Who doesn’t like Instagram? It’s free, it’s like Facebook but only for quick photos, you control who views your photos and movie clips, and over time you end up with a growing collection of photographs that like everything else, could use a little management.
The only real problem with Instagram is the ‘instant’ part of the name. Instagram is a social network photo sharing service, so the photos you upload must come from your smartphone (or, tablet; I got it to work with my iPad). What about Mac users?
Most of us are left out in the cold in the mobile social revolution but if you’d like to get back in, just for a little while, there’s PhotoDesk for Instagram, an inexpensive Mac app that can be your command center for Instagram management, even if you can’t use it to upload photos.
Use PhotoDesk to save images and photos to your Mac (a good backup system), check statistics, search for specific locations, and see photos on a map. It’s the easiest way for Mac users to checkup on your Instagram friends, sync photos and videos to you Mac’s Instagram backup folder, and do all sorts of Mac-like things to your Instagram account.
Get this. You can use PhotoDesk on your Mac to comment on and like photos in your Instagram stream, and from there share photos to Facebook, Twitter, Mail or whatever. It also displays a list of which comments you replied to, and gives you search options.
Yes, PhotoDesk is Notification Center aware in OS X Yosemite, so you’ll get an alert of new comments, likes, or followers. But, you can also follow and unfollow others from within PhotoDesk. The app handles multiple Instagram accounts, view photos as slide shows, and see recent photos from your account from within Notification Center using the new Yosemite widgets.
PhotoDesk is Instagram for your Mac except for one thing. You can’t use it to upload photos to Instagram. As Mac App Store apps go, this one gets plenty of four and five star reviews, but unfortunately, there’s no try-before-you-buy option.