Over the past few weeks I’ve reviewed a few Mac apps which 1) manage your Instagram account with features not found in the iPhone app, and 2) allow you to upload photos direct from Mac to your Instagram account. Here’s another one that works well enough, doesn’t cost a fortune, but comes with a newly implemented caveat for 2017.
Upload Me, Baby
A few weeks ago I reviewed The Almost Perfect Mac Instagram App called PhotoDesk. With one exception, it does more than the official mobile Instagram app. The next week, in More Basic Instagram For Your Mac I took a look at InstaMaster, a free Mac app which allows photo uploads to your Instagram account and little else.
This week I took a look at Uploader which also uploads photos and videos to Instagram from your Mac.
Other than uploading a photo from your Mac to Instagram, there isn’t much to get excited about here, but if that’s all you need, it’s an improvement over the free InstaMaster because it works on both square and non-square photos, and also incorporates options to like and comment on photos in your Instagram feed.
What’s not to like? When it works, it works. When it does not, and that seems to happen, it frustrates. Worse, the developer’s website is a Twitter account, and if there’s a real live website, I wasn’t able to find it.
The average Mac App Store rating for Uploader is four stars, and the most recent version gets 4.5 stars and there are a couple of hundred reviews total; many of the reviews glow with phrases that sound more like students from an English As Second Language school. The question to ask is, “Can such reviews be trusted?” Not always, because there is good reason not to trust much on the misinformation superhighway these days.
Check out this photo of a Chinese sweatshop-like operation where workers manipulate App Store rankings. Similar operations create fake reviews for products. Both rankings and reviews are available for a price.
More details on that and other attempts to game the system are available from Steven Tweedie, but the problem has become severe enough for Apple to start pruning the applications on both iOS and Mac app stores.
My day job has me working with many hundreds of students, teachers, and staff in a private school where I manage Macs, Windows PCs, plenty of iPads and a growing number of Chromebooks. That means apps. So, when I review an app it’s because I found something useful and worthwhile and I’m willing to share with others at school, family, or co-workers, knowing there’s a bit support that comes with a recommendation.
The interwebs has become the wild west of a 150 years ago, so caveat emptor. If you buy from Apple’s iPhone and Mac App Store, there is a refund policy and options, all highlighted here by Rene Ritchie, one of my favorite Apple tech gurus.