The Life Rocks blog recently uncovered a Windows Explorer extension that integrates Flickr right into Explorer. Called Flickr Drive, the program creates a drive icon representing the popular photo-sharing website under “Computer” in Windows Vista or Windows 7. Once installed, you must first authenticate with your Flickr account and allow the program access. You can also choose whether you want to see your friends and family’s accounts too. After the setup is complete, you can then browse through the online photos just as if they were stored on your own hard drive. And as with any photos stored locally, you can edit photo tags or drag-and-drop them from Flickr to your computer and vice versa. You can also browse photosets, delete photos, and even do a search by tag.
The application uses the Flickr API over the internet, so the speed with which you can browse through the files will be heavily dependent on your own internet connection speeds. Since I’m on FiOS, I didn’t see much of a delay, but your experience may differ.
Both a downloadable executable and source code are provided for the Flickr Drive program from the project’s homepage here.