Yesterday, Yahoo!'s secret plans to shut down their Delicious bookmark sharing service were made public. While there are no published plans to shut down the popular Yahoo!-owned Flickr photography service, the general shakiness of all things Yahoo! seems to be making many people nervous.
Since many people have a ton of photos uploaded to Flickr -- iPhoto makes it simple to share your pictures through the service -- we decided to give you some ideas on how to quickly and easily back up your Flickr photostream to your Mac. This isn't a bad idea anyway, since many iPhone photography apps have made it easy to upload photos to Flickr, but it's a little less simple to get 'em back out and onto a computer. Here are some ways to back up those photos.
Direct Downloading: If you only have a few photos on Flickr and don't particularly like Adobe Air applications to sully the silicon of your Mac, there's a free and simple method of saving your pictures. While you're in your Flickr photostream, select a photo and open the actions menu. Click the "View all sizes" link on the menu, which displays a page showing a number of different sized images (see below). Click on the photo you want to download (probably the largest one), and it will display a link next to the word "Download." Click that link to download the image.