Instagram recently added a feature to post up to 10 photos side by side. I saw someone cleverly used it to post a single panoramic photo. You split the panorama into square photos and then post them all at once to Instagram, which then arranges them side by side. Here's a quick & dirty script I wrote to split up my own panoramas into square photos. It uses a few Mac commands to get the size of the image, and ImageMagick to break up the images into smaller ones:


if [ -z "$1" ]; then
    echo "Usage: $0 filename.jpg"


# Original image size
width=$(mdls -raw -name kMDItemPixelWidth "$filename")
height=$(mdls -raw -name kMDItemPixelHeight "$filename")

# Each of the square pieces will be 1/Nth the width
N=$[$width / $height]
if [ $N -gt 10 ]; then N=10; fi  # maximum 10 allowed by instagram

size=$[$width / N]
if [ $height -lt $size ]; then size=$height; fi

# Use the center of the x,y range
x_offset=$[$[$width - $size * N] / 2]
y_offset=$[$[$height - $size] / 2]

echo  "$filename : ${width}x${height}, $N parts"

if [ $x_offset -gt 0 ]; then
    echo "Wide image; truncating $[2 * $x_offset] pixels"

if [ $y_offset -gt 0 ]; then
    echo "Tall image; truncating $[2 * $y_offset] pixels"

for part in $(seq $[$N - 1] -1 0); do
    crop="${size}x${size}+$[${x_offset} + ${size}*${part}]+${y_offset}"
    echo "  part $part : $crop"
    convert "$filename" -crop "$crop" $part.jpg

I'm sure there are lots of things I could do better but I just wanted to get something working quickly.



Ryan wrote at Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 4:20:00 PM PDT

interesting! now that instagram lets you post non-square photos, though, including panos, i wonder if there's any value to this other than the cool hack factor. :P

Amit wrote at Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 5:19:00 PM PDT

@Ryan: yes! If you post a pano it will appear really small until you pinch-zoom in, whereas if you post it this way it will appear zoomed in, and you can slide your finger to see the rest of the image. It depends on which UI you want.