Upload

The Upload window allows you upload photos and videos, write captions, tag users, set cover frames, crop and resize, share to linked accounts and much more.

[info] Uploading is a Flume Pro feature.

[info] Photos and videos must fit within certain specifications to be accepted by Instagram.


Creating Posts

To begin creating a new post:

  • Click the upload button in Flume's toolbar menu.

  • Use the File > New Post… Menu Bar item.
  • Use the View > Upload Menu Bar item.
  • Tap the upload button in the Touch Bar.
  • Right-click on Flume's Dock icon and select the Upload item.
  • Drag a photo/video directly onto Flume's Dock icon.
  • Right-click a photo or video in Finder and select the Open with… > Flume menu item.

Drafts

Flume has support for drafts through its own .flume document type. Drafts save the following information:


Creating Drafts

To create/save a draft:

  • After selecting your photo/video and making all necessary edits, close the upload window, or use the File > Save Draft… Menu Bar item. A save dialog will appear to select a save location and filename.

[info] If you make edits to a previously opened draft, changes will be saved to the same draft file and no save dialog will appear.


Opening Drafts

To open a draft:

  • Open the draft file in Finder.
  • Drag-and-drop the draft onto Flume's Dock icon.
  • Drag-and-drop the draft onto an Upload window.
  • Use the File > Open Draft… Menu Bar item.

Previewing Drafts

Flume's drafts support QuickLook and render previews of the photo or video in Finder.


You can select up to 10 photos and videos into a single post, otherwise known as a carousel or multi-post.

Carousel posts can be either all square items, all horizontal, or all vertical. It is not possible to mix-and-match square items with horizontal or vertical items. Flume will use the aspect ratio of your first item in the Carousel Post, in order to force cropping of all subsequent items to the same aspect ratio. If you wish to create a square Carousel Post from a photo or video that is not originally in square aspect ratio, you should first crop the photo/video before toggling the Carousel Post option. If you drag-and-drop multiple files to create a Carousel Post, Flume will automatically display the cropping window for you for the first item.

[info] When dragging/opening multiple files to create a Carousel Post, Flume will sort the selected files by creation date to ascertain the order. The first item in your Carousel Post determines the kind of Carousel Post (square / horizontal / vertical) Flume will create. If you wish to override Flume's default creation date ordering, select your first item for Upload manually, then add the remaining items after toggling from a Single Post to a Carousel Post. Once all items are added, rearrange them by hovering over the item thumbnail and drag-and-dropping them to a new position.


To create a Carousel Post directly:

  • Select more than one photo/video in the macOS open panel that appears after choosing Select Photo/Video/Draft… in the Upload window.
  • Drag more than one photo/video directly onto an empty Upload window.
  • Drag more than one photo/video (or a folder) directly onto Flume's Dock icon.
  • Right-click more than one photo/video in Finder and select the Open with… > Flume menu item.

To toggle between an individual and Carousel Post:

  • Click the carousel button.
  • Use the Upload > Toggle Carousel Post Menu Bar item.
  • Tap the carousel button in the Touch Bar.

Editing

You can apply filters and make adjustments to your photos and videos easily right inside Flume.

[info] Video filters and adjustments are not available on macOS Yosemite 10.10

[info] The Scale adjustment is only available on photos.


Editing Photos/Videos

To edit a selected photo or video:

  • Click the edit button.
  • Use the Upload > Toggle Edit Options Menu Bar item.
  • Tap the edit button in the Touch Bar.

Previewing Edits

To quickly preview your edits:

  • Click the preview button.
  • Tap the preview button in the Touch Bar.

Filters

To apply a filter to a photo or video:

After selecting a filter, you can adjust the its intensity (default 100%).

[info] You can reorder and enable Flume's exclusive filters via Upload Preferences.


Adjustments

To make adjustments to a photo or video:

  • Click and drag the respective slider to set a new value.
  • Use the ↑ (UP) and ↓ (DOWN) keyboard arrows to move between adjustments, and ← (LEFT) and → (RIGHT) to set their value.

The Color adjustment requires you to first select a color to apply as an overall tint to the photo or video.

The Tilt Shift adjustment requires you to set the two focal points. Click the Adjust button and follow the prompts to set the points on the photo or video.


Resetting Adjustments

To reset all adjustments:

  • Click the clear button.

Captions

You can add an optional caption to your posts. When typing a # or @ character, your keyboard input will also search Instagram for matching hashtags and users until you select an item from the popover, press the ESC key, or press another space.

[info] Limits apply to the length of the caption, the number of hashtags, and mentions.


Tagged Users

You can include up to 30 users to tag in a photo. The tagged users can be viewed in the Details View.

[info] Only photos can contain tagged users.


Adding Tagged Users

To add a tagged user in a photo:

  1. Click the tagged users button on the photo, or tap the button in the Touch Bar.
  2. Click a position in the photo where the user is located.
  3. Type in the search text field to find the relevant user.
  4. Click on a search result to confirm the user tag.

Removing Tagged Users

To remove a tagged user:

  1. Click the tagged users button on the photo, or tap the button in the Touch Bar.
  2. Hover the mouse over the user tag you wish to remove and click it once.

Repositioning Tagged Users

To reposition a tagged user:

  1. Click the tagged users button on the photo, or tap the button in the Touch Bar.
  2. Hover the mouse over the user tag you wish to remove and click-and-drag it to a new position.

Tagged Locations

You can tag your photo and video at a location that displays in the Details View and links to the recent media tagged at that location.


Adding Tagged Locations

To add a location on a photo or video:

  1. Click the "Add Location" button, or tap the location button in the Touch Bar.
  2. Type to search for the location to tag, or click the Nearby Places button to search locations close to your current position.
  3. Select a location from the search results. If no search results could be found, the results popover will disappear.

[info] If the photo or video contains geotag location information, Flume will automatically search for the GPS coordinates where the photo or video was taken.


Editing Tagged Locations

To edit a location on a photo or video:

  • Click the name of the location, and select the Edit Location item.
  • Tap the edit location button in the Touch Bar.

Removing Tagged Locations

To remove an existing location on a photo or video:

  • Click the name of the location, and select the Remove Location item.
  • Tap the remove location button in the Touch Bar.

Cover Image

When uploading a video, you can choose a custom cover image that will be used to represent your video's thumbnail image.

To set a cover image:

  • Click the cover image button.
  • Use the Upload > Select a Cover Image… Menu Bar item.
  • Tap the cover image button in the Touch Bar.

Use the video scrubber in the cover image view or Touch Bar to select a position in the video as the cover image.

[info] By default, Flume will use the frame at 0.5 seconds into your video as your cover image. If your video contains a solid colour fade-in transition, your cover image will be the solid colour. To avoid this, set a custom cover image.


Cropping / Resizing

Photos

When you select a photo to upload that exceeds the aspect ratio requirements, you have three options:


Cropping Photos

To crop a photo:

  • Click the crop button.
  • Use the Upload > Crop… Menu Bar item.
  • Tap the crop button in the Touch Bar.

Click-and-drag the resize handles to adjust the cropping region, and click-and-drag the rectangle to adjust the cropping position.

[info] If you wish to constrain the cropping region to 1:1 aspect ratio, hold down the SHIFT key while click-and-dragging.


Resizing Photos

To resize a photo back to its original dimensions:

  • Click the resize button.
  • Use the Upload > Resize to Original Menu Bar item.
  • Tap the resize button in the Touch Bar.

Resizing Photos to Fit

If your selected photo exceeds the aspect ratio requirements, an extra Resize to Fit option appears in the image cropping view, with the ability to also choose a custom border color.

This ensures your landscape or portrait photos will not be cropped.


Videos

When you select a video to upload that exceeds the aspect ratio requirements, you have three options:

  • Scroll the video's cropping region to a desired area using your mouse/trackpad. The region of the video not visible will be cropped from the upload, and the original aspect ratio will be maintained.
  • Crop a region of the video so that it falls within the aspect ratio requirements.
  • Resizing the video to fit into a square. Like above, scroll the video's cropping region to a desired area using your mouse/trackpad. The region of the video not visible will be cropped from the upload, and a 1:1 (square) aspect ratio will be maintained.

[info] When selecting a video that is already 1:1 (square), the options to crop or resize will be disabled.

It is not currently possible to resize videos to fit, unlike photos.


Cropping Videos

To crop a video:

  • Click the crop button.
  • Use the Upload > Crop… Menu Bar item.
  • Tap the crop button in the Touch Bar.

Click-and-drag the resize handles to adjust the cropping region, and click-and-drag the rectangle to adjust the cropping position.

[info] If you wish to constrain the cropping region to 1:1 aspect ratio, hold down the SHIFT key while click-and-dragging.


Resizing Videos

To resize a video back to its original dimensions:

  • Click the resize button.
  • Use the Upload > Resize to Original Menu Bar item.
  • Tap the resize button in the Touch Bar.

Sharing

Sharing to Your Favorites/Close Friends

To share a post to your Favorites / close friends:

  • Click the Share to Favorites button.
  • Use the Upload > Share > Share to Favorites Menu Bar item.

[info] If you enable sharing to your Favorites, sharing to a Linked Account is disabled.


Sharing to Linked Accounts

Sharing allows you to cross-post your upload to a linked account. You can also share existing posts at any time.

To share a post to a linked account:

  • Click the Share button.
  • Use the Upload > Share > Linked Account Menu Bar item.

Choose at least one social network to share to.

[info] You can also save your sharing options, so that the previously enabled options are remebered for your next upload.


Advanced Settings

To adjust advanced settings on your post:

  • Click the Settings button.

[info] You can also disable comments after posting.


Switching Accounts

To switch the account to post with:

  • Click on the profile picture and select an account.
  • Use the Accounts Menu Bar item.

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