What time of year does the cameras bring family pictures? Holidays. Where do they go? FaceTime and Instagram. Sharing pictures is now a genetic thing.
In the past few weeks, I've considered a few Mac apps like 1) managing your Instagram account with features not found in the iPhone app, and 2) allowing you to upload photos directly from Mac to your Instagram account. Here's another that works well, does not cost a fortune, but comes with a recently implemented warning for 2017.
Upload Me, Baby
A few weeks ago I've reviewed The Almost Perfect Mac Instagram App called PhotoDesk. With one exception, it does more than the official mobile Instagram app. Next week, in More Basic Instagram For Mac I took a look at InstaMaster, a free Mac app that allows photo uploads to your Instagram account and something else.
This week I took a look at Uploader, which also uploads photos and videos to Instagram from your Mac.
Other than uploading an image from your Mac to Instagram, there's not much to be 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 images, and also includes opportunities to equal and comment on images in Instagram feeds.
What's not to like? When it works, it works. When it does not and it seems to happen, it frustrates. Worse, the developer's website is a Twitter account, and if it's a real live website, I could not find it.
The average Mac App Store rating for Uploader is four stars, and the latest version gets 4.5 stars and there are a few hundred reviews in total; Many of the reviews shine with sentences that sound more like students from an English as another language school. The question to ask is, " Can such assessments count on? " Not always, because there is good reason not to rely on much of the misinformation highway these days.
Check out this image of a Chinese sweatshop -like operation where workers manipulate App Store ratings. Similar operations create fake product reviews. Both ratings and reviews are available for a price.
More details about it and other attempts to play the system are available from Steven Tweedie but the issue has become serious enough for Apple to crop the programs on both iOS and Mac app stores.
The day job has me working with hundreds of students, teachers and employees in a private school where I manage Macs, Windows PCs, a lot of iPads and an increasing number of Chromebooks. It means apps. So when I consider an app, it's because I found something useful and valuable and I'm willing to share with others at school, family or employees, and know that there is some support that comes with a recommendation.
Interwebs has become the wild west 150 years ago, so announced emptor. If you buy from Apple's iPhone and Mac App Store, there's a refund policy and options, all featured by Rene Ritchie, one of my favorite Apple tech gurus.