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Review Instagram BETA
Official application from the same-name developer
Author: Evgenii Kostrov
Date: 29 Nov 2013, tested on Nokia Lumia 920
Functions quickly, nice interface, stylish design, completely free
It has finally happened! The official application Instagram is now available for the platform Windows Phone and, despite the fact that it is only a beta version, it handle perfectly its main objectives and desires of users. The only nuances so far are the lack of ability to publish online video clips, and some users are having difficulties while registering at the server of the program.
Sign-in to a previously created profile occurs without any complaints, that's why those who already have an account, can easily sign in it, and those who have just decided to join the audience of millions, will have to wait for correcting the error or to use another application just to register and then enter the account created in this application.
SettingsThe first thing that you will be offered after the start of the program, is to unite your accounts at Instagram and Facebook. Already in the program settings, you can activate reposting from Twitter, Tumlr, Flicr, Foursquare and VKontakte (VK). This way you will be able to post your photos at several social networking sites and share them with all your friends and followers.
There (in the settings) you can also activate notifications about "Likes", new comments to your pictures, and about mentioning you on pictures of your friends. In addition, the program has privacy settings, thanks to them you can limit the number of people who can see your photos.
Sharing photosTo upload a new picture, just click on the central touch button at the bottom of the screen and follow to the appropriate section. There you will have an opportunity to select a photo from your smartphone memory, or use the camera and make a live shot. Having defined the photograph, you will be redirected to the editor that allows you to crop the image and change its scale.
This takes you to the most interesting menu where you can apply to the image one of twenty filters (yes, there is yet not so much of them as we would like), as well as play with the contrast and focus settings on a particular area of the shot made. Then you will only be left to add location data to the image, write a small description, tick the social networks where reposts will be made, and send the picture to the server.
ResumeThe program has an intuitively intelligible interface and will delight you with the presence of live tiles. We recommend the application Instagram to everyone who is not indifferent to this social network. Hopefully, the developers will soon correct the nuance with registration, add to the program new filters and the ability to deal with video clips. According to some information, this will happen shortly after the release of a new version of the software - Windows Phone 8.1.