A year ago Flickr announced that its mobile apps had undergone a dramatic overhaul. It was a long time coming, with the company explaining that it was in response to the ever-changing digital landscape.
Fast-forward to today and the iOS and Android apps have experienced another makeover, making the management of your photographs “more delightful, simple and effective” than ever before.
This upgrade comes on the back of Flickr announcing an entirely new and “unified” design that builds on the theme of a friendly, easy and engaging user experience.
We look at and discuss some of the new features and key developments of this transformation.
You can now make the most out of your 1,000 GB of free storage on Flickr by switching on the “auto-uploader” feature on your smartphone.
This basically means that every time you snap a picture and take a video via your device, the picture and/or clip will be backed up to the cloud.
The benefit of this is that it keeps your smartphone in peak condition – space that would usually be taken up by photos and videos.
Another great addition is “camera roll”, which the tech company describes as being a “powerful organising and editing tool”.
Similar to the desktop versions, this feature allows you to browse your entire online catalogue, pick photos using basic and quick gestures, move them into albums and search for them by date or group title.
“For the first time, you can edit your photos directly from Flickr in the camera roll without impacting the original file,” the company stated in an official press release.
“Tweak your pictures, crop them, adjust brightness and contrast, white balance, and more. We’ve also added a new set of subtle filters to our existing series to give you more ways to express yourself.
“If you change your mind about any of the edits you’ve made, just revert them.”
Magic view, as it is known, is a wonderful development. By clicking on the eponymous option, the software organises your snaps across key categories, such as landscape, black and white, people and abstract.
The sharing capabilities have also been much improved, with Flickr introducing bulk sharing.
Previously you had to create an entirely new album to do this. However, now you simply swipe across the pictures you want from your camera roll and click share – that link can then be uploaded to your various social networks.