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Flickr Rolling Out Drag-And-Drop Photo Uploader
The Yahoo-owned photo sharing site on Wednesday announced a new HTML 5 upload tool that comes with drag-and drop support, increases upload speeds by 20 to 30 percent in the U.S., and sports an improved interface for adding captions and titles.
Flickr users are getting a quicker and easier way to upload photos.
The Yahoo-owned photo sharing site on Wednesday announced a new HTML 5 upload tool that comes with drag-and drop support, increases upload speeds by 20 to 30 percent in the U.S., and sports an improved interface for adding captions and titles. The new “Flickr Uploadr” allows users to add images by simply dragging and dropping them into their web browser, Denise Leung, senior product manager for Flickr, wrote in a blog post Wednesday.
It also lets users do a lot more during the upload, rather than just stare at a progress bar. Users will be able to see preview thumbnails, then reorder, rotate, and zoom photos before publishing them. Right from the uploader tool, users will also be able to also add titles and descriptions, organize photos into sets, tag friends in photos, and set privacy settings.
The new tool currently runs on Chrome 6, Firefox 8 and up, and Safari 5. Support for Internet Explorer will come later.
In addition to making uploading images easier, Flickr increased its file size limits to 50MB for Pro users and 30MB for free users.
“That’s huge!,” Leung wrote. “Now you can easily save high-resolution images to Flickr and see your photos in pixel-perfect detail.”
The new uploader will be rolling out for users over the next couple weeks. Flickr, which receives about 5,000 photo uploads per minute, announced a redesign initiative earlier this year, but said it would implement the update in phases. The site recently introduced a justified layout and embedded photo editing tool.
The new Justified view resembles the layout you get with Google Image search, with tiled photos that retain their original aspect ratio — no cropping. The view means less wasted white space on the page, and a better, larger view of each image. It also features continuous scrolling, so you don’t have to repeatedly click a Next link.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag