In which I find a better Imgur screenshot uploading application
… Well not much of a battle really, rather just some comments on my needs of an Imgur uploader, what I’ve been using historically, and what I’m now going to be using.
Screenshots are a powerful tool. I take many screenshots every day, to quickly communicate something I’m working on, or show off something I’ve found, or even just to share funny pictures of cats.
I used to pay for and use Cloudapp, and it was great. You could use a custom domain, you could browse all of your uploaded images, life was good. Then they changed their pricing model, this was not good.
After that, I toyed with the idea of using my Public folder on Dropbox to host images, but then felt burdened by: a) not very nice urls, b) all of these transient images stuck on my Dropbox.
For the past 3 years I’ve been using Slingshot to upload my screenshots to Imgur, and it has worked perfectly.
That is of course, until OS X Yosemite came along with it’s cool black menu bar, and I found myself with a black system icon on a black bar.
As Mavericks brought with it signed applications, I couldn’t simply change the icon resource myself (even though I created some white icons), so I reached out to the developer, but he had since stopped developing Slingshot, and so wouldn’t be bringing a white icon variant to Slingshot for Yosemite.
Thankfully, I’ve had Bartender to help since then, allowing me to hide the icon while allowing Slingshot to retain entirely functional (if just a bit ugly).
Today I came across mac2imgur, it’s functionally identical to Slingshot (in that it watches for screenshots and uploads them, before then copying the URL to your clipboard), free, open source, and it even features a nice white icon for the black Yosemite menu bar.
So I’m done with Slingshot – viva mac2imgur!