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Since Flickr’s inception in 2004, shutterbugs have been posting their photos to flickr.com for the world to see--and comment on. And Flickery from Eternal Storms improves that experience by providing a portal that makes everything cleaner and faster.
Flickery sports the now-familiar pane-based interface of iTunes and iPhoto. The column on the left offers one-click access to images marked as Favorites, drop-down menus for your photosets, and folders for your searches. Search terms can be used to quickly drill down to specific locations, descriptive text, tags, and users. Prior searches are persistent and refresh whenever you open Flickery, so it’s easy to keep tabs on your favorite Flickr users or tags. When you’re done with a particular search, they can be quickly nixed.
It's Flickr, only faster.
The main display area shows images in a grid, and a slider on the bottom increases the number of photos onscreen to a maximum of 21 at a time. The right-hand pane lets you view and post comments, as well as edit photo titles, tags, and descriptions. Photo geeks can also peek at EXIF data, great for picking out behind-the-scenes details. If a photo has geotag data embedded in it, Flickery can easily show you other images taken nearby. Additional photo information, like comments and licenses, are tabbed and can be hidden for more picture-viewing real estate.
Flickery also gives you some editing tools for your images. Although Flickery can’t access Picnik, the official Flickr editing client, it does come with its own rudimentary editing system. The built-in tools aren’t for serious polishing, but they’re nice for fine-tuning brightness or image sharpness.
And speaking of your images, getting your masterworks online with Flickery is a snap. The Upload tab includes options for sending photos and videos to Flickr, as well as recording quick screencasts and grabbing screenshots. Obviously, photo and video uploads are the functions you’ll use most often, but the others are so simple that you might as well take advantage of them if you need to.
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Flickery is faster, cleaner, and arguably an all-around better experience than Flickr. Frequent users shouldn’t hesitate to drop $18 on this impressive software.
COMPANY: Eternal Storms
REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.5 or later, free Flickr account
Everything is always in one window. Does nearly everything Flickr does. Spells “flicker” correctly.
A little slow to enlarge photos. Limited editing from within app. No group view for photosets.