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DestroyFlickr breathes AIR into Flickr

Put a pretty coat of paint on Flickr with DestroyFlickr, a gorgeous AIR app that enables users to view photos on a virtual canvas.

The vast majority of Adobe AIR apps we've seen thus far have been heavy on the eye candy, so what's a better service to give the treatment than Flickr? It's a decidedly simplistic site with jaw-dropping photos uploaded by its users. Some might be looking for a little more though, which is where DestroyFlickr comes in.

The small downloadable AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) application, which is a semifinalist in this year's Adobe Design Achievement Awards, lets you plug into your Flickr account and view photos on a virtual canvas. Once it's pulled in thumbnails, it doesn't need to do it again (unlike Flickr's own site). This means if you're going through a bevy of photos (like in a contact's photo stream) you'll only have to grab that data once. Also, each task offered by the app is kept in a separate compartment, called a "workspace." Once that's been loaded it exists like an open browser tab, letting you zip back and forth between various tasks or albums.

In addition to its photo viewer is a drag-and-drop uploader for when it comes time to give something back. You can simply grab a shot or an entire album from your computer and drag it over. While it's not as comprehensive as Flickr's own uploader, it'll get the job done quickly. I still think with Flickr's recent improvements to its Web uploader, you're better off using that if only for its post-upload editing tools.

DestroyFlickr is not without its quirks. For instance, the app requires you to manually refresh each page to see any changes, even after you upload new shots from it. Also, the refresh option is tucked away in a submenu and the same goes for any sort of back or undo button which I think will confuse novice users. Regardless, if you're looking for a really fun and engaging way to view Flickr photos outside of your browser this is an excellent alternative to browser plug-ins like Piclens.

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