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  • Snappy - The Fastest Camera App Available: Take Pictures from Any App
    How many times have you wanted to take that perfect photo with your iPhone and missed it trying to close your app and open the camera app? How many times have you tried to launch the Camera app and wait, and wait, and wait before you can take a photograph? How many times have your friends yelled at you to hurry up and take the damn photo?

    Well folks, those days are gone. At least for us Jailbroken users once again! Today I bring you a hot new app available in cydia called Snappy developed by Marc Vaillant.

    Snappy gives you the ability to take photos from any app on your iPhone without having to close it and launch the camera app. This includes your lockscreen! You can take photos directly from the lockscreen in a matter of 1 or 2 seconds! Literally!

    All you have to do is tap and hold the status bar (the topmost bar) to open the camera and your ready to snap; compare that to the 6+ seconds it can take to exit a running application and launch the native camera app.



    This app is available in Cydia now, for a small fee of $1.99.

    On a side note, Snappy works in harmony with qTweeter.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Snappy - The Fastest Camera App Available: Take Pictures from Any App started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 73 Comments
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      Quote Originally Posted by alantoo View Post
      anyone tried it on a 3GS? does the focus feature with this app?
      Yes and Yes
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      hmm funny because with the double click home camera option you also get iPod controls which are only Really useful when you are listening to music or when you're at lockscreen. And if you want the cam just pause it after you brought up the iPod controls. And if you want you can also set a triple click...

      So yes go ahead and spend your cash while Im using a solution already built in that doesnt take up memory and already has video recording. Totally useful...
      Serious questions: Can you access the camera from the lockscreen as well? I might be willing to adopt your process if so. TY...
    1. bbillh77's Avatar
      bbillh77 -
      like it
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      Quote Originally Posted by edwilk55 View Post
      Serious questions: Can you access the camera from the lockscreen as well? I might be willing to adopt your process if so. TY...
      Yes, you can access the camera from the lockscreen.
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      Im sorry to say this but this app is useless especially since it costs money. I set my iPhone to bring up the camera with a double home button click. Its just as fast and doesn't run in the background.
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      hmm funny because with the double click home camera option you also get iPod controls which are only Really useful when you are listening to music or when you're at lockscreen. And if you want the cam just pause it after you brought up the iPod controls. And if you want you can also set a triple click...

      So yes go ahead and spend your cash while Im using a solution already built in that doesnt take up memory and already has video recording. Totally useful...
      Your missing the whole point of this application. The idea is that I dont want to have to **** around pulling up iPod controls, pausing it, then tapping the home button twice again and waiting for the camera to come up, all while hoping the program you had open doesnt crash or close.

      Literally in 1 second flat I can take a photo. No pushing extra buttons or pausing music (what if i wanted to keep listening?)

      If you have no use for this, than be polite and don't trash talk the app because it costs money. It's cheaper than a damn 2L of pop. Sheesh.
    1. skiptowncat's Avatar
      skiptowncat -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickhesson View Post
      Your missing the whole point of this application. The idea is that I dont want to have to **** around pulling up iPod controls, pausing it, then tapping the home button twice again and waiting for the camera to come up, all while hoping the program you had open doesnt crash or close.

      Literally in 1 second flat I can take a photo. No pushing extra buttons or pausing music (what if i wanted to keep listening?)

      If you have no use for this, than be polite and don't trash talk the app because it costs money. It's cheaper than a damn 2L of pop. Sheesh.
      Well said!!!!!!!!!
    1. kwickone's Avatar
      kwickone -
      ^^+1. Nice app.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickhesson View Post
      Your missing the whole point of this application. The idea is that I dont want to have to **** around pulling up iPod controls, pausing it, then tapping the home button twice again and waiting for the camera to come up, all while hoping the program you had open doesnt crash or close.

      Literally in 1 second flat I can take a photo. No pushing extra buttons or pausing music (what if i wanted to keep listening?)

      If you have no use for this, than be polite and don't trash talk the app because it costs money. It's cheaper than a damn 2L of pop. Sheesh.
      Normally, you would listen to your iPod with your earbuds unless you're an attention wh**e who like it when 10 other people can listen to your music in the bus. With the earbuds you can skip your music and control the volume so I see little point in on screen ipod control and as I said earlier you can use the triple click option. It's pretty funny how iPod controls werent an issue until someone brought it.

      But ya enjoy this app. Guess it's made for lazy people who can't click a button twice. Also enjoy the slow downs in your apps(and crashs which are most likely going to happen with snappy since it runs in the background) and no video when you quickly want to take a video.
    1. skiptowncat's Avatar
      skiptowncat -
      You cant change albums from your headphone controls
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by skiptowncat View Post
      You cant change albums from your headphone controls
      Right cuz you can with the ipod controls

      Hint: We're talking about the little window that pops out and quickly gives you skip buttons and volume instead of going in your iPod menu.
    1. skiptowncat's Avatar
      skiptowncat -
      Look this app doesn't suit the way your phone is set up, that's fine. It suits mine, quit bitchin'.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      geting now
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      After it adds video capabilities, I'm in!
    1. Slocko's Avatar
      Slocko -
      Sorry for hijacking the thread.

      How do you setup an action for triple clicking the home button?

      On my lock screen double click doesn't bring up my camera, it brings up the ipod controls, even though camera is configured for double click. Works fine outside the lockscreen.

      If I have music playing, double click also doesn't bring up the camera. The ipod controls popup.

      So I don't think the built function is as good as Snappy. I'm going to try it out.
    1. rawhog's Avatar
      rawhog -
      Cannot find it. What repo is it in?
    1. kb1ooo's Avatar
      kb1ooo -
      Hey Guys,

      Thanks again for the comments.

      1. Snappy is in the BigBoss repo. In Cydia, you can just do a search for Snappy.

      2. As Nick pointed out, the idea of Snappy is to get to your camera as fast as you can, while minimally disrupting whatever you are currently doing. With double tap home set to the camera, it still takes 3 seconds to launch the camera, then at least another 3 seconds to exit and relaunch the app you exited. It takes 500ms to 1 second to launch snappy, and 250ms to exit.
      3. Just to clarify, Snappy does not run while it is *not* launched. And when it is launched, it runs inside an application that is *already* and always running (SpringBoard).
      4. I'm trying to deal with support issues and work through a few conflict issues with other apps that use the status bar. After that I will be updating with an alternate way to launch, video support, and visual shutter close notification.

      Thanks,
      Marc
      kb1ooo
    1. DiPSET08's Avatar
      DiPSET08 -
      This looks great! Will buy it right away. Don't listen to the people talking trash, some people are just never satisfied with anything in life.
      Anyways...great job and keep up the good work. =]
    1. brovers1's Avatar
      brovers1 -
      kb1ooo,

      First of all great idea, just purchased it via cydia. I'm having some issues with it behaving nicely with qtweeter. sbsettings seems fine as the swipe is a different direction just cant get qtweeter to appear with the camera and vice versa.
      Any one else have the same issue? Im wondering if theres any way of changing the action to invoke qtweeter to something else??
    1. kb1ooo's Avatar
      kb1ooo -
      Hi brovers1,

      I working through the various launching conflicts with qtweeter and other programs. Please stay tuned for updates.

      Best,
      Marc
      kb1ooo
    1. rawhog's Avatar
      rawhog -
      Still cannot find it. Is there a way to refresh big boss repo manually?