vu

Dead simple Instagram client for Mac

#5 Product of the DayAugust 29, 2017

I made this little status bar app to have basic Instagram experience on my Mac. I know there was a couple of very similar apps presented before but I made it more robust and polished. vu supports multiple accounts and can upload photos directly from built-in camera.

Yes, now you can take selfie on your Mac and post it to Instagram instantly. 👌🏻

Reviews

  • Arun SathiyaHappiness Engineer, Automattic
    Pros: 

    Can view and post to Instagram right from Mac's menu bar. Basically a mobile website ported as a Mac app.

    Cons: 

    No interesting features like messages or stories, but Vu is not to be blamed. Instagram does not open up API to others. Poster is similar.

    I've been using Poster all these days to see Instagram posts and post on Instagram. I guess Vu is the same as Poster. I wish Instagram opens development for third-party developers and makes it possible to build more robust apps.

  • T0haSole Founder /Developer
    Pros: 

    First Instagram app for Mac that allow to post from Desktop

    Cons: 

    Always asks to install official app, even if I already have one

    I've been searching an instagram app allowing to post from Desctop for rather long time. Most of them either can't do it at all or do it in some strange manner. This one works as I expect! Thx guys!

Discussion

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Jp Valery@jpvalery · Customer Success @ LANDR / Ex-Gameloft
Finally something free!
Amedeo@amedeodamore · Head of Product, Hot Topics
Hey Boris, this looks great. can be very useful. Only thing is that i can't work out how to add another account? When I go to settings it doesn't seem to be displaying the option to add another account? Thanks Boris!
Boris KarulinMaker@karulin · iOS/Mac developer
@amedeodamore just log out and log in to another account, it will be added to the menu automatically, same as the previous one
Amedeo@amedeodamore · Head of Product, Hot Topics
@karulin Thanks - that works!
Shaun McAlpine@shaunmcalpine · International Executive - FinTech
@karulin @amedeodamore came here to ask the same question, thanks! Will the functionality to change views on your own profile and on home search work (from grid to list) be added?
Boris KarulinMaker@karulin · iOS/Mac developer
@amedeodamore as long as it's just a mobile website I can't modify its behavior unless Instagram add new features
Brandon McConnell@brandon_mcconnell · Full-Stack Developer + UI/UX Designer
Looks great! I just fear that Instagram will find some way to block your API soon and disable remote posting. But great client. 10/10. I'd love to see landscape interface setting. It looks okay as it is, but it's just a mobile app ported to desktop. A version optimized for Mac itself would be great.
Boris KarulinMaker@karulin · iOS/Mac developer
@brandon_mcconnell there are other full featured Mac-optimised clients. vu is just a mobile web site as you point out. why landscape?
Jacob Jurilla@igorillatech · iGorillaTech
Is there current support for uploads?
Boris KarulinMaker@karulin · iOS/Mac developer
@igorillatech only single photo uploads
Zach SwetzPro@swetzequity · Product Manager in Pittsburgh
@igorillatech Second this question, are you able to upload images?
Jacob Jurilla@igorillatech · iGorillaTech
@karulin great! If I'm uploading high res images to Instagram, are you implementing Instagram's compress algo or a formula of your own?
Boris KarulinMaker@karulin · iOS/Mac developer
@igorillatech when you upload an image it's processed on Instagram servers, same as on mobile web site. vu does not modify files being uploaded
Josue Roberto@rsencion · Turning minds forward
This is the best so far. Still buggy like other solutions out there, like Poster https://lukamarr.github.io/Insta... but the best until this moment.
Boris KarulinMaker@karulin · iOS/Mac developer
@rsencion please report bugs if you found any. I did keep Poster in mind when presented vu. As long as Poster is an Electron wrapper and a "super fast" solution, it is very heavy and don't support multiple accounts as well as location selection on new posts (I might be wrong).
Josue Roberto@rsencion · Turning minds forward
@karulin Thanks for the response Boris. Of course, I'll let you know of the bugs (right now the app thinks you're on your phone so it asks you to download the app and it's kinda annoying, it won't show the edit tools and that's about it).
Boris KarulinMaker@karulin · iOS/Mac developer
@rsencion oh, yes, this is drawbacks of using mobile website