Instagram does photos, photo collages, and video clips, making it an easy way for the aforementioned folks to keep up with what’s going on in your life; photo-wise. What’s the problem? Instagram only uploads from smartphones. Except when it doe not.
Instagram On A Mac
Enter Up for your Mac. That’s right. Up. It’s an elegant little utility which lets you upload photos from your Mac to your Instagram account. Previously, the only way to upload a photo to Instagram was with a smartphone app.
Well, wait. That’s not quite true. I’ve been using the iPhone Instagram app on my iPad for a few years and though it looks clunky (there’s not an official iPad Instagram app), it works.
Up for your Mac is an Instagram uploader. Any photo size, any photo file format, and in any shape (you still get to crop).
Using Up couldn’t get much easier, either. It’s drag and drop. Find the photo on your Mac that you want to upload to your Instagram account, then drag and drop.
The benefit here is that you can upload photos to Instagram that would require you to jump through a few hoops on your iPhone. For example, got a DSLR? For those that do, photos usually are uploaded directly to iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom, or Apple’s new Mac Photos app– bypassing the iPhone. And Instagram.
If that’s your predicament then you’d move DSLR-taken photos to your iPhone, then upload to Instagram using the official app. Now you don’t have to. Up uploads your Mac photos to Instagram. From your Mac.
Up lets you upload a photo to Instagram and leave a photo caption. To be honest about it, I would expect the folks at Instagram to figure out a way to block Mac users who upload from Up, but we’ll see. Besides, what’s the harm? You must have an Instagram account anyway. And photographers have multiple ways to manage photos; not just in an iPhone.
Not bad for a few bucks.