Flickr Faster

Flickr Faster

If you use Flickr to share photos online, you’re already familiar with Flickr’s Web-based uploading form. But there are better ways to get your images posted on the site. Here are four.


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Flickr Uploadr


This is a huge step above the Web-based form. With Uploadr (free), you can upload large numbers of images at once, drag and drop pictures from iPhoto or the Finder, tag them individually or in batches, resize them, or add them to an existing photo set. On the downside, Uploadr is not a Universal binary, so your screaming new Intel Mac might not scream as fast as you’re used to.


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Flickr is a busy place, with a dizzying number of pictures uploaded by the minute. With 1001 (donationware), you can step into all of that activity and quickly gain your bearings. It checks Flickr for new photos that match your set criteria, such as contacts, groups, or specific tags. If you leave 1001 running in the background, it displays its finds in a notification window. If you see something you like, just click the image to view it in Flickr. 1001 also sports powerful uploading features. Using its drag-and-drop interface, you can resize images, name them, write descriptions, or add them to your photo sets. The app also allows you to sync your online tags with its own built-in tag list, so that you don’t have to type Aunt Stella 50 times.


1001 offers a slew of customization options.


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This uploader offers something Mac users will appreciate: a clean, simple interface. After you download and launch this Universal app, a window labeled “Drag and drop photos to begin” appears. That’s really all there is to it. jUploadr (free) offers the basics, such as editing picture titles and descriptions individually or in batches. But it supports some higher-level features too, such as creating photo sets, resizing images, and remembering your image tags.


One of jUploadr’s distinguishing features is its use of visual cues. Say you take a great picture of the sunset at the beach that you want to share with other Flickr users. You can mark it as a shared image so that it’s labeled with a transparent green bar, indicating that it will be public when uploaded. By the same token, you can also mark photos as private—which show up with a red bar. Beneath the red or green bar, a blue bar displays each photo’s vital stats: tags, title, and description.


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This Universal iPhoto plug-in allows you to export from iPhoto directly to Flickr. FlickrExport (£12, or about $22) is smart enough to grab the titles, descriptions, and keywords you’ve entered into iPhoto and carry them over to Flickr (keywords become tags). Of course, you can reenter or change this data if you want. If you have photos on Flickr with names and descriptions, FlickrExport can update your iPhoto database to match.


FlickrExport uses information already in iPhoto to populate the appropriate fields.


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BONUS TIP: Go Fetch!


OK, it’s not an uploader - heck, it’s not even a download - but retrievr is so fun we had to include it. Retrievr is a fun little Web-based applet that lets you sketch an image, and then it finds photos on Flickr that best match your sketch. The results seem either spot-on or completely random. Either way it’s amusing.




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