Flickery Review: Flickr on Your Desktop

Flickery 1.5




Eternal Storms
- Very easy to use.
- You can easily record and upload videos.
- Saved searches.
- Easier to use iPhoto or Aperture upload plugin.
- No managing of contacts in the app.
- Crumpled paper doesn't match the UI.

flickery.pngI assume most of you know about Flickr, the awesome, and free (unless you go pro) photo-sharing service. But it isn’t only for sharing your photos with your friends and family, it is also a great image search engine. Many photos on it are under Creative Commons, and the quality of image you get is much higher than on a place like Google. There have been many iPhone apps that let you access Flickr, but not so many Mac apps (surprisingly). One of the only Mac apps is Flickery.

The point of Flickery is to move all of the functionality of Flickr to your desktop. So, of course, you can upload photos with it. All you do is go to the Upload item in the sidebar, and either drag some photos onto the window, or use the Make Screenshot button to create and upload a screenshot. You can also click the Open button to choose some files to upload. These can be either pictures or videos. But, to make things even simpler, you can record a movie to upload directly from Flickery. Once you have chosen some images and/or videos, you can then add titles, descriptions and tags to them. However, from this screen, you can’t choose what photoset it will go into when uploaded.

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Once a picture or video has been uploaded, you can still edit its information just by clicking Edit Info. To add a photo to a photoset, you just have to click the Add to Set button, and then choose one or more photosets. However, the sets it is already in don’t appeared as checked (in the window that pops up), so you can’t really tell if it’s already in one. This also makes it hard to delete it from a photoset, because you can’t uncheck the box. You can also show comments, tags and descriptions of anyones photos by clicking the Show Details button when a photo is selected. I really like the crumpled paper look of this screen, but it really doesn’t match the rest of the UI, so it seems a little awkward. To view a larger size of an image, you just double click on it. Or, you can click the Fullscreen button to view the image in fullscreen.

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Flickery also supports easy downloading of any picture or video. If you’ve ever browsed on Flickr.com, you know it’s always annoying to download an image or video. But Flickery makes it just the click of a button away. You just select an image or video, and hit Download. A downloads window will then appear, allowing you to manage multiple downloads. Along with this, you can also add any photo to your iPhone library (not Aperture though). You just click the Add to iPhoto library. I’m not sure why you’d want to add someone else’s image to your library, but you can.

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Like Flickr.com, Flickery allows you to Explore. Exploring is just a cool way to find all images that were taken on a certain day. You can also perform and save searches right in Flickery, which is really cool. You can also see all of your contacts and their photostreams by just clicking on their name in the sidebar. However, you cannot manage contacts directly from Flickery. I assume this is an issue with the Flickr API, and not the app though.

Flickery is a great desktop version of Flickr.com. It has almost all the features the Website has and a couple extra. You can buy it for about $20, and download a 15-day free trial from their site. Anyone who uses Flickr frequently, or who wants a better image search engine should definitely try out Flickery.


12 Responses to “Flickery Review: Flickr on Your Desktop”

  1. Rudolf on August 28th, 2009 7:09 am

    Flickery just keeps getting better and better! And the developer is very responsive, nice and generous! For giving him quite a detailed list of things I liked and wanted to see, they gave me a license for flickery! Ten thumbs up!

  2. Corey on August 28th, 2009 8:55 am

    This is a great little program. I’m holding out for multiple user support though! With that, it would almost be the perfect flickr application to manage all my thousands of photos. And per email, I think it’s something he’s working towards in the future

  3. punkcoder on August 28th, 2009 10:38 am

    This looks nice. I’ve been using Photonic (http://photonicapp.com/) for a while and have enjoyed it.

  4. Jack Amick on August 28th, 2009 11:40 pm

    I’ve just been using Flickr Export Lite for Aperture. I would love to get a more feature full application but for now uploading is all I need.

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