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8 essential photo-sharing tools

Make Flickr more fun with these add-ons

Make Flickr more fun and less time consuming with these add-ons.

See who's uploading what

Flickrvision satisfies the curtain twitcher in you by allowing you to see the images other Flickr users are posting up across the globe at that exact moment in time.

Balloons are displayed across a 2D or 3D map and by rolling your mouse over an image, you can even take a closer look at it.

There's something mesmerising about watching snapshot slices of life from people in just about every nook and cranny of the planet appear in near real time.

Saving time when uploading images

If you are using a free Flickr account then you've only 10MB of space. Unless you want to restrict your Flickr gallery to just a few images, you need to go through the time-consuming process of resizing digital photographs so you can upload as many as you want to your account.

However, when free photo-management tool Picasa 2.0 is used in conjunction with a Gmail account, the software can be directed to automatically resize the images before uploading them via email, saving you hassle.

Log in to your Flickr account use the Upload by Email function, which will provide you with a personalised email address that can be used to send photos to your Flickr account.

Open Picasa and, on the Email tab, in the Tools, Options menu, choose Use my Gmail Account.

Then set the picture size that Picasa will scale your images to using the slider.

Select the image to be uploaded and then click on Email, enter your Gmail login details and use the personalised email address that Flickr originally gave you as recipient address. Use the subject line for the picture's title and the message body for its description.

Press Send and your photo will be uploaded to Flickr. Images can only be tagged manually by opening Flickr.

Flickr itself also offers a less time consuming way of uploading images with its Flickr Uploadr software for Windows XP and Vista. Visit the Flickr Uploading Tools page and download the software. Once you have given the software authorization to access your Flickr, you can simply start dragging and dropping your images into the software.

Assign titles, description and even tags to the photos as well as automatically resizing the images to one of four different sizes; 800, 1280, 1600 and 2048 pixels. Photos are then ready to be automatically uploaded you your Flickr account.

Finally, FlickrSync allows you to manage the photos in your Flickr account locally from your hard drive by syncing selected folder on your computer with Flickr.

Once the software has been given authorisation to access your account, use the View and Sync option in the Sync menu to update any changes you have made to the selected local folders in your Flickr account.

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