The school where I work in Chicagoland has nearly a thousand students. To the best of my knowledge, most of them have smartphones (iPhone or Android), and most of those use Instagram (SnapChat is growing, though).
Until recently Mac users with photos to share were kinda sorta mostly left in the dark because Instagram didn’t want photo uploads to come from anything but the Instagram app. Thankfully, that has changed so now if you want to upload photos from Photos on your Mac all you need is InstaMaster and no money.
InstaMaster is much like Instagram on the Mac but it’s missing a few features, some of which can be forgiven thanks to the price tag. It’s free. You can use InstaMaster to view Instagram feeds, popular and nearby photos and videos.
The real secret here is that InstaMaster also lets you upload photos from your Mac to your Instagram account.
That means you can use InstaMaster to upload photos, like photos, comment on photos, search Instagram users and follow those you like (or that allow you), use tags and places.
What you cannot do in InstaMaster is edit photos the way you can in the Instagram app for iPhone. Only square photos can be uploaded in InstaMaster so you’ll need to edit them in Preview or take a chance that InstaMaster doesn’t crop your bigger photo in crazy places.
What’s not to like? It’s free. It works. Mostly.
Download InstaMaster from the Mac App Store and view the reviews. They are decidedly mixed with nearly as many one star reviews as five star reviews. Why? Earlier versions of InstaMaster were somewhat buggy but the app has improved over time and most of the recent reviews are the same; four or five stars.
That bodes well for the future except for one thing. Instagram can change how it receives photos at any time and that could render InstaMaster useless until the next update. Free is nice and nobody is going to complain about the price tag but free just isn’t much of a business model and when I invest time and effort into an app I’d like to see it still in use and marketed a year later.
Otherwise, it’s a bargain.