Get it while it’s hot. Get it while it lasts. That’s my admonition to Mac apps that let you upload photos to Instagram. Facebook’s popular photo social app prefers photos from mobile devices like iPhone and Android devices (and the Instagram iPhone app can be installed on the iPad but it doesn’t look pretty) and not your standard, everyday, pedestrian Mac or PC. Unless you use an app specifically made to upload photos to Instagram.
There’s the Mac app Up, which has been around awhile, and gets updated frequently. And the new kid on the block is called Uplet which has the added feature of bulk uploads to Instagram. Both do much the same thing, neither one is exactly inexpensive, both let you edit and add photos, but only Up does so in bulk; more than one at a time.
Easy peasy, right?
Uplet is about as easy to use as the Instagram for iPhone app, except it’s drag and drop. Grab photos and drop them on the Uplet window. Uplet lets you add a caption and photos are not limited to the standard Instagram square.
Each photo in a bulk upload can be edited and have its own caption. You won’t find a bunch of editing tools and filters, though, but you can select the photo’s original size or crop the photo to display exactly what you want in the square size.
Why bother using a Mac app to upload photos to Instagram?
For most Mac users, that’s where the photos are. On the Mac. In photos. iPhones just don’t have enough storage to hold all our photos and videos so most of us offload those to the Mac and Photos when we synchronize. Historically, uploading photos to Instagram required iPhone or an Android smartphone.
Uplet lets Mac users do the uploads but minus a few features, including the filters for photos and editing for movie clips. Still, using Uplet is about as easy as anything Instagram can get. Upload photos in bulk. Edit photos. Add captions to photos. Even drop in emojis and hashtags.
Uplet works well enough but there’s something of a cat and mouse game going on with Mac and PC Instagram uploader. Also, Uplet is Mac App Store only which means there’s no trial or try-before-you-buy option and while Instagram for your iPhone is free, Uplet comes with a pretty price tag.