Pictobrowser : Another Way to Share Your Flickr Photos

Pictobrowser — Here’s an easy way to add an elegant slideshow of your Flickr photographs to your blog or website. It’s a great way to share a group of images of a particular subject or event, and it makes it easy for people to browse through them without switching back and forth between your website and Flickr.

Setting one of these up is actually much easier than setting up a badge on the Flickr website — you just click on the Pictobrowser link, enter your Flickr screen name, choose your images by selecting a set or group or tag, and you’ll get the code you need to copy and paste into your blog or website. There are lots of options for customizing the way these slideshows look.

There are several key differences between these slideshows and Flickr’s badges, and you may have reasons for preferring one over the other, or you may use both for different purposes.

Here are some of the key differences:

  • Pictobrowser uses Flash and Flickr badges use Javascript. Both are widely supported, but either could present accessibility or compatibility issues for some of your users.
  • Pictobrowser slideshows are more self-contained, and although they do show the link to the image on Flickr, clicking on the images doesn’t take the user to the Flickr photo page, and users will tend to stay on your site rather than visiting your Flickr account. This can be an advantage or disadvantage. (You may want to add a link to your Flickr set or tag directly over or under the slideshow.)
  • Flickr badges have the option of letting you specify the number of images to display, while Pictobrowser will display all of the images in a set or with the specified tag. This is because Pictobrowser is creating a paged display rather than a flat strip of images. Flickr badges can also display the most recent images from a set, or a random assortment, while the Pictobrowser displays the images in the order that they have been arranged within a set.

Pictobrowser — Set your up your own slideshow in three easy step. You can also set one of these up by clicking on the link at the bottom of any Pictobrowser slideshow, including this sample I made using a set of old library postcards:

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