Downloadr Help

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Downloading & Copyright

Please note that you can only download photos that meet one of the following criteria:

  1. You uploaded the photo yourself
  2. The photo is in the public domain
  3. There is no known copyright for the photo
  4. The photo is available under a Creative Commons license
  5. The owner has explicitly allowed downloads

That you can download a picture still does not allow you to do whatever you want with it. If you want to use an image personally or commercially, make sure to abide the licenses. If in doubt, contact the owner on Flickr.

In Downloadr photos that can not be downloaded are marked in several ways:

  1. The owner's name will have a © in front of it
  2. If you select only one photo, the download button will be disabled
  3. It is explicitly stated in the information window (⌘I on Snow Leopard, Double Click on Lion)
  4. No matter what you do, Downloadr will not download them

Updates

Once you bought Downloadr you will automatically receive updated through the Mac App Store. All updates are free. Should you encounter an error when installing the update (could not move file … to folder …), follow these steps:

  1. Quit the Mac App Store if it's running.
  2. Open Launchpad, hold down the Option key (the icons will start wiggeling) and click the little X on Downloadr's icon. This will delete Downloadr. Don't worry, your settings are save.
  3. Open the Mac App Store and switch to Purchases.
  4. Find Downloadr in the list and click the install button next to it.

Cache

To ease the burden on Flickr's servers, Downloadr tries to cache as many results as possible. This also helps to make the interface more responsive and show the right results more quickly.

This cache can get very large (about 115 KB per preview image) after you have used Downloadr for some time, so you should clear the cache from time to time - especially if you're running low on disc space. To clean the cache just hold down the Option key (⌥) while starting Downloadr or click here. The launch may take a tad longer than usual, depending on the size of the cache and the speed of your computer.

If you are using Time Machine, don't worry: Downloadr makes sure that its cache folder is not backed up and therefore does not litter your backup drive.

Location based searches

Since version 1.8 Downloadr can try to determine your current location and show photos taken nearby. This uses the Core Location framework provided by Mac OS X. Your current location can be determined trough your IP address, nearby WiFi networks or a GPS receiver.

If none of this works, you will receive an message. In this case location based searches are not available on your current hardware and/or location. If you use a MacBook, try to move it to a spot where you receive as many WiFi networks as possible. Otherwise you will need to enter your location by hand.

Special search operators

Special operators allow you to use features of the Flickr API that Downloadr does not offer through its interface.

filter:contacts

Search only your contacts' photos. This must be combined with at least one additional search parameter (i.e. any word). filter:contacts snow will search for photos of snow, taken by Flickr users in your contact list.

filter:friends

Search only your friend's and family's photos. This must be combined with at least one additional search parameter (i.e. any word). filter:friends snow will search for photos of snow, taken by Flickr users in your contact list that you marked as friend or family.

tag:(tag)

Searches for photos that have been tagged with tag, tag:dog gives you all the photos tagged with "dog". If you specify more then one of these, only photos that match all tags are returned: tag:dog tag:cat returns photos that are tagged with "cat" and "dog". This can can be combined with other operators.

photoset:(id)

Opens the corresponding photoset. You can not use this operator with any other search options. You can get the photoset id from the URL of a photoset on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/janten/sets/ 72157623869344642/. The bold part is your id, in this case 72157623869344642. Alternatively, just paste the whole URL into Downloadr's search field.

explore:(date)

Displays the most interesting photos for the given date. Note that this may not always be available for all dates, especially today and yesterday. The format is YYYY-MM-DD, so a valid date looks like this: 2010-01-24.

user:nsid

Limit your search to photos uploaded by the user specified through the given nsid. This option can be used with additional search parameters. user:27117465@N00 shows all of my photos, user:27117465@N00 Lego only those I've tagged with "Lego". user:me shows your own photos if you are an authenticated user.

favorites:nsid

Display the favorite images of a specific user, identified through his nsid or username. Getting the nsid for a user manually can be cumbersome, but a very easy to use online tool is available here. Using this you can find any Flickr user's nsid by his photostream URL. In my case (username "janten"), the nsid is 27117465@N00.

group:(id)

Limit your search to photos in the group pool specified by id. The easiest way to obtain the id for a specific group is by using this online tool. This option can be used with additional search parameters. group:51035612836@N01 shows all photos in the Flickr API group pool, group:51035612836@N01 mac only those tagged with "mac". Finally, group:51035612836@N01 user:27117465@N00 shows all of my photos in this group. Just like with photosets you can also just paste the complete URL to a group pool into the search field.

lat:(latitude) lon:(longitude)

Search photos near the given coordinates lat, lon. Coordinates are in decimal format, so a valid query looks like this: lat:51.963514 lon:7.560630. This option can be used with additional search parameters.

minTaken:(date) maxTaken:(date)

Search photos that were taken before (maxTaken) or after (minTaken) the given date. The date format is YYYY-MM-DD, so the query minTaken:2011-01-01 maxTaken:2012-01-01 user:janten will show all of my photos taken in 2012. This option can be used with additional search parameters. Available since version 2.4.

minUpload:(date) maxUpload:(date)

Search photos that were uploaded before (maxUpload) or after (minUpload) the given date. The date format is YYYY-MM-DD, so the query minUpload:2011-01-01 maxUpload:2012-01-01 user:janten will show all of my photos uploaded in 2012. This option can be used with additional search parameters. Available since version 2.4.

Flickr URLs

Downloadr also handles Flickr URLs. Just paste the URL of any photostream, set or group pool into the search field. Try pasting this link for example: http://flickr.com/photos/janten/.

More questions?

If you still encounter any problems please contact me at janten@gmail.com.