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Droool ($9.99) is a one-of-a-kind social experience for OS X that allows you to view recent Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, RSS and Finder images in a single location. Any content posted without an image to these networks won’t appear in your Droool feed.

Droool is available for a free 14-day trial via a limited version on the Mac App Store. Let’s see why you might want to upgrade to the full version.

How It Works

While image files are viewable in other social network applications like Twitter’s own TweetDeck Why Twitter's TweetDeck Is Worth A Second Look Why Twitter's TweetDeck Is Worth A Second Look In the last few months, Twitter has become my favorite social networking hangout, mainly because I find it less time consuming than Facebook and Tumblr, and I can certainly update it quicker than I can... Read More , Droool appears to be the only application that allows for browsing attached images on your social networks in a single place, and in a scrolling gallery view.

Droool interface

Not only does Droool save you the trouble of opening different applications each time you want to view your social network streams, it makes it easier to view and save attached images without too many extra clicks. With its flat user interface design, Droool is a lightweight application that’s not cluttered with toolbar items. That said, there are plenty of useful features for saving and managing a library of image files.

When I first started using Droool, I thought it could only handle social networks and RSS feeds, but thankfully it also allows for connecting to image files in your Finder (click on File > New Index Folder in the menu bar.)

Droool index

As with social network feeds, any changes made to your linked Finder folders get updated in Droool. This feature is very useful for images you want to browse on a regular basis, like a frequently updated Dropbox folder of photos taken with your smartphone.

When you double-click on an image, it opens in a gallery view where you can navigate between images using the arrow keys. Because Droool includes keyboard shortcuts, I use the finger gesture application, BetterTouchTool Become A Power Trackpad User With BetterTouchTool Become A Power Trackpad User With BetterTouchTool It's especially useful for Mac users who do lots of work in applications like iPhoto or Aperture, or who surf the web. Read More to navigate between images, and to switch between the social network feed and library views.

Droool gallery

Organising Everything

With access to so many image files, you’ll probably want to use Droool for inspiration and reminder purposes. You can right-click on an image file in any feed and add it to your Droool library.

Droool add to library

Thankfully it’s possible to create collections in your library to help manage all the files you will be adding to it. Files can be tagged, rated, and shared to social networks, via email, AirDrop, and Messages.

Droool sidebar

Favorited collections and Finder folders are added to the sidebar, which can be hidden with a keyboard shortcut.

Genuinelh Useful

I prefer to use Droool over other social network applications. 5 Ways to Easily Access Social Networks From a Single App 5 Ways to Easily Access Social Networks From a Single App Nowadays, we’re spread pretty thin on all the social network accounts that we have: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, etc. so managing them can either take a considerable amount of time, or they just don’t... Read More  Images form a large part of the social experience, and Drool makes it easy to keep up with anything from Twitter memes or Facebook wedding pictures to artsy Instagram masterpieces. Because Droool includes its own sharing features, you can easily post content to your networks from within the application.

Developers IcyBlaze also sell another image management application called Sparkbox ($19.99). This one does not feature the social network connection, and while there is a companion iOS version of Sparkbox it lacks iOS or Dropbox synchronization. Fingers crossed an iOS version of Droool is in the works, because its image browsing feature would be very practical on the the iPad and iPhone.


As for as I can tell, there’s no other picture browsing social network application like Droool, so it’s definitely worth a trial download if you’re a sucker for visual content and social networks.

IceBlaze said it will be adding other social networks, such as the image sharing site Flickr More Than Photo Sharing: 5 Unique Uses For Flickr More Than Photo Sharing: 5 Unique Uses For Flickr Flickr is best known as one of the easiest ways to share and store your photos online. We've come up with a few unique ways you can get more out of Flickr that go beyond... Read More and the portfolio site 500Pix Create A Stunning Professional Photography Portfolio With 500px Create A Stunning Professional Photography Portfolio With 500px 500px is aimed at photographers who want a professional portfolio that'll stand out in a crowd, without the headache of trying to organise a dedicated site. It's certainly got the “professional” edge over Flickr, and... Read More  in a future update.

Download: Droool (free trial, upgrade for $9.99)

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