A must for every Flickr Linux user.
For those that use Flckr, it’s always easiest when you have a simple tool that allows quick and painless file uploading. Although logging onto the web site and using the built-in Flickr uploader isn’t difficult, when you have a number of images, or when you upload frequently, this can be a real hassle. So having a stand-alone tool for this purpose is always nice. There are plenty of these tools for the Windows desktop. But what about Linux? You bet there are. There are Flickr uploaders for KDE for GNOME and everything in between.
In this article I am going to introduce you to the GNOME Flickr uploader Postr. It’s simple to install and simple to use.
Postr offers some fairly straight-forward features such as:
- Simple user interface.
- Common attributes for photos.
- Nautilus integration.
- Session management.
Installation is simple, thanks to the fact that Postr is located in your standard repositories. Just follow these directions:
- Open up your Add/Remove Software tool (such as Synaptic, Ubuntu Software Center, Packagekit, etc).
- Search for “postr” (no quotes).
- Mark Postr for installation.
- Click Apply to install.
That’s it! You are ready to set up Postr.
Linking to your account
This of course assumes you already have a Flickr account. To open Postr click on Applications > Graphics > Flickr Uploader and Postr will open. When you first run Postr a small window will appear with a link asking you to Login to Flickr. Click that link and your web browser will open to the Flickr login page. You have to walk through a couple of steps on that page. If you do not finish the authorization steps on the Flickr site Postr will not gain access and will return an error 108. Once you have done that click the Continue button on the Postr window. You will know you have successfully linked to your Flickr account when the Upload button on Postr is no longer grayed out.
Adding and uploading photos
This is very simple. To add and upload photos follow these steps:
- Click the “+” symbol (see Figure 1).
- Navigate to the directory housing your photos.
- Select the photo(s) you want to upload (use the <Ctrl> button to add multiple photos).
- Click Open.
- Click the Upload button.
Your photos will then upload to your Flickr account.
There are, of course, other methods of uploading to Flickr. Thanks to Postr’s Nautilus integration you can also upload like this:
- Open up Nautilus.
- Navigate to the location of your photos.
- Right click a photo you want to upload.
- Select Upload to Flickr.
- When Postr opens click the Upload button.
You can of course add information to your photos before you upload them. You can also add photos to sets, send them to groups, and set privacy settings from within Postr. NOTE: You can not create sets from within Postr. You will have to create those on your Flickr page. Once you have sets created, you can then add photos to the sets before you upload them.
If you are a frequent Flickr user, you should do yourself a favor and start using Postr. It’s simple to use and will save you time.
Inkscape is a well-known, full-featured vector graphics editor application for Linux. It has a main goal of becoming a powerful graphics tool while being fully compliant with the XML, SVG, and CSS standards. One of the prime concerns of the Inkscape project is interface consistency and usability. This involves efforts to follow the GNOME Human interface guidelines, universal keyboard accessibility, and convenient on-canvas editing. Inkscape has achieved important advancement in usability since the project started.
Xara Xtreme (Linux Edition)
Xara Xtreme was originally developed for Windows but an open source version was later released for Linux. Xara Xtreme is known for its usability and fast rendering. It is also notable for being among the first vector graphics software applications to provide a fully anti-aliased display, advanced gradient fill, and transparency tools, features now common to many vector graphics editors. With interface almost identical to that of Inkscape and CorelDRAW, Xara Xtreme is considered to be quite easy to learn.
OpenOffice.org Draw is a powerful graphics package that is part of the OpenOffice.org office suite. It features “connectors” between shapes, which are available in a range of line styles and facilitate building drawings such as flowchart. Currently, OpenOffice.org Draw officially supports exporting to SVG format, though with some limitations to be resolved. It is anticipated that as SVG and SVG filters evolve, users will be able to use Draw to edit the large-scale collection of SVG samples from Open Clip Art Library.
Skencil is a unique drawing application in the sense that it is implemented almost completely in Python, a very high-level, object oriented, interpreted programming language, with the rest written in C for speed. In addition to the standard features (rectangles, ellipses, curves, text etc.) that you can expect from a vector graphics editor, Skencil also has some more advanced attributes like the possibility to bend text along a path.
From its project website, sK1 is described as an open-source illustration program that can substitute proprietary software like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. It supports professional publishing features like CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and press-ready PDF output. It also has CorelDRAW formats importers and tabbed multi-document interface. sK1 is a fork of Skencil and was started by a small team of Ukrainian professionals.
Karbon14 (formerly known as Kontour) is part of the KDE office suite (KOffice). The name is a play on KDE and the radioactive isotope Carbon-14. Karbon14 boasts a user interface that is easy-to-use, highly customizable and extensible. It is also loaded with great features making it ideal for anyone who wants to create clipart, logos, illustrations or photorealistic vector images.
Xfig is an interactive drawing tool that runs under the X Window System. In xfig, figures may be drawn using objects such as circles, boxes, lines, spline curves, text, etc. It is also possible to import images in formats such as GIF, JPEG, EPSF (PostScript), and many others. Xfig saves figures in its native Fig format, but they may be converted into various formats.
Looks like this will be useful, easier than doing it in PS yourself 🙂
Tilt-shift time lapse videos by Keith Loutit were recently featured all over the Internet, inspiring others to figure out how to achieve the effect in their own photos. You could Google a step-by-step tutorial, or you could save yourself the trouble and use Tiltshiftmaker.
Pop a photo into Tiltshiftmaker, move the sliders around to choose the area you want to focus on, and that’s all there is to it. It seems to work best with photos that are shot from above and from a distance. If you need some inspiration, there’s also Tiltshiftmaker’s gallery you can check out and add your own photos to.
Things you can do from here:
Namexif™ is a tool to automatically rename photos with the date they were shot.
Digital cameras have their own clock and record the date to each photos with a precision of a second. Since the date and time is recorded for each photos (provided it is an EXIF compliant digital camera), Namexif™ is able to rename these photos according to the date.
# Doing so will: make chronological order same as alphabetical one,
# set a unique name to your photos
Sort your photos in multiple albums, pick a template and click on the Publish button. PhotoOnWeb will resize the photos, build the web site and publish a photo web album. You can host the pictures yourself with your own ISP web space by FTP or create an account on VSO’s server. No computer programming knowledge is required, HTML editing can be used for custom albums.
The navigation in the online gallery is so easy you can browse through the pictures with the keyboard or mouse using your current web browser. Using Flash technology, you can use the full screen of your display to enjoy the details of the pictures: elegant and professional look and feel.