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Updated 6snap makes sure your fingers don’t block the view, and 6tag gets a bug fix

The Windows Phone app ecosystem is getting healthier and healthier with each passing week. A healthy platform has a good mix of official apps and strong, creative indie devs stepping their game up. Rudy Huyn and his apps are a great example of indie devs making some creative apps. His latest app to get updated is 6nsap, his Snapchat client. Let’s check out what’s new in version 2.4.

The last update we covered for 6snap was version 2.2 that came out earlier in the month. Version 2.2 brought the ability to draw on videos, add multi-line text to videos and much more. Today we have version 2.4 in the Windows Phone Store. Here’s what’s new:

  • View snaps without holding screen (You need GDR2 or above on your phone)
  • New Snapchat sign up security added (Captcha)
  • Better performance

The biggest change with this version of 6snap is the ability to view snaps without having your meat styli blocking the view. The ability to take screenshots is still not allowed, in order to respect the Snapchat philosophy. But it’s pretty cool that you can view snaps without having to press the entire time.

Also, if you use 6tag for Instagram, version 3.2.1 is now live too. That's a simple bug fix for the new 'Like or Not' feature that we detailed a few days ago.

Want to get the recent version of 6snap? Head to the Windows Phone Store

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AngryNil says:

I thought having to hold the screen was necessary to prevent screenshots, how does it work now?

Sam Sabri says:

Screenshots still won't happen. Rudy made sure of that. Plus, now you can enjoy the snap without having your meat sticks blocking the view. 

AngryNil says:

Well if f0x_za is right, then this opens the door for official Snapchat to come.

kinslayer says:

Furthermore, and I don't know if Rudy is using that, if you have GDR3, you can set a flag in your app that makes it impossible to take a screenshot. The OS will treat it as "protected content" and won't let you take a screenshot. GDR3 only though... 

AngryNil says:

That's actually very good, better than what iOS provides even (which is just detection, not prevention).

cpmcgrath says:

Am I right that it wouldn't stop screenshots of the app being taken from the Windows Phone multitask screen?

AngryNil says:

I'm not sure, but that's a workaround present on other platforms too. Snapchat is really just a false sense of security.

kinslayer says:

It does :) I filed that bug myself back in WP8. It uses the same mechanism utilized when viewing protected emails. The OS prevents you from taking a screenshot when view such an email. I then easily fooled it by taking a screenshot of the task switcher haha. Filed a bug and it was fixed. 

So yeah... no way to take a screenshot. 


Edit: Blog about the feature. You can see it showing how it stops a screenshot even in task switcher:


AngryNil says:

What happens if the app is next to the selected app in the task switcher, where you are able to see a third of the app?

PedroLamas says:

GDR2 is the minimum version for that, not GDR3! ;)

f0x_za says:

there is a new way of preventing screenshots programatically

ttarbuck says:

It says you can't take screenshots because its against the snapchat philosophy but 6snap has a feature to use any photo stored on your phone which is also against the snapchat philosophy. That's why you cant use any photo in the official ios and android apps.

Tafsern says:

The point is that the receiver can't keep the photo! How many times does that have to be repeated!?

ttarbuck says:

I saw an interview with the snapchat founder on bbc news a few days ago and he was saying how important it was that obviously it's important for the receiver to not save the photo, but also how it was important for it to be "in the moment". I think it was an article about him defending snapchat as being safe against sexting or something.

DennisvdG says:

There is a very unusual bug after the latest 6snap update, in the settings area (under "comon" I think it is in english) the third option is written in some strange language but all the other text is still in Dutch (my native language)
I'm sure Rudy will iron it out in like half an hour though (as usual) ;)
EDIT: saying some unknown language is "strange" is pretty stupid
EDIT2: who's language is this? "Se snap uden at trykke pa din finger, tryk pa skaermen for at lukke den"

Tafsern says:

You should tell Rudy. I do not have that problem (Norwegian).

DennisvdG says:

I think he'll just read these comments like always :)

rudyhuyn says:

dynamically fixed, relaunch the app ;)

DennisvdG says:

It's not yet fixed so I'm guessing that it takes time for your dynamic fix to reach me because it is impossible that you made a mistake :)

PLenjoy says:

You have met the danish (Denmark) language I can tell. And it's not weird to say that the language is strange, because it is. They don't even understand them selves.

Tips_y says:

I used Bing Translator and it says Danish... but LOL on your last sentence.

JoRdaNeK says:

The lack of screenshot scares me, what else is protectable? What if the government can't spy on my other stuff!? I want out s/

ebk14 says:

I don't understand why the screenshot is against snapchat philosophy...the feature is available on ios and android (it just tells the sender)

rudyhuyn says:

check the FAQ I explain it well.


Snapchat searches all the possibility to prevent screenshot, it's the difference between snapchat and a MMS.

They currently search a way to prevent them on ios7 and some android phone. For the moment, prevent screenshot is the only way to keep it on the windows phone store

ebk14 says:

Appreciate the answer, I just must have missed this when it was explained earlier. Keep up the good work!

crise says:

Who gives a shit about screenshots, snapchat is a fairytale anyway. If you wanna capture the image you just shoot a photo of the screen. Only fools would believe it's safe to send any shit. Snapchat is just not for me, I don't get it. To me its just very annoying that I can see a pic for only a few sec.

Meh there's always a way to screenshot. Regardless holding the screen to view or tap to view. 

minimejer05 says:

Can no longer tap on the screen to focus before taking a snap. Using a Lumia 928. Anyone else having this problem?

drozdpatrick says:

Auto focus should be fine tuned. Pronto.

When my wife sends me snaps of my kids I would like to screen shot it...snapchat isn't all about boobies and penis

AngryNil says:

Then use a service made for proper image sharing.

Tafsern says:

Email, MMS, Facebook or other services do that for you. Or you can just spend more time with your kid. It looks like you don't know the point of this app.

Obviously one your parents didn't spend time with you enough to teach you manners.

I cant even register. It tells me that I need to upgrade to a new version?

Slobdog says:

Having the same problem. But apparently its not a general bug.

mitcho_man says:

Yup. Same problem here too. Tried to create an account through Snapchat for Windows Phone and had the same message.

drozdpatrick says:

How, does a hologram jump out if your phone and avoid your hand? Whaa!

sie282 says:

Boooo u want screenshots

nastybone says:

I still got a bug for DM 6tag... Anyone got same issue

barttool says:

I would like to point out taking a screenshot of a snap through Nokia Beamer is perfectly possible.

Wojciech Maj says:

Let's make it our little secret, shall we?

FilipeDoVal says:

I have a problem. The snaps I receive are always dated a 1 day ago even if I just received them 2 min ago. Am I the only one with this problem?