Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Flickr Hacks: Tips & Tools for Sharing Photos Online by Paul Bausch and Jim Bumgardner

The problem with any book about the Internet is that it is out-of-date as soon as it is published. This is the case with Flickr Hacks by Paul Bausch and Jim Bumgardner. Flickr has just modified its look, changing the photostream and the set making tool, but there is still much that is basically the same. Flickr Hacks is filled with basic advice and advanced procedures its users will find helpful.

Hack #4 tells how to resize photos, which is very important to beginning users, especially those who have not upgraded to a Pro account.

Hack #7 explains how to load a Flickr Badge onto your website, as I did to my gardening website.

Hack #21 teaches the reader how to how to set random desktop backgrounds using your Flickr images.

Hack #22 tells how to feed Flickr images into your screensaver. We did this at Thomas Ford to promote our programs on some public PCs.

As you get toward the back off the book, the hacks are more challenging. Hack #48 tells how to make a slider puzzle, which requires typing a lot of PHP code. The same can be said of Hack #49 Make a Photo Mosaic. Both look really cool but beyond my patience to create.

Many readers may stick to the early chapters. Most should read chapter two, which helps with tagging. Librarians and civilians can learn much from this book.

Paul Bausch and Jim Bumgardner. Flickr Hacks: Tips & Tools for Sharing Photos Online. Sebastopol, California: O'Reilly, 2006. ISBN 0596102453

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