Makes Flickr almost awesome - while waiting for SmugMug to fully fix it ;-)
A multi-feature extension to make Flickr more "explorative" and bring back some lost features...
List of major features:
1) Displaying photo-uploads predating March 2012 in big size and nice quality.
Up until 2012 Flickr had always updated the full database of photos when new browsing-sizes was introduced on the site. However in May 2012 only photos uploaded after March 2012 was updated when Flickr introduced 1600px and 2048px wide browsing-sizes, leaving the majority of photos to be displayed only 1024px wide, even on modern 24+ inch monitors. Flickr Fixr fixes this by scaling and using the original uploaded photo for displaying (when the original is accessible/available).
2) Album-teaser column on photographers’ frontpage.
In one of the big Flickr-updates some years ago, the column to feature a photographer’s albums or collections disappeared and made Flickr less Gallery-like and less inviting for exploration in peoples “backlog”. Yes, there’s a link to albums in top-menu, but I don’t think any casual visitor ever sees or open it. The flexibility in album organization is Flickr's strongest asset in my opinion, and it's tragic that Flickr has decided to hide the albums from casual visitors. But Flickr Fixr puts back a column featuring albums on every photographer's frontpage (photostream). The 10 first albums as sorted in Flickr Organizer are shown in this column.
3) A photographer’s other photos by tag-links.
When hovering the mouse over a photo-tag, Flick Fixr adds an extra direct link to the same photographer's similar tagged photos.
4) Links to album-map and album-comments.
On album pages, Flickr Fixr adds two extra links on the "album header". One link pointing to a map with current album's photos, and another link pointing to an old hidden/forgotten/deprecated page with album comments. In an earlier version of Flickr album-comments was an official feature. It ain't official anymore, but the old comments page still exists and is also a good page for reading or editing long album-descriptions (I for example, have some old album-descriptions that are complete travel descriptions. They don’t fit well in current official album-layout).
5) Actually show the geotagged photo on the associated map + Google Maps link.
Currently when a photo is geotagged on Flickr you can follow a link to a map showing the area where the photo was shot. However this map does normally only show the latest or most "interesting" photos in the area. Usually the photo you was looking at is not included on the map or in the image-ribbon at the bottom of the map (It used to be, but feature was lost in some upgrade). Flickr Fixr adds the photo you came from to the image-ribbon, and "opens" the photo. Well, it's a 90% fix: To see exactly where it was geotagged, click twice on this photo in the image-ribbon to close and re-open it; Now a star pointing to the exact position of the photo appears on the map. Bonus: Flickr Fixr also adds a Google Maps link showing location of a geotagged photo.
6) "On mouse-over" top-pagers for fast and easy navigation.
Are you annoyed by having to scroll to the bottom of photostreams for pagination? Flickr Fixr adds a pagination-bar above the streams for fast and easy navigation. But because the pager-bar sometimes gets pretty wide and might overlap other icons or dropdowns also placed right above the photostream, the top-pager is hidden until you hover your mouse over the center-area right above the photostream. The top-pager is available on photostreams, albums and favorite collections, plus in the new "beta experience" group pools and on the Explore page. As a little extra bonus on the Explore page, I have also added a link to the hidden/forgotten/deprecated Explore Calendar.
More info about Flickr Fixr in the Flickr Hacks forum, including screenshots and additional comments about restrictions and behaviour of the photo scale/replace feature:
The browser extension is based on (and share code-base with) my userscript, Stig's Flickr Fixr, which debuted back in 2015. Features of userscript and browser extensions are similar, but only browser extensions have an Options page allowing you to toggle support for each feature independently.
Have an awesome time on Flickr :-)