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Flickr brings much demanded updates to web interface and iOS app

By dpreview staff on Dec 12, 2012 at 19:47 GMT

Flickr has updated its web interface and released an updated version of its iOS app as it tries to reassert its relevance in a post-Instagram landscape. The refresh of the web interface sees the navigation bar at the top of the site get slimmer, to devote more page space to photos. The 'Explore' page has also been redesigned - taking on the full-width, large tiled design used in the 'My Contacts' page. Flickr has also updated its famously poor iOS app, adding processing filters and better discovery tools.

The app gains many of the basic features it has previously been missing, including the ability to zoom down to pixel level of your images. Discovery tools have also been added, including a 'Contacts' screen and the ability to see images in Groups. Beyond this, the app also adds the de rigueur processing filters in a Twitter-esque attempt to ween users off Instagram. More details of the app can be found over on Connect.dpreview.com.

Comments

Total comments: 30
tbower
By tbower (Jan 28, 2013)

Still waiting for them to do away with the horrible white background.

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Spectro
By Spectro (Dec 22, 2012)

still waiting for a better portfolio setup/ interface.

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audijam
By audijam (Dec 19, 2012)

where else to put pictures? i am tired of flickr too : (

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skytripper
By skytripper (Dec 13, 2012)

Flickr is run by Yahoo. What can you expect? There was a time when Yahoo was the leader of the pack. Now it's just an embarrassing also-ran.

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schack
By schack (Dec 13, 2012)

too little, too late... :-/

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plasnu
By plasnu (Dec 13, 2012)

Search engine is still horrible.
At least, they should categorize pictures. For example, B&W / Color, portrait / landscape should be done algorithmically.

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PeterBex
By PeterBex (Dec 13, 2012)

I would use Flickr if I didn't have to register with yahoo.

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rpoppes
By rpoppes (Dec 13, 2012)

You don't have to. Login with google account or Facebook.

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beeguy956
By beeguy956 (Dec 13, 2012)

I don't see that there's much change except that the menus are uglier. Still don't have what I really want, which is the ability to have title captions under thumbnails in sets.

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bigfatron
By bigfatron (Dec 13, 2012)

"it tries to reassert its relevance in a post-Instagram landscape"

So its going to add a handful of cross-process type effect filters and an option to turn your saturation up to 11?

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nathantw
By nathantw (Dec 13, 2012)

It's already possible with their picture editing software.

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buda1065
By buda1065 (Dec 13, 2012)

Can you filter out users that insist on uploading everything?

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nathantw
By nathantw (Dec 13, 2012)

The people pay to upload everything, so, doubt it.

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Doug Bale
By Doug Bale (Dec 14, 2012)

It would certainly make the site more congenial. It's not uncommon to see two dozen almost identical photos of the same thing, as if the photographers had set their cameras on 'continuous' and then just uploaded all the results before even looking at them. I wonder if they ever do get around to evaluating and winnowing the stuff.

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Tan68
By Tan68 (Dec 15, 2012)

Yes, I do agree with this. It is disappointing to see several pictures of whatever it is you have searched for and then struggle to find the difference. Well, find some reason they are all there.

Perhaps some people do use Flickr to store everything. I just put up the few that have relevance as I have defined it :^)

Too bad there can't be some way to force a user to collapse multiple shots with the preferred image on top. Kinda like DAM software allows you to do. Even if Flickr had this feature as an option, it would help. I guess some people would use it.. Some wouldn't...

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steve88
By steve88 (Dec 13, 2012)

Pathetic! They still have "Embiggen" enabled by default in the Slideshow mode. Does anyone at Flickr even know anything about photography? If I upload a 900X600 photo, for example, and it's viewed in Slideshow mode, it's "embiggened" by default (stretched to fit across the entire screen). So, if someone has a 24" monitor, that 900X600 image is going to look like garbage (soft and mushy).

This is a major pet peeve with a number of Flickr users and I can't believe they still refuse to address it. I know there's Lightbox mode where the image is not "embiggened" but I still have to provide step-by-step directions to anyone I email a gallery to in order to explain how a slideshow in Lightbox mode works.

I was waiting for this so-called upgrade to come along with the hope that they would address this issue but obviously they have not done it.

Again, does anyone at Flickr even own a camera or upload photos to a website. Unbelievable!!!

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fyngyrz
By fyngyrz (Dec 13, 2012)

"If I upload a 900X600 photo"

900x600 isn't a photo. It's closer to a thumbnail. If you actually upload a photo -- you know, 5...20 megapixels or so -- then the default is exactly the right choice; because then it isn't embiggen, it's enshrinkify.

There are groups on flickr that use robots to dump images that don't exceed 1000 pixels on at least one axis (and even that is pretty minimal.)

But seriously... if you're uploading such tiny images, they're barely worth looking at in the first place.

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steve88
By steve88 (Dec 13, 2012)

What would be the ideal size to upload to Flickr then...in order to make the "embiggen" feature a non-issue? How big? Thanks!

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windrides
By windrides (Dec 13, 2012)

"But seriously... if you're uploading such tiny images, they're barely worth looking at in the first place."
lol, ok!

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Stanchung
By Stanchung (Dec 13, 2012)

1280 wide is adequate up to 2560 wide IMO. What annoys me more about widescreen TV's are the stretching. Everybody in the pic looks fat, really fat.

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steve88
By steve88 (Dec 13, 2012)

Cool, thanks...I'll start playing around with different photo sizes and maybe I can find something that won't look bad once Flickr "embiggens" it...

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Chiemsee
By Chiemsee (Dec 14, 2012)

There are people out there who INTENTIOULSLY upload downsampled images; especially some professionals protecting their high res files.

Fromt this point of view the comment "900x600 isn't a photo" is not very informed...

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MOPO3
By MOPO3 (Dec 14, 2012)

Why not upload your original size and then you have control how large should Flickr display your photos. As of today if you are a Pro member, you can select 1024, 1600 or 2048 pixels on the longest side.

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MisterPootieCat
By MisterPootieCat (Dec 13, 2012)

Looking forward to the improved web design, long overdue IMO.

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jimmyca1219
By jimmyca1219 (Dec 12, 2012)

nicely done...
the app is much better than before.

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Blake Willis
By Blake Willis (Dec 12, 2012)

Thanks Marissa!

(& team :-)

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Jonathan Robson
By Jonathan Robson (Dec 12, 2012)

Please let us configure our own contacts groups, please let us configure our own contact groups. Any one know if we'll be able to now?

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thewhitehawk
By thewhitehawk (Dec 12, 2012)

When you pair this with the recent articles about 500px inability to listen to users / bring tools to improve users' lives, it seems that Flickr may be on the rise again.

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Jonathan Robson
By Jonathan Robson (Dec 12, 2012)

Where was the 500px link, I'd be interested to read. I just wished 500px would keep me logged in for more than 10 minutes, thats all I ask :-)

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King Penguin
By King Penguin (Dec 12, 2012)

Just downloaded it and it works well on my iPhone5, better than the last mobile offerings.......

Good news I say........

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Total comments: 30