Sneak peek: Itsdagram is a full-featured Instagram client for Windows Phone 8 with direct uploads
What’s that? You need some more Instagram news for Windows Phone to keep going? Well, we don’t have any more info on an official app, though May keeps popping up. In the meantime, it looks like a new contender is getting ready to enter the field: Itsdagram.
Made by developer Daniel Gary (who also makes the popular Pinsation app), Itsdagram steps up its game against the current uploader Instagraph in that it allows unfettered, direct access to Instagram’s service. That means you can create an account, upload directly for posting, deleting, commenting, liking, searching, tagging, etc.--just about everything else an official client can offer. Check out the video below to see it in action.
So how does it work if there is no middle-man server? Well, it uses the Instagram API, ahem.
Now that raises all sorts of issues, including if Instagram alters it and whether or not they will tolerate such an app on the Store. There is some precedent for either way, after all, all of those HD YouTube video and Pandora apps on Windows Phone are using “hacked” APIs too and they’re still alive and kicking. However, Instagram is kind of a prickly company, so who knows how they will respond to this app.
Pricing looks to be set for $1.49 with a free trial (one upload to test) and we’re looking at one to two weeks for submission as final features are being instantiated. The app itself has no filters, but with the small army of apps that already do this for Windows Phone, many of which are free, we don’t see that as a problem.
Once again, the Windows Phone community finds a way. The only questions remain is if an official client is on the way and if it is any good (rumors suggest it’s an iOS port with very few features—then again, it’ll be free).
Stay tuned for more information on Itsdagram here at Windows Phone Central. Leave a comment and share your thoughts on this option for your heavy Instagram users. Yay or nay?
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Not using this to show Instagram that we don't care won't help. They won't realize it. But when they see traffic coming from Windows Phones in decent numbers, that bolsters the argument for making an official app. They see the need. For all those companies, it's a numbers game. Simple.
Just a thought :)
There is something illegal going on and there is no way around it. If they aren't spoofing the devices, that means there are actual physical phones that run 24/7. If this is the case, the only way they can get access to upload is through the "official" Instagram app on either iOS or Android.
Unless Instagraph has employees monitoring and using these phones 24/7 to submit uploads, then the process on the phone has to be automated.
If the upload process is automated, then there isn't ANY possible way to do that without hacking/modifying the "official" app.
If they hacked/modified the "official" app: Illegal.
We carefully studied Insta ToS with our lawyers to be sure not to sell an illegal app to users.
Direct Insta private API call is explicitly forbidden in the ToS, so we chosen not to take that way, but if they will tolerate this, it will be good for the WP community :)
All user data is completely wiped from servers and devices just after publishing, privacy is our first rule :)
I love the clever way you guys solved the upload problem. Also, I did some reading that you guys are running virtual Android devices on Windows Azure? That's so awesome.
It's a good thing Verizon and AT&T don't focus all of their resources on rural Iowa and Kansas. Same principle.
It's a real problem. Not saying they won't do it, but they have to know if they lock out older versions of their apps, they risk locking out a decent number of users.
I won't do it. But then again, I have no intention of getting the official Instagram anyway. God knows Facebook and Twitter already distract me enough, I don't need a 3rd social network for sharing food and feet LOL
it's 1.49. Chance are, people spend the money on apps they feel is worth it...then again, I've seen people blow $20 on microtransactions on the 360 and PS3 (here's looking at you NBA 2k13). In the end, it's still less than the price of a gatorade.
I thin pinsation was the app that is the mobile version of the site i believe.
Right now there's a bug I haven't had time to address that causes it to crash intermittently, but other than that, it's the only fully working Pinterest client.
Any ideas why this is?
i don't use instragram but if you're taking/needing beta users i have a candidate who would provide good feedback without hate. she's an educated, mature female who uses IG regularly with a 920.
Yup, likes and comments. If it at least has it on my photos thats good enough. Ideally it would notify my if I am tagged in someone else’s post. There are many times certain Instagram accounts will post my car or other things and friends tag me in the post to let me know they posted it. Instagram on my ipad notifies me of these.
Thanks for taking feedback, and hope it hits the market soon!
1. When I started, it was just a rumor that there was an official app coming. As far as I know, it's still just a rumor.
2. I enjoy writing apps and reverse engineering API's. So this was fun for me.
3. I could use a little extra income.
4. My wife and sister-in-law have been pestering me to do this.
5. I'm tired of "Instagram not being available on Windows Phone" being an issue preventing people from switching.
First, it's building off of another company's work, so that in and of itself lends itself to be shut down. If it stops working, do I get a refund?
Second, it's free on other platforms.
Third, it's likely to be free if an official app ever comes here.
Keeping my original comments for posterity, but I should have read other comments first. Apparently it's a pretty safe assumption they will update and keep on trucking if the API changes. As to the other stuff, I understand official apps are different from the little guys, and with my first objection being overcome, I would likely pay for this app.
I want itsdagram haha
Also first seen a transparent 'action bar' (don't know the name) below (I've my Lumia 620 just a month, don't know a lot of apps). EDIT: I just saw it also in Metrotube, but never noticed it because of the black background.
Wouldn't be a surprise if Instagram would take over this app, because of the design. They only have to give access to there servers, add the filter system and make a notifications page and it's an official app.
The risk of the API changing is a nuisance but a compromise given the low cost of apps. Depending on the model the developer might end up working for Instagram if its a good app.
As far as official apps go not all are better. If you can imagine one where we see increased consolidation between players to create simple, feature rich ergonomic apps, indie developers can run light years ahead of official apps. How about something like Proshot with integrated search between Fiickr, Tumblr and Instagram as well as several new upload options including seamless point and click and publish to Twitter, Facebook, Fiickr, Tumblr and Instagram at once?
Some companies will insist on official apps. Others will do both. Harness the developer community and see what comes of it. The MS developer community is just starting to get on board.
'till then, i'm not really using it but it's sitting there waiting patiently for the day this issue will be fixed and i can fully enjoy it :D
You have my word, as soon as I can get Itsdagram wrapped up and submitted, I will fix that problem. Quick question...the problem arises from how I implemented the pinch to zoom feature and I have debated just removing that feature. Would that work for you or would you miss pinch to zoom?
Oh and Daniel R. Are you sure you want everyone to know when & where you're having dinner tonight?
I could build an app that targets Windows Phone 7.x and it would run in 8.x just fine. However, I lose some things:
Full screen apps. The apps are surrounded by black bars at the top and bottom on 720P screens.
Instant loading. 7.x apps have to show a splash screen. 8.x apps start instantly.
The good news is I built the API client as a portable class library that can be used in 7.x and 8.x apps. And I can copy and paste most of the XAML. 7.x support is coming in the future.
isn't google so
tl;dr will you offer it for free sometime in the future?
And watching the video, it says Aviary still doesn't support WP8 lol this is a bigger issue IMO than no Instagram.
Btw Itsdagram is a great name.
Will it have a place in the future of Itsdagram? Thanks,
WP7 also needs Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Temple Run etc. Isn't it enough that by using Windows OS we are deprived of many cool apps other OS offer? Obviously not, now we have to be discriminated even within the area of Windows. I think Windows developpers shoud be thankful to all users who opted out for their devices instead of the much better working and up to date modern ones by showing some support to everyone in this hard time...
When is it available, yet this week?
And one more question..Well u get the API so why not the filter?