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Instagraph Instagram client for Windows Phone 8
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Instagram sharing app Instagraph gets priced, available later today for Windows Phone 8

The wait is overInstagraph, the unofficial Instagram posting client for Windows Phone 8, will be available to be downloaded in the Store within the next 12-24 hours as it has now been published.

The app does have a nominal price of $2.49 with no free trial  to help support the server investment by the developers. Currently, only Windows Phone 8 is supported but Venetasoft do plan on bringing Windows Phone 7.x backing in the future (see the FAQ printed below). In addition, at least initially users will only be able to upload 3 photos a day to Instagram via the service in order to ensure that capacity is not overrun, resulting in extraordinary upload times. That number will be increased as more servers are brought online in the coming weeks.

While the status of an official Instagram app for Windows Phone remains elusive, Windows Phone 8 fans will now be able to post to their pre-existing Instagram accounts using the Instagraph client. Later, the developers plan to support Instagram account-creation through the app directly.

Instagraph Instagram client for Windows Phone 8

The service works by indirectly posting your photos to Instagram via Azure servers, bypassing Instagram’s locked-down API access. Surprisingly, the method they use does not violate Instagram’s terms-of-service, meaning we do not expect this to be “shut down” any time soon (neither do the developers who have a lot riding on this financially, in addition to their reputation).

The app itself, as we detailed in our mini-review, does not allow one to browse or even directly edit their Instagram pics (there are numerous third party apps that already do this on Windows Phone). Instead, it serves merely as a conduit to post to Instagram natively from a Windows Phone 8 device.

The app is powered by Aviary photo editor, which is not the same filter as Instagram but in many ways better (more filters, more editing options) and let’s be honest, it’s not too hard to mimic Instagram’s look.

A full FAQ has also been posted about Instagraph, which should go far in answering some user concerns of the app and service. Keep in mind, this is version 1.0, meaning this is only the beginning.

Regarding versions for Windows Phone 7.x users and more, we can share the following:

  • WP7 version is near to being sent to certification
  • WinRT version has exited beta release
  • WP8 and WP7 new versions with the Registration feature (WinRT will have it at initial release)
  • All their (other) Apps are free for a week

We'll update this story when the link is live for the app, though it should not be too much longer now (due to concerns of being overwhelmed, the developers are being extra cautious about hyping the release too much).

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FAQ

Why it is not official Instagram?

  • Well, we cannot do anything about it 
  • We asked them to release a WP version, as we are WP users and enthusiasts too, then we asked for the complete API set, but without success, so we felt abandoned and started working on Instagraph.

Why is it not possible to create a new Instagram via Instagraph ?

  • Instagram accounts can only be created directly from iOS and Android devices currently, due to Instagram access restrictions.
  • The next Instagraph update adds this feature for WP devices.

Why is it not possible to see post or comment ?

  • Instagraph in its first releases will only cover important features missing from other Instagram Apps. You can use other beautiful Apps such as WPGram and Metrogram for this, or even the web browser. Once installed, Instagraph is integrated into the "share" and "edit" menus, so it is super easy to share pictures from other sources or Apps too.

Will a WP7 version be available?

  • Yes, and a WinRT version is en-route too

Does Instagraph use Instagram API?

  • No.
  • We don't spoof, sniff, alter or "hack" Instagram calls to their web services in any way.
  • Nor have we emulated, reverse engineered, disassembled or altered any Instagram App on iOS or on Android.
  • Instagraph is completely compliant with Instagram terms and policies, as we did it legally.

Why do we need to enter username and password on settings page, and not on classic oath web page?

  •  Instagraph does not use Instagram API,so direct Oath authentication is not needed.

Is privacy preserved?

  • Your data is HTTPS encrypted, all network communications between apps and services are SSL secured.
  • We delete an image immediately after being successfully submitted to Instagram.

Have you been helped/supported/funded by Microsoft or Nokia to build this App?

  • No, Microsoft only certified it to prove Instagraph is legal, secure, and it does not violate your privacy.
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Instagram sharing app Instagraph gets priced, available later today for Windows Phone 8

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I'm shocked at how many people are complaining about the cost. Do you realize how much it costs to provide services for this kind of stuff? And how much effort?

Lets say a dev can make $100 per hour(pretty average for a good one) and he spent 300 hours making it(probably more), that's $30k. So they need to sell 12 copies BEFORE server costs.

You own a $300 or more smartphone, pay $5 for a cup of coffee at Starbucks, and complain about $2.50?! Tisk.

I agree with you. I don't care about 2.59, its a good app, there's a YouTube app for the same price people pay for that, and I don't think they realize its free. There's a lot of bad apps out there. This isn't a bad app. How often do you want to upload more then three pictures a day too. It makes you question, do I really want to share this? What's good about it, maybe then people will stop posting so many pointless self pics.

I think I'll complain about a $2.50 app and then go buy a couple two liter bottles of Mt. Dew and then urinate my $2.50 away 45 minutes later.
Seriously, if you want it, dig through your couch cushions and buy it. Most of us will waste $2.50 today without thinking about it.

As much as I want an Instagram app, I'm not paying for one that has limits.

I'll just build a bridge, get over it, not use Instagram and upload my photos to Facebook and twitter, job done.

Only thing I can see that Instagram does over fb and twit is filters, which other apps can do for free and then post to fb and twitter

Sweeet!
But am I the only one who loves PhotoPlay?  I think it's excellent! The UI is slick and has cool photo editing effects.  Sure it's not super popular yet, but with the right marketing, it could gain quite a following.
Also, things I learned from this app, lots of russians use Windows Phone.

I like the looks and functionality of photoplay problem is I can only find Russians using it (not that that a bad thing), and no one locally is using it and certainly none of my friends (damd iPhone lovers) so that kind of defeats the social aspect of it.

Honestly, for as limited as it is I'm ok with paying for it because it sends a message. At the moment we have reason to believe the official version is on its way but even if it isn't when Instagram or any other developer who has chosen to actively snub WP sees people forking out real money for unofficial alternatives to their apps, they might finally get it through their heads that they can't just play the "ignore it and it will go away" card.

I'd rather pay $10 for a version w/o a cap tho. It wouldn't be fun waiting 3h or something for a pic to be uploaded tho.... =)

Important correction to the article - Microsoft does not certify the legality of any apps in Store!

Photoplay just received a minor update to 1.0.1
 
I would use it if it had better filters and a nicer looking vignette effect. it's a bit clumsy compared to what instagram offers.

well, despite I don't agree that it's good enough (yet) I believe it will improve over the next few months. I can't believe users can't save the edited pictures to the phone library? or am I missing something?

Look on the menus in the posting process. Photoplay has specifically stated you can't save other's photos due to copyright concerns, but they allow you to save your own.

I don't understand why price is a big deal. Also three pics a day is fair, it makes you question, is this picture worth uploading. And its only .83 a day for a picture then it's free. Who knows what the future hold for this app, I know I'm going to buy it this weekend. (currently not on a WP8). It's only in version 1.0

So now all Instagram Devs have to do is license their API to windows phone and not make an official app because ppl are going to buy something that should be free.

instagram is a free app and paying 2.5$ for a client is truly non-sense. this is abuse of bona fide, period.

Instagram is a free app, yes... on other platforms. But this is InstaGRAPH, the only app on WP able to post to Instagram.
You're saying the developers hard work is worth nothing.. now this is truly non-sense.
Perhaps you would prefer they hadn't bothered and continue to use your non-existent free app?

How about you spend some time, resources and money to make an app and in return get nothing. How bout you go to work for a whole week and get no money in return... Instagram pays their developers to develop the apps for other platforms so they are able to offer it for free. These guys aren't paid by Instagram. $2.50 is pocket change anyways so to being so cheap.

While i applaud the efforts to get a workaround in place, i find it unfortunate that it comes down to this.
Paying $2.49 for an app that limits 3 photos. ...Totally understandable, but not amused.  I rather just use Photoplay in the meantime
 
 

To quote Scary Movie "Some people are so GHETTO." It is less than 3 bucks to be able to do something that users want to do that Insta/FB won't allow for whatever reason. I am not sure if any of you sell phones, I run a Best Buy Mobile, and the fact that after tomorrow we can say "yes, you can upload to Instagram with this phone" is great and will help sell more Windows Phones. Can't wait.

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I think this will backfire and will make the chances of the official instagram app coming to windows phone less

That's what I think as well.
But I am gonna be honest, I will probably give this a whirl. And I am fine with the three photos a day. I went weeks sometimes not posting anything to Instagram. So its not that big of a deal. 

Bing rewards, if you're not using it you should, I have a balance, and will gadly give it to these guys, they seem to have earned it, but they haven't earned 5 stars on a review until I see it, and it works.

Subscription service probably on the way after the analysis gives them an idea on what to charge

Why should we have to pay to upload to something that is free?  I'm also not going to pay for something that will be shut down in a matter of weeks if not days.  No way this is legal.  If the devs need money for server upkeep, fine, but that also tells me that they won't be able to afford proper counsel once the pricey facebook lawyers come a knockin....

The point that many have and will miss is that the app adds share to Instagram using instagraph to Windows Phone apps, so you can share direct from the OEM Photos app and then view and comment using one of the other Instagram apps that already exist in the Windows Phone Store.
This functionality alone would be enough for me.

This is a testiment  how awesome the WP community is. Developers like this one are the reason why I love WP. This will def be an app I will purchase once its available for 7.x. I hope Microsoft is watching and realizing how much effort the community puts into the platform. I believe the developer will build this app to be a beautiful instagram app. It makes me wonder why indie/small develops build beautiful apps compared to those bigger named develops. The best part is the constant updates the devs create versus the big develops. I am very excited to see how this app grows. I guarantee the instagram team is watching and they should let this go and not block it if they actually do that, or build  an official app. I would rather give my money and web traffic to the indie guys instead of the greedy big guys.

Seriously, it's a couple of dollars.  I'm quite sure a lot of people here waste FAR more than that on overpriced food/drinks at movies, restaurants and the like.  Hats off to the devs for making this available.  Going to give it a go.

Haha cheapasses. U guys act like u live in North Korea. Take your kids money from their piggy bank if u have to. I'm buying to support, I have no instagram account.

Nope..not nearly worth it. ( Also, thankfully this is not reddit so I wont get downvoted to oblivion thankfully)

The 3 photo limit is only to start. They want to make sure their process won't collapse under the deluge. Once the verify the robustness they expect to increase that. Small moves ('Contact' reference).

I for one will be buying this App, even though I dont have an Instragram account and won't be able to use any of the features until the account creation gets added at a later date.
I don't even like Instragram to be honest, I've never been into destroying a perfectly good photograph with a filter.
But I've developed 2 small App's for WP myself and because of the understand of the hard work thats required I'll support the cause.
Also anything to take the hype off Instragram at this stage, they've had there chance to deliver an Official App.
So all props and credit to Instragraph

you do understand that you DO NOT have to mess the pictures up with filters, right?
 
95% of my pictures have no filter, I am perfectly happy with the way the pictures look from my  camera =)

If you dont want to pay $2.50 out of your own pocket, just use bing rewards  to earn points to either buy a $1.25 promo code (for a 50% discount towards this) or earn points to redeem a $5.00 promo code and there you go.

Guys' come on! Keep cool!
The limit is maybe tomorrow removed! Depends on user number and Insta servers!!
Don't misunderstand everything! It's version 1.0! This is the first step!
The Windows Phone 7.x is coming soon! so u have so wait..
lets support the devs!
 
 
Instagraph or nothing...what is better? I think Instagraph!
 
*Sorry for my bad english*

I will get it when it¿s available but the initial 3 photos limit is too little. They should capped the daily uploads to 5 at least. People like me who are not using Instagram right now will try to upload more than that the first few days.
 
I think the official client is coming sooner rater than later, but Instagraph can help us use Instagram to see if it's worthy or not of our photo uploads.

I think it's a nice start! Key word is start. Since it is rather limited they should definitely offer a trial, I wouldn't mind if it was just a 3 photo or 1 day trial but it is needed. Imho $2.50 is a pretty penny in the long run. I guestimate 10,000 will buy this app totaling $25,000. I definitely think the devs should get paid but not that much for so few features. And yes I know more features are coming.

I did also look into Azure servers and Microsoft is offering 90 day no obligation no cost trial, but even after that it shouldn't be that much as the devs said the photos get deleted off the servers once uploaded. Just my $0.02.

I don't think it is the number of features that is important, it is the difficulty in implementing them. Uploading photos to Instagram was a difficult problem that probably required a fair amount of research, implementation on the server side, and testing.

Regarding Azure servers, it is the bandwidth that is going to hurt them not the storage. If you assume a user uploads 3 3 meg pictures a day for a month, that is ~300 megs of bandwidth per user (or it might even be double that, as they need to receive the picture and then send it along to Instagram) per month.

Look how much is a programmer salary. Look how much a designers makes a month. And see if $25.000 splitted for company profit and salaries make the cut.
 
The azure 90 days no obligation and for free comes with limits and is made so devs can make apps and test not for production. And the costs then depend on the workload. And if they would make a trial people would for sure come look use their server resources with uploads and not pay as it is too much. It's better they did not make a trial.

$2.49?  I'll gladly pay and use it even if one day zuckerberg himself shuts it down.  Is software worth nothing these days?  How much did you pay for that L920?

Pay for an app to upload to a universally free service? Without even allowing us to comment ot browse pictures?
This guys must be out of their mind, no thanks. Ill wait for the official app... Meanwhile Photoplay is excellent.

Seriously??????????? If an iphone user was reading this they would laugh there head off at wp users. Im waiting for an official app and in the meantime im using instagram on my iphone where i can do as i like with no work arounds. It ain't the money i see it pointless. Not gonna support a developer for the sake of just aving it on my wp8

It works both ways. Many here are not going to get an iPhone and use iOS just to have instagram.

I don't even care about Instagram but I will buy the app so the developer gets kudos for accomplishing what many have said was impossible. I love it when the community comes together and greats quality apps.

Yeah, WP users are total simpletons, lol, they are so thirsty for apps that they even pay for backwater apps, lol.
Not me, I want official Instagram, free, like everyone else.
Plus, Nokia is constantly spamming #2instawithlove, you really think they would be using Instagram's registered trademark back and forth if they werent already knowing that the app is under development? Open your eyes ppl

All I want to say is F Instagram for not working with Microsoft to bring that damn app on the platform. Props to these devs who made Instagraph

It always surprises me when people are mad that Instagram doesn't develop an app for WP.  With iOS & Android they have the majority of mobile users covered.  I bet even on BB10 users can sideload the Android app, so what mobile OS other then WP isn't covered?  Why should Instagram & FB care about helping a few percent of the total worldwide mobile market?

Considering how much my coffee cost this morning, i think i can pony up the $2.50 for this. Amazed at how much people complain about anything over FREE. This takes resources people.

No, this is like much more than instagram. It's our win as a userbase against who consider us a minority. But such a resourceful minority. HAIL WP8.

Do you guys know whats funny? Probably the server is emulating an Android device, so all our uploads will count as Android uploads and therefore only reinforce their position on the market, while diminishing ours.
This should be clarified!

jajaja, is this April's Fools?  you actually have to pay for an unofficial app with limited functionality and restricted to 3 uploads per day?  ohh and no free trial... that is just hilarious.

you people know how this is working right?  your are giving away your Instagram password to the developers, thier server will then log into the official Instragram page with your credentials and submit the upload.  If somebody hacks into their server you password is gone.

With a price for a service that free anywhere else, and a limit. I think I'll wait until they can improve their limit, I know they have reason to create this. I'm still really glad someone made it all possible, I'm not against it at all. I think i'll wait unitl the limit improve or my hope for an offical app runs out. Maybe this will finally show developers that the people for apps are their, whether those people are creating them or using these 3rd party app.

Maybe I'll make a picture posting app and I'll call it "InstaGramGraph#2InstaWithLoveJusgrammFreeLomoGram". Has that been taken yet?

Alright guys, let's make these guys some money so Instagram fill finally make an official app for WP!

They wont. They will think they have even more android customers and turn their back to wp8. Didnt you realised they are using and android server? Insta will think you have an android phone...

I know it's 2.49. But it isn't worth it, even if they have to charge you. I'll wait and see if an official app comes for free.

Just tried for the 4th time, and it's now queued. There is also upload history screen in the app that shows you about how long it should be in the queue. Mine has said "1 minute" for several minutes now. Their servers may not be fully running yet.
 
EDIT: Took about 4-5 minutes to go from the queue to posted. We'll see how this goes because I was probably one of the first to download the app. I imagine hundres of people will be downloading shortly and then we'll really know how those servers work.
 

Yea, I think they still have some issues... I bought it, used it...  it took almost an hour to upload the picture, then the picture that was published to my Instagram feed was not even the one I uploaded?

2.49 to encourage these devs to keep innovating and fight the next fight (or absence of app x) on the platform is more than reasonable. They need to pay for the azure servers they are using to "spoof" a device. 2.49 is a small price to pay. 
"at least initially users will only be able to upload 3 photos a day to Instagram via the service in order to ensure that capacity is not overrun, resulting in extraordinary upload times."  the upload limit i think is responsibility on the devs part in order to make sure that their app can handle the load of the millions of WP8 people desperately trying to get their photos onto instagram, especially as it's a paid application. Who knows, they may lift the limit if they see their servers can handle it.
 

Not paying $2.49 to fake some server that I have an Android or iOS device.  I want the real thing.  #2InstaWithLove

Really? The reason Windows Phone is not doing better is cause of people like you. Who have the time to read abou the current news but not enough money to spend coffee change to make things happen. You want instagram someone is providing a way for you to get one and you refuse to support them because you want the real thing? Don't you think this would cause instagram to look twice if enough demand and attention is brought to this app then just like the purpose of #2instawithlove instagram would recognize this growing community of WP users who want instagram. I would buy this up for 5 dollars( thats five dollar menu burgers OMG!!) Thank you guys!

Really?  You think this is about the $2.49?  No. This is about faking that I have an Android or iPhone.  Jesus.

This app is already in and OUT of the store. Just try to download it now. I would love to be updated BY VENTASOFT on how long I have to wait before things are up and running again. My first picture took about a half hour to upload, but went though perfectly fine to my profile. My 2nd got lost in today's mess and I'll be borrowing my boyfriend's iPhone to delete the picture of someone else's baby that was uploaded onto my profile.
P.S. props to ventasoft for developing this in the first place, Once things are working again, I will be over the moon happy that this application exists. My lack of an ability to upload on instagram was really the only thing that I didn't like about Windows Phone 8.

Says that the server is undergoing maintenance and has said it since I downloaded it... so I cannot upload.
 
Also, if I link my FB to Instagram, will it automatically publish to my FB account?

Ok its almost been a week since I read this article and the app is in the store. How can I download it? I'm getting tired of using my phone as a hot spot to transfer my photos to my iPod and upload them to my instagram account.

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