If you want to download the full sized images at Flikr you soon notice that this involves clicking your way through quite a few pages before you can finally do so. Many Flikr images are protected by a transparent image called spaceball.gif which is used as rudimentary means of protection. It is therefor not easy and comfortable to download Flikr images from the image host.
Enter Flickr Original. A currently experimental Firefox add-on that takes lots of the burden away from the process. It basically provides the means to download Flickr images by right-clicking on a thumbnail. If you visit Flickr you notice that thumbnails are located on the first page that you visit if you perform a search or browse images.
All that needs to be done is to right-click a thumbnail on Flickr and select the Download Original Flickr Image option in the context menu. A download dialog will open with the choice to save the full sized image on the computer's hard drive. If multiple versions of the image are available then the largest image will be downloaded.
The second available option is to view the full sized image immediately on Flickr. The add-on is not working on all Flickr images. Images with disabled downloads and the flag " all rights reserved" cannot be download this way. A error message will appear telling the user that the image is not available for download.
The original add-on to download photos posted on Flickr to the local computer has not been updated for a while. Since it is also not listed on Mozilla's official Firefox Add-ons repository, we recommend you use the Flickr Original add-on instead for the browser which offers the same functionality as the original add-on. In fact, it is even using the same context menu items that the other add-on used.Advertisement
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