FlickrLeech (because paging sucks) is my favorite third party app at present that uses the Flickr API. FlickrLeech was developed by Andrew Houser (a great photographer) and it will seriously transform your Flickr experience.
FlickrLeech is the ultimate efficiency tool for the Flickr power user. Allowing you much larger pages of thumbnails, Flickrleech allows you to very, very quickly get a aerial sort of overview of a Flickr user’s photostream. It also allows you far better searching than Flickr itself.
When you search on Flickr itself the site fetches 24 thumbnails for you at a time. FlickrLeech on the other hand fetches you *200* thumbnails at a time. Some of you might remember the good old days (for about a week or two I think) when FlickrLeech used to return unlimited thumbnails on a page. I’m sure loading 14,000 thumbnails on a single page wasn’t really in anyone’s best bandwidth interest and the 200 thumbnails to a page now still is killer hot donkeyness.
If we were comparing Flickr to a camera, Flickr would be a point and shoot and FlickrLeech would be a full fledged Canon 5D with a serious L series piece of glass on it.
Anyways, part of why I’m a bit excited is that I’ve been playing around tonight with a private beta version of FlickrLeech 2. And as good as FlickrLeech is, FlickrLeech 2 is that much better. I’m not allowed to share screenshots yet as Houser’s still finishing up some of the final touches on the site, but let this post be your wake up call to head on over to FlickrLeech and sign up for fill out Houser’s survey to sign up for the beta release which will be shortly released to early testers.
By the way, if you are a heavy user of FlickrLeech consider kicking some cash Houser’s way to help pay for the bandwidth of his site. He’s got a donate button on the site.
I’ll post more on FlickrLeech (including screenshots) as it develops and as soon as Houser is ready. Stay tuned. You are going to like this.