Flickery: Flickr on Your Desktop

Flickr is arguably the most widely used photo sharing website around, with hundreds of thousands of photos hosted online and a fantastic API resulting in many third party apps.

Today we will look at Flickery, a Mac desktop client which pretty much does it all, from managing your account to searching the Flickr photo library. Flickery has been developed by Eternal Storms Software who also brought us Hierarchical Dock and GimmeSomeTune.

Managing your Account

When opening Flickery for the first time you are required to link it to your Flickr account so that you can starting uploading and tagging photos. This is an incredibly simple process and takes only a minute to complete. You can use Flickery without a Flickr account, however you will get prompted every now and then to link up with Flickr.

The app itself features an attractive interface with a main window to display photos and toolbars along the top, left and bottom sides. Upon opening Flickery (after linking your account), you are presented with the photos you have currently uploaded. Here you can view any new comments, or edit and remove photos from your account.

Main Flickery Window

Main Flickery Window

Uploading Photos

Flickery gives you all the options you would expect when uploading a photo to Flickr . Clicking on the Upload button on the left-hand toolbar brings up the Upload folder to which you can then add photos, record/take photo with your webcam or take a screenshot of your desktop to upload. When taking a screenshot of your desktop you can define the area to be captured and the photo automatically saves into the upload folder. This is a great trick if you want to quickly email someone a screenshot.

Uploading an Image

Uploading an Image

When you have selected the photo to upload you can set the title, description, content type, safety level, license and visibility (i.e. public, family, friends etc) of the photo. If you feel that the colour balance or exposure of the image needs to be adjusted, or if you want to crop or rotate the image, then you can do so within Flickery.

Editing a Photo

Editing a Photo

And of course, it wouldn’t be a very good Flickr app if you couldn’t tag the photos. This is where I find Flickery to be a great time saver. Not only does it store all your previously used tags so you can quickly select them (great for doing batch jobs), but it also extracts the EXIF tags from the photo so you can easily tag camera model, lens, date taken etc.

Tagging

Tagging

When you’ve finished adding photos to the Upload folder you can upload them to your account. It’s reasonably quick and you can just leave it going through the folder without any further prompting. The loading screen of your image coming further into focus as the upload progresses is a nice effect.

Searching Flickr

Flickery also allows you to search Flickr for photos and save them to your favourites to be used at a later date or download them to your Mac. Standard search is by title, tags and/or user or you can go advanced and search by media type, license or even date uploaded. You can also right-click on any photo and “Find Similar Photos” which scours Flickr for all images sharing your chosen image’s tags.

Searching

Searching

Sharing

An added bonus of Flickery is the ability to share any image from Flickr, whether it’s your own or someone else’s. Selecting an image and clicking the share button on the bottom toolbar brings up a choice of sending the link via email, generating the HTML to embed into a website or sharing with iChat Theatre. My personal favourite though is the ability to Tweet the photo directly from Flickery (including automatic URL shortening).

Sharing

Sharing

However…

Flickery does appear to be quite buggy. There are two buttons at the bottom of My Photos section labelled “Add to Set” and “Add to Group” however neither worked despite clearly being active and responding to being clicked on. According to the video tutorials, they should allow you to organise photos into sets.

Another problem I encountered was saving photos to favourites. I found clicking and dragging to the Favourites folder faster than right-clicking and “Add to Favourites”, however this threw up a bug whereby the newly added image appears to replace an existing image (normally the first one in the list). You can see in the photo below there are 4 saved pictures yet the toolbar at the bottom says 1-4 (of 10) with no way of seeing the rest.

Favourites Bug

Favourites Bug

I have a feeling these could both be due to the fact Flickery is designed for Leopard and I am using Snow Leopard so they could be in the process of being fixed.

Conclusion

If you’re just looking for a way to upload to Flickr without having to use their website, then you are better off using the free Flickr Uploadr, although it is limited to just uploading photos. The closest alternative to Flickery you could use is Photonic however there are none of the helpful features of Flickery, such as remembering tags or being able to edit photos before upload. The price tag of $25 is also a turn off considering the limited functionality

Overall then Flickery is a solid app for arranging photos (if the bug is fixed) and uploading them to Flickr. At just $19.20 it really is a steal and can save plenty of time sorting through and editing photos. As a photographer it’s definitely an app I could find a use for and will be in touch with the developers regarding the bugs I found. You can get a 15-day free trial and try it out for yourself.


  • http://www.nouveller.com/ Benjamin Reid

    This app seems pretty nice, despite the bugs. I don’t get on with the Flickr website so well, it works fine, I’m just not a fan of the design. So this may be a consideration.

    The sharing and image editing seems a nice touch but I think the bugs and pricetag outway the cons that I’ve got with the Flickr website.

    Maybe if the price tag was lower (say $10 as I can do this for free without too much hassle on the web) and the bugs were fixed then it’d be a yes.

    Are there any alternatives?

    • Mark Sinkinson

      The Flickr website is a horrific mess, I can only agree with you there.

      I actually really liked the design, and Photonic had a relatively similar look and feel to it

  • http://adapar.net Andrés David

    I’ve been using 1001 for a while and, even if it has its quirks, I think is a good inexpensive alternative:

    http://infinite-sushi.com/software/1001/

  • SomeOtherGuy

    I’ve been using flickery since its beta days and I’ve been nothing but satisfied with and thankful for it.
    The best flickr client I’ve used by far.

  • http://positiveclicks.com Positron

    I don’t really like Flickr’s GUI, so this app is just for me!!

    Thanks for the recommendation :)

  • spiritualized

    Flickery is ok, but when using it u loose the ability to wander around the pictures, notice something, you have to press a button to open comments etc. etc.
    And also, lack of auto refresh, I have to every time manually open my friends list
    It is nice, but never really got to use it more then few minutes, hope they either upgrade or someone else does something that really replaces flickr’s online usability and features
    for me the result would be 4/10

  • Robin

    Does anyone know any flicker app that just simply display flicker pictures on your desktop? I would like to have a random picture from a certain flicker group show for a certain amount of time. It would look sexy ^^

  • Elvin

    I would like to have something similar to this for viewing youtube video’s. I have searched but I’ve never found anything good, or good looking. Does anyone know something like this?

  • http://moremoneybaby.org/ john

    I have been using Flickery for just under a week and find it a good app.

  • tk

    Buggiest piece of software I’ve worked with in a long time. Some bugs clearly show there very little quality control being done, nd once one starts digging a little deeper, it uncovers quite a mess.

    However, if it was doing everything that it’s supposed to do, it would be a highly functional app with a great interface.

    The clean interface tricked me into buying it, which I now regret doing.

    Examples:
    - batch change permission on a few pictures crashed the app. When I restarted it had lost the photosets I just added (bad database management). I tried to refresh the sets list, but it gave a really lame message about being able to reload only once an hour.
    - uploading several movies was giving me negative upload percentages
    - not possible to upload to a set?? One has to wait for the upload to finish, to then manually add photos to sets.

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