Monday, July 9, 2012

Instagrille, a free desktop app that brings Instagram to your computer, now offers some features such as looking at photos posted from nearby that aren’t even available in Instagram itself.

Launched in April of this year, Instagrille is a desktop experience for Instagram, providing much of the same functionality of Instagram’s mobile app on your PC. The desktop app was originally created by Ukrainian developer Denys Denysiuk as an entry into an application contest for Pokki.

While the app only earned him third place in the content, the app and its success since launch caught the attention of the company behind Pokki, SweetLabs, which acquired Instagrille and worked along with Denysiuk to make it better.

“The redesign is to make it all about the photos,” says Ng. “You can really take advantage of your screen real-estate”

The updated version of the app takes advantage of your entire browser window, displaying photos in a tile-like format that takes advantage of every inch of space. Much like on Instagram, you can view photos in your stream, or just photos uploaded by a specific user. You can view the photos in a small window, or make your browser window full-size to see more photos. Photos can also be viewed in a grid-like format that displays likes and comments beside each photo.

A ‘Nearby’ feature lets you check out pictures near your current location, and you can search within the app for users and photos that match your interest as well as save searches for future use.

Clicking on a particular photo will display that photo large in the center of the screen, and allow you to comment on it, like it, share it on Twitter or Facebook, or even download it to your desktop.