Instagram finally abandons the square images and videos that their site was infamously known for and will now allow users to post portrait and landscape pictures. So long to the bothersome requirement to crop all your photos, or of using other applications to add borders for your square images, for you now are free to upload photos and videos of any shape.
Ever since its launch in 2010, the social imaging site became known for forcing its users to crop their pictures in order to fit a perfect square, regardless of their original format. Even since they are past that, the website said that the square format has always been and always will be an important part of their identity. Of course, in our day and age, the square has become synonymous with Instagram.
In their latest blog post, the website announced that users can now share pictures in both portrait and landscape mode, which gives them considerably more room to express their creativity. The company promised that all of the pictures will appear as they are in the feed, without any stretching or black bars around the borders.
Now that the userbase is able to upload their videos in widescreen format, the company is anticipating a notable boost in the popularity of video sharing. By doing this, Instagram has been ambitiously moving towards video territory, and considering they have chalked up more than 300 million users since their get-go, it really doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
The website authorities state that they were aware of the issues of square-boxing ever since their take-off. The square format does not go hand in hand with photography, and that applies to Instagram pictures as well, mainly because the type of content people post are group shots of their friends and beautiful places they are visiting.
The new features were made available with the new update of the Instagram app on both Android and iOS, which are available free-of-charge in their app stores.
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