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Stig Nygaard 8:17pm, 29 August 2015
Flickr Fixr

Flickr Fixr is a multi-feature browser extension to make Flickr more "explorative" and bring back some lost Flickr features in desktop browsers...



You can install Flickr Fixr in Firefox and Chrome compatible browsers:
* Mozilla Firefox Addons
* Google Chrome Web Store
* Microsoft Edge Addons - For the new Chromium version of Edge

Current major features:

1) Always show photos big on photopages



If this feature is enabled, Flickr Fixr will try to upscale photos when current display-versions are too small to fit the available space on a photopage. Also when the original uploaded version of a photo is available (Should always be available when surfing your own photos), Flickr Fixr will use that for best possible quality.

2) Album-teaser column on photographer's photostream.



In one of the big Flickr-updates some years ago, the column to feature a photographer’s albums or collections disappeared and made Flickr less Gallery-like and less inviting for exploration in people's “backlog”. Yes, there’s a link to albums in top-menu, but I don’t think any casual visitor ever sees or open it. The flexibility in album organization is Flickr's strongest asset in my opinion, and I find it kind of tragicomic that Flickr has decided to hide the albums from casual visitors. But Flickr Fixr puts back a column featuring albums on every photographer's photostream. The 10 first albums as sorted in Flickr Organizer are shown in this column.

3) A photographer’s other photos by tag-links.



When hovering the mouse over a photo-tag, Flick Fixr adds an extra direct link to the same photographer's similar tagged photos. Besides saving you a step going through an extra page, Flickr Fixr's tag-hack also works when opening the tag-pages in a new tab/window via right- or ctrl-clicking the tag. Flickr's native way fails when trying to search the same photographer's photos in a new browser tab.

4) Links to album-map and album-comments.



On album pages, Flickr Fixr adds two extra links on the "album header". One link pointing to a map with current album's photos, and another link pointing to an old hidden/forgotten/deprecated page with album comments. In an earlier version of Flickr album-comments was an official feature. It ain't official anymore, but the old comments page still exists and is also a good page for reading or editing long album-descriptions (I for example, have some old album-descriptions that are complete travel descriptions. They don’t fit well in current official album-layout). Of course, if you choose to post new album-comments, changes are nobody ever sees them :-/ …

5) Highlight geotagged photo on associated map + Google Maps link.

Makes sure geoposition of photo is highlighted when following link to Flickr Map from a geotagged photo. Plus, on the photopage for a geotagged photo, also adds a link to show geoposition of photo directly on Google Maps.

6) "On mouse-over" top-pagers for fast and easy navigation.



Are you annoyed by having to scroll to the bottom of photostreams for pagination? Flickr Fixr adds a pagination-bar above the streams for fast and easy navigation. But because the pager-bar sometimes gets pretty wide and might overlap other icons or dropdowns also placed right above the photostream, the top-pager is hidden until you hover your mouse over the center-area right above the photostream. The top-pager is available on photostreams, albums and favorite collections, plus in the new "beta experience" group pools and on the Explore page.

7) Explore Calendar and Recent Uploads

On the Explore page, Flickr Fixr adds a link to the hidden/forgotten Explore Calendar and to a page showing some of the latest uploads to Flickr. A little warning regarding the latest uploads though; Even though Safe Search is always activated on that page, you risk seeing stuff you might have preferred not to see.

8) Extra top menu items

Adds Tags, Collections and Map items to both the user ("You" dropdown) and the photographer menus (menu bar).

9) Extended date & time info on photopages

Via mouseover, show both Taken and Upload dates in detail when available. Taken date will also work as a link to more photos from the same photographer.

10) Show available newsfeeds

When an RSS/Atom newsfeed is detected on a page, an orange feed-icon is added as link to this. The feed-icons are added in upper right corner of pages. Works both on pages on the main flickr.com site and on the blogs on blog.flickr.net and code.flickr.net.


Flickr Fixr has an Option page where you can enable or disable features you like or doesn't like.



I use the Flickr Fixr in Firefox every day myself. More occasionally I also test it on Chrome. But if something stops working, do give me a hint. You might discover it loong time before I see it myself. Also, maybe for some reason your problem doesn't show in my setup. I watch this thread regularly for comments.

I made this multi-feature "thing" very much in frustration over a Flickr design so unilaterally focused on peoples latest uploads only, that it almost makes it feel difficult to explore older photos, and in frustration over Flickr (until recently!) didn't make the 1600px and 2048px wide browsing-sizes available for older photos, making it less interesting to view the "older" photos on larger desktop monitors when you actually stumble upon them.

For mobile platforms, I understand the focus on latest uploads (that's also my primary focus when checking Flickr on my phone), but on the desktop-platform I think it is a stupid restriction. In my opinion Flickr's greatest strengths compared to competitors are the long history and back-catalog of photos and users using the site as a gallery to store and showcase all their photos, and the great flexibility in Flicks's albums to organize and present the photos. Flickr should not hide those strengths (like hiding albums on a secondary page only reachable from a discreet item in the top-menu which nobody opens on other photostreams than their own). Flickr should take advantage of their strengths, emphasize them. That would also make Flickr much more fun for the users. And make Flickr stand out from the competition...

As a "provider" wanting to showcase my photos nicely to the world, friends and family, this browserextension doesn't do much to get rid of my frustrations. Only Flickr can help that. But as a "consumer" of my own and other peoples photos, Flickr Fixr has made Flickr much more fun and "explorative" to use (again) for me. And maybe someone else can also appreciate the work I have put into Flickr Fixr...


(*) A few additional comments regarding the photo upscale feature:
* Currently the script only do up-scaling (and potentially replacement with original) on Photopages in "normal mode" and in "Lightbox mode". It does not touch the "Slideshow mode". Flickr already do up-scaling in slideshows.
* Original photo-uploads can only be used for display when the photographer allows access to them (or when surfing your own photos).
* If the Flickr Fixr detects a photo has been rotated after upload, the original version (which will have original orientation) will not be used as replacement.
* Original photo files can be pretty big (megabytes). On my system it often only takes a second or three to replace with original, but if you are on a slow connection the experience might be less appealing.
* Flickr's zoom-feature does not work as expected on a photopage when Flickr Fixr has up-scaled/replaced the photo. You will probably see zoom-tool's function reversed;-)
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Stig Nygaard Posted 2 years ago. Edited by Stig Nygaard (member) 2 years ago
Currently Stig's Flickr Fixr userscript might not be working for some (or all?) running it via Greasemonkey on Firefox.

It looks like it is a bug in recent version of Greasemonkey, and my current plan is to wait and see if Greasemonkey gets a quick update or some other smart work-around is found:
github.com/greasemonkey/greasemonkey/issues/3035

Meanwhile, if you can't wait for it to get fixed, Flickr Fixr browser extension for Firefox works great. Using Tampermonkey instead of Greasemonkey is also an option, but the browser extension is my recommendation.
Stig Nygaard 2 years ago
Stig Nygaard:
Currently Stig's Flickr Fixr userscript might not be working for some (or all?) running it via Greasemonkey on Firefox.


Greasemonkey 4.9 has just been released. I expect anybody who had problems, will see them fixed as soon as they have upgraded Greasemonkey to latest version.
decembre 2 years ago
I encounter a little problem with the option:
" Show uploads predating March 2012 in big size"
On this shot (only it at this time ), the picture is rotated...

collab. with Alessandra Pace starring Laura Barone

if i disable it , in the extension, all is fine.
But i can't with your userscript version ...
Stig Nygaard Posted 2 years ago. Edited by Stig Nygaard (member) 2 years ago
decembre:
I encounter a little problem with the option:
" Show uploads predating March 2012 in big size"
On this shot (only it at this time ), the picture is rotated...

collab. with Alessandra Pace starring Laura Barone


He! The original is upside down. The photographer must have rotated it after upload. Actually, as far as I remember, I try to detect rotated photos by comparing dimensions of the original with dimensions of the display sizes. And if I detect the photo has been rotated after upload, I don't use the original. However I can only detect 90deg or 270deg rotations (of non-square photos). I cannot detect 180deg rotations (or rotations of square images) this way. So, I'm afraid, nothing really I can do about that special case.

Besides that, you have to have a pretty high resolution screen to see the problem. There are 2048px correctly rotated display version of the photo. Probably when Flickr introduces the promised new display-sizes up to 5K, problem will be solved for you :-)
decembre 2 years ago
Stig Nygaard:
Thanks!
Wohaa, very precise and technical advise for this little bug (only one, on so many shots viewed)
That's noting and i can use your extension and disable this option (seems i don't need it with my userstyles)
decembre Posted 2 years ago. Edited by decembre (member) 2 years ago
I notice something interesting about the favoris.
I don't know how to choose between them but they are 2 style of view.

- Favs justified - with at the end [/?view=ju] or [/]:
www.flickr.com/photos/benedetta_f/favorites/page1/?view=ju
www.flickr.com/photos/benedetta_f/favorites/page1/

- Favs no justified - with no [/] at the end:
www.flickr.com/photos/benedetta_f/favorites/page1

if i add a backslash / at the end of the no justified, i got to the justified view:
www.flickr.com/photos/benedetta_f/favorites/page1/

I don't see in the these favs pages how to change / toggle between.

That about the auto infinite loading which is with the justified view:
I don't appreciate it a lot because the page hang and we don't control where we are.
The no justified view provide a simple pagination more usable for me.

And i appreciate to be able to chose want i want , when i need...


Can you add a button to chose between the both views?
Stig Nygaard Posted 2 years ago. Edited by Stig Nygaard (member) 2 years ago
Psssst, would you like a sneak peak on something new I have been working on lately?...

Back to topic:

I recently did a small update of Flickr Fixr. Not much new, but I'm making it more visible that the Explore Calendar and Album Comments pages is missing after Flickr's big system migration in late May. I still link to these old "legacy pages", because I guess there could be a small change they return, but I don't expect they will. I have done some experiments getting the old album comments from API instead, and it's no problem. But I haven't really found out how to present them yet.

Another little change is that the Flickr Fixr Options Page now supports dark system themes on newer OS'es and browsers (Like on Windows 10 1903+ or MacOS Mojave 10.14+ with Firefox 67+ or Chrome 76+). Not an important new "feature", but I like input on if it is readable with current colors? Should I maybe make the blue font color lighter?

Btw, Firefox users might notice that the flickering introduced back with Firefox 45 more than 3 years ago (Is Flickr Fixr really that old now!? :-) ), finally has been fixed in latest Firefox 68.

decembre, I must admit I don't see much personally need for your suggestion in previous post. But if more people say the would find it handy it, maybe...
decembre 2 years ago
Stig Nygaard:
decembre, I must admit I don't see much personally need for your suggestion in previous post. But if more people say the would find it handy it, maybe...

wait and see!
(You are the lonely dev which actively do something for flickr user: thanks !)
mootant 2 years ago
Stig Nygaard: Thanks a lot for the exif tool. Great work
Stig Nygaard Posted 2 years ago. Edited by Stig Nygaard (member) 2 years ago
decembre:
(You are the lonely dev which actively do something for flickr user: thanks !)


I guess a lot of the userscript developers was "lost" when Flickr made the service into a "single-page application" (SPA) some years ago. That not only broke pretty much all existing usersripts, but also made it somehow harder to get a new userscripts to work. The usual recipe triggering a script to run on "load events", simply didn't work anymore because there's only a single "load event" when you enter Flickr, not for every "page" as you move around on the site.

To trigger "virtual load events", I have created a skeleton which "listen to page changes" from the "hearth" of the SPA instead of depending on traditional "load events". Once you have that set up, you can pretty much re-use "traditional userscript code" for the rest.

I have several times thought about writing a little tutorial on how to set this up (including rewriting my code to make it easier and more elegant), to help other userscript authors to write scripts for Flickr again. But this is not a promise. Most likely I never find the time or energy to do it :-(

However, if any developers are reading, the ultra-short version:

I am setting up a DOM-change listener (MutationObserver) on the permanent DOM-node right above the subtree that changes when you are moving around the site, and depending on what "page" it then sees, it calls the relevant scriptcode for the functionality assigned to that "page".


mootant:
Thanks a lot for the exif tool. Great work


Thanks :-)
decembre 2 years ago
Stig Nygaard:
I have several times thought about writing a little tutorial on how to set this up (including rewriting my code to make it easier and more elegant), to help other userscript authors to write scripts for Flickr again. But this is not a promise. Most likely I never find the time or energy to do it :-(


If you have to much spare time , it should be a good idea:
I always wants to learn more about writing userscript :
But like you " I never find the time or energy to do it"...
But maybe, now i have a lot of time.
decembre Posted 2 years ago. Edited by decembre (member) 2 years ago
Sorry, it was an old request :-)
" restore the old square view for pool (before we can choose it without to be an admin) " is in your todo list ?
i find it more practical to quickly check....
Stig Nygaard 2 years ago
Time for celebration! Flickr has had an update, adding 1600px and 2048px wide display versions for uploads pre-dating March 2012. The lack of these was one of the primary reasons (if not the primary reason) I created Flickr Fixr in the first place.

Exactly what this means for Flickr Fixr I'm currently undecided on. Maybe it means I will disable (effectively remove) the "scaling feature" from userscript-version, and make it disabled by default in the browser extension. Flickr also promises to soon deliver up to 6K display versions, and then this scaling-feature will really start looking obsolete.

Anyway, I have been silent and non-productive for months. I think I needed some serious vacation from my hobby coding projects after releasing the xIFr Beta. But I'm guessing motivation for hobby-coding might return as days gets darker, shorter and colder again :-)
Stig Nygaard Posted 2 years ago. Edited by Stig Nygaard (member) 2 years ago
New version 1.7.1 available now.

A few small updates (and decisions):

1) Despite the introduction of Flickr's new big display sizes (Yeah!), I have decided to both keep the scaling feature and keep it default enabled in Flickr Fixr, because:
- Users with big and high resolution monitors could find it valuable when surfing photos on free Flickr accounts, which are still restricted to max. 2K display size (but might allow access to original in bigger size).

- Some Pro-users don't want to enable the big display sizes in general, but still want to surf their own photos big.
2) Explore Calendar is back! In a weak moment I persuaded a Flickr employee to restore the deprecated/hidden page :-)
3) Error fix for using the original upload in scaling feature (Still, sometimes scaling doesn't activate when expected. Some day I need to take a deeper look at some of Flickr Fixr's oldest and most confusing code).
4) A few general updates to make Flickr Fixr work well with Flickr 2019.


The option to see album comments still hasn't returned, but the count is back (just to make it more frustrating). I still hope to implement some way to show the (old) album comments some day again.

Until this small update, I actually don't think I have done any hobby-coding since beginning of summer. Partly because my interest has been in other stuff, partly because some other things are stealing my time at the moment. So no big changes planned for Flickr Fixr. Hopefully it doesn't require to much maintenance until there's more time.


You can install Flickr Fixr in Firefox and Chrome compatible browsers:
* Mozilla Firefox browser extension
* Google Chrome browser extension
dbrothier 2 years ago
even with few updates, flick fixr remains a great improvment tool, which eases the use of flickr on a daily basis.

Thanks for this !
Denis
Stig Nygaard Posted 2 years ago. Edited by Stig Nygaard (member) 2 years ago
Fixed:
Because of a new site-change on Flickr, Flickr Fixr's scale to big feature will currently often make photos look more blurry than necessary when upscaled. I'm currently working on a fix. Hopefully fix will be out before end of weekend.
In the meantime, if you are annoyed by blurred photos, open Flickr Fixr's Options page and turn off "Always show photos in big size".


New version 1.7.2 is out now fixing the issue. Your browser should update to the new extension shortly...
Stig Nygaard Posted 2 years ago. Edited by Stig Nygaard (member) 2 years ago
v1.8.0: Album comments are back again!

The just (or very soon) released version 1.8.0, makes album comments return. Before the Smugmug migration they where ("secretly") available from both modern "album style" URLs and the classic "sets style" URLs. The album style URLs still doesn't work, but the classic sets type works again. Examples:

www.flickr.com/photos/stignygaard/albums/7215760878425384...
www.flickr.com/photos/stignygaard/sets/72157608784253848/...

Flickr Fixr of course make use of the later to make the comment page available from album-headers, f.ex. on:

www.flickr.com/photos/stignygaard/albums/72157608784253848/

PS. I just see the mouse-over text on speech balloon link still says "Album comments - Sorry, currently not available". I'll fix that another day :-) ...
Stig Nygaard:

Thank you, Stig!
I used to use your "Stig's Flickr Fixr.user.js" script until now (with Tampermonkey) but I missed this update and - obviously - the extension is much easier to handle :)
BTW it works with the latest Opera like charm :)
Stig Nygaard Posted 2 years ago. Edited by Stig Nygaard (member) 2 years ago
Marta "999 Photos" Wojtkowska:

Thanks Marta. Yes, maybe I should put message in the userscript version, so people have a better change to discover the browser extension.
Make sure you check the Options page in the extension, if you haven't found it already. It will give an overview of features and makes it possible to turn off any feature you might not like or need.
And good to hear it works well in Opera too. I rarely test with that.
Stig Nygaard:
the Options page in the extension
I found it instantly :) Thank you!
I use Opera solely for Flickr (OK, I have another instance for another F-named site).
I use several browsers on Windows, all (but Edge, obviously) portable (hence instances) so that scripts, plugins and extensions do not collide on particular sites and I am able to test things before I accept them for regular usage. If you want something to be tested by me (in my way) I can help.
inquisitive glass [deleted] 2 years ago
Hello all.
Thanks go to Stig for a fantastic browser add-on for Firefox, Ive installed it and I love it.
I'm not sure if I have a setting wrong though, but when I click on the Flickr Fixr fresh uploads link on main explore page (right hand side of the screen) I am getting no search results. The message Flickr gives is always, " Oops! There are no matches for your search. Please try broadening your search."
I have tried this in both Chrome and Firefox browsers for a couple of days now so I don't think it's a Browser issue, anyone else with the same problem or is it something else my end that I need to do?
Cheers
Steve
Marta "999 Photos" Wojtkowska Posted 2 years ago. Edited by Marta "999 Photos" Wojtkowska (member) 2 years ago
Steve.Bridgeman.Photography:

Something about current search staleness:
status.flickr.net (Jan 27, 08:29 PST)
It probably shows everywhere...

An update from the staff:
www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157712873660548/7215771...
inquisitive glass [deleted] 2 years ago
Marta "999 Photos" Wojtkowska:

Thanks for the reply, Ive bookmarked the Status page for future reference.
BrianH 1 year ago
Hi Stig. When I installed your Fixr extension for Chrome then tried to add the date that one particular image was taken, Flickr told me this was not possible for Personal photos. Nearly all of my photos are Personal so I prefer to have that option available.

It was again possible to do add the date after I disabled the Extension. Is there any way of turning off that option, if indeed it was down to Flickr Fixr?

Thanks for your help.
Stig Nygaard Posted 1 year ago. Edited by Stig Nygaard (member) 1 year ago
BrianH:
When I installed your Fixr extension for Chrome then tried to add the date that one particular image was taken, Flickr told me this was not possible for Personal photos.


Is it the message saying "Cannot fetch detailed date details on private photos" you are talking about? This has nothing to do with being able or unable to add the date that photo was taken. It should always still be possible to add date taken by clicking the usual edit-icon (right above the message)? Did the message cover the icon?

The message tells you that Flickr Fixr is unable to show date uploaded and date taken with extra precision, like you would see with Flickr Fixr if you hover mouse over date on a public photo.

But to answer your second question anyway, yes it is possible(*) to turn off only the option showing you detailed date/time data. You need to find Flickr Fixr's Options Page. In Chrome you do that either
- by clicking Flickr Fixr's icon ("fr") in browser toolbar and select "Options"
or
- via triple-dot menu -> More tools... -> Extensions -> Flickr Fixr "Details" -> Extension options.
On the Options page, deselect "Extended date & time info on photopages".

But I hope you find out to add date taken without having to disable anything. Let me know if problem continues....

(*) I assume you are using the browser extension and not the userscript version of Flickr Fixr? The Options page is only available in the browser extensions, not the userscript version of Flickr Fixr. I recommend the browser extensions in general. Unless for very special reasons, there's no reason to use the userscript.
BrianH 1 year ago
Thanks for the prompt response. I'll check that out and get back to you.
BrianH 1 year ago
Hi again...

>>>. It should always still be possible to add date taken by clicking the usual edit-icon (right above the message)? Did the message cover the icon?

You're quite right. I had presumed the message was stopping me from editing the date when it was not. It almost covers the icon but not quite.

Thanks very much for you help.
Stig Nygaard Posted 1 year ago. Edited by Stig Nygaard (member) 1 year ago
Flickr seems to have fixed the display of geolocation for photos...


Apparently Flickr site has been updated and finally obsoletes one of Flickr Fixr's oldest features/fixes. At least partially.

Flickr has updated the display of geolocation when opening big map from a photopage of a geotagged photo. Flickr Fixr's map-link feature no more seems necessary to have the photo shown on the big map. But to highlight the dot on map, clicking twice manually (or automatically by Flickr Fixr) on photo in bottom-strip is still needed. The "7-click zoom tweak" I introduced a short while ago also seems to be obsolete now.

Unfortunately this Flickr-update has broken Flickr Fixr's feature of adding a link to show location on Google Maps, so I will have to look at if I can bring that back.

Just before discovering these Flickr map-related changes I had published Flickr Fixr version 1.10.0 which should be on its way out to your browsers now(*) with some small unrelated updates. But I will have to follow up with yet another release to adapt to Flickr's latest map-related changes and hopefully bring back the Google Maps link.

(*) Available from Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome webstores - As of writing it has not yet completed the approval process in MS Edge webstore.


UPDATE: New version 1.10.1 on the way. Already approved by Mozilla in their webstore, and hopefully also soon in Google and Microsoft's.
ChristianMeister Posted 1 year ago. Edited by ChristianMeister (member) 1 year ago
One feature which I can think of which might be worth to implement:
Maybe it is a good ideo to move the comment box up, so it shows above all current comments instead of below. If I am browsing pictures and want to comment on them it is every time really a pain to scroll to the very end of the page to be able to enter my comment.

Beside of this thank you very much for this amazing work making flickr so much more user friendly!
ChristianMeister:

If you press "C" you can rightaway start to type your comment :-)
ChristianMeister Posted 1 year ago. Edited by ChristianMeister (member) 1 year ago
Karsten Gieselmann (off for a few days):

That's right Karsten, but I would like to see the picture during commenting. So that I can respond to everything which comes into my mind when viewing the picture. I would not consider me as the usual commenter who often only writes 2 - 3 words which have nothing to do with the picture itself like most users do.
So having the comment box at the top or even as an overlay etc. would make content sensitive commenting much more easier.
Karsten Gieselmann Posted 1 year ago. Edited by Karsten Gieselmann (member) 1 year ago
ChristianMeister:

That makes absolute sense, and I support your suggestion 👍
Just wondering if this is a feasible change for Fixr...
Stig Nygaard 1 year ago
Hi ChristianMeister:

Thanks for the suggestion. I'm not sure I would use such option myself, but I see the point and actually it might not be so difficult to implement. I will take a look at it, and if it easy to add such an option, I will probably do it.
gigi4791 1 year ago
Hi, I like to see picture slideshows on Flickr full screen with the option to turn on titles and description. Can your extension include this feature? Thank you for being so passionate about Flickr!
Jef Poskanzer 4 months ago
Just learned about this from Thomas Hawk on Twitter. Very nice!

One tweak I've wanted is to add two more zoom levels to Flickr's maps. This should just be a matter of finding the initialization call and changing maxZoom from 17 to 19. Or does it already do that?
Stig Nygaard Posted 3 months ago. Edited by Stig Nygaard (member) 3 months ago
Jef Poskanzer:

Hi Jef
Thanks for comment and suggestion. Slow answer from here, but my head has been busy with other stuff.
Your wish is noted, but unfortunately I don't think it is possible [for me] to change maxZoom.
Morgana Hilra 2 months ago
I need something to help us, close groups. Removing one person at a time is annoying.
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