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Flickr Hacks: Tips & Tools for Sharing Photos Online Paperback – March 3, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0596102456 ISBN-10: 0596102453 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Hacks
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596102453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596102456
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,354,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Bausch is an independent web developer living in Corvallis, Oregon. When he's not hacking together web applications, he's writing about hacking together web applications. In 2003, he wrote Amazon Hacks for O'Reilly and recently completed the forthcoming Yahoo! Hacks. Paul also helped create the popular weblog application Blogger (http://www.blogger.com) and maintains a directory of Oregon weblogs called ORblogs (http://www.orblogs.com). When he's not working on a book, Paul posts thoughts and photos to his personal weblog onfocus (http://www.onfocus.com).

Jim Bumgardner has been making innovative and entertaining software in Los Angeles since the early 1980s, including The Palace avatar chat system. He is the founder of the Flickr Hacks group, and the creator of the Flickr Colr Pickr, Hipbot and other Flickr-powered applications. Jim works in the Interactive TV industry and teaches kids how to make videogames at Art Center in Pasadena. His personal website, KrazyDad.Com, showcases his more recent software experiments.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
Flickr is one of those web sites that has gone in directions I don't think anyone ever imagined it would go. What started out as simple photo-sharing is now a full-featured site with a programming API. Many of these are covered and explored in the book Flickr Hacks - Tips & Tools for Sharing Photos Online by Paul Bausch & Jim Bumgardner.

Contents: Sharing Photos; Tagging Photos; Viewing Photos; Community; Maintenance; API Basics; Custom Applications; Index

At the core, Flickr is a site to share pictures online with friends, family, or anyone else you open your pictures to. And pretty much, that's all I've used it for. I don't take a lot of pictures, but the ones I have taken that relate to shared experiences (like Lotusphere) have made it up there. In fact, someone sponsored me for a professional Flickr account (thank you!), but it's about ready to expire. I wasn't planning on renewing it at that level, but I may have to reconsider after reading this book. The book is about the size of a normal Hacks title, but there's only 50 hacks in here. As you can imagine, each one goes into much more detail than normal. And there *is* some fun stuff in here. If you have a little background in PHP or Perl, you can really get crazy, too. For instance, I didn't know you could email photos to your Flickr account. Hack #6 shows how that works, and it explains how Flickr can often serve as a real-time look into breaking events such as the London train bombing. People were using their cell phones to take pictures and then mailing them in to the Flickr account. Or for fun stuff, you can use the Flickr API to build routines to create "ransom note" messages (a different picture for each letter, "glued" together into sentences) in hack #47.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tim E Robertson VINE VOICE on May 4, 2006
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Flickr has to be the best and most popular photo sharing website on the planet, without doubt. Over the past year since I've been a member and wrote an article for MyMac on this number one shutterbug community. I've amassed a couple of dozen bookmarks and RSS feeds based Flickr and Flickr related websites. Some include RSS feeds to my favorite photographers, others include sites that help me do fun and cool things with my photos, and others are just cool ways to navigate Flickr's immense collection of images. In fact, for the last six months, my Safari homepage is a Random Photo Browser that delivers me a page of fresh photos every time I open Safari.

If you're new to Flickr or want to get more out of it, Flickr Hacks covers just about everything there is know about storing, sorting, and sharing your photos as a Flickr member. What has taken me months to learn and collect in my Flickr bookmark folder, you can learn in about a weekend. One of the appeals of O'Reilly's series of hack books is that they give you the tools to expand and deepen your experience and use of popular sites like Amazon, Ebay, and Google.

For those new to Flickr, Flickr Hacks introduces you to the basics of setting up an account, uploading your photos to the site, sharing your images, tagging them, joining Flickr pools, and building your own Flickr screensaver and random desktop backgrounds.

The book explains several ways to upload your photos to your Flickr homepage. You can do it through the site itself, you can download a batch loader or your can use two of my favorite apps developed by Fraser Speirs of Connected Flow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on April 19, 2007
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'Flickr Hacks: Tips & Tools for Sharing Photos Online' by Paul Bausch is a great guide for anyone that likes to share photos online and uses or plans to use the incredible web app Flickr. 50 Hacks/Tips await you in this book, and I'll highlight some of my favorite hacks here:

07. Feed Your Latest Photos to Your Web Site

08. Make a Photo Gallery in 30 Seconds or Less

11. Play with Tags

23. View Flickr Photos on TiVo

33. Download a List of Photos

42. Build a Custom Upload Script

44. Find the Dominant Color of an Image

50. Make a Slideshow

If you enjoy working with photos and want to get more out of your experience, start using Flickr and learning from this guide... FUN awaits you!!

***** RECOMMENDED
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Granted, the book is pretty good. But why? All the information is readily available in the Flickr help, Flickr forums, or just performing a google search. Not to mention, by the time the book arrives, there will be newer methods/ techniques. I love Flickr, but the point is having your 'visuals' online- information on Flickr is more dynamic online too.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Earth that Was on June 21, 2006
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Flickr is not just a photo sharing site. It's a community, a toolset and maybe it's a way of life. You can post images from Flickr to your blog or other web site. You can upload images via e-mail or direct from your mobile phone. You can swap, share, geo-tag (add location data) and creative commons copyright your photos, screen shots and digital artwork. Think of Flickr as your personal image management centre.

This book provides an "open sesame" to this Aladdin's cave.. in one 'easy to read' volume. It delivers both an overview of the vast range of Flickr uses as well as detailed recipes, including code, on 'how to'.

The code samplets might just deter some less technical book shop browsers from buying. That's a shame, as even those with no intention of ever writing any Perl or PHP or otherwise accessing the Flickr API will find more than enough to interest them.

This single volume overview helps 'fast track' your Flickrability, giving you a short cut down the learning curve. That's what "hacks", and the whole wonderful O'Reilly Hacks series, are all about.

The exposition of the variety of these Flickr apps actually inspires you to think outside the frame and conjure up your own Flickr apps.

It's got me using my camera phone shopping and in household and automobile maintenance. See another great O'Reilly book in your local book shop but want to compare prices with another store? Click the book's image and check later. We needed oven repairs but couldn't tell the model, so click and Flickr, forward the URL to the supplier's tech department for advice. There's a crack in the retaining wall. Click it, date it, check back later to see if it's getting worse.
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