12-04-2013 10:32 PM
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  1. MPCowan's Avatar
    Hi guys,

    I released the app Viewr for Flickr about 2 weeks ago and have been actively working on it ever since. The beta version is currently testing out an auto-upload feature which automatically uploads the photos from your camera roll to any Flickr sets that you specify. The public app is at version 1.2.6 available here

    Version 1.3.0 will be submitted in a couple days and will bring the auto upload feature to the public app for everyone to enjoy. The real Flickr app for iPhone just got this feature a couple days ago, and I am working to make sure Windows Phone isn't far behind.

    If you download the app please be sure to let me know what you think of it.

    Thanks,
    Matt
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    10-11-2013 12:37 PM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Thank you for bringing a new app to the attention of the members of WPCentral. This looks interesting and useful. Good luck with your app, and please feel free to visit the other forums and to interact with members.
    10-11-2013 11:59 PM
  3. Matthew Cowan's Avatar
    Thanks! I have been a reader of the site since WP7 days.

    The update with auto-upload will be submitted tomorrow and should go live to all around Wednesday.
    10-12-2013 12:51 PM
  4. neoxphuse's Avatar
    looks great! can't wait till we see it in action in it's glory here.
    10-12-2013 08:12 PM
  5. MPCowan's Avatar
    Thanks! Now that the update with Auto-Upload has been submitted, I will begin work on the next big feature, setting the lockscreen. You will be able to have your lockscreen rotate through any of your sets, your favorites, or your photostream. I hope to have this feature completed by the weekend in time for a release next week the latest.
    10-14-2013 12:52 PM
  6. mwiberg#WN's Avatar
    How long does the approval process for the store take? Come on MS! It's been almost a week since you submitted the app - waiting impatiently for the auto upload feature.. :)
    10-20-2013 01:08 AM
  7. MPCowan's Avatar
    Thanks for being patient :)
    Due to a small bug (totally my fault), the app failed certification on Thursday. I fixed the bug and resubmitted the app this weekend.
    (As a small bonus the app will now come with both auto-upload and lockscreen setting (from favorites, photostream, or any of your sets)).

    I apologize for the delay, but hope the update will make up for it. Let's hope this one passes certification as quickly as possible.
    10-21-2013 11:28 AM
  8. mwiberg#WN's Avatar
    Thanks for your clarifying answer - looking forward to the updated version (with "bonus" features!).
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    10-22-2013 02:57 AM
  9. Stanvx's Avatar
    Yay, I had actually tried a few months ago developing an app purely for this function but I failed miserably... 1TB storage here I com! Great to know this will be available soon!
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    10-22-2013 03:11 AM
  10. CJ Thunder's Avatar
    Looks nice, haven't really done a full dive in yet, but I suspect you might need a new name to really attract people to this app. I think you should pm Daniel too. You deserve some publicity.
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    10-22-2013 03:19 AM
  11. uncletoma's Avatar
    Really great apps.
    As AM photograper and Flickr user i really like it.
    Better then original one.
    Maybe a way to show followed ppl photoes and do commnts? ;)
    (i don't see this option)
    MPCowan likes this.
    10-22-2013 08:49 AM
  12. MPCowan's Avatar
    Yeah adding auto-upload was really tricky, but totally a worthwhile feature. That 1TB needs to be put to good use :)
    10-22-2013 03:44 PM
  13. MPCowan's Avatar
    Looks nice, haven't really done a full dive in yet, but I suspect you might need a new name to really attract people to this app. I think you should pm Daniel too. You deserve some publicity.
    Thanks! Daniel has actually been on the beta of Viewr since its inception. I have reached out to him a few times on Twitter, but as you know he has been really busy as of late. So far the organic growth of Viewr has been great, but I would never turn down an article in WPCentral. I'll reach out again once the update with auto-upload is live and things have calmed down a bit.
    10-22-2013 03:48 PM
  14. MPCowan's Avatar
    Looks nice, haven't really done a full dive in yet, but I suspect you might need a new name to really attract people to this app.
    I agree, once the auto-upload update goes live the name 'Viewr' isn't really accurate anymore. I am open to new clever names though
    10-22-2013 04:10 PM
  15. CJ Thunder's Avatar
    Flickr Lockr, Flickr Filer, that's all I got if you want a similar rhyming scheme. I like Flickr filer personally, rhymes, makes sense and an alliteration. Lol
    10-23-2013 12:37 PM
  16. Ultimateone's Avatar
    Just downloaded it, seems great!
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    10-23-2013 01:27 PM
  17. MPCowan's Avatar
    Great News! Version 1.3.5 has just passed certification and the update should available on the store within the next few hours!

    I apologize again for the long wait, but please go forth and enjoy auto-upload and lock screen setting

    Make sure to let me know what you think and if you encounter any issues. I am working on 1.4.0 which will rebrand the app to a new name (and possibly new logo) as well as add some nice polish here and there. Then it will be back to adding features.

    Enjoy!
    10-24-2013 04:45 PM
  18. MPCowan's Avatar
    Version 1.4.0 submitted tonight.

    Name change to: Flickr Central
    New logo

    Added:
    -Much cleaner settings page
    -Transitions and general polish
    10-25-2013 12:58 AM
  19. Shredcow's Avatar
    Does your app preserve the EXIF data in uploaded photos?
    10-25-2013 01:42 AM
  20. MPCowan's Avatar
    Does your app preserve the EXIF data in uploaded photos?
    The auto upload feature does. It seems the manual upload feature loses it. I am currently looking into this to fix the issue.
    10-25-2013 10:42 AM
  21. Kallisticker's Avatar
    Version 1.4.0 submitted tonight.

    Name change to: Flickr Central
    New logo

    Added:
    -Much cleaner settings page
    -Transitions and general polish

    I'd reach out to Flickr to make sure they have nothing to complain about the name. There was an app, 'Flickr Manager', that has to be removed due to naming issues.

    Nonetheless, this is the most promising approach to bring Flickr to WP by a margin. Just fix the single upload exif data issue and extend the managing possibilities (add to sets/ groups after uploading, e.g. if uploaded from a different source; search for and follow people; edit details of a photo).


    It's not only official apps that drive a platform: it's apps like this and developing enthusiasts like you that do.
    Keep it up!
    10-26-2013 03:43 AM
  22. MPCowan's Avatar
    I'd reach out to Flickr to make sure they have nothing to complain about the name. There was an app, 'Flickr Manager', that has to be removed due to naming issues.
    Thanks for the heads up! I see a lot of Flickr apps on Flickr's App Garden with Flickr in their name so hopefully they allow it in most cases. I will try to reach out proactively just to make sure though. Can't change the name of the app every week

    I am still looking into the exif issue and hope to have it addressed in the next update (which is looking like it is going to be a big one, lots of new requested features.) I'll see what I can do about the other editing functions. I certainly want to get to them, but one step at a time, haha.

    Thanks again!

    -Matt
    10-26-2013 04:59 PM
  23. SBGJansen's Avatar
    Absolutely great app!

    As I asked in another thread earlier, could I request you add Facebook share? That would make this the first app to actually share the full quality picture on facebook.

    Thanks for the work!
    10-30-2013 09:29 AM
  24. MPCowan's Avatar
    Absolutely great app!

    As I asked in another thread earlier, could I request you add Facebook share? That would make this the first app to actually share the full quality picture on facebook.

    Thanks for the work!
    Thanks. Can you explain a little further how you would like this to work?

    For example, would you want the app to post a link to the Flickr page with the photo or would you rather the app post a link directly to the original image source?
    10-30-2013 12:44 PM
  25. SBGJansen's Avatar
    Hi, apologies if I wasn't clear.

    The original Flickr.com page allows you to post an image directly onto your facebook wall, I would like to do this on my phone.

    Flickr uploads a large version to the facebook wall (2048 (~800-1000kb)). Sadly not the full res version. On a windows phone, at this time, you can upload ~500kb images to your facebook wall using the slow and buggy facebook app, and a mere ~140kb image using the share function on the phone. Which makes the 41mp camera (lumia 1020) pointless for sharing.

    EDIT: I just figured that regardless of the size you upload, facebook converts it to a 2048 picture anyway, even when setting high quality. I hadn't realised that before.

    Apart from SkyDrive and your flickr central app, there is also no other way to share a Full res images with anyone directly from the phone. I understand that uploading them only works through Wifi, however accessing them, and therefore sharing them on facebook, could be possible via your app?! That would be great. It is just that most people don't use flickr.

    Posting a link directly from the app on my facebook wall, would also be a really nice feature.

    I hope it makes more sense now.

    Thanks again.
    Last edited by SBGJansen; 10-30-2013 at 02:39 PM.
    10-30-2013 02:14 PM
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