The number of apps we use to handle photos and videos seems to have grown since the iPhone and iPad came on the scene. Most Mac users still use iPhoto to handle the mass of a photo collection, but increasingly there’s Adobe’s Lightroom, and Apple folk are in eager anticipation of the upcoming Photos app.
What’s the attraction? It’s two-fold. One is simply a good place to store and manage photos, and even iPhoto does that. The second is the increasing requirement to upload photos to various social sites or online photo galleries.
Flickr has been around since 2004 and boasts 87-million registered users. Instagram came on the scene just over four years ago and now has over 300-miillion users, more than Twitter. Clearly we have a growing need to manage and upload photos. The problem is simple. Multiple apps are required. Wouldn’t it be great to have a single way to upload photos everywhere?
Unfortunately, there’s not, but Poster tries. It tries very hard to be the go-to Mac app to post photos and videos to Flickr, SmugMug, and Facebook. It works fine with those online sites but needs more.
Actually, Poster is fun to use for any Mac user who uploads photos to Facebook, Flickr, or SmugMug. The Flickr option, for example, lets you post photos and videos, create and choose sets and groups, and even moderate photos and tag people, so it’s socially aware.
For Facebook, Poster becomes more professional. Upload photos to your personal profile, but also to any pages you administer for work or client. The SmugMug side of Poster integrates well with galleries and categories.
Poster also works in OS X Yosemite as a sharing extension and comes with built-in facial recognition to make it easier to tag photos. Other than the price tag, which is aimed more at semi-pro photo folks, there’s little to not like about Poster other than it’s limited to Flickr, Facebook, and SmugMug, but Instagram still allows uploads only from smartphones (although it works well for me on the iPad). Of the three online photo services, Poster does a better job with Flickr.
A Mac app that uploads photos everywhere is an idea whose time has come, but just the idea, not the actual app.