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Flickr's photo page redesign now live for all

Five weeks ago Flickr released a new faster and larger version of its photo pages as an opt-in beta to its users, with the intent of bringing it to everyone. That day has arrived.

The new Flickr
Screenshot by Josh Lowensohn/CNET

Flickr's redesigned homepage, which increased the size of photos as well as moving and highlighting several of the service's features, is now live to all users.

The new look was launched as an opt-in beta back in late June. Back then, Matthew Rothenberg who is Flickr's head of product, told CNET that the plan was to roll it out to everyone after a month of testing. Just a week late on that estimate, the company now says it's been released to 100 percent of users as the default style.

According to a post on Flickr's company blog, some 800,000 Flickr members opted in to try out the new look. Based on the five weeks of beta, the company has made only one minor change to the pages based off user feedback, which was to link to a photo's EXIF data more prominently.

Meanwhile, users on Flickr's forums have been clamoring for ways to hide the embedded maps that show where photos were taken, a return to the older tagging style, and a drop down actions menu that requires less clicking. Those three interface changes were introduced to optimize the space around the photos, which were made nearly 30 percent larger.

Beyond the new look, the real effort of redesigning the photo pages was to make the site run leaner. Back in June, Rothenberg explained that the new pages loaded 50 percent faster, and had a smaller footprint--something that could be less taxing on the site's infrastructure. Flickr made no mention of how that change impacted resources during the beta, though it might have some more interesting data to share now that all is users will be seeing the same thing.