Snapchat just dropped another update, and it changes, well, almost everything.
The update adds new “limitless” snaps (for snapping without time constraints), looping videos, emoji doodling, and a new Photoshop-like “magic eraser” tool that removes objects from your photos.
If that sounds like a lot to take in, that’s because it is. Taken together, the changes amount to one of Snapchat’s biggest updates so far.
The biggest change, of course is the addition of limitless snaps, which for the first time in Snapchat’s history allow you to send and view snaps without time limits. Now, when choosing how long you want a snap to last, the app will show “no limit” as one of the options.
With no limit, the snap will appear on your friends’ screens until they navigate away from it, either by manually skipping to the next snap or by closing the app entirely. The new time limit (or, lack of time limit) applies to both regular snaps you send to friends as well as story snaps, so there’s definitely some room for some creativity.
Similarly, Snapchat is adding a “play forever” option for videos, which loops them (à la Vine) so they too can be shared in a “limitless format.”
With these changes also comes an updated UI, which now houses all of its so-called “creative tools”on the right side of the app.
Also new: An emoji drawing feature that lets you use any emoji as a brush (yes, this means snaps will have even more emoji than before). Elsewhere, a new “magic eraser” feature will allow you to remove parts of an image the way you would with a retouching app like Photoshop Fix.
Got all that? Good, because it sounds like Snap is nowhere near finished completing its toolbag.
“These changes allow us to continue evolving the Snapchat service and provide a foundation for introducing even more creative tools for making fun snaps,” the company wrote in a statement on the new update.