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PhotoDesk for Mac

By Benedikt TerhechtePaidUser Rating

Key Details of PhotoDesk

  • Instagram client for OS X.
  • Last updated on 2/29/2024
  • There have been 8 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

PhotoDesk for Mac gives you access to your Instagram account right from your computer, and lets you manage your images and more. Through this app's intuitive interface, you can see photos grouped in multiple different ways, and you can like or comment on both your images and those other users have added.


Clear navigation: When you open this app, you'll see photos displayed in the main large window of the interface, and a Navigation Bar along the left-hand side that lets you move between different categories of photos. For instance, you can view your Feed, see what's Popular right now, Liked Pictures, My Pictures, and more. You can also specify whether you want the photos to be displayed in a 3x3 grid, and 2x2 grid, or a list.

Keyboard shortcuts: There are some helpful keyboard shortcuts included in this program that let you quickly add comments to photos and perform some other common functions without having to rely on the mouse for everything. Using these, you can open the image detail, like an image, and even add a comment with just a few keystrokes.


Some bugs: There were times during testing that we encountered a variety of problems including flashing profile pictures when viewing the list of people who had liked a particular image. We also received multiple notifications about exceeding the maximum number of requests allowed per hour, which seems to be about 5,000, when we hadn't made any requests at all, but these issues did not arise every time we opened the program.

Bottom Line

PhotoDesk is a nice alternative way to access and manage your Instagram account. Although there are a few bugs, it's not without some significant advantages, as well. The app costs $4.99.

What's new in version 3.0.1

  • Added new exporting / importing mechanism for Albums
  • When exporting / importing Favorite Tags, Favorite Users, Favorite Locations or Albums, the folders are now also being exported.
  • Added a new mode to display the heart like / unlike icon always so that one can easier distinguish which items were already loaded
  • One can now doubleclick next to the big image in the detail view in order to close the detail view
  • Added the option to see the news in the old 2.x way again. To enable this, start Terminal.app and enter the following line:defaults write com.stylemac.instadesk PDUseOldNewsView true
  • Added a new item to the right click / context menu for sidebar items that allows to move the selected item to a folder
  • Added a new help menu entry to easily access the startup tutorials
  • Improved the "dark mode" to apply to many more situations in the app now
  • When Photodesk is quit in fullscreen mode, it will startup in fullscreen mode
  • Improved the look of many items when the font size was set to big
  • Updated the looks of the "big like icon"
  • Improved Secure networking mode, to prevent issues where loading of data sometimes did not complete, or only completed half.
  • Slightly improved the speed with which images are being displayed
  • Using the "L" shortcut for multiple images now will like those multiple images, if mass operations are active (in the Preferences)
  • Added a warning that appears when PhotoDesk is still loading the data for the "follows back" information, because this data has to be loaded calculated first after startup and depending on the amount of followers, this can take some time.
  • Changed it so that the feed is not being reloaded when viewing a users profile and going back
  • Update the login view to accomodate the new buttons that Instagram displays there
  • Folders in the sidebar are not sorted alphabetically
  • The loading indicator now better indicates that Photodesk is still loading.
  • Fixed a serious memory leak
  • Fixed several translation issues
  • Removed a white bar above the feed list view on Retina devices
  • Fixed a bug where selecting an item was impossible if the mini sidebar menu was open
  • Fixed an issue where the biography in the user detail view would not be displayed correctly in small window sizes
  • Fixed a bug where scrolling down in any view would not load more items
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes the account switcher does not work
  • Fixed a bug where scrolling down in list view for followers and follows would not load more items
  • Fixed a bug, where deleting a Folder would turn the sidebar all white
  • Fixed many, many bugs that lead to sudden crashes
  • Fixed a bug where scrolling in the follower / follow icon view mode would re-select a previously selected user
  • Fixed a rare bug that could corrupt the folders for a user account
  • Fixed an issue where when scrolling down in a user detail view, it would suddenly say "Private" at the top
  • The message "this user has set his profile to private" has been changed to his/her

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Full Specifications

November 20, 2014
Latest update
February 29, 2024
Operating System
OS X 10.10, Mac OS X, OS X 10.9, OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements
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Developer's Description

Instagram client for OS X.
View, like, comment, and download your and your friends' Instagram pictures on your Mac!!! (NO Uploads! Instagram forbids that! AND you need an Instagram account). But you can do so much more:Of all Mac clients, Instagram allows you to use the most features of Instagram on your Mac and even exceeds instagram's functionality.