New Feature: Easy Flickr Thumbnails

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PostPosted: February 2, 2006 12:37 PM 

I have noticed that many people have started to use Flickr to store their Mars photos. Flickr is a great tool, and I have created a plugin that will make it easily to post thumbnail links of your photos stored in Flickr.

To post a linked thumbnail of a Flickr photo, simply copy and paste the URL of the Flickr photo page into your message. The Flickr photo page is the page on Flickr that displays a single photo. These page have URLs that look like the following:


(Note: when you paste the URL into a message, there should not be a space after the http:// - I have used a space above to prevent the URL from being converted to a thumbnail, so I can illustrate what these URLs look like. )

Here is the above example as a Flickr thumbnail:

Note that these are 'real' thumbnails, not re-sized images. The thumbnails are linked directly to the original size version of the image on Flickr. These linked images will open in a new window.

This feature makes use of the Flickr API. It took me a while to figure it out, but eventually I did. Wink

Please reply with any questions, comments, suggestions, or if you find something broken.


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PostPosted: February 2, 2006 2:41 PM 

Thanks Mark! Great feature!

I will still use the flickr code to link to a page that allows viewing different sizes.

There are still individuals interested in Mars that don't have a fast web connection, and directly linking to some of the originals ( especially the 10 MB panoramas!) would deprive them of the option of viewing the smaller versions automatically generated by Flickr.

Mark Carey

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PostPosted: February 2, 2006 3:08 PM 

Thanks for the feedback. I think the plugin may actually prevent you from doing that. It will likely see your url to the flickr page and try to create a thumbnail out if it -- which would screw everything up.

Here is a test:

">link to flickr photo page

If this doesn't work, I will need to make some tweaks.

Alternative the plugin could be changed to always link to the Flickr photo page instead of the orginal. I would be very interested in what people think of that idea.

Mark Carey

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PostPosted: February 2, 2006 3:11 PM 

As I suspected, it didn't work...


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PostPosted: February 2, 2006 3:36 PM 

Yes, doesn't work.

See reply 7 of Another Oppy MI Problem.

Might I suggest that your code keep it's nose out of well formed link ( A ) and img ( IMG ) tags?


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PostPosted: February 2, 2006 3:39 PM 


I just noted that your plugin has destroyed existing links and images!!!

Turn the $&$*ing plugin OFF!

Mark Carey

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PostPosted: February 2, 2006 4:28 PM 

Okay, the code should now ignore any Flickr page URL that is preceded by a " (double-quote), ' (single-quote), or = (equal sign). This should prevent it from messing with well formed HTML links.

I also fixed that Oppy MI thread. Please let me know if there are any others that need to be fixed...


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PostPosted: February 2, 2006 4:30 PM 

Looks OK now.


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PostPosted: February 3, 2006 2:50 AM 

Please, let's not set up another monopoly.

(the useful page I want to link you to is behind the advertisement one)

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