Well then. Flickr re-launches Flickr Pro.

Earlier today flickr re-launched flickr Pro – the premium tier online photo archiving and sharing service now owned by Yahoo!

We’re excited to unveil the new Flickr Pro for both existing and new members of our community, a subscription that offers improved stats, brings back our Pro badge, and more.

Source: Hey there, Flickr Pro, nice to see you again! | Flickr Blog

The ‘more’ includes better analytics, product (Adobe Creative Suite) discounts and shipping discounts. As well as more (or unlimited) storage.

Flickr has had a confusing past with Pro. As this Mashable article points out back in 2013:

“…the new changes might be confusing. We were annoyed when reading the new FAQ on account types. That’s why we dug into the changes, and reached out to Yahoo for clarification on what the changes really mean for Flickr Pro users.”

And now, with the re-introduction, there’re new classes of users who were previously Flickr Pro members, who suddenly weren’t, but now maybe can be again?

I’m going to get me some snacks and settle in and watch this movie unfold 🙂

And continue to enjoy my Pro account, of course.

Testing a new plugin suite – Shortcake Bakery

Shortcake Bakery uses the Shortcake plugin and extends use of WordPress shortcodes. Makes embedding content in my blog pretty easy.

 

[facebook url=”https://www.facebook.com/RHCPChad/videos/904042432993659/”]

The above video link from Facebook via the Shortcake Bakery.

Last week, Daniel Bachhuber and the engineering team at Fusion releasedShortcake Bakery, a plugin that extends the Shortcake project to supply a suite of handy shortcodes for publishers. The plugin currently includes the following:

  • Image Comparison (powered by JuxtaposeJS)
  • Facebook embeds
  • iFrames (require whitelisted hostnames)
  • Infogram embeds
  • PDF’s (powered by PDF.js)
  • Playbuzz embeds
  • Rap Genius annotations
  • Scribd embeds
  • Scripts (require whitelisted hostnames)

Plugin writeup and detail found here.

Google Photos – another one joins the club

This weekend Google unveiled their new online image storage service – Google Photos.

It’s not Picassa, though it can use it. It’s also separate from Google+. Interesting. Meh. I’ll stick with Flickr. Here’s why.

If you want unlimited free storage, this may work for you, though when you upload your photos, you have to use Google’s ‘high quality but free’ setting, not the original setting. This means RAW and other file formats will be converted.

Also, there doesn’t appear to be a way to share the link directly to the image file — rather all shared links jump to a Google Photos page with the image embedded in it. Not a big deal but that means you can’t directly embed images stored at Google Photos in a blog post, for example. You still have to use services such as imgur, etc.

And the image editor built into Google Photos creates unusual artifacts around the image while in edit mode.

 

It’s fine when you accept the changes, but in my case, the image appeared posterized while I was editing it, throwing a blue tint in some areas. Not great.

As I said, I’ll stick with Flickr.

 

I guess I have to relearn physics

Kerbal Space Program left beta status yesterday. With that update came a number of significant enhancements, changes and new features.

And they changed aerodynamics and physics.

New reentry effects. Smoking hot graphics there!

Yup, Jeb died on reentry. Back to the basic missions to figure this out.

Oh. That was unfortunate.