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. read on

Alternatives to flickr

I have been a Pro user of flickr for some time. It has until now been the simplest way to manage, share and publish images. That is until somebody at Yahoo let their five year old have a go at designing a new interface. At best the new interface is simply unusable.

At the outset, I have to say that after much searching, there isn’t really a direct replacement for flickr. In dumping flickr you will to some extent need to review what your image hosting and sharing needs really are. It could be time to change your image workflow. If you switch from flickr this is almost certainly going to be forced on you, but it may not be such a bad thing.
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Get some help with Church Marketing

Churches are generally terrible at marketing. It probably doesn’t matter as much as some suggest, but help can be found. If you are looking to improve your skills and get some valuable feedback on your work then you should join the Church Marketing Lab group on Flickr.

Started by the people behind Church Marketing Sucks, this is a very active group and a growing community of pro and novice graphic designers wanting to get the church communicating effectively in the modern world. read on


MicrohooJust by swapping the Yahoo logo at the bottom of the page for theirs, Microsoft are sure to ruin Flickr. I tried all the alternatives like Picassa. Got my fingers burnt hosting my own. There is nothing like Flickr. So what will we all do if Microsoft starts meddling with it?
Join the KEEP YOUR EVlL GRUBBY HANDS OFF OF OUR FLICKR group and voice your complaint.

image by psd

Creative Open Source:– Images

A while ago I reviewed a number of online sources of royalty-free images. While most of these permit you to use images created by others, being certain of what rights you have to reuse and redistribute is not that clear and you nearly always need to contact the originator before you use the image for any public use. This is where Creative Commons makes life easier. By attaching a Creative Commons license, the originator makes it very clear what rights they are allowing for their work. The great thing about CC from the originator’s point of view is that this is very flexible, giving you the option to select which rights to give from all rights to none (explained here)!

And so here a few places where images licensed under Creative Commons can be found. read on

New Lectionary Flickr Group

I’ve just started a new Lectionary Flickr group for anybody that is interested. If you have a Flickr account you can join this visual and creative way of reflecting on the lectionary readings each week. Simply upload your images to a Flickr account, join the Lectionary group and then in the Flickr Organiser you can drag any of the images in your photo stream to the new group.