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We’ve covered lots of neat Adobe AIR applications here before, but I found a new one lately that just blew my socks off. This new Adobe AIR application is sure to excite the photo lover in anyone!

DestroyFlickr is a new application that was built for beauty and functionality. DestroyFlickr does its magic by giving you a whole new way of exploring Flickr images. The user interface is absolutely beautiful, with its dark neutral backgrounds, you can view pictures in a new amazing way.

Getting Started

First off, you’ll have to download DestroyFlickr (& Adobe AIR if you don’t already have it).

Of course the first time you launch DestroyFlickr, Flickr requires you to authenticate this program with your account. Once you agree that you trust the application, you’ll be taken to a success page and DestroyFlickr is awaiting your response. Just login at that point and you’ll be rockin’.

One note: You have to have two settings turned to “No” in your Flickr account. On the Privacy & Permissions area of your settings page, you have to have “Hide your stuff from public searches” and “Hide your profile from public searches” turned to “No”.

User Menu

You can use the personalized user menu to view the current user’s photos as well as their contacts and the ever popular Flickr Interestingness photos.

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The “interestingness” factor is one worth mentioning. Flickr constantly goes through looking at photos to determine this factor. Things like where the clicks are coming from, who comments and when, its tags, who marks it as a favorite, etc. This makes for a very interesting view of photos out in the Flickr world. Yahoo! has even filed for a patent on this.

Landing Page

When we open up our profile page, we see a page like this which loads up a few of our recent photos as well as recent photos from contacts.

Where the fun begins

While browsing through your lists of photos, you can easily see a close-up by hovering over the images. This makes it very easy to see a slightly larger view of the photos before clicking on the actual photo. Believe me, you can spend hours browsing through all of the photos you can find.

It wouldn’t be great if you couldn’t search. DestroyFlickr gives you the ability to search all of Flickr for a specific term or you can search just the particular user profile you’re viewing at the time. This makes it easy to find that one picture from your friend that’s buried deep in his Flickr photostream or any relevant Flickr tag you’re looking for.

Once you find one you would like to see, click on it. You’ll see a small loading screen while DestroyFlickr pulls all the data down, and bam…there you have it.

Zoomed in photos look great. You’ve got all the data right there at your finger tips. You can see everything about the image. All the EXIF information is pulled down making the photo speak for itself. You can see when it was taken, what type of camera, exposure, aperture, etc…

DestroyFlickr is great in another way too…the ability to leave Flickr comments right there on the photo. Since you’re already logged into Flickr, just click “Post a comment” and you’re ready to leave your mark. You can also add this photo to your favorites in Flickr.

Download & Upload

Another amazing feature of this application is that you’re able to download the largest photo automatically just by dragging the thumbnail into your “Downloads” box. It’ll prompt you where you want it, and just like that, you’ve got it.
This makes it extremely simply to download numerous images for your personal collection or use.

So you want to upload some Flickr photos now? Not a problem, DestroyFlickr is here for you. You can either add files by clicking “Add” or just drag-n-drop them into the window. DestroyFlickr then starts queueing your new photos to be added to your Flickr photostream. Just click “Submit” when finished, and DestroyFlickr will upload for you.

Overall, I’ve been quite thrilled with this application. Its good looks and ease of use make it a staple application for anyone who loves the Flickr world of photos and the ease of Adobe AIR apps.

Do you agree? Let us know in the comments.

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