The previous entry on this blog discussed the idea of probably creating a native, Cocoa, Mac OS X port for the then, Windows-only, WPF version of the app.
Any action started much later from the date of the post; to be precise, more than two months later with the creation of a new repository with this commit. The research that happened in-between helped decide on a third alternative – that of completely porting over the .NET C#/WPF into a Mono, C#/GTK# app that could work on all of Windows, Mac and Linux.
It really was an exhilarating journey of many frustrations, joy, learnings and moments of bliss – and there are a few things that I would like to follow up in separate entries here. Like:
- the parallel, multi-platform continuous integration/deployment that happens on AppVeyor (Windows), Travis CI (Mac) and Wercker (Linux).
- the building of a cross-platform installer using the free-for-open-source Enterprise edition of Install Builder provided generously by the awesome guys at BitRock.
- the slight face-lift applied on the website along with the cut-over to a new, Yeoman scaffolded web-app – complete with its automated
gruntbuild for minification, image compression etc. (do a quick View Source on this page to see the results)
…and many other such learnings and experiences.
So, please spread the word of this new, free, open-source utility for batch downloading photos from flickr that is available on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (Ubuntu & Mint have been tested).