Amidst all the media frenzy on the Yahoo acquisition, and the protesting Flickr Users opposing the Micr0s0ft takeover, we have yet another rumor from Dan Faber at ZDNet who believes that Flickr would be debuting its video service in the coming months. This isn’t all that surprising, its been there forever in the rumor mills but its timing has something interesting, considering the impending hostile bid from Microsoft.
As I’ve already mentioned before this deal isn’t a good idea for the Web2.0 culture, that Yahoo has given us for the past few years in the form of Del.icio.us and Flickr. Now with this deal looming overhead, Yahoo would do better to launch Flickr Video. Stuart Butterfield (Flickr co-founder) had told TechCrunch last May that Flickr Video would be coming “soon”. This was reaffirmed by Bloomberg in August. But its already February now and we haven’t seen it yet.
Every other day we see an app being built that takes advantage of the versatile Flickr API. An App that caught my eye today was 1001 that bills itself as the desktop version of Flickr. Though 1001 carries a weird name, it performs just about everything the online version of Flickr does, be it upload photos, tagging, browsing streams, or just about anything else you can do with Flickr.
1001 is a powerhouse, I just installed it on my Hackintosh PC (OSX Running on PC) and it works like a charm. The App has an intuitive UI and is fun to use. I uploaded some photos and tagged them and it worked flawlessly. But all this is already done well by the Official Flickr Uploader, so let me focus on the other features of this amazing app.
If you are planning to purchase yourself a Flickr Pro Account, then this is the right time to do so. Well if you are wondering how, Flickr has a deal running for the month of January wherein if you purchase a Gift Account, 3 Extra free months are credited to your Flickr Account. Which means you get 15months of Flickr Pro Account for just 24.95$, not a bad deal isn’t it?
Well here is how it works..
- Go to the Flickr gift site.
- Purchase a 12 month gift subscription which will cost your $24.95 ( but this gift is for you, my friend)
- Once you are done with that, you’ll get a gift code, redeem it here.
- After the purchase has been made, three free months will be added to your account.
The Flickr team has launched photo editing tools via the previously announced partnership with Picnik. Picnik is one of the best online photo editors out there, and its partnership with Flickr means uber cool photo editing for Flickr Users.
I am not going tell you about how the Photo editing is done, because details are already on the Flickr blog. All you need to do is Click the ‘edit photo’ button above any of your stored photos, and Flickr launches the Picnik editor without leaving the Flickr site. When you are done with the editing you can save the photo or, if you are a Flickr Pro user, replace the original. Now How much more simpler could photo editing be,
Well Here are some Screenshots below :
My favorite online photo service Flickr seems to get better with every other passing day. Its nice to see Yahoo continuing with development of Flickr. Flickr yesterday announced a new feature dubbed Places that aims to help you in Finding photos taken at a particular place. This new feature will allow you to use Flickr Places to explore places you’ve never been to.
Flickr has handpicked over 10,000 places worldwide to showcase photos that were shot over there. Flickr will also provide other information like Maps, Weather and Time at that particular location. Say you want to see all photos that were shot in Bangalore, all you need to do is visit the Bangalore Places page to see all the photos that were shot in Bangalore.
Here are a few screenshots that show Places in action :