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, 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.
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.)
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 to navigate between images, and to switch between the social network feed and library views.
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.
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.
Favorited collections and Finder folders are added to the sidebar, which can be hidden with a keyboard shortcut.
I prefer to use Droool over other social network applications. 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.
Download: Droool (free trial, upgrade for $9.99)