I’m 10 years into the digital photography revolution and haven’t purchased any camera film in all that time. That means nearly 20,000 photos are stuffed into iPhoto on my Mac.
Thousands of the best photos show up on my Flickr account for all the world to see. The only real problem is that using Flickr in Safari seems so crude, and using Flickr upload in iPhoto is so 1999. Flickery to the rescue.
Send In The Cloud
Yes, I know that having all our data stored safely in the cloud is all the rage in the 21st century. It’s just that I have more stuff than the cloud can comfortably manage.
Take Flickr as my case in point.
Most Mac and PC users upload photos to Flickr using a browser interface (despite a number of popular utilities which add useful features).
If the browser interface is our gateway to the cloud, then it needs some sauce; or, at least some catsup. It’s tasteless. The browser window that works as well as a standalone app is as easy to find as the Abominable Snowman.
Jim Dandy Flickery To The Rescue
iPhoto’s Flickr upload implementation is weak at best. Using Flickr in Safari is, well, quaint. Using Flickery is more fun, gives more control, and just feels like this is the way to manage Flickr.
Flickery is a standalone Mac app which does more than the sum of the parts. First, Flickery syncs quickly with your Flickr account photos. Second, Flickery lets you share photos by giving you a single place to edit, add titles and descriptions, add effects, and set locations for both photos and videos.
Isn’t that sort of like what iPhoto does? Only at the very basic level. Flickery gives you more direct control of Flickr so you don’t have to bounce back and forth between iPhoto and Safari.
Flickery syncs with your Flickr account. Flickery lets you edit each photo (or video) independently. Add photos to Photosets or Groups. Share photos online. Use Google Maps for locations.
The Flickery interface emulates iPhoto and displays all your Flickr-hosted photos in the left column, including Groups and Photosets. Adding photos to Flickery is drag and drop easy—straight from iPhoto.
Each photo can be edited, enhanced, and dropped into Groups or Photosets. Google Maps is integrated, too, so searching for photos by location is a breeze.
Flickery also lets you share from within—Twitter, email, Contacts—all just a click away.
To be really useful, Flickery needs to have Facebook and MobileMe integration, too (as it is in iPhoto), as well as a more complete set of photo enhancement tools.
As it is, Flickery is useful only to the Flickr-holics. If that’s where you keep your best photos to share them with the world, Flickery will be beneficial. Otherwise, iPhoto is still awesome, considering the price.