnt sure how [if at all] it would conflict with volume usage at the same time. maybe not something that needs to be worried about in the short period of time its gonna be in use.hopefully a great buy.

      ok so i just purchased. works great.
      This does NOT affect the volume when using it. I snapped like 10 pictures while listening to music and the volume stayed where it was.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickhesson View Post
      Yes this is just a tweak. Just adds functionality to your volume controls to work with any app that takes a photo. Works in conjunction with Snappy.
      Thanks, that is what I wanted to know. I'll be getting this useful tweak.
    1. xxfr0stbytexx's Avatar
      xxfr0stbytexx -
      i just got this and i love it, i made a short video on how it works,and what it is for everyone who wanted to know.

      [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_3_DAqqMcM[/ame]
    1. jakeintosh's Avatar
      jakeintosh -
      Are there any other apps out there that let you modify the volume controls?

      I've always wanted the volume buttons to scroll safari pages when my thumb gets tired after a long period of one-handed operation.
    1. xxfr0stbytexx's Avatar
      xxfr0stbytexx -
      Quote Originally Posted by jakeintosh View Post
      Are there any other apps out there that let you modify the volume controls?

      I've always wanted the volume buttons to scroll safari pages when my thumb gets tired after a long period of one-handed operation.
      that sounds really cool, let me search around and see if i can find something
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Quote Originally Posted by xxfr0stbytexx View Post
      that sounds really cool, let me search around and see if i can find something
      I'll second that! Would love to see more features assignable to the volume controls, hell even the power button.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Great app!Or should I say Tweak
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      just an update:

      doesnt work with occipital clearcam or cycorder. so far just the stock camera.
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Works with Snappy and Snapture. Tested
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      i'm going to try this out! that's one feature that has always bugged me about the camera app. i always have a hard time finding the button... :/

      hope its as good as it sounds!

      Quote Originally Posted by xxfr0stbytexx View Post
      i just got this and i love it, i made a short video on how it works,and what it is for everyone who wanted to know.

      YouTube - SnapTap for iPhone
      quick question! how did you get your home screen to show the time and have only 4 rows of icons?! it looks hott! plz share
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      I bought this app as soon as I heard about it. That was the one feature that made me buy Snapture, and it's the one feature Snapture in the App Store is missing.

      Snappy, MultiFl0w, SnapTap, LockInfo...Loving all the new apps/updates coming out! It's making the Droid look less and less appealing. iDon't have a real keyboard? Beg to differ. iDon't run simultaneous apps? Backgrounder and MultiFl0w. I don't customize? WinterBoard. iDon't run widgets? Too many to name. iDon't allow open development? That's what jailbreaking is all about.

      Yes the Droid does take 5MP pictures in the dark, but if you care that much about pictures, you won't be using a phone to take them anyway. And iDon't have interchangeable batteries? Honestly, how many people actually carry around a spare battery? And if you do, you're carrying around something extra anyway; I've got my Miccus ChargeBlock that keeps my phone charged when I'm running low.
    1. chris102192's Avatar
      chris102192 -
      its about time. haha
      i was talking about doing this like 3-4 months ago.