I admit it. I enjoy Instagram. The problem is that I spend most of my day on a desktop or laptop and not on my phone or tablet, which makes posting photos to Instagram a pain. I also usually shoot all of my photos in RAW on a DSLR which then requires them to be edited in either Lightroom or Capture One before posting to Instagram which only adds to the problem. A few years ago I wrote a blog post about the circuitous route that Instagram users like me were required to take just to post a photo. At the time, there was really only one workaround that required tricking your desktop or laptop into thinking it was a phone by using the developer mode on your browser and messing around with some source code. And, even then, you couldn’t access all of the functionality that the Instagram app on your phone offered. Well, now there is the Flume app which not only makes posting to Instagram from your Mac desktop or laptop easy but also offers even more functionality than you get with Instagram running on a phone or tablet.
You can download the Flume app here. There is a free version as well as a Pro version which you purchase. Right now, as far as I know, the app is only available to Mac users although there could be a Windows version in the works. I would recommend purchasing the Pro version…it’s only $10…which gives you all of the functionality of the app, including the ability to post directly from your Mac as well as running multiple Instagram accounts.
I don’t normally get excited about computer apps but Flume is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. The Flume interface is very slick and there are lots of ways to customize the app’s look and feel to suit your preferences. For example, there is a scroll view (see photo at top of page) that allows you to view your IG feed with or without all of the accompanying details to the post like descriptions or comments. And, if you want more of a bird’s eye view to look through your feed quickly, there’s a grid view that allows you to see thumbnails of the photos (see photo below).
You can have multiple IG accounts going and easily switch between those feeds with a simple keystroke. All of the functionality of the IG app is there, including direct messaging, replying directly to comments, saving to favorites, etc. You can also repost a photo right from Flume. And, there are two features I especially love: First…Flume works as a plugin for Capture One, Lightroom and Photoshop so you can post photos to IG directly from those applications. Second…if you’re like me and would like to see IG photos in a larger format, as you’re moving through your feed Flume allows you to simply hit the space bar and enlarge any photo for a closer look. Hit the space bar again, and the photo floats back into the app.
If you’re a Mac user, give Flume a try and let me know in the comments what you think. Hopefully, you’ll be as excited as I am to finally have a way to enjoy Instagram from my desktop or laptop!