Got Instagram? Of course you do. Instagram works on iPhone and on iPad (if you know how to install it). What about the Mac? For whatever the reason, Instagram prefers photos to be uploaded to your account from a mobile device, and a MacBook doesn’t count.
There are a couple of ways to use a Mac for Instagram, and I’ll get to those at the end because they can be problematic. What if you want to view your Instagram account and all the photos you’ve uploaded, or those uploaded by those you follow? Here’s how to view and saveInstagram photos on your Mac. All you need is a few dollars and the PhotoDesk app.
PhotoDesk is almost Instagram. Why almost? While you can’t use the app to upload photos to your Instagram account, you can use many of Instagram’s more popular features on your Mac, plus a few others. Caveat? You’ll still need an Instagram account to view photos and videos, though. You’ll be able to view all your photos, and those you follow.
PhotoDesk lets you view photos, comments, and profiles of those you follow. You may comment and like photos, share photos on Facebook or Twitter, and even view comments on your Instagram account. Photos and videos that you view on Instagram through PhotoDesk can also be downloaded to your Mac. Just drag and drop.
PhotoDesk also works with Notification Center so you get a notice whenever there are new comments, followers, or likes to your Instagram account. The app looks and works much like a photo viewer app, but the photos come from your Instagram account.
PhotoDesk supports albums, favorite places, search tags, profile details, and, of course, your favorite Instagram friends. You also get the option to use multiple Instagram accounts and can switch easily between them. Images uploaded to Instagram from other apps can be sorted and filtered so you can view photos with a specific number of likes, or locations.
The app has become far more than an Instagram viewer. Check out the extensive preference settings, and view likes, comments, and more details across a timeline via the charts.
The only negative is that Instagram does not allow Mac or PC apps to upload photos to Instagram, a feature that works most of the time in the Mac app Uplet or InstaMaster, which allow uploads– when allowed by Instagram– but don’t have all the features found in PhotoDesk.
For example, the mobile Instagram app does not display browsing history, statistics or search filters the same way as PhotoDesk.
Images can be stored in albums, plus you can save favorite user lists, tags, and places, and create a pretty cool slide show of the specific photos you want. None of which can be done in the Instagram mobile app. Not bad and certainly worth the few dollars for the price tag.