Straight to the point: The app is called FlickrDown
I recently returned from a four month trip in South America. During that time we would upload pictures to a Flickr Pro account I registered before leaving. The pro account has a yearly fee but allows you to store and download the original unaltered image size. This was great because my friends and family could view our trip through my photostream as I went, but at the same time I was constantly keeping a back-up of my photos.
However, when I got home I had wanted to download hundreds of original size photos that we had deleted from our cameras. I had assumed someone would have made a app to do this in bulk, but I couldn’t find anything! I resorted to downloading the pictures manually.
Today (after an hour of right-click and save), I decide to look again. The first thing I find is FlickrDown. This is exactly what I had wanted… and it seems to have been released in 2005. I don’t know what happened there.
It’s no piece of art. Just something a .NET developer probably whipped in his spare time. But it works like a charm. You can download photos on an individual basis, or select a whole set or collection or by tags, etc. I’m currently downloading an entire set of 1280 photos which must be at least 8 or 9 gigs. I half expected something to crash or be slow, but I’m almost at 75% complete as I type this.
FlickrDown seems to have automatically made the choice to download the original sized images. I’m not sure how to set it differently, or what it chooses to do if you have a standard Flickr account with no support for original size. I’m just happy it’s working and saving me a bunch of time and though it deserved a shout out.
Update: Looks like you can only download 500 pictures at a time. Still awesome though.