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On multiple occasions we have mentioned the fact that we use Flickr for our online photo storage and sharing solution. It’s a great service that allows us to easily share our photos with family and friends, and we couldn’t be happier with it. Sharing photos is one of those things that everybody tends to do more of lately simply because it is easy to do. Today we thought we’d throw this question out there for you guys to answer — what’s the best way you know of to share your photos? We’re not talking about simply mentioning the service you use, rather we’re asking for some of the services you use that allow you to get creative with photo sharing.

The reason we ask this is because recently we came across a site called Picsviewer that provides Flickr users with the opportunity to create some really neat slideshows that they can then share with others. All it takes is a few clicks and you’re good to go. You don’t even have to create an account with them to take advantage of what they offer, which is nice as well.

Today we’ll be taking a look at Picsviewr, but we’d love to hear what kinds of services you’ve found out there that taking photo sharing to a whole new level, so be sure to hit us up in the comments.

What is Picsviewr?

Picsviewr is a free online service that provides Flickr users with templates to arrange their photos in a variety of different ways. This makes sharing photos with others more than just, “hey, take a look at this picture.” I guess you could say it spices up looking through the photos of when your friend took a skiing trip to Colorado.

There are a handful of templates currently available, and they say that they will add new templates in the future. You can even send them a request for a feature or a template if you’ve got something in mind. Some of their templates use Flash while others use Javascript which is something you’ll want to keep in mind if you disable Javascript.

For those of you interested, they launched in March of this year and are based out of France. The Picsviewr team says they created the service because, “we found Flickr, one of the best photo collection services, was lacking a good way for visualizing photos.” They used the Flickr API to make it happen.


The slideshow templates are what makes up Picsviewr. At this point they have about eight available and we already have a couple of favorites. Our first favorite:


Below you’ll find a screenshow of Tiltviewer:


As you move your mouse across the screen, the photos tilt around. Clicking on a photo will enlarge it, and clicking on the arrows to the left and the right will bring in new photos. At the top of the page you have access to various tags which you can select to view.

Another favorite is:

The Polaroid Gallery

Here’s what the Polaroid Gallery looks like:

polaroid gallery.png

What’s nice about this template is that you can click on an image and then drag it to where you’d like it. From the top you can switch between sets, or you can also choose to view photos based upon tags.

Out of all the templates available, the two listed above are definitely our favorites, just because they are more unique than the others. They are all still worth checking out though.

One last thing to note is that when you are choosing a template, you also choose the quality you want for the photos. Your options include medium or high. Obviously the medium quality photos will load a bit faster than the higher quality.

Improvements they could make

One thing we did notice is that there is no way to use these templates if your photos are private. We make public any photos of ours that don’t have people in them, so we were able to test out Picsviewr, but for those who don’t have any public photos, they will not be able to use this service. It would be nice if you could provide Flickr with your credentials, if your photos are private, to use this service as well.

Another improvement they could make is to simply add more templates. People like choice, so the more quality templates available, the better.

Wrapping it up

Picsviewr is a simple way to add something a little more to your photos that will make them more fun to share. Remember, it works only for Flickr users who have made their photos public.

Now we’re asking you, what kinds of services do you use, aside from your photo storage/sharing solution, to add a little something special to your photos for sharing with others, if anything?