Flickr Opens an App Garden Full of Photo Tools

There are a whole lot of mobile, desktop, and helper apps tied to Flickr. The flickr_gardenteam at the photo sharing service decided to make those apps easier to find and install by opening a free “App Garden” to everyone.

Like you might expect, the App Garden is an uncluttered, keen-looking showcase for the efforts of Flickr-happy developers and companies that have made it easy to download and upload photos to the service from many platforms. Apps are tagged by developers, making it fairly easy to find, say, a desktop Mac uploader or Android-based tool.

To help users stumble across great apps, Flickr has also started tagging photos with the tools they were uploaded with, with a link back to that app in the Garden. Share some of your favorite Flickr app finds in the comments, and read up on Flickr’s API if you’re interested in developing an app yourself.

Visit: The App Garden

Flickr and Getty Images Want Your Photo Submissions

For professional and aspiring photographers alike, selling images to stock flickr-getty-gphotography services like Getty Images can be tremendous way to boost your profile and get your images seen more places in print or online. In March, the Flickr Collection made its debut at Getty Images, with photographs comprised entirely from the Flickr community and hand-picked by Getty’s creative team.

Eight months later, the collection has over 60,000 images. However, with more than 4 billion photos housed on Flickr, some great stuff is bound to have been overlooked. Today, Flickr has expanded the program so that users can submit a selection of their photographs to a group pool that Getty staff members will regularly review for inclusion in their collection.

Users can submit a portfolio of 10 images to the Getty Images Call for Artists group and selected group members will receive an invitation from Getty to join the Flickr Collection.

Before you submit any photos to the Call for Artists group, be sure to read all of the guidelines. Here are some highlights:

Your submission should be of 10 images, no more no less
You must be able to provide model or property releases where appropriate
Images cannot be licensed to any other users or through any other agency or distributor
If you’re not accepted into the collection, you can try again and submit 10 more photos the next month

We think it’s great that Flickr users now have the ability to submit some of their best photos for consideration. This means that even more great photographs will be available in the Flickr Collection and that even more photographers can get some professional exposure for their work.


Organize and Share your Photos with My Photo Index

My Photo Index is a free and light weight application to manage, tag and share your photos online. This application supports all major file types including BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF as well as AVI files And major RAW formats. You can easily tag your photos and share them with online social networking services like Facebook or Flickr. My photo Index handles major file types as well as AVI clips and can read and convert RAW image formats, My Photo Index can help you hide private images.

You can view images in different sizes by zooming in the photos. Right click on any photo inside the application and you get options to share images to Facebook and Flickr.

Features of My Photo Index;

  • Supports all major file types including BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF as well as AVI files And major RAW formats.
  • Search for Tags, comments and dates, using standard text search or via Date pickers and auto-complete features.
  • Allows image tagging with unlimited number of tags or nesting levels, and also supports super fast tag selection.
  • Supports simple import capabilities from local drives or network drives as well as from digital cameras or removable drives.
  • Automatically creates a backup of your image and creates a version set.
  • My Photo Index enables built in image rating & sorting system.
  • It also has a built in image encryption system, images are encrypted on disk with a password that can be set per image to fully protect your private images.

Visit: My Photo Index

Flickr’s search function gets a facelift

Today we’re pleased to announce a redesign of our search results page. The changes we’ve introduced make it easier mig-29to browse through the billions of photos and videos on Flickr, and to connect to the communities that help make sense of all those photos.

A good way to see what’s changed is to search for something right off the top of your head. Take this search for delicious rhubarb pie, for example.

Note the new “View” controls at the top of the page, these allow you to display the results in different sizes and formats. Both small and medium views have an ‘i’ icon on every thumbnail — click it to see more detailed information about a particular photo. We’re also doing some whiz bang stuff in the small view to take advantage of as much space as you have on your screen, just try resizing your browser to see.

On the right side of the page we try to provide a new perspective on your search. Based upon how our members are tagging their photos and participating in the Flickrverse, you’ll see links to the groups, photographers, tag clusters and places that are most closely related what you’re looking for. We hope these will occasionally provide a little extra inspiration for your search.

Lastly, we’re exposing simple summary information on the page as you refine your search. For example, try looking for Creative Commons licensed videos of dogs made after 1st January 2009 and you’ll see all that information listed above your search. Over time, we’ll bring more and more advanced features directly into the page.

If you’ve feedback or bugs, please head over to the Help Forum — we want to hear from you.

How to add Flickr like mouseover notes on your blog images

Flickr has a very useful feature called Photo Notes that allow users to add flickr-photonotes_thumb3text notes to specific regions on their images. If you move the mouse over these regions, the note is displayed. (See live example). Photo notes are very useful in tagging photos that has more than one story to tell. A common example is group photos, where photo notes are used to identify different persons in the photo.

Taggify is a web widget which allows bloggers and publishers to add such Flickr like photo notes to images on their site. Using Taggify you can define multiple regions on your photos and tag them with some title, description, link or another photo. When a visitor hovers the mouse over the tagged region, a tooltip pops up displaying the information.

Adding Taggify to your blog involves two steps.

The first step is to configure the colors of the tooltip box, the border, transparency etc and generate a JavaScript code based on your customization. The Javascript code goes to the template of your blog.

The second step is the add the Taggify Editor bookmarklet to your browser. taggify4This bookmarklet adds online note editing for images on your blog. You blog is now set to use Taggify.

To create a photo note, click on the saved bookmarklet and login to your Taggify account (oh! I forgot to mention that you will need to register at Taggify to use this service.) Draw rectangles on your photo with the mouse and add the notes. You can use some HTML tags like <i>, <a>, <b>, <u>, <font> and <img>. Also you can specify the URL that visitor will be redirected to (in a new window) when click on the region.

Watch the demo.