I have tried a couple of different publicly available (free) programs to back up my Flickr account. There are over 25,000 pictures on the account so backing up is kind of a huge undertaking.
The last time I did this it was on a windows machine. The program I used worked well, but not perfectly. It failed when there were multiple files in a set that had the same file name. Why it did not use Flickr’s ID and guarantee uniqueness, I will never know, but the result was my iPhone sets were missing just about everything. The upload app I normally use sticks the name “photo” on everything that isn’t specifically given a name. Therefore the back up program just kept overwriting everything.
last night I ran a really slick python script i found. It ran from the terminal on my Mac and it backed up everything perfectly. I was really pleased. I checked the folder created to hold my iPhone 4 set and everything was there.
How many photos were in the folder?
Thats right, Rush fans… 2112.