via Flume Blog:

Finally, Flume 2.8 is here! There’s so much packed into this update that we’ll skip the introductory text and get straight into all the details.

Huge update. Nothing for me personally as my workflow is highly limited but this application, a non-official application that is completely developed outside of Instagram has everything an official piece of software could ever have. I have no idea how they’re doing it considering how Instagram is so tight on their functionality via API. Whatever Flume devs are doing, it’s great! I’m going to try and highlight more Mac-Software on this blog that I use and love. After Ulysses and Adobe have chosen to screw over license customers for subscription customers and more developers let their Mac-Software rot in favor of crappy small-screen iOS experiences, I think it’s good to highlight Mac-Based software because the amount of activity here is shrinking.

To be clear, my workflow for Instagram is a matter of necessity. No one visits my Flickr page anymore. Well, thousands a day do via Google Images but I don’t have anyone going to my Flickr page to see what I’m posting. the social aspect is gone. I was told that if I want people to see my photos, I have to post to Instagram.

  • Plug in Canon 5D*
  • Import to Lighrooom*
  • Color Correction / Cropping*
  • Export as JPEG*
  • Import into iCloud Photos
  • Wait for Photo to appear on my iPhone
  • Launch Instagram
  • Enter photo-picker and wait 30 seconds even on an iPhone 8 for my 100,000 JPEG photo library to load
  • Select a photo, wait another minute for the 25 megabyte JPEG to download locally from iCloud
  • Type out 20 different hashtags on a keyboard that would prefer to auto-correct Beer to Bear 
  • All in all, it’s about 12 minutes of work to get just a single photo to Instagram I take on a real camera

So, for a while, I did Instagram posts in batches. I’d do 12 photos once a week. No tagging, no filters, no locations, I don’t follow anyone, etc.

Now, I still do everything with an asterisk above but I can simply drag the JPEG I exported from Adobe Lightroom to Flume before I send it to iCloud Photos (a part of my workflow I do even for photos not destined for social media). Then, Flume allows me to type out my 20 hashtags. I can even copy them and post them to another upload if I’m doing more than one with similar hashtags. It has saved me a ton of time which is why I bought a $10 license. To see so many improvements in a point update (2.8 versus 3.0) makes me really happy. If you’re a Mac user who users Instagram, go check it out.