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Instagram Finally Embraces the Web

Instagram on the web. Image: Instagram.

Instagram is leaving the confines of the smartphone that birthed the wildly popular photo-sharing service to stake a spot on the web. Instagram began life as an iPhone-only photo-sharing app and eventually expanded to Android, but, until today, Instagram lacked a web presence.

The new Instagram web profiles are not the full Instagram experience on the web — there’s still no way to actually upload photos — but they do at least give you a URL to share with curious friends and family.

Your new Instagram URL gives your recently shared photographs a home on the web, along with your profile photo and any bio info you’ve added through the Instagram app. The web interface also handles most of Instagram’s basic social features, like following users, leaving comments and liking photos.

Instagram’s new web-based profiles are rolling out slowly over the next week. To see your profile, provided it’s available, just head to instagram.com/[username]. Assuming your photos are set to public, anyone will be able to see your profile by visiting that address; you do not need to be an Instagram user to view a public user’s profile on the web. If your photos are set to private they’ll only be visible to people that already follow you and are logged in to the site.

While the new profile pages mark Instagram’s first foray onto the web, the company has long offered an API and there are already numerous third-party websites that offer web-based access to Instagram profiles. Sites like web.stagram.com or statigr.am offer not only access to your photostream and comments, but additional features not found in the current incarnation of the “official” site — like embeddable gallery widgets and a variety of ways to view images.

Lightroom Update Promises Speed, More Camera Support

Lightroom2boxAdobe is set to release an update for its raw image editor, Lightroom, which offers the latest version of Adobe’s Camera Raw software as well as support for new camera models and some speed improvements on 64-bit systems.

The update should be welcome news for those with brand new SLRs like the popular Nikon D90 or Canon EOS 50D. The Lightroom 2.1 update adds support for a total of 15 new digital cameras, including all that latest Canon and Nikon models.

The latest version of Lightroom also promises “improved Photoshop integration,” though Adobe’s press release doesn’t offer any specifics as to what’s been improved.

Along with the release of Lightroom 2.1, Adobe has announced an update to its Camera Raw plugin with support for the same new cameras added to Lightroom. Camera Raw 5.1 is available for anyone who’s already made the leap to Photoshop CS 4. Those of us still using CS3 already got the new camera support with Camera Raw 4.6, which arrived earlier this month.

Adobe has also released some new camera profiles on the Adobe Labs site. The profiles are designed to improve the default raw processing for cameras like the Leica M8, Nikon D90 and others.

As of this writing the Adobe Updates page still doesn’t have links to the new Lightroom or Camera Raw plugin, nor did Lightroom 2.0 detect any updates. But when the two are finally available you’ll be able to find them here.

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