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Instagram Launches Layout, Its New Collage App
By: Jessica Cherok
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Instagram launched its new, freestanding app, Layout. Now you can create that photo collage you’ve always wished for.

The collage can be of up to nine photos, which are organized by Layout into sections. Users can also use the “Photo Booth” option to have the app take four successive photos. The app then provides a number of layout choices, letting users decide which to use.

According to Instagram’s blog:
…you have complete artistic control. Drag and drop photos to rearrange them, pinch to zoom or pull the sides of each photo to adjust its size and get your layout just right. Then flip and rotate your photos to create cool arrangements and mirror effects.
The collages can be shared on various social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Instagram created Layout to address the growing number of people using third-party apps to create collages to be posted in Instagram. In an effort to keep its users from being lured elsewhere, Instagram set up its own collage app.

This isn’t the first standalone app created by Instagram. In 2014, they created Hyperlapse, which allowed users to make time-lapse videos. However, Hyperlapse has not been doing well as far as downloads go, as many people seem to have forgotten it.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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