Flickit: A Flickr iPhone App

February 18th, 2009 6 Comments

FlickitFinally. Flickit brings an easy to use Flickr uploader to my iPhone.

This has been a long time coming, and thanks to Rick for the 411.

People complain about the iPhone’s camera. It’s only 2 megapixels, it doesn’t take video without a jailbreak, etc. In spite of all its failings, did you know it’s easily the top cameraphone used to upload photos to Flickr?

If you clicked through on that link, you’ll know that the iPhone camera is also the fifth most popular camera for the entire Flickr community. According to the graphs, it jumped into fourth recently; I’m guessing that was over the holidays, as people test-drove their new toys around the Festivus pole.

Oh, and your photos have metadata. That shouldn’t be a suprise.

Until recently, getting pictures from your iPhone up to Flickr was a chore. Rick politely touches on the difficulty of moving photos from your iPhone to Flickr. The process is painful, like having an IM chat with the auto-complete turned on painful.

Your options are few. You could email the photos to your Flickr account, or you could sync to your computer and use an industrial-strength uploader. Flickr did make enhancements to their mobile site back in December, but at the time, I remember wondering when a decent uploader would arrive.

So, now it’s here.

Flickit's upload interfaceFlickit is free, easy and accomplishes a unit of work. All things I love in my iPhone apps.

Once you’ve tied your Flickr account to Flickit, you’re off and running. From within the app, you can upload from the iPhone’s library or take a photo to upload, without leaving the app, which is pretty nice.

You can add all the Flickr metadata before you upload (title, description, sets, tags), set the privacy for the photo, and geocode it too. Initially, I missed the bulk feature and thought this wasn’t a big loss, but it’s there too, just pick more all the photos you want to upload and off it goes.

I tested over wi-fi, and four photos went up pretty quickly. I’m guessing bulk uploading more than a couple pictures would be a tad slow at Edge speeds. Dunno about 3G.

Two things I couldn’t find: setting the licensing for the images (e.g. Creative Commons) and adding them to groups. Not much to complain about, but I managed.

So, check it out and start sharing all the shots you take with your iPhone. If you don’t have an iPhone or don’t use Flickr, and made it to here, here’s something funny as a reward. Chet may be writing that very app as you read this.

Speaking of which, have you added your workspace to the Show Me Your Workspace group? We’ve got a number of sweet shots, including Bradd‘s, Dan‘s and Lewis‘ home offices and Noel‘s cube.

Based on a tweet from Matt, I started a Show Me Your Desktop group too for all your rocking wallpaper.

Find the comments if you have thoughts on any of this.


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6 Responses to “Flickit: A Flickr iPhone App”

  1. nelehela Says:

    This is the third article I have read about flickit published within this week which provides no link to the iphone application. The application is not even present on the apple site! Perhaps it was an oversite?

  2. Jake Says:

    I'm able to find Flickit on iTunes in the App Store, and if you want the link, head over to the app's home, http://www.greenvolcanosoftware.com/flickit.html, which is provided in the post.

  3. nelehela Says:

    Thanks for healing my obvious confusion.

  4. nelehela Says:

    This is the third article I have read about flickit published within this week which provides no link to the iphone application. The application is not even present on the apple site! Perhaps it was an oversite?

  5. Jake Says:

    I'm able to find Flickit on iTunes in the App Store, and if you want the link, head over to the app's home, http://www.greenvolcanosoftware.com/flickit.html, which is provided in the post.

  6. nelehela Says:

    Thanks for healing my obvious confusion.

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