Once you’re a Flickr power user, you’ll find that if you want to keep your photo collection in top shape, it helps to go beyond the existing tools on Flickr. While maintenance can be a chore, there are some ways to speed things up so you can get back to the more fun features of Flickr.
This chapter will show you some tips and tricks for managing a large collection of photos on Flickr, including editing several photos at once [Hack #35] and downloading a complete list of your photos [Hack #33] . If you have a large collection of photos on Flickr, you’ll find out how to back up your photos [Hack #30] and comments [Hack #31] to your local computer for safekeeping. And if you’ve started a Flickr group, you’ll find out how to extend the management features by creating a maintenance bot [Hack #36] to help you keep the group running smoothly.
A Java application called FlickrBackup can snag copies of all of your Flickr photos so you have local backups.
If you use your computer to upload photos to Flickr, chances are you already have local copies of all of your original images (especially if you follow the instructions in [Hack #4] before sending them). But if you use Flickr to store photos taken with your mobile phone [Hack #6] , the photos at Flickr might be your only copies. In this case, you’ll definitely want to back up your photos once in a while by saving copies of your Flickr photos locally.
You could write your own Flickr ...