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Flickr receives major redesign, adds new tools

by Brandon Russell | May 7, 2015May 7, 2015 5:00 pm PST

Flickr, Yahoo’s image hosting site, announced on Thursday that it has more than 112 million registered users, amounting to upward of 11 billion photos uploaded. That’s not Instagram-level popularity, but it’s an impressive figure in its own right, and proves the site has its place among the many different alternatives on the market. But its share of the pie isn’t the biggest news of the day; it also received a major redesign, making the service an even better online destination for your pictures and video.

“We’ve redesigned Flickr and now you can easily and effectively upload, view, organize, edit and share your lifetime of photos and videos across desktop and mobile,” said Tim A. Miller, Head of Engineering, Flickr.

What’s more, the service is also introducing a number of new tools, including Magic View, which can identify the content of your photos and organize them accordingly. For example, if you upload a few hundred of landscapes, portraits and panoramas, Magic View will recognize this and lump them together automatically. No work on your part, making it easier to organize and categorize the photos you have.

Building on Magic View, Flickr is also introducing a new search experience; Flickr now allows users to find photos filtered by color, size, etc. It also says its search is just better overall, so you should have no problem finding pictures of Yosemite or the Grand Canyon.

Additionally, Flickr is making it easier to upload your photos to the service with a new Uploadr for Mac and Windows. As a reminder, Flickr offers 1TB of free storage to every user, so you’ll have more than enough space for all those selfies. If anything, it’ll make for a good backup solution. The apps for iOS and Android have also been updated, making the experience as consistent as possible across different platforms.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...