September 8, 2009
The App Store definitely has no shortage of third-party Flickr photo viewing and uploading apps, but that didn't stop Yahoo! from creating and distributing their very own official Flickr app. When you first launch Flickr on your iPhone or iPod touch, you will be required to authorize the app to use your Flickr account. This is done only through Safari and not the app itself, but after this whole process is finished, you will be good to go. Flickr's main page has a Ken Burns-like slideshow of your contacts' recent photos. From there you can upload your own photos via a conveniently placed button in the upper right-hand corner, or you can browse photos in a number of ways, including by search, tags or sets, recent activity, and more. When uploading photos, you are able to add a title, description, sets and tags, geotags, and change the photo's privacy level. Photos and videos can be taken from the app itself, or you can upload something from your library. When viewing a photo, you can easily send it to someone else via email or you can leave a comment. Flickr doesn't contain the ability to zoom in on photos or download them to your device, however. As we have seen before with official apps, especially Wikipedia's offering, official doesn't always mean better. Since I am not the biggest Flickr user out there, this official app is certainly useful and appealing to me, but how would you folks compare it to the other third-party Flickr apps out there like Darkslide or Cooliris? Flickr for the iPhone and iPod touch is now available in the App Store for free.
Darkslide - Flickr Client