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Tom Hunt's FlickrFan discovery

Friday, May 02, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A picture named bush.jpgThe other day fellow Berkeleyite Tom Hunt, who uses FlickrFan, came up with a neat way to solve a common problem that I thought I should share. Permalink to this paragraph

Here's the problem. You're watching pics go by and you see a picture of President Bush speaking at a conference on Children and Faith-based schools and think, man, that's an interesting picture, I want to show that to a friend.  Permalink to this paragraph

So you open up the pics folder and see a lot of pics with names like pic091337.jpg, pic091338.jpg and pic091339.jpg. How do you find the one you're looking for? Permalink to this paragraph

Well, there is a way, believe it or not... Permalink to this paragraph

Open the screensaverpics folder and type Faith-based schools in the Spotlight box in the upper right corner of the window. 13 pictures show up. Select-All, right-click, Open in Preview. Review them and voila, there's the one I was looking for.  Permalink to this paragraph

How did that work? Permalink to this paragraph

Well, AP and AFP put metadata on their pics, and the FlickrFan process preserves it, and Spotlight can search it. Here's the Get Info box for the pic I was looking for. The red arrow points to the metadata. Permalink to this paragraph

Tom is a smart guy, and a generous one. Thanks for passing this tip along! ;-> Permalink to this paragraph


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