Flickr Drive Shell is a free plugin for Windows Explorer that allows you to add a user's Flickr storage space to it directly.
Just a few days ago we reviewed the Windows Explorer plugin Windows Live Skydrive Explorer which allows Windows Live users to access Skydrive files in Windows Explorer directly. The plugin made it more comfortable to work with the files that were hosted at Microsoft's online storage service.
Flickr Drive Shell is a similar plugin for Windows Explorer which can display the photos hosted on the Flickr photo hosting service. The program will display a new Flickr Drive icon in the My Computer window in Windows Explorer. Please note that the program is compatible with Windows Vista and newer versions of Windows.
The service needs authentication of a user account. This is done by entering the username of the Flickr account in the popup window that opens when you start the program. This redirects you to the Flickr website where you are asked to complete the authentication process so that the desktop program may access the contents of the account and make it available directly on the desktop.
Flickr Drive works like any other drive after a successful authorization. It provides access to the private photos of the user, and access to the two public folders Today's hot tags and Today's hot photos.
The photos are displayed as thumbnail images in Windows Explorer with options to interact with the photos that are displayed. This includes copying, printing and viewing photos, moving them, or even editing them in the default Windows image editor.
Photos can be easily copied to the associated Flickr user account which can then be accessed from the Flickr website normally. This is actually a very comfortable way of adding files to Flickr. Flickr Drive Shell is available as an executable and source code at the developer's website. The program is compatible with Windows Vista and newer versions of the Windows operating system.
Update: Please note that the program has not been updated since 2009. It appears that it has been abandoned by its author. This means that it may stop working at one point in the future, for instance when Flickr or Yahoo make changes to the authentication process.
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