by Brian Solis

I host just under 10,000 pictures on Flickr today. Most of those images solely reside online under Yahoo’s care. As local external storage servers continue to boom in terms of capacity and ease of installation, footprints are shrinking and prices are only falling to the point of absolute affordability. The prospect for me to host tens-of-thousands of high resolution pictures in addition to hosting them online now becomes a realistic option for me. I just picked up one terabyte of storage for $99.

Now that I have the storage capacity, how do I retrieve all of my pictures without having to either pay to order disc after disc or having to download images manually?

Introducing FlickrDown, a free solution for Windows users to pull pictures from Flickr, by set or individually, into designated, local folders on the hard drive of your choice. You can search by flickr usernames, tags, email addresses, or groups and the software will automatically created folders using your search criteria as the naming conventions for each respective folder. Authorization is required for private pictures.

FlickrDown is available for free here.

It requires Microsoft .NET 2.0, which you can download it here.

As soon as my Sony returns from the shop, I’ll download it and give it a more formal review. For a more detailed review, please visit DownloadSquad.

UPDATE: Please see Lane’s comment below. This is an important issue and would love to see a response from FlickrDown on this…

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Brian Solis

Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research-based advisory firm. Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture. His current book, Engage, is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to build and measure success in the social web.

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    no imageLane H (Who am I?)27 October 2008 3:13 pm

    Brian, it appears this program allows the download of images even when the photographer does not allow downloads. It also strips the metadata from the photo, which is copyright violation.

    So if you want to use if your own images, that’s one thing, but to use it for anyone else, without their permission, is theft.

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