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Sep 17, 05:39 PM · from the mouth of Jake

So to get away from the discussion on that comment thread here’s a new article.

Let me first start with a better explanation on the Flickr consolidation. You’ll notice that Jon Hicks has a listing of his Flickr photos on the “journal” section of his web site. I included a screen shot but you can see them by scrolling down his page. It can easily be done with a Flickr badge or a plugin. Naturally that isn’t quite as simple when you add multiple people to the mix. They have ways to do it for things like groups but then we’d need to all participate in a group and tell Flickr to put our photos in there, which is a step that could easily be forgotten.

Instead I used a Yahoo! service to chop down the latest images to five and then merge them into one feed. With that feed I can do something like Jon Hicks or like when I grab info from many places and display it on my personal page.

The end result would be a line of thumbnails of the latest photos that each of us posted on Flickr. All color coded and styled however we want. Any more questions?

p.s. It is possible I might be able to take images from somewhere else like SmugMug if someone uses another service. They just need to provide an RSS feed. But it is of course easier if everything matches up.


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  1. Ty responds with:

    Cool! :)

    · Sep 18, 02:36 PM
  2. Iak responds with:

    Pictures added! =)

    Let me know if there are any tweaks anyone would like. I’ll add more of us if others join Flickr or another photo site that provides feeds of pictures.

    The pics should continuously update anytime Flickr is updated. The only issue is since we upload in clumps I imagine most of the time it’ll be a chunk of pics from me and then a chunk of pics from TyTy.

    · Sep 23, 04:16 PM
  3. andy responds with:

    I know Lisa puts our pics on Picasa. I don’t know anything about it though… once we’re back from our weekend excursion (not the fair unfortunately) I’ll sort that out if you think it’ll work.

    · Sep 24, 12:45 AM
  4. Iak responds with:

    Nice. Lisa’s pics are close enough. And I think I have Picasa figured out after going through some of the documentation. They also provide an RSS feed, the only difference is the thumbnails are a slightly different size. Hopefully the source is compatible. Adding it should be easy, I’ll just have to be certain it all works, so it might take a little time.


    · Sep 24, 12:26 PM
  5. Iak responds with:

    All set. Took a little longer than I would have liked but Yahoo was stripping out information I needed at the last step (with no explanation). I tried a little workaround where I made the Picasa feed more similar to the Flickr feeds and after banging my head for a while (everything was being cached) it finally gave me what I needed. So with a little update here to handle some differences we now have five pics each. If Yimmy and Sarah do it too I’ll probably reduce that to three so it doesn’t get too crowded.

    · Sep 24, 06:22 PM
  6. Iak responds with:

    I tweaked the comment stuff. Now things should display in a logical manner. :-) I’ll fix up the preview a little more when I get a chance too.

    · Sep 30, 10:58 AM
  7. Ty responds with:

    Word. Thanks for all the hard work, Iak. It’s looking super duper.

    While I’m here Jake, how’s your Flash? I just took a two-day intro to Flash class last week, and learned some of the basics. But obviously, I’m no expert. Reason I ask is that Jimmy and Sarah are requesting our services again (if you’re game) and they’d like the site to be Flash based. Here’s an example Jimmy sent me yesterday of a really awesome, but (somewhat) simple Flash site:

    That site is both beautifully designed, and delightfully functional. And she happens to be one of Asante’s biggest competitors. If we can take the design I created for Jim & Sarah’s direct marketing campaign last year, and Flashify it, I think we’ll have something really nice. And more importantly, really impressive to Asante’s potential clients!

    I mostly learned about how to create movies in Flash, and not so much about creating websites. But maybe if we put our heads together, we can do something awesome.

    · Sep 30, 04:36 PM
  8. Iak responds with:

    Well my Flash is a bit rusty. I haven’t used it extensively in a few versions nor iterations of actionscript. But I would argue that Angie Wilson’s site doesn’t need Flash. Her galleries can be done without it, and the overall site loses accessibility without adding any features back.

    I still haven’t seen all the new designs you worked up, but I imagine we could tweak things and update and get everything we want without stuffing all the content inside an impenetrable (from a non-browser standpoint) movie file. =)

    We should get some brainstorming going. Jim tried setting up a project organization tool a while back (there are some others he can try if he didn’t like it), perhaps he can set up a project and add us to keep track of things.

    Of course he’s never on here so he probably won’t see this. Sarah? ;-)

    · Oct 6, 04:50 PM
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