Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web's Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015. Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web's Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015.
People use Instagram in different ways, and it’s become obvious that many more than the company ever expected actually like viewing (and — gasp — uploading) their Instagram collection on the desktop.
Instagram does facilitate a utilitarian sort of desktop interaction, but a very handsome app called Grids came along for the Mac a few months ago that made viewing Instagram a whole lot more pleasurable. Now, PC users can share in the delightful experience, as Grids has now launched a version of the same app for Windows.
The app runs much the same way on Windows as on the Mac, with a clean interface that lets you view full screen or at any size you choose. As on the mobile app, you can receive notifications when there are new feeds, followers, likes, comments, mentions or requests. Plus, you can use the app to comment, follow, search and explore, just as you would one your phone.
The app lets you switch between multiple accounts, as well as bookmark people, locations, hashtags or single photos and videos.
There is no facility to directly upload images from the desktop to Instagram, not surprisingly. While this is something people really seem to want, that Instagram explicitly frowns upon.
Grids for Instagram (Windows) is available in 32- and 64-bit versions for Vista, Windows 7, 8, and 10.
➤ Grids for Instagram (Windows)
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