One of our recent topics for discussion among the Mac360 crew is the growing number of inexpensive, single purpose Mac apps.
Following the success of Apple’s iTunes App Store, the Mac App Store is replete with high quality, inexpensive, simple, elegant apps available with a click on the App Store. Here’s an inexpensive app that uploads photos to Flickr and Facebook with a click.
Select, Upload, Done
Your Mac and iPhone may be different than mine, but the number of apps on both continues to grow. The problem is that app developers find new and easier ways to do things we need done.
In some cases these apps do what other Mac apps do already.
They may do it easier, faster, differently, better, or add it to other features.
Poster is a Mac app that uploads photos from your Mac to Flickr and Facebook, the two most popular online locations for sharing photos.
Wait. Can’t you do the same thing in iPhoto? Upload to Flickr and Facebook? Yes. And no. Both upload photos and videos.
Poster does a few things that are very handy. For example, for Flickr Poster uploads both photos and videos. You can choose groups, choose sets, even moderate the photos within Post.
For Facebook, Poster uploads the photos to your Facebook profile, but also to other accounts you administer. The interface is straightforward and tuned for Flickr and Facebook.
Your photos appear in the left side of Poster while Flickr or Facebook options appear in the right side.
Poster comes with a few tools, too. Use it to rotate and resize photos before sending to Flickr or Facebook.
Poster also has plugins for iPhoto and Aperture so you can use Poster whenever you’re ready to upload photos in either app.
I like using Poster. Simple. Elegant to the point of understated. And highly focused features. There’s the only real drawback. It’s Flickr or Facebook or nothing. All kinds of apps, including iPhoto, do those online sites and many others. I upload photos to MobileMe Gallery, too. Sorry. Poster doesn’t do that.
Competition Breeds Feature Creep
In the end, competition almost seems to dictate that we require more features. More features are not always better, but when you want what you can’t get, or want to do what you can’t, then the value of what you can do seems diminished.