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Flickr Tool: BlackMagic - disabled as the new Flickr Changes no longer allow it to function! Sorry-Nosha

9 March 2010: Read on further below to see how to add any

color background you would like to a blackmagic view... a new

feature. .


B l a c k M a g i c, a new Flickr tool is available.


Blackmagic is very easy to use. Paste:


better view


into your photo description underneath any of the photos in your



Adding it in a photo comment on your or other's photos is also just



You can replace the " better view " with any text you would like shown

for the link.


Those of you that use more advanced uploading tools can add this to

the text template of each of your photos.


What you get:


From any of your photo pages, an "On Black" style photo view -

view your pictures in medium or large size on black, grey, or white



From your Flickr home page, you get a Flickr Hive

Mind view of your photo stream. From there, clicking on any photo

gets you the BlackMagic view.


Strengths of BlackMagic


BlackMagic uses something called "referer" information to figure out

the picture you were looking at, so you don't have to craft a new

link for each picture.


If you want to create custom links you can do so - there's a

custom link as well as example link text available on every BlackMagic

page (follow the "more" link).


Blackmagic is often faster than other tools that do this type

of display, as it makes only a single, simple call to the Flickr API

to do its work.


Weaknesses of BlackMagic


If you click on a BlackMagic link on a person's home page, BlackMagic

can't figure out which of the the photos you were

looking at. However there's a solution: BlackMagic sends you to a

custom view of all pictures on the user's home page (via Flickr Hive

Mind ), and then clicking on any of those pictures gives you a

BlackMagic view (as mentioned above).


Super-paranoid web browser settings shut off "referer" information -

BlackMagic can't figure out which picture you are looking at. You

can still use custom links, which will work on all browsers (as

opposed to 99% of them).


BlackMagic links generally do not work from emails or RSS

feeds. Again, if you are concerned about this working then

creating a custom link works in all cases.




New March 2010 feature you can now specify the background color

you want for any or all of your photos. Follow the example link

formats below:


(this is web color #333333, a dark gray)


(this is web color #ff0000, bright red!)


a pasteable example:


view on dark grey


To see how these colors are specified, see:


the 'Hex Triplet' colors (without the leading #)


and the 'HTML color names'


should all work...


Michael Brush has sent me another invaluable link for colors. Thanks, Michael!



23 May: A bug that led to your default small/big black/grey settings

not being used has been fixed. Let me know if I've broken anything!


23 May: the display has been made even more minimal! Click on "More"

to see other options and links from Blackmagic pages.


22 May: was switched to new DNS Servers for what I hope

to be added stability during the day. It seemed the old DNS servers

were flaking out sporadically and were not sufficiently redundant.


6 May 2009: New server for added speed and (eventually) stability.

Added html to paste into your flickr page at the bottom of every Black

Magic page. (only necessary if you want a specific, customized



16 March:

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Taken on August 29, 2008