One of the great bargains of the past few years comes from Yahoo! Yes, that Yahoo! And, no, it’s not free email, or the Bing search engine inside, or all the free mobile apps Yahoo! publishes these days.
In a word, it’s Flickr, the online photo storage site. Yahoo! owns Flickr and decided to give each Yahoo! user a full terabyte of online storage. Apple’s new Photos app can sync your entire photo library to iCloud Drive for a measly $19.99 a month. Flickr is free. It’s also a pain to use.
Enter F-Stop, the Flickr client app for the Mac. It’s not free, but it’s worth the few bucks because F-Stop is a much easier way to manage your Flickr account than through a browser window. F-Stop looks great and does about everything you want from Flickr.
Photos can be uploaded in batch mode with automatic resizing. You control the metadata (names, descriptions, groups, photosets, tags, content type). There’s even a way to view photos in a continuous scroll, just like the Flickr website.
F-Stop lets you manage multiple accounts, too, and it’s simple to setup and browse Groups, Photosets, Collections, Galleries, and more– all from a Yosemite-friendly Mac app. F-Stop lets you create and manage galleries, upload and view videos, and most of the functions you’d expect in the browser.
Did I mention statistics? F-Stop tracks viewing stats over time, too.
F-Stop also gives you options to share photos on Twitter, update metatarsi, check geotag information on each photo over a map, and customize and search searches. This is a tough act to follow and easily worth the couple of bucks in the price tag for any Mac photographer who loves using Flickr’s free terabyte of storage.