Introducing ‘Flickroom‘ (in beta at the time of writing), an Adobe AIR app that ports entire features of Flickr into an installable AIR app along with some new value added features that makes it easy to manage and organize your flickr. Flickroom provides the rich browsing experience Flickr users have long deserved.
The app makes aggressive use of Flickr API (in a nice way). You can comment on your photos, add notes to it, save photos to disk, tweet your photos without leaving Flickroom and much more. I was skeptical about the responsiveness of the app before trying it out because, heavy AIR apps usually are so unresponsive. But Flickroom is good and is responsive, even with all the Flickr features built into it. The interface is well crafted and is very intuitive that you will never get lost in there.
Here’s how it looks like when logged into a Flickr account:
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How to Install Flickroom
Since it’s built on the AIR platform it requires Adobe AIR run-time to be installed on your computer. If you haven’t got that installed, get it here at Adobe’s site. (If you’re using twitter clients like Twhirl and tweetdeck, you have AIR installed on your computer).
Go to the Flickroom site and install it from the download badge present there.
And now when Flickroom is installed and launched for the first time, you should authorize it to connect it to your Flickr profile. (Instructions to do this will be shown to you). Once you’re finished authorizing Flickroom with Flickr, you’re done. You’re all set to experience Flickr like never before!
- Infinitely better user experience with the black background
- Pop-up notifications about activity on your photo stream ensuring you don’t have to constantly refresh your browser! – bringing real-time spirit to Flickr
- Ability to easily check out latest uploads from your contacts
- Ability to comment, favourite, add notes straight from the app UI
- Ability to view comments, tags, EXIF data and save photos on disk
- Ability to tweet about your photographs on Twitter directly from the application (image URL is automatically in TinyURL format)
- See which of your photos are in Flickr Explore
- Search in photographs of current user or all Flickr users. This feature, coupled with ‘save to disk’ feature, makes this a great search tool.
- And you can do drag-and-drop uploading!
Suggestions to the developers
Congrats on creating Flickroom, it’s really a great piece of work. Here are some suggestions to make it even more awesome.
- Improve typography used in the interface
- Smooth-ening the edges of modules will make it look nicer
- It would be great to have the “add to group” feature to be available for photos.
- Also check whether incorporating Flickr’s official tweeting mechanism is possible. Flic.kr URLs are snazzy!
- Provide options to search for images licensed under CreativeCommons
If you love Flickr and frequently spend your time there, Flickroom will make it all the more entertaining. (But remember, not everything must work perfect. It’s in Beta) (You may follow Flickroom on twitter.)
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However there are lots of Air apps released every day and it is hard to keep track of all of them, Adobe Air Apps aims to make it easy by maintaining a regularly updated gallery of Adobe Air applications.
They currently have profiled 255 Adobe Air Apps and keep adding newer ones to the gallery, if you are looking to find a Adobe Air app, this is a place you should definitely check out.
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New Features in TweetDeck Include
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Multiple account support you can now have multiple accounts with no need to switch between them. Whether you’re on the desktop or iPhone we’ve made it simple to see all your columns, for all your accounts and tweet from any account or even cross-post tweets to numerous Twitter accounts at the same time.
Unlimited columns you’ll be happy to hear that you can now have as many columns as you’d like on TweetDeck. No more 10 columns limit, now the sky’s the limit.
Local trends rather than only being able to see what’s trending on Twitter as a whole, with local trends, you can now see what’s hot among your own friends and colleagues. You’ll be able to run local trends on any of your columns in TweetDeck.
For more information read their release post or download or upgrade Tweetdeck.
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If you want such alerts on your desktop, Yahoo has released a Adobe Air based application called slider which allows users to watch, search and monitor the Twitter public timeline in real-time.
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This is definitely a exiting update, since you can now update and check on the status of two of the most popular social networking sites from a single application.
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Initially I tried to pinpoint the issue to Tweetdeck, but it seems like the issue is with Adobe Air itself.
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