Using Flickr Mundo to make your webOS app better
Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on November 14, 2010
If you are a
webOS developer with an interest in Flickr, you can now greatly improve your users experience by integrating your app with Flickr Mundo. (thanks to @rparvez for the idea to integrate with @neato_webos)
I’ve added the ability for other webOS apps to launch Flickr Mundo with a Flickr URL. This gives a far better experience to the user than simply loading Flickr in the browser – they’ve already purchased the app, it is built natively for webOS and can do many things that the web interface cannot.
For example, loading the link
- http://flickr.com/photos/shaneosullivan will open the user ‘shaneosullivan’
- http://flickr.com/groups/palmpre will open the ‘palmpre’ group
- http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=tree will do a search for photos on Flickr
Many different patterns of Flickr URLs are supported. However if you pass a URL that is not supported, Flickr Mundo will simply launch the browser at that URL.
var url = "http://flickr.com/upload";
As you can see, you can even upload photos to Flickr using this method. So if you have some kind of photo app, would like to be able to upload to Flickr but don’t want to have to go to all the trouble of correctly authenticating a user, you can just use Flickr Mundo to do it for you.
The version of Flickr Mundo with this included, v1.4.0, was submitted for review today, Nov 14th 2010, and should hopefully be available for download in a couple of days. Many different URL patterns are supported, but if you find one that isn’t, please let me know and I’ll look into adding it.
A future version will also include the ability to specify the file to upload – v1.4.0 asks the user to pick the file, similar to the stock Photos app on webOS.