Eight months after being acquired by SmugMug, Flickr has announced the latest line of updates to its Free and Pro accounts.

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The changes aim to improve the experience for paid 'Pro' users but will see free accounts limited to 1000 images, with plans to delete excess images in early 2019.

"Over the summer, we hit the ground running, learning from a lot of Flickr members," says Co-Founder, CEO, and Chief Geek at SmugMug, Don MacAskill. "We listened carefully, then got building. That’s what we do."

In line with the tweet below, which MacAskill posted as a feature roadmap, Flickr is working on moving away from the Yahoo login that was once required for all users. Starting in January 2019, you can use any email and accompanying password too login to Flickr.

The Flickr team has also been working to minimize the spam problem on Flickr. Already, spam accounts and comments have been reduced, but MacAskill says the difference will be even more noticeable going forward. MacAskill says "We’re not done yet, we still have lots of work to do, but I hope you love the improvements we’ve already made, and I can’t wait for you to see what’s next."

Flickr Pro users in particular will notice a number of new features and changes. Most notably, Flickr Pro now includes unlimited storage for photos and videos at full resolution, no ads, improved stats, longer video playback, and a new 5K photo display mode. Flickr also says customer support has received a revamp while the partner discounts have been sweetened even more with savings on Adobe Creative Cloud, Peak Design camera gear, and more.

Flickr Pro is available for $49.99 per year. If you upgrade to Flickr Pro before November 30, 2018, a 30 percent discount will be applied.

No more 'free' lunches

Moving onto the free accounts, Flickr explains that the terabyte storage option, once offered by Flickr when it was owned by Yahoo, is going away. "Unfortunately, 'free' services are seldom actually free for users," reads the press release. "Users pay with their data or with their time. We would rather the arrangement be transparent."

Instead, free Flickr accounts will be limited to 1,000 images, regardless of resolution. Free accounts with more than 1,000 photos will have until January 9th 2019 to upgrade to Flickr Pro or download photos over the 1,000 image limited. After January 8th 2019, free accounts with more than 1,000 will be unable to upload any more photos. Images over this limit may be deleted, starting with the oldest, after February 5th, 2019.

Aside from the change in storage, free Flickr accounts will remain as before.

Flickr says these changes are "just the beginning" in an ongoing effort to improve the Flickr service. MacAskill ends the press release saying "From the start, Flickr has been an act of co-creation, and without you, our community, we’d be just an empty picture frame – no more than a template and a web address. We need the community’s help to make Flickr a sustainable, thriving community again."

Flickr Announces New Photographer-Centric Improvements to Flickr Pro, Free Plans

Enhancements Mark New Step Forward for Flickr, the World’s Largest Photographer-Focused Community

SAN FRANCISCO--Today Flickr, the world’s largest photographer-focused community, announced several updates to both its Free and Pro accounts, marking a new step forward for Flickr and the future of photography.

In April, SmugMug announced its acquisition of Flickr and made a commitment to revitalize the global photographer community. This sparked a months-long effort to listen to its members and understand what Flickr needed to thrive and evolve. One of the most requested changes was a simpler login, and we are excited to share that beginning in January 2019, there will be no need for a Yahoo! account to access Flickr.

Flickr Pro, better than ever

Flickr Pro users will now enjoy unlimited storage of photos and videos, ad-free browsing, advanced stats and a global community of more than 100 million photographers, for less than half the cost of Apple, Google or Amazon storage options.

In addition to unlimited storage, Flickr Pro also now includes:

Ad-free browsing, letting both photographers and their visitors focus on what matters. •

Advanced stats on what photos are trending and which have performed best over the life of a user’s Flickr Pro account. The Flickr mobile app will now give Pros all the stats they know and love in-app.

Premier product support, Flickr Pros now receive priority assistance from our new world-class support team. New 5K photo size optimizing images for any screen from smartphone to jumbotron.

Increased video playback, increasing the time video playback from three minutes to ten minutes (coming early 2019).

More partner discounts including Adobe Creative Cloud, custom portfolio sites on SmugMug, gear from Peak Design and many more.

Flickr Pro is available for $49.99 per year. That’s hands down the best deal in photography, and Flickr users that upgrade to Pro before November 30 will also get 30 percent off the first year.

Changes to Flickr Free Accounts

Flickr has long offered a free plan to photographers, and we remain committed to a vibrant free offering. Free accounts will now be for a member’s 1,000 best photos or videos, regardless of size.

This means, we are no longer offering a free terabyte of storage. Unfortunately, “free” services are seldom actually free for users. Users pay with their data or with their time. We would rather the arrangement be transparent.

Free members will still be able to participate fully in our community. Free members with more than 1,000 photos uploaded to Flickr will have until Tuesday, January 8, 2019, to upgrade to Pro or download photos over the 1,000 limit. After January 8, members over the limit will no longer be able to upload new photos to Flickr.

Just the beginning

These updates are the first of several expected in the coming months and part of the efforts by Flickr CEO and chief geek Don MacAskill to ensure the company provides a high quality experience and support its vibrant community:

“From the start, Flickr has been an act of co-creation, and without you, our community, we’d be just an empty picture frame – no more than a template and a web address. We need the community’s help to make Flickr a sustainable, thriving community again. We are committed to building the future we all want for Flickr – one where the site can keep evolving in all the areas that have made it the incredible, diverse, and beautiful place it has always been. We’re excited to define the future of photography together.”

To learn more, please visit: https://www.flickr.com/lookingahead/?utm_campaign=flickr-lookingahead&utm_medium=PR