Flickr’s New Update and Viewing Images

Flickr launched it’s redesign earlier this month and it broke something I use a lot, the ability to reverse search images via Google. Usually I could just right click and “Search Google for this image”, but no longer is that available. There’s a work around, but its not as quick as it used to be. This method can be used for hotlinking, but bear in mind that’s against Flickr’s T&C.

Open the image you wish to view and open the download photo option. Next click and drag the box with the image size you want and drop it on the tab bar, in my case I clicked and dragged the original box. Next you will need to cancel the download.

Flickr_download

 

After you’ve cancelled the download look at the URL in the address bar. Take a look at the URL of my image below:

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8057/8157532508_802e299631_o_d.jpg

Notice the _o_d at the end? The _o is for Original and the _d is for the download. If you remove the _d and press enter you’ll see your image allowing you to hotlink, or simply search Google for this image.

Searching for your images via Google will allow you to find any stolen images, e.g. people passing it off as their own, or cropped out watermarks.

I hope you found this helpful.

 

 

Extended

Given this method takes too much time if you’d like to search multiple images at one, there’s a relatively fast way of do that. The idea is to create a html file with all the images in and bringing back the right click functionality. But first you’ll need to download all of the image files from your Flickr, the best way I’ve found is by using Bulkr. Once you have all of the files, download Bulk Rename Utility and navigate to your image folder (most likely Local Disk>Users>USERNAME>Desktop>Bulkr). Using Bulk Rename Utility we have to edit the Remove and Numbering settings, use the settings below to list images in number order.

Bulk

Next click in the upper part of the window and press Ctrl+Alt to select all images and click the Rename button in the bottom right. Now that you have all images renamed in number order you can save this file as a html document and place it in the image folder.  To save the txt file just press Ctrl+S and make sure it looks like the following:

File name: Image.html
 Save as type: All Files

Once that’s saved into your Bulkr/image folder go ahead and open the Image.html file and then you will see your images. Feel free to add or takeaway any numbers, right now its up 360 images, but you can easily add more by copy and pasting some of the existing code.

<img src="X.jpg">

This method is probably the most convenient way right now to have the ability to right click and search Google for multiple images quickly.

My Top 10 Games I’ve Played This Year – 2013

I’m usually pretty late at playing games, so this list will be a mix of new and older games that I’ve played this year. There’s not really an order, but the ones closer to the top remain fresh in my memory.

 

Far Cry 3 (PC)

First up its Far Cry 3, I’ve not really played any of the Far Cry series before. Well tell a lie, I played Far Cry 2 for about 5 minutes on the Xbox 360 and hated it. I picked up the third installment during a sale not expecting to like it much, but was really surprised when I looked at my clock and I’d been playing it for about 8 hours straight. I quite like the hunting and the assassin side missions, I did most of them before I completed the story so I could unlock the special weapons and things like the upgraded wallet. I don’t usually like developers releasing a shit ton of DLC, but it would be nice to get rid of that $10k in my wallet.

Lego Marvel Super Heros (PC)

I’ve owned this game a few days, and I love it. I’ve played most if not all of the Lego games before. But this is my favorite film related one, my favourite lego game being either Lego Rock Raiders, or Lego Racers 2. I’m a Marvel fan, I grew up watching X-Men, Spider-Man among other Marvel favourites, so I was expecting to like this game. I love all the little details, the cool animations when the characters transform and the humour is amazing as usual. I’ve enjoyed it so far, more than the Star Wars series of Lego games and I love Star Wars. The open world of Lego Marvel Super Heros just makes it the super hero game that everyones been asking for.

Euro Truck Simulator 2 (PC)

First of all I’m not entirely sure why I like this game as much as I do. I’ve found myself wanting to put up little scented trees around my desk for that “realistic experience”. I enjoy racing games but it wasn’t until I got Euro Truck Simulator 2 I bought a steering wheel for my computer. At the time of writing this I’ve spent 51 hours trying not to crash, 51 hours of learning to drive, 51 hours of delivering virtual goods, 51 hours trying to remember where the best fuel prices are, 51 hours trying to remember if I’m on the correct side of the road, 51 hours creating my perfect big purple truck, 51 hours…

Just Cause 2: Multiplayer Mod (PC)

I know its not a game its a mod, but it’s still stupidly fun! Spawning the largest aircraft and hoping to keep it in flight, zooming around in sports cars with people attached to your roof, among other things. Anything Just Cause 2 can do, JC2: MP can do better! The only let down to the game is that it’s attracted a mass amount of racist and homophobic people using the chat function which ruins the game a bit for me.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PC)

I quite like this, its like free money after you’ve bought the game. Team Fortress 2 as lost its fun due to the people who just buy to win. Unlike CS:GO where the weapon doesn’t actually change, I find it’s a better model. I don’t understand the whole “Ooo there’s an almost unique skin that about 19 people at once can see, I better pay £20+ for it.” mentality. I guess that’s good for those who just sell the skins to buy more games like myself. Its a good game, but I feel the sound is a bit off. Judging where people are can be harder compared to the older Counter Strike games.

Cybermorph (Jaguar)

Received an Atari Jaguar earlier this year with two games, Doom and Cybermorph. I’m going to compare it to Star Fox due it similar graphics without the rails. It’s like Star Fox meets Star Wars: Rogue Squadron made in ’93. It’s a fun, challenging and it’s definitely worth a play if you have access to a Jaguar.

 

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PC)

This game shocked me, I wasn’t expecting to have so much fun while playing this. I found myself enjoying it more than most of the Mario Kart games I’ve ever played, and I grew up as a Nintendo Kid. The switch between kart, aircraft and boats is amazing, and the small learning curve makes it a perfect pick up and play game when you’re friends are around. I couldn’t recommend this game enough.

Animal Crossing (3DS)

Another game series  that people were and are raving about that I’ve never played until this one. It’s like a Facebook game in your pocket. Unlike Facebook, it’s real… I found myself feeling sad when one of my villagers moved away, now I just hope and play pretty much everyday just so I get to keep my little friends who live inside my 3DS .

 

Pokémon X (3DS)

The Pokémon games have been the games that pretty much everyone my age have played. I own X, which I’ve not come across that many people via Streepass playing. Not sure why that is, Xerneas is definitely cooler! The story it good, and I love the new features such as Wonder Trade and the ability to take picture, even if its just in selected spots. But I feel if you play as a male you don’t get much choice of clothing, but then again I hardly wear anything different in real life.

 

Tennnes (PC)

This is a game I don’t actually own, I played it at a friends house earlier this year. The controls were a little different most games, the controls kinda reminded me of Warlords (Atari 2600), but lacking the ability the hold the squa.. I mean the ball. Great game which I really hope that they release one day so I can own it.