Following recently introduced a Justified layout and a embedded photo editing tool by Aviary, Flickr today announced an improved Uploadr experience for users that makes adding photos - and related details about them - to Flickr a snap.
The new upload tool is built using HTML 5 technology so you can easily drag-and-drop to arrange your photos exactly the way you want them to look in your photo stream.
Flickr also notes, that over the past 8 years, Flickr now home more than 7 billion photos.
"This completely new uploading experience makes it easier than ever to select, upload, and share images. You can edit batches of photos and share the story behind your photos, adding tags, captions, and organizing sets," writes Flickr.
The team also notes, that they've amped up the experience by increasing the upload speeds by up to 30% and the file size limits to 50MB for Pro users and up to 30MB for free users.
"With options like these, you don't have to sacrifice pixel quality when sharing your photos with family and friends," the team said.
Here are a few fun things the new uploader does:
- Drag and drop batches of files from your OS. Where present and supported, EXIF thumbnails are shown in the UI almost immediately.
- Fluid photo "grid" shows photo thumbnails, allows larger, lightbox-style previews, inline editing of description/title and rotation.
- Mouse and keyboard-based grid selection and rearrange functionality similar to that of desktops.
- "Editor panel" shows state of current selection, provides powerful batch editing features (title + description, adding of tags, people, sets, license, privacy etc.)
- "Info" mode shows overlay icons on grid items, allowing for a quick overview of pending edits (privacy, people, tags etc.)
- Auto-retry and recovery cases for dropped / lost connection cases
A sneak peek: Screencast (Beta Version)
At time of writing, the new uploader is being gradually rolled out to the masses. In the meantime, if you still haven't seen it yet, here's a demo screencast of an earlier beta version showing some of the interactions for common upload and editing use cases:
You can read more about the new Uploadr on the Flickr Blog and on the Flickr Developer Blog at code.flickr.com.