Stig's Flickr Fixr - Making Flickr more explorable!
An app by Stig Nygaard
Stig's Flickr Fixr makes Flickr more "explorative" and recovers some old lost features of the site.
There are 3 ways you can install Flickr Fixr in your desktop browser:
* Userscript - This requires a userscript manager like Tampermonkey, Greasemonkey or similar already installed in the browser
* Mozilla Firefox browser extension
* Google Chrome browser extension
Features of userscript and browser extensions are generally the same, but the browser extensions have the additional capability of allowing you to turn individual features on and off independently.
Current major features:
1) Displaying photo-uploads pre-dating March 2012 in big size and nice quality.
Up until 2012 Flickr had always updated the full database of photos when new browsing-sizes was introduced on the site. However in May 2012 only photos uploaded after March 2012 was updated when Flickr introduced 1600px and 2048px wide browsing-sizes, leaving the majority of photos to be displayed only 1024px wide even on modern 24+ inch monitors. Stig’s Flickr Fixr fixes this by scaling and using the original uploaded photo for displaying (when the original is accessible/available).
2) Album-teaser column on photographers’ frontpage.
In one of the big Flickr-updates a couple of years ago, the column to feature a photographer’s albums or collections disappeared and made Flickr less Gallery-like and less inviting for exploration in peoples “backlog”. Yes, there’s a link to albums in top-menu, but I don’t think any casual visitor ever sees or open it. But Stig’s Flickr Fixr puts back a column featuring albums on every photographer's frontpage (photostream). The 10 first albums as sorted in Flickr Organizer are shown in this column.
3) A photographer’s other photos by tag-links.
On Flickr, tag-links on photos currently leads you to a page where you can explore your own photos with this tag, photos from people you follow with this tag and a global search for photos with this tag. But more photos with this tag from the same photographer, is annoyingly not a direct option to explore. Again, once it was a supported feature, but it was lost in some update. But Stig's Flickr Fixr brings back this option by adding a link directly on the tag (when hovering the mouse over it) pointing to the current photographer's other photos with this tag.
4) Links to album-map and album-comments.
On album pages, Stig’s Flickr Fixr adds two extra links on the "album header". One link pointing to a map with current album's photos, and another link pointing to an old hidden/forgotten/deprecated page with album comments. In an earlier version of Flickr album-comments was an official feature. It ain't official anymore, but the old comments page still exists and is also a good page for reading or editing long album-descriptions (I for example, have some old album-descriptions that are complete travel descriptions. They don’t fit well in current official album-layout). Of course, if you chose to leave new album-comments, changes are nobody ever sees them :-/ …
5) Actually show the geotagged photo on the associated map.
Currently when a photo is geotagged on Flickr you can follow a link to a map showing the location where the photo was shot. However this map does normally only show the latest or most "interesting" photos in the area. Usually the photo you was looking at is not included on the map or in the image-strip at the bottom of the map (It used to be, but feature was lost in some upgrade – Sorry, I’m repeating myself…). Stig's Flickr Fixr adds the photo you came from to the image-strip, and "opens" the photo. Well, it's a 90% fix: To see exactly where it was geotagged, click twice on this photo in the image-strip to close and re-open it; Now a star pointing to the exact position of the photo appears on the map.
6) "On mouse-over" top-pagers for fast and easy navigation.
Are you annoyed by having to scroll to the bottom of photostreams for pagination? Stig's Flickr Fixr adds a pagination-bar above the streams for fast and easy navigation. But because the pager-bar sometimes gets pretty wide and might overlap other icons or dropdowns also placed right above the photostream, the top-pager is hidden until you hover your mouse over the center-area right above the photostream.
There's also a more comprehensive introduction to this script in the Flickr Hacks forum. Here you will find find more information about especially the scope and restrictions of the scaling feature.