Where for art thou, Zooomr?

I was recently turned on to “Zooomr”:http://www.zooomr.com, a pretty impressive startup and recent addition to the online photo-sharing space. I dig on the unlimited monthly uploads, the free access to original versions of your pictures (Damnit, “Flickr”:http://www.flickr.com!), and the fact that it was coded by a mad genius.

In fact, I was fully prepared to just move all my pictures over. I’d already been munging about with my Flickr API key, seeing what kind of stuff I could come up with… All I needed was a Zooomr API key, and I could put together something that would transfer all my photos over, tags and everything intact. So I looked , promptly discovering that all I had to do was fire off a request email to Zooomr, and started waiting.

That was a week ago. My application sits half-written, fully able to authenticate and download all image files, along with their respective tags stashed in an external XML file (I know, how very web 2.0!). But I can’t upload anything, for I have no key. I know that there are other image uploaders out there… jUploadr, picturesync, etc… But to the best of my knowledge, none of them migrate with tags preserved.

Being I developer, I’ve got that weird tweak when it comes to expending effort: Instead of spending an hour manually uploading and tag-filling… I’d much rather spend 4 hours writing something that will do it for me, and an additional amount of time “x” waiting for it to finish. Why? Because I’m creatively lazy, and will spend significantly more time and effort designing, implementing and utilizing an “easy way” than I’m ever willing to spend doing it the painful, manual, “this is the kind of crap that life should have found a way to automate for me” way.

So, I want to move to Zooomr. I really do. But I ain’t moving yet.


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Hey, thanks for this post!

Shoot me an email with your zooomr account url, and I can give you an API key same day. :)


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I have written a free picture uploader for flickr that preserves the tags and adds copyright. I will take a look at zooomr and see if I can implement their api. Watch this space.


Their API is actually identical to Flickr’s – I actually eventually got it working (Zooomr was the initial inspiration for Migratr). Good luck & Have fun, but Zooomr currently doesn’t have their API enabled for external apps, so we’re both going to have to wait a bit. Implementing their API will actually just be a matter of changing the url endpoints from flickr’s to zooomr’s- all your other code can be reused. When it’s enabled, of course:)

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