They say that necessity is the mother of invention. You want to upload photos to your Instagram account, but do so from your Mac instead of your iPhone. Why? Because that’s where all the good photos are. Sorry. No can do. Instagram restricts uploading photos to smartphones only.
Why? Who knows. Maybe Instagram doesn’t want ultra high resolution photos taken from a high resolution DSLR. But it’s not like iPhone photos are shabby quality, and Apple’s little cash cow that could is the most popular camera around.
Until recently you could not upload photos from your Mac. Now you can. The app that does the deed is called Up. It’s drag and drop and doesn’t have many extras other than captions and cropping, but it works. Drag a photo onto Up and up it goes.
Mac users can also take a photo using the Mac’s built-in FaceTime camera (Or, is it iSight camera? It’s hard to keep up) and upload selfies right at your desk. Up also lets you grab a video and upload that, too (limited to MP4 and MOV H.264 movies). It does captions and a 3×3 matrix.
There’s no iPhoto or Photos integration but Up couldn’t be much easier to use.
So, what’s the cat and mouse game?
Somehow Up’s developers have figured out a way to upload photos to Instagram from the Mac; probably by spoofing or fooling Instagram into thinking that an iPhone is doing the uploads. Whatever the reason, Instagram has blocked a few Up users. For me Up has worked fine, but I’m not a heavy Instagram user.
Another negative is the lack of a try-before-you-buy option. Up is a Mac App Store app without a free version to try so you’re investing in an app that could someday be shut down by Instagram.