I stayed up far past my bedtime tonight to get this thing wrapped up and shipped so I figured I’d put up the post for it now too. This evening I finished the first release build of my first Google Chrome app named “Searchr!“. What in the world is it? Well here’s the app description I’m going with:
Searchr! is an easy-to-use flickr photo search app for Google Chrome focused on speed and convenience! Tired of clicking 15 times just to get to a download link for your favorite flickr photo? This app makes that simple and fast in addition to other time-saving features.
Honestly I figured there would already be dozens of this kind of thing out there – and I’ve looked for them for last couple years – but unless I was looking in all the wrong places it’s just not. Yeah there are a couple flickr Chrome apps and extensions that do various thing – but nothing that useful or impressive AFAIK. Anyhow – if it’s not obvious this was an app I made for myself because it drives me nuts how long it takes to get to a URL or download (original) link for an image on flickr … plus pretty much anything on flickr takes too long for my impatient self – so this app addresses that.
There is definitely more I want/need to do here. Right now it’s heavily reliant on “tags” for finding photos. Eventually I’ll expand the search scope to parse more than that – but since I live and breathe by tags this will work for me for a while. So when I want to find my “favorite,lincoln,corgan” photos between 2009 and 2010 … I can now do it in seconds!
On a technical note – this thing wasn’t very hard to build. Most of the work here leveraged skills I use at work (and play) every day anyhow so while I did learn a few things along the way it wasn’t a big deal at all to put this together – it’s really just a wrapped up web app. I also had a good laugh that I got it published in mere minutes after uploading the files to Google … contrast that with Apple’s 1-2 week review time for the App Store!
Hopefully other folks will find it useful. If any of you dig it or think of things that I should add or alter drop by the Facebook support page and post a note! https://www.facebook.com/searchrapp
Just FYI Google has stopped allowing “web apps” in Chrome so eventually Searchr! will not work in Chrome anymore. I think if you have it installed already it will keep working but eventually you won’t be able to find it in the Chrome app store (still here as of 2019011x though).
Given this I’ve migrated Searchr! to be a standalone web app for people to use/bookmark if they want in future here: https://chris-emerson.com/searchr/. Note the “authentication” piece no longer works (for now) so you’ll only be able to search public photos until/unless I update it to add Flickr authentication back in.