Social photo app Instagram is popular and easy to use, but its cropping and centering could be improved and trying to post wide or tall photos from the app adds unsightly black bars to your Instagrams.

Squaready is a free, easy-to-use app to easily make square crops and prep your photos for Instagram and other apps. It also adds a more attractive white border around the edge of an image so your portrait and landscape images view better when they show up in your Instagram photostream.

Squaready has a number of controls for easy cropping including one-button centering and one-button fill edge-to-edge square. Expanding upon Instagram’s very limited toolset, you can also rotate and flip images in Squaready. There are two pan modes — a slower, more precise “walking” mode” and the speedier “running” mode. It’s a good, well-thought out basic toolset that compensates for Instagram’s, shall we say, “simplicity.”

Squaready saves to your camera roll in one of two sizes. It also saves your photos direct to Instagram, placing your perfectly cropped images right in the sweet spot. Squaready is free and is a great companion utility for quickly and easily cropping square photos and is an essential app for any Instagrammer.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

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