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Tweeting Multiple Pictures from iOS’ Photos App with Linky

Ever since Twitter rolled out the ability to include multiple pictures in a tweet, I've been annoyed by the lack of such option in iOS' tweet sheet. There are times when I'd rather not open my Twitter client to tweet some pictures or screenshots – maybe I don't want to get distracted by news happening on Twitter, or maybe I just want to share from the Photos app without seeing mentions that I want to reply to.

Twitter's (or Apple's?) decision not to support the feature with the native iOS extension is baffling, but, thankfully, the latest update to Linky for iPhone and iPad offers an elegant (and obvious) solution to the problem.

I've written about Pragmatic Code's Linky before. The app brings some welcome power user options to Twitter and Facebook sharing, such as syntax highlighting for usernames and links, support for multiple accounts, a consistent extension, and even a way to automatically include pictures from webpages. If you share links or media from iOS to Twitter and Facebook on a regular basis, you'll likely save a lot of time with Linky.

Version 5.2, released last night on the App Store, introduces the ability to include multiple images when tweeting from the Linky app, and, more importantly, it allows Linky's share extension to tweet up to four pictures.

This works as you'd expect from the Photos app: select some pictures, bring up the Linky extension, and the compose screen will be prepopulated with thumbnail previews of the images you're sharing. Each picture has an "x" button to remove it; you can also tap on a thumbnail to preview it in full-screen again. If you, like me, have been looking for a way to tweet multiple pictures without opening your favorite Twitter app, Linky now does something the pre-installed Twitter extension can't do.

Also in this update, Pragmatic Code has removed the watermark which used to be placed on textshots generated by the app, and it has improved the automatic image parsing for webpages. The latter functionality, previously introduced with version 5.0 in July, lets Linky find the most relevant image for an article you want to share, and it now does a better job at excluding website elements (such as logos and smaller thumbnail previews) and recognizing the leading image/photo for a webpage.

As I wrote last year, Linky adds a more powerful share sheet to iOS, with clever touches and advanced options that can save time when sharing to Twitter and Facebook from anywhere on iOS. Linky continues to be one of my must-have apps on all devices, and it's $3.99 on the App Store.

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