Ever since its release in 2010 – and Facebook’s acquisition for $1billion – Instagram has gained immense popularity among the masses. The world’s favorite photo sharing app lets you capture photos using your mobile or tablet, apply a slew of effects and share the final image with friends and other people on Instagram and social media sites. But although, it’s quite popular on iOS and Android, users of no other platform have got an official client for it. InstaPic is a new Modern UI application that brings Instagram to Windows 8 and Windows RT. Offering all the essential options, it’s probably the best Instagram app for Windows 8 that we’ve seen so far.
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Is InstaPic The Best Instagram App For Windows 8?
Definitely a yes. There are quite a few Instagram lookalikes running around the Windows Store, some offering a ton of features while others sporting fancy UI. InstaPic on the other hand, besides with a functionality similar to that of Instagram, brings a few noteworthy features to the table, the most useful ones of which is the ability to upload photos to your Instagram account, browse photos and videos from people you follow, as well as download Instagram content to your Windows 8 PC or tablet.
The app opens to a login screen where you need to sign in to your Instagram via specifying your username and password credentials. If you’re new to Instragam, however, the app also provides a simple way for connecting to the services by tapping New User.
Interface and Usage
The first page that you are taken to after signing in is your Instagram Timeline and Popular section. The interface not only does look clean and simple but also fairly easy to navigate. The landing screen carries three buttons at the top right that give access to Search, Activity and Upload. Swiping horizontally allows you to reveal more photos shared by you and users whom you’re following.
The photos themselves appear as large thumbnails which makes opening them a tad bit easier. The Activity option I mentioned earlier basically brings up notification side bar (News in Instagram) to notify you about recent activities by your followers on your content, or whenever someone starts following you.
Like Instagram’s official apps and web interface, InstaPIc also allows you to like photos and post comments on them if you wish. In addition, you can directly share photos via Facebook, Twitter and email, or simply save them to your computer or device.
One of the most interesting bits of Instagram is that it allows users to tag photos, which makes them easier to find by others. InstaPic takes full advantage of this ability by letting you use Windows Search Charm to look for specific tags and/or users. Simply type your query and InstaPic will instantly display relevant results.
Your own Instagram profile can be accessed from the app bar. Akin to everything else that InstaPic offers, this area of the app also seems intuitive and elegant. In addition to showcasing your basic information, It allows you to quickly view your posts, following, followers and likes.
How To Upload Photo To Instagram
When it comes to uploads, which is the main feature of this app, you can post the photo via clicking or tapping the miniscule camera button at the top right on home screen. The app then prompts you to either capture a new photo or choose an existing one from your computer.
After selecting the image, you can also crop it to your desired size. But as the official Instagram apps on iOS and Android force users to upload square pictures, you might not want to tinker with cropping much, because doing so will still give the final image a squarish look thus skewing it a bit.
InstaPic comes with a feature-laden photo editor powered by Aviary, a popular multiplatform photo editing app. That said, you can apply a host of effects, enhance image, change brightness, contrast, sharpness and saturation, add text and even reduce blemishes and red-eye. Once you’re ready with your preferred look, click or tap Done followed by Upload on the proceeding screen.
The last step requires you to enter an optional photo caption and click or tap Upload on the side bar. Alternatively, you can also simply save the edited version of photo to your local storage.
As stated earlier in the review, Windows 8 has a handful of third-party Instagram apps, but there can be no arguing that InstaPic resembles the official app most closely. The only shortcoming I noticed is its inability to edit and upload videos, which is a feature Instagram recently introduced as 15 second loop video. But other than that, the app is surprisingly good.