The recently released freeware app, TiltShift Generator Free was updated this week. What’s changed in the new version 1.01? The removal of the Library Import feature. You have two options if you want to continue to be able to import images from your iPhone’s photo library. This effects the free version of TiltShift Generator only, not the paid version.

Do not update TiltShift Generator Free until you’ve read this post.

TiltShift Generator Free is the little sibling to the excellent TiltShift Generator app by Takayuki Fukatsu & Takuma Mori. It’s a feature-lite version of the paid app. The main differences between the two are the narrower range of adjustments the free version can make and a maximum output size of 1024×768 pixels. The new 1.01 update also removes the ability to import images from your photo library. The new 1.01 update is a tiltshift camera app only now.

Apparently for many, the reduced range and lower resolution worked fine, and 1024x768px is a good enough resolution if you only want to share your images online on Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr. The developer notes that the free version “affects paid version’s sales seriously” when, in fact the free version was meant to be a try-before-you-buy version.

Here are the complete update notes from the developer:

What’s New In Version 1.01
– Library import feature is now PAID VERSION ONLY.

I’m sorry about the issue. However we are too open for free version functionality, and now it affects paid version’s sales seriously.

To manage cost for future update and maintenance, we decided to remove “Import from library” feature. I’m very sorry about that but I hope you understand the situation.

If you don’t like it, you can choose not to upgrade it.

If you want to keep the Library Import functionality, simply don’t update the app and stay at version 1. There is no way to remove the nagging red flag in App Store and iTunes to remind you to update, and you’ll no longer be able to Update All on your iPhone or iTunes.

If you’ve already updated the app to version 1.01, you may not be out of luck. Click here for our previous post on how to downgrade your apps back to a previous version.

Or I recommend that you just buy the excellent full version of TiltShift Generator with all the features and the full range of editing capabilities. It’s only a dollar — a bargain for an app that’s as solid and as useful as this one. There are so many other focal effects that you can create with this app besides fake miniatures. It’s been one of my favorite and most-used photo apps for a long time. App Store ratings give it a well-deserved, solid four stars.

App Store links: TiltShift Generator Free |   TiltShift Generator (full version)