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Flickpad Pro

$4.99 • Shacked Software •

Natural exploration of Flickr photos from you and your friends

I have thousands of photos on Flickr, but I’ve never been a fan of its Web site for looking through my own pictures (in sets or individually) or those of my Flickr contacts. (My contacts are a combination of friends, family, colleagues, and minor celebrities.) FlickPad Pro is a terrific way to explore, allowing me to revisit my own work and browse through others’.

When launched, the app first shows a simulation of a stack of photos, all a bit askew, overlapping one another. This pile is drawn from the most recent photos in both your photostream and those photostreams of your contacts. You can drag photos around to see them better. Holding down on a picture brings it to the top of the stack.

If you flick a photo offscreen, another replaces it. Use two fingers to flick, and all the photos from that contact disappear. (A number of tap and swipe shortcuts are available, neatly laid out when you tap the i button at the top.)

You can also hold down on a picture to take actions: email the photo, mark all that contact’s photos as seen (which removes them from the main page), or hide that contact to prevent his or her photos from appearing without “reactivating” them via the Settings menu.

Double-tap a photo, and the contact’s sets are loaded. Double-tap a set, and the photos are revealed. Tap any photo, and the image fills the screen, showing the caption and date at lower left. At upper right, a star or favorite button lets you mark an image as one you like and see others who did the same. A comments button shows comments and allows you to leave new comments, too. Tap Slideshow and the current set is displayed in sequence.

Flickr Studio

$4.99* • Keeple •

A perfect interface for interacting with Flickr on an iPad

Flickr Studio takes a different and equally valid approach to filtering Flickr photos for viewing on an iPad. Where Flickpad Pro homes in on sets and contacts, Flickr Studio’s focus is more on time and place.

Flickr incorporates quite a bit of information about each photo that’s uploaded to the service, including geographic coordinates if the picture was taken with a camera or mobile phone that embeds that information. You can also add location details from the Flickr Web site for photos that lack latitude and longitude.

Flickr Studio navigates among all this embedded and added information. The app’s home page shows a grid of your photos (after you log in with an account), with callouts showing the dates for each batch. Swipe over photos and hold to see a larger thumbnail; tap to view the picture at full size.

Flickr Studio lets you explore quite readily, too, with tabs for your contacts’ photos, for Flickr’s interesting photos of the day, and for pictures available from institutions that offer images for viewing and describing.

A map mode lets you both explore photos around you or anywhere in the world. If you’re viewing pictures and switch into the map mode—available in several places in the app—tiny thumbnails cluster around where those photos were taken. Tap to view.

Paid Flickr Pro users can view photos at the full stored resolution. Like Flickpad Pro, Flickr Studio doesn’t upload pictures; they’re all about viewing.

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