Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Flickr's window sized image called 'Liquid'

Images now expand on larger monitors. For the first time in several years, Flickr has revised its image viewing pages. ’Liquid Design’ which is Flickr is calling, uses the largest image it can to fit your browser window, without ever up scaling. This was the long awaited feature. This combines with the latest version of 'lightbox' which shows your images as large as it can on the whole screen. Further details on the liquid layout note that the biggest photo size will be based on your browser window, how the title and the sidebar will remain visible without having to scroll landscape and perhaps most important — there will not be any up scaling of images. Additionally, Flickr noted that they will try to avoid down sampling “as much as possible.”  Unfortunately, best results only come for images uploaded since March 1st 2012, for which 1600 and 2048 pixel versions will have been generated.

The launch comes just as tech blog Gizmodo published a scathing criticism of Yahoo's ownership of the company. And, while the move doesn't address many of the article's concerns, it does at least make pictures look good on Flickr - for so long an obtrusive oversight for a dedicated photography site.
That all being said, with the recent changes that we have seen, I am starting to have second thoughts about having a Flickr Pro account. You see, I was a long time Pro user, right from the beginning, but sometime back I let the account lapse and just never felt the need to go Pro again. These new additions are starting to make me question that judgment. I just may have to re-Pro, but maybe for a few months before making a full year long obligation.

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