Having decided to start using Flickr more extensively for sharing and managing my growing photo collection, it is extremely inconvenient to use the built in flickr on site uploader. It is really slow and doesn’t get things done the way I would like. So, I spent some time exploring webspace to find out suitble applications for me use on Linux as that is my primary OS. Here are 3 that I tried.
The first really popular tool that I found was jUploader. jUploader is a simple uploader that you can use to upload images to your Flickr account with tags and in sets. The single window interface is simple to the point of bein boring. However, it gets the job done. To add images to your flickr account you just need to add all the images to the jUploader interface and there you can choose images to edit their properties in bulk or one by one. The images can be tagged, rotated, given descriptions and titles and also many sets can be specified in one go.
The upload is quick and the sets are created in your online flickr account. This is what I am currently using.
Desktop Flickr Manager (DFO)
DFO is another popular tool that is getting a lot of downloads now. It has a more familiar interface and is a lot more powerful as compared to jUploader. DFO allows you to not only do the usual upload to your flickr account, but it also allows you to download your entire collection as a backup to your desktop. You can also edit your collection offline and then synchronize later with your online account. The problem with DFO is that it is still pretty buggy. In my case during the time that I was trying it out, it refused to upload new images and sets to flickr. Although it mirrored the online information without any problem.
Flickrfs is another toll created by the same person who developed DFO above. Instead of providing you with a seperate interface to access your flickr account, flickrfs provides you your flickr account as a partition mounted into your file sytem. All your sets and the images within can be accessed from this partition and any new entries made to this partition are synced to your flick account. Adding images is as simple as creating a folder and moving your chosen images to it. I could not get this working on my computer so I really don’t know how well it works. But judging by the discussions on the net, this particular utility takes a lot of work.