As you might already know Flickr has added support for OAuth a while ago, which is meant to be the obvious replacement to the old Flickr auth API that has been available since a long long time ago, which has been used by many applications our there, like frogr. But the important point here for apps using the old auth method is that it won’t be longer available after July 31st, which means they should get updated if they want to keep working as so far.
So, this is the main point of this release: to update the internal implementation of the Flickr REST API in frogr (which, ideally, will be released independently as a library at some point) to use OAuth instead of the old authentication API.
Additionally, in order to make things easier for users of older versions, the application will take care of exchanging the authentication token from the old system to the new ones used by the OAuth API. If you want to know more details about this, check the related API. For the rest of you, you shouldn’t notice anything the first time you run this new release.
Still, some other things were included in this new release that are worth mentioning:
- Ability to import tags already present in pictures (e.g. as set by f-spot or shotwell).
- Allow users deciding, right from frogr and on a picture-by-picture basis, whether to set the geolocation information for pictures when uploading them to Flickr.
- New tags are added to the auto-completion without having to upload anything first.
- Allow using a dark version of your theme if available (e.g. Adwaita).
- Some redesign of the menu bar, thinking of a future migration to GMenu.
- Added menu accelerators for the most common operations.
- As usual, bugfixes, cleanups… that kind of stuff.
Also, you can check the announcement mail or the NEWS file if you want for more detail about this new release, as well as the website of the project for additional information, such as knowing about ways of collaborating or how to get frogr installed on your system.
I think that’s it. Enjoy!