Goodbye Flickr, Hello TroveBox (OpenPhoto)

Since my last post, my search for a flickr alternative continued. Flickr haven’t listened and I just stopped using it. Not through protest, simply because it is unusable.

Since then I discovered TroveBox, or should I say “reacquainted myself” with OpenPhoto, as TroveBox is the hosted version of the open source image hosting software. There is so much I like about TroveBox.

Beautiful, Simple User Interface

The TroveBox UI is beautifully simple.

The TroveBox UI is beautifully simple.

TroveBox instantly gave me back the simple interface that I miss from old flickr and within minutes I had imported all my flickr photos, with tags and albums into it.

It is Open Source

You can run OpenPhoto (the software behind TroveBox) yourself on your own server if you want to. Just get it from GitHub because it is truly Open Source.

The OpenPhoto project is hosted on GitHub

The OpenPhoto project is hosted on GitHub

It is like a WordPress for Photos. But at $29/year for a TroveBox pro account, why bother with the hassle of hosting it yourself?

Storage Options that Mean You Stay in Control

OpenPhoto (and TroveBox) is really just a fontend. You store your photos on one of a number of cloud storage options including Amazon S3, DropBox or TroveBox’s own S3 space. You can migrate to an alternative storage location at any time.

Migrate all your stuff to a different cloud storage platform.

Migrate all your stuff to a different cloud storage platform.

It also means that if you want to self-host later on, it’s very easy to do so.

Flickr Importer

With a Pro level account on TroveBox you can import all your flickr images in an instant. It keeps all your descriptions, tags and albums etc.

There is even a WordPress Plugin

Oh yea! Install the OpenPhoto WordPress plugin and in an instant gain access to all your photos from the Media Insert windows.

The OpenPhoto WordPress plugin

The OpenPhoto WordPress plugin

Android & iOS Apps too

Apps for Android and iOS

Apps for Android and iOS

Carry your photos with you, upload from anywhere with apps available for Android and iOS.

In Summary

I no longer need flickr. Flickr Pro account cancelled. Long live TroveBox!!