Download/Export Instagram Photos to PC, Dropbox or Flickr

Instagram is one of the hottest apps for iOS and with more than 35 million users combined. The app which did not have any revenue was so popular that went ahead and purchased it for more than $1 billion. However, the purchase by Facebook has left many users wondering as to whether they should continue using the app or not?

If  you are one of those disgruntled users and are looking to stop using the app, here is a easy way to export and download all the Instagram photos you have uploaded till now and back them up to your computer. You can also download and move them to a free service of your choice as well.

Export and Download Instagram Photos to Desktop PC

Export and Download Instagram Photos

Instaport is a web service which allows you to export all your Instagram photos and download them to your local PC (they are working on social export soon). To download all your Instagram photos, visit the website at http://instaport.me/ and connect it to your Instagram account.

Once you have done that, you will be able to export and download all your Instagram photos to your computer. You can also select from to only download a smaller number of photos or select photos you have uploaded between certain dates. Additionally, you could also download photos which you have liked and photos with certain tags.

Export, Download or Backup Instagram Photos to Dropbox, Facebook or Flickr

If you are looking to download your Instagram photos to , Facebook (ironic Smile) or , you can use a very useful service called If This Then That or ifttt for short, which provides you with recipes to automatically perform tasks based on certain triggers or action.

ifttt is a very simple service and users can find recipes which will allow them to backup their Instagram photos to Flickr or save them to Dropbox or upload them to Flickr or among other places.

To setup a backup for your Instagram photos, sign up for the ifttt service and visit the recipe page for Instagram at http://ifttt.com/instagram. Once there,  you can select the recipe you want to use and setup the required parameters. Once you have done that, just click the “Create task” button to create it. ifttt will then periodically run the task and backup your Instagram photos to your selected service.

Please note: While using ifttt, your older photos may not be backed up. You might have to use the first method to download all your photos and then upload it to  your choice of service.

Create A Cool Photo Album With PowerPoint 2010

Have you ever gone on vacation and wanted an easy way to share photos with your family and friends? Maybe you’re an art teacher that teaches an online class and you would like to share slides with everyone in the class. There is a super easy way to create a photo album slide show in PowerPoint 2010. It is also extremely easy to share this photo album with anybody in the world using a free service built into PowerPoint 2010. Let’s get started!

We’ll begin by opening PowerPoint. By default, you should see a blank PowerPoint show. Click the “Insert” tab on the ribbon toolbar and then find a button that says “Photo Album”. Click “Photo Album” and choose “New Photo Album” from the menu. See the image below for an example.

Insert Photo Album

A dialog box will pop up, as pictured below. Click the button that says “File/Disk” to bring up a file selection window.

File Button

In the file selection window, navigate to the folder that contains the pictures you would like to have in your album. In the picture below, you will see that I have selected multiple pictures. I did this by holding the ctrl key down and clicking each picture that I wanted to select. Once you have all of the pictures that you want to include selected, click the “Insert” button.

File Selection Window

You will be taken back to the “Edit Photo Album” dialog box. There are several options in this dialog, as you can see in the picture below. You can rearrange the order of the pictures. On the far right side, there is a small toolbar for quick photo edits, such as brightness and contrast. You can also change the layout of the slide to hold multiple photos. The “Theme” dropdown lets you pick one of PowerPoint’s built in color schemes.

Edit Photo Album

Below, you can see what a photo album slide show looks like.

Finished Album

Now that we have our photo album designed, we have to figure out how we want to distribute it. There are two ways I would like to show you how to do this. The first way is to save it as a PowerPoint show. A PowerPoint show can be emailed and the person on the receiving end can see the slides without having to see them in edit mode. One thing you might want to do, if you set it up as a show, is configure the slides to automatically change. To do this you click on the “Slide Show” tab and click the button that says “Set Up Slide Show”, as pictured below.

Set Up Show

Below, you can see a picture of the “Set Up Show” dialog box. Here you can configure the slide show to open full screen and to advance either manually or automatically. This is also the place you go if you want a presentation to loop over and over until you stop it.

Use Timings

Now that we have the settings in place, let’s save the show. In the save window pictured below, you will notice a “Save As Type” dropdown. In this instance, we want to choose “PowerPoint Show (*.ppsx)”. This puts it in a format we can email to people for viewing.

Save As

The second way you can share your PowerPoint show is via a new feature in 2010 called “Broadcast”. The broadcast will allow you to present your show online for free. A link is generated that you can send to people. When they click the link, they will be taken to a web page where they view the show in real time as you present it to them. In the picture below, you can see how this is done. Click “File”, “Broadcast Slide Show”, then click the “Broadcast Slide Show” button.

Broadcast

A “Broadcast Slide Show” dialog box appears, where you click the button that says “Start Broadcast”.

Start Broadcast

A link is created that you can send to the people you want to view the show. Now you can get everyone in a conference call and click the “Start Slide Show” button. As you click through the slides, the people you invited will see the slide advance on the web page they are viewing. It’s as simple as that, and it’s free!

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I hope you have enjoyed today’s tutorial. I think that this is a great way to cross geographical boundaries and share photos and presentations. What about you? Have you used this service? Do you have any ideas that you would suggest for its use?

As always, we appreciate your feedback. Thanks for reading Techie Buzz!

Official Flickr for Android App Arrives: Late and Still Not Great

Flickr has finally delivered their official app for the Android platform. The app allows you to take beautiful photos with the in-app camera, enhance with filters, and quickly share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more.

Flickr Android App

The app allows browsing and navigating in a nice way to make use of maps, tags, and activity around your photos. You can stay up to date with the latest comments and activity on your photos and take advantage of full screen browsing and slideshows. It also allows you to access additional features online such as powerful organizational tools, community groups, fun photo apps, and more to engage with the 60 million members strong Flickr community. Using Flickr’s easy privacy settings, the app takes care that you share photos only with the people you want with.

However, under the hood of the great concept and feature set, the app fails to impress. The UI is painfully slow, and sometimes multiple taps are required to select a button/option. The official thread for the Android App on Flickr forums clearly indicates that most users are not too happy with the app. Although the app is available for Android 2.1 and higher, a wide variety of Android phones are not supported. Of course there are major grouses against non-availability of the app in several countries and markets, specially from paying Flickr Pro customers.

The Official Flickr for Android app is currently available in the below countries from the Android Market:
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States.

Flickr Android app

Flickr Photo Session: A New Way to Share Photos in Real-Time

Flickr has announced Photo Session, a whole new way to share photos with friends around the world in real-time. All you need to do is to create a Photo Session, invite up to 10 of your friends, and flip through the photos together in real-time. Using Flickr Photo Session is like flipping through a photo book while sitting next to your friend.

You can start a Photo Session by going to any set or photostream that has sharing options enabled. Select the photos that you’d like to share and choose ‘Start a Photo Session’ in the sharing menu. If the photo owner has not enabled sharing, the options will be grayed out. Photo Session allows you to get your friends’ reactions and comments on your photos instantly. When you move to the next photo it moves for everyone else too. You can also doodle on parts of the photo with the drawing tool and chat away with each other using the built-in chat widget, all at the same time. You can’t flip when the drawing tool is enabled but anyone can turn it off when you’re ready to move on.

A Photo Session will stay open for 24 hours. You can invite your friends on Flickr via email or send out the link to your contacts. Also, you don’t have to have a Flickr account to use Photo Session. Anyone can flip the photos but you need to sign-in if you want to chat or draw.

Photo Session is still a work in progress and has been announced today in a preview mode as Yahoo irons out the issues and optimizes the experience for everyone. Currently Photo Session is only available in English, and is supported on latest versions of Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. That’s hard luck for Internet Explorer 9 users like me. You can also use Photo Session on your iPhone or iPad.

Flickr Photo Session

Find Useful and Amazing Stock Photos at Depositphotos

Most of you might be already familiar with the term "Stock Photography". But, if you are one of those, who have no idea regarding this term, then let me explain you briefly. Stock Photography, also known as Stock Photos, are professional photographs of common people, events, nature, landmark, etc. These photos can be bought and sold on a royalty-free basis. The royalty free images are not actually "free". You will need to pay a one-time fee to use the image multiple times.

Stock photos are used in newspapers, magazines, textbooks, T-shirts, consumer advertisements, trade advertisements, greeting cards, calendars, websites, etc. You might also need some stock photos in the near future, but finding a great stock photography site with a large amount of useful photos as well as reasonable pricing is a difficult job. After browsing a number of stock photography sites, I finally found a collection of great photos at Depositphotos.com.

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Depositphotos was founded in 2009 and it is the fastest growing free stock images agency in the world. You can find more than 4 million stock photos and vector images at Depositphotos. The design of the site is quite simple and easy to use. I was looking for a couple of royalty-free photos related to nature. I did a simple search with the keyword "nature". And within few seconds, I was able to find thousands of amazing nature photos. You can see the live example here.

You can easily purchase the required images using credits. For every dollar, you will get one credit. The images are available in various sizes, resolutions and dimensions. You can purchase the XSmall image for just 0.50 credits, while the value of XXLarge photo goes up to 6 credits. You can also purchase the vector image for 9 credits. Depositphotos offers 4 different payment options – Credit Card (Visa, Master Card and Visa Electron), PayPal, MoneyBookers and WebMoney. It also offers an unique "Pay-by-SMS" option, where you can purchase credits just by sending a simple text to the given number.

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You can not only purchase stock photos but also stock illustrations on an individual basis along with purchasing them with a subscription. As soon as you join this site, you will get a free 7 days subscription with an option to download up to five photos of any size per day. It means that you can get up to 35 photos, without spending any money. The only catch is that you will need to link your credit card or PayPal account. After 7 days, you will be automatically charged $59 for the monthly subscription. But, you can cancel the order within first 7 days and easily get the required photos for free.

If you are a photographer, then you call also sell some of your great photos to potential buyers via Depositphotos. There is no limit on uploading and selling your photos. But, you will need to go through Application process. The expert staff at Depositphotos will ask you to submit five images that represent your best work. You application will be reviewed and accepted, if the images are of good quality and composition. Once accepted, you can sell your images and earn money based on commission. You can earn a commission of anywhere between 40% to 60% of the selling cost of the image.

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There are number of sites offering stock photos. But, some of the stock photo agency offer good quality photos at a very high cost, while the others offer low cost images, which are not even worth buying. Depositphotos is one of the best site where you can get high quality stock photos, without burning a hole in your pocket.

Depositphotos also have also launched some special programs for bloggers and photographers which can be viewed at http://depositphotos.com/for-bloggers.html or http://depositphotos.com/for-photographers.html.

Disclaimer: The following post is a sponsored review of Depositphotos. All views provided in this post are unbiased and have not been influenced by the sponsor.

[Rant] Picsquare.com Needs To Learn Email Etiquette

Picsquare.com is one of the earliest photo-printing sites in India, and was acquired by Infibeam, an ecommerce major in India some time ago. I explored the site around the time it launched, and ordered a few photo prints. Yesterday, I received an email from Picsquare.com which had, to use the pop-culture term, FAIL written all over it.

Picsquare.com

Email header

An email from root’ and with Notification’ in the subject line could easily be identified as spam by most email services. Even I was about to miss this critical message assuming it to be some random email.

Facts

Several web services delete user data or close accounts if they are not used/accessed for a specified long period of time. Fair enough. The mail however mentions that I’ve not used the printing service in the last one year. Well, that is incorrect. I have not been using the service for even longer, and if this was some programmatically implemented policy my account should have been flagged a long time back.

Courtesy

Most emails announcing deletion of user data are sensitive and polite. It’s not a pleasant action even if it makes business sense. The announcement usually inform of the policy in a considerate and soft tone, and then suggest ways to prevent the deletion. As a protocol, the first email mentions a particular date when the drastic step would be taken and till which the user has the option to act upon in some manner like logging in or backing up his data from the site.

The email from Picsquare.com intends to bring to my notice the deletion in a matter-of-fact rhetoric. There is no mention if this action is immediate or at a certain date. Neither does the email suggest ways in which I can prevent the deletion of my data, and perhaps continue to use the photo printing service.

 

So yes, so long, Picsquare.com. You’ve lost me as a customer with this poorly executed communication. Is it just me, or do you find this lame as well?

Sneak Peek At Photovine, Google’s New Photo Sharing App for Smartphones

google-photovinePhotovine is the latest photo sharing service from Slide, which was acquired by Google back in 2010 to aim the Social Gamingdomain. Last month there had been speculations about the service and now it is a reality. However, right now it is in the invite-only stage which means you will have to either wait for it to go live or head over to the Photovine official website and request an invite. Until then, let us take a quick look at its features.

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It seems from the website’s layout that the app has been designed only for the iPhone. However, it may soon be available for Android based smartphones too. The service aims to share photos with other people allowing them to add their own photos reflecting the same mood. The photos can then be grouped together based on the user generated tags/captions. The idea is to grow an image by linking it to other related images in turn creating a photo vine   with no limits.

Considering the line, A picture is worth a thousand words, photos with tags like My Dearest, At the beachor Christmascan grow into a photo vine that can tell you what others have to say. The concept is simple and viral. Let your images speak for you!

Meanwhile check out the Photovine official teaser video.

Photovine is expected (as indicated on their greeting email) to send out invites later this month. So, go ahead and book one.

Twitter’s New Photo Sharing Feature Powered By Photobucket

It was expected that Twitter would launch its own photo sharing service, but surprisingly, Twitter has teamed up with Photobucket and have launched the new service. The service will allow users to upload and attach photos to Tweets directly from Twitter.com and its mobile apps.

Photobucket Corporation, the world’s leading dedicated photo and video sharing service, today announced that Photobucket will power Twitter’s native photo sharing capabilities allowing users to easily upload and share photos directly in Tweets. This partnership reflects the synergy between the companies’ growth strategies and audience needs, delivering a simple, intuitive user experience for photo sharing.

Twitter photo sharing with Photobucket

All photos uploaded, will be tagged “powered by Photobucket”, and will link to a page that allows users to create new accounts or sign in to their Photobucket accounts via Twitter.

Twitter also announced its new version of Twitter search. The updated version will not only deliver more relevant Tweets and trending topics, but related photos and videos as well.

Additionally, if you’re a Firefox user, then you can type a #hastag or @username into the address bar to go to Twitter’s search results page.

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Extragram Brings A Great Web Interface to Instagram

Instagram, the current darling of the social media conscious photo sharing crowd has had a great run with their iPhone app, with over a million people using their service. If there’s one thing missing with Instagram, however is a decent web interface to it. Even with you logged into Instagram, there’s no way to go through your posted images.

Recently, Instagram had opened their API with hopes that third-party developers would make use of their API. Enter Extragram. Extragram aims to be the web front-end of Instagram, leveraging the Instagram API.

Extragram Homepage

Using Extragram doesn’t require you to have a separate account, clicking on sign in takes you to sign in to your Instagram account. Heck, even if you don’t have an Instagram account, you can take a sneak peek of Extragram. Once logged in, you can browse through the images using the standard grid view, or  using the excellent filmstrip view.

Extragram popular images view

Extragram Popular Images Filmstrip view

The default view is the popular images view, though you can also choose to browse through your friends’ pictures – or go on an ego trip and reminisce on your images.

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The map view is nice touch – allowing you to search by area/city and then browse through some of the most popular images in the area.

Extragram Mapview

The great thing about Extragram is – you aren’t restricted to just browsing the images. Found a great image? Add it to your favorites or share it on twitter/facebook amongst other services. Discovered a particularly creative photographer? Follow the person!

Comment from Extragram

With a slick UI, some great design and intuitive navigation, Extragram fills in the void of a decent webclient that was sorely missing in Instagram. If you’re an Instagram user, Extragram will definitely make you spend more time going through Instagram images. Even you’re not an Instagram user, this site just might compel you to join Instagram. What’re your thoughts on Extragram? Do give it a spin and drop in a comment or two with your thoughts on it.

 

WinDroplr for Easy Sharing of Images, Text, Links and Files

windroplr-iconI’ve got plenty of ways to share files online, but so far, I haven’t found an instant screen capture tool to share images online. While visiting WebDomination, I ran across a tool that may solve that problem.

Have you ever heard of Droplr, the Mac application for sharing Links, Images, Notes and Files? Now there’s a system tray app for Windows, called WinDroplr, that gives you some of the same features.

You can download the installation file at arrow-down-double-3WinDroplr.com, it’s about 700k in size, but requires .NET 4.0 Framework, if you are running WinXP.

windroplr-download

Once installed, you’ll have a windroplr icon in your system tray. To use the program, click the systray icon once to show the floating drop zone in the bottom right corner of the display. Once it’s up, you can drag URLs, text and images from your web browser into the drop zone. Once the item is uploaded to droplr.com, you’ll get a brief notification above the systray. Click on the notification before it disappears to copy a short URL to the upload.

You can also use WinDroplr to share files and collections of files. Drag them from an explorer window onto the drop zone. If you’ve selected more than one file, it will create a zip archive before it uploads.

Another feature lets you take and upload screenshots by right clicking into the systray icon’s menu.

windroplr-menu

The short URLs generated by WinDroplr are some of the shortest around. Somehow it offers integration with your Twitter account, but I haven’t figured that out yet.

Below is a video showing WinDroplr being used.

WinDroplr Preview

Download

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

I love the ability to quickly share links, files, notes and images. The drop zone is a pleasure to use, and the built in screenshot tool is my favorite feature. I’ll be keeping this one around and I recommend it.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)