I’ve been a loyal Flickr user since early 2007, and a Flickr Pro user since June of the same year. So far, I’ve spent $124.75 being a member of the photo sharing site, and it’s been worth it, until now.
I’m jumping ship from Flickr to Picasa for a multitude of reasons, the final straw was Google+, the new social network / communication platform from Google that is heavily integrated into Gmail, Google Calendar, and (most importantly) my Android device.
Integration and Seamlessness are at the tippy-top of my priority list when it comes to dealing with computers. I can’t stand doing things twice if I can help it, and will often spend more time finding an optimized solution than it would take to just do said “thing” twice.
The Migration: Flickr
The question that needed to be answered, “How do I get all my photos off Flickr?”. Turns out it’s actually really easy. The very first thing to do is log into Flickr, and go to “Organize & Create”, choose “Your sets & collections”:
- Create new set
- Name it whatever
- Select all your photos
- Drop them into the new set
Now, you don’t have to concatenate all your photos into one set, but like I said before – I hate doing things twice, so step one for me – get my photos from Flickr (all at once).
The Export: FlickandShare
There was a post on Google+, this post actually, on Kim Sherrell‘s feed by Jose Raposo – inspiring isn’t it? So much so, it prompted a how-to post while I do it. So here goes:
- Browse to http://www.flickandshare.com
- Authorize your Flickr account & browse through to your photo sets
- You should see the set you created with all your photos in it
- Click “Share”
- At the very bottom of the thumbnail list is a “Get your Share Link”
- Click that… then Click “Open it”
- the “Download the set”; in the bottom left there.
Now, you need Java (they apologize for that) to do the download, I understand that – I’m on photo number 998 of 1289 and it’s still chugging along without any problem, so whatever – they can you CGI scripts for all I care, as long as it works.
The Convert: Import to Picasa
I’m using the desktop application for Picasa to do the uploads, figured it’s the fastest – probably mot robust way to get it handled.
- Browse to your Flickr export folder
- Sift through it and take out the crap you don’t want to upload – I took this opportunity to prune; downloaded 1289 photos, only uploading 547.
- Select all > Upload
- To keep this off of Google+ for a minute, I made the Album on the web interface and set it to “Only Me” for viewing. No sense flooding a stream with photos people have already seen or that are … 4 years old.
That’s it. I’m going to stay busy for a minute organizing these into new sets and that’ll be that.
Note: This post was resurrected from July 2011. It may be out-dated; and unfortunately, I probably won’t be returning to this process again to find a better more updated way of doing it. There are probably better tools, and better methods by now – three years is a long time in Internet.