Flickr widget

Flickr widget, one of Yahoo! Widgets (formerly Konfabulator Widgets), is a handy tool to display your or others’ Flickr photos on your desktop in a very elegant manner, and more. Besides your own photos, it can also display photos from your favorites, your sets, your groups and your contacts. What’s more, it’s also a very powerful tool to upload photos to Flickr and this is what I like the best. First of all, it is capable of batch upload by drag-and-drop. Though Flickr provides a fancy AJAX-ized upload form, I think what this widget provides is much better and intuitive. And, it also allows you to edit basic information such as title, description, tags, privacy, etc. You can even post photos to your sets, groups, or even your blog directly. All these are in a very beautiful interface right on your desktop.

To give it a try, you need:

  • have Yahoo! Widgets engine installed;
  • have Flickr widget installed, and
  • a Flickr account.

Retrieve invisible Flickr photos

Flickr has a limitation for free account that only the latest 200 photos are shown in the photostream. The older photos are invisible but they are not deleted. If you know the URL of an older photo, you can access and edit it as usual, and all comments, notes, etc are still there. So the problem is how to retrieve the URL’s of the invisible photos. I searched and found LfVr is a good application to do such things. You can retrieve all your public flickr photos as well as the URL’s. Another application by the same author, Flickr Album Maker, is a tool to generate an album from your flickr photos that you can put on your web server. Right now it lacks the ability to retrieve the invisible photos. But it’s not a problem, we can combine these two tools and manually add the invisible photo URL’s to the album. If right now you have less than 200 photos in your flickr account, Flickr Album Maker is the only one you need. You can make albums periodically to “record” the URL’s of the vanishing photos. Of course, if you have a flickr pro account, this is not for you.

UPDATE: LfVr doesn’t display hidden photos any more.

Flick toys

Flickr album

Flick Album.

This site can generate a looks-like-real photo album for you. What you need to input is your flickr ID name and tag of the photos you want to include in the album. Here’s the one I tried: slide show.

Flickr tools

Many flickr tools are collected on this site:

Flickr slidershow on any web site

Flickr‘s slideshow is a neat feature to display photos of your selection and “tags” is another cool extra of Flickr. I found it’s a good way to combine tags and slideshow to show your selected photos on your own web site very flexibly because you can set any number of tags to a photo and to classify photos by tags. What you need to do is to put the following HTML code into your web page where you want to show the photos.

Replace “12345678@N00” with your user_id and “foo” with the tags of the photos you want to show. Other possible parameters are “nsid=“, “text=“, “tag_mode=“, “favorites=“, “group_id=“, “contacts=“、”frifam=“, “single=“, “firstIndex=” and “firstId=“.

Post photos from Flickr to myblogsite directly

1. Set up a new blog in flickr.

2. Select “MetaWeblogAPI Enabled Blog” as the kind.

3. Fill in “” for the “API endpoint”.

4. Fill in your username and password at in the corresponding fields.

5. Confirm your details. Maybe you want to change the label for your recognition in case you have several blogs added and they have the same title.

6. You can select your posting layout from one of the system prepared ones or you can customize by yourself.

7. You are all set and ready to blog your photos in flickr directly. Keep in mind that these posts will also use the default post settings in your blog.

Pros: You don’t need to copy and paste the URL of the photo or photo page to post it in your blog.

Cons: You have to set the photo to be public to post it, you can set it back to private if the URL your posted is for the photo but not the photo page, though. And I haven’t found out a way to post the original photos in this way yet. :(