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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Original Images in Flickr

I hope bloggers who have pictures on flickr (www.flickr.com) find this 'Interesting'.
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Flickr by default reduces the sizes of images to standard sizes (small, medium ). The images with the medium size are the ones that get linked to your blogs.

However, the site does keep the original copy of the image in its database. This blog details a way (a soon to be obsolete one, if someone at flickr reads this ) to access the original image.

For example, my picture on flickr is:
photo Id no - 236393

Original image: - www.flickr.com/photos/236393_o.jpg
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Original Log changed here ... see end of this log for more details !!
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Medium image - www.flickr.com/photos/236393_m.jpg


Small image - www.flickr.com/photos/236393_s.jpg



The site is still beta, and i do expect the guys @ flickr to fix this (Ie, make only the medium image accessible online). Maybe i am supposed to tell them about this, but i think its better if they read my blog and make it popular :-)

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Note added on 10th December 2004

The guys @ Flickr seems to have found out about the original images. Now, they append a randomly generated number to the filename. They do this to all the files (original, medium and small ) but i assume that, for the medium and small figures, they link the existing path to the new ones to provide 'backward compatibility'.

Catch is, they use the same random number for all the three figures !!

So, I do the following:
  • Go to www.flickr.com/photos/236393_m.jpg
  • The site gets linked to http://photos1.flickr.com/236393_1fb3a622c4_m.jpg
  • The original filename is http://photos1.flickr.com/236393_1fb3a622c4_o.jpg


Ta daa !!!

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