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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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.

The end of the slideshow

Grab a few images, put them together with artistic, professional looking video effects, a touch of subtle background music and publish in a video format. All in under 5 minutes? No this is not a tutorial, in fact you don’t need to know anything about video, music or such things. If you have a bunch of images, just throw them at Animoto and it does it all for you! This is really is quite neat.

It took me longer to write this post than produce this video!

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