Instagram Has Launched Its Photo Collage App, “Layout”

Instagram Has Launched Its Photo Collage App, “Layout”

Combining multiple photos into one as a collage has been a big trend on Instagram for a while now, so it only makes sense that the popular photo sharing app would launch its very own tool that allows you to do just that. Layout is not a built-in Instagram feature, but a standalone app you’ll have to download separately from the official Instagram app.

The app has an intuitive main tab that lets you get straight to business. Either:


  • Choose existing photos from your device to include in your collage
  • Snap a shot through its convenient Photo Booth feature (something most third-party collage apps don’t offer)
  • Instantly preview what your collage will look like in up to 10 different collage templates

The scrolling layout feature, with immediate previews of all sorts of different collage styles isn’t something we’ve seen in other similar apps, making it an obvious top app choice.


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    While other collage apps might make you pay for a premium version to unlock additional formats, Layout lets you include up to nine photos in your collage – all for free. The filter options allowing you to view your existing photos via “All,” “Faces,” and “Recents” is a nice bonus.

    Once you’ve added all the photos you want into your collage and found a layout that you like, you can tap to edit it further:


    • Use your finger to drag any of the photos around to reposition
    • Use a two-finger pinching gesture to zoom in or out on any photo
    • Tap “Replace” if you’d like to replace one of the photos with a different one
    • Tap “Mirror” or “Flip” to change the orientation of a photo


      When you’re happy with how it looks, hit “Save” and then share it to Facebook or Instagram. Saving it will automatically copy it to your camera roll or photo folder on your device.


        Overall, Layout is worth switching to if you’re bored or unimpressed with other third-party collage apps you may have already used. It would be great if the app could feature higher resolution photos – a problem many people have long complained about with regards to Instagram’s main app as well.

        Layout is available for free on iOS devices from the iTunes App Store and it’ll soon be on on its way to the Google Play Store for Android devices.

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        Project management doesn’t need to be a complicated thing, not if you have apps that make things a whole lot simpler. When you have project management apps, you can take care of your team, tasks and deadlines, without even being in the office. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money to get most of the apps you might need.

        Here are the 7 best project management apps to super boost your team’s productivity:

        1. Basecamp

          It’s probably the most well-known project management app out there. It allows you to organize projects that act as a central location for everything and contains such things as to-do lists, notes, events, files, and much more.

          It is user-friendly, and has a free 30-day trial period. After that, the plan is $99 per month.

          Find out more about Basecamp here.


          2. Asana

            If you are looking for something that is not difficult to use, check out Asana. This is a great task management app that can be used for managing projects as well.

            In a nutshell, Asana helps you create and share task lists with your team. The app is simple but smart enough and has got a lot of integrations. Teams with up to 15 members can use Asana for free. Teams with 15 members and up can choose plans that range from $10.99 per month.

            Find out more about Asana here.

            3. Casual

              This is a unique app that offers a different way of doing things. On Casual, you plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. The neat thing is that Casual helps you visualize and track dependencies between tasks.


              This app is incredibly intuitive and works great for personal projects, as well as for organizing projects for small teams. You can try it for free, and if you don’t like it, there is no obligation to pay for anything.

              Find out more about Casual here.

              4. Trello

                This app is incredibly user-friendly, and is based on Kanban boards. It actually works like a virtual whiteboard with post-it-notes.

                Trello is great for organizing your to-do lists, ideas, and is very easy to use. You can create several boards to use for various projects, and it’s free of cost. Trello is available to iOS and Android users as well.

                Find out more about Trello here.


                5. OmniPlan

                  This is an awesome app for iPhone and iPad users. If you love Gantt charts, this is definitely an app that you can get a lot out of.

                  You start out by creating a simple project outline. Then you can use the app to help you through every step of the project until its completion.

                  A standard plan for iOS costs just $99.99, and the pro plan is only $199.99.

                  Find out more about OmniPlan here.

                  6. Podio


                    This is a great app for medium and large-sized teams working on projects. The special point about Podio is that there are additional features such as CRM and social intranet.

                    There are four different packages: Free, which is free for up to five employees and five external users; Basic, which is $9 per month per employee; Plus, which is $14 per month per employee, and Premium, which is $24 per month per employee.

                    Find out more about Podio here.

                    7. Microsoft Project

                      This is one of the most commonly-used project management apps. However, it is also one of the most difficult apps to use. It does have a lot of features that are popular with project managers, which is why we have chosen to include in on this list. You can customize reports, track burn rates, and stay on track until projects are complete.

                      The basic plan starts with $7 per month, which allows you project team members to collaborate in the cloud, via web browser or mobile.

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