How To Download Your Flickr Photos Using PicBackMan

Photo credit Flickr

Photo credit Flickr

Flickr was acquired by SmugMug back in April 2018 and they are changing things up. For those of you who use the free account for photo storage, today is the last day to upgrade to pro and save your photos from being deleted. According to Flickr: After February 5, 2019, free accounts that contain over 1,000 photos or videos will have content actively deleted—starting from oldest to newest date uploaded—to meet the new limit.

By the way they have some super deals if you upgrade by today January 8th. Check it out here. Pretty sweet stuff. Use coupon code FLICKRPRO15 for 15% off today.

If you have more than 1000 photos and you don’t want to upgrade, here is how to download your images using PicBackMan.

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How To Make A Christmas Card Screen Saver On Apple TV

How To Make A Christmas Card Screen Saver On Apple TV

Ever wonder what to do with all those Christmas cards that come in every year? This is how to enjoy them to the fullest and throw them away without guilt!

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Step by step below or download the complete checklist here.

Checklist Summary

    1. Update your iPhone, (iPad etc) to the latest version of iOS, and your Mac to the latest version of macOS.

    2. Update the software on your apple TV

    3. Turn on iCloud Photos

    4. Scan Christmas Cards

    5. Create a new album in your Photos App

    6. Create screen saver on Apple TV

    7. View as slideshow (bonus)

    8. Throw away your physical cards!


1.  Update your iPhone, (iPad etc) to the latest version of iOS, & your Mac to the latest version of macOS

Use the latest version of iOS

Make sure that your device is running the latest version of iOS. Go to Settings > General > Software Update. See if there’s an update available.

Use the latest version of macOS

How to get updates for macOS Mojave

If you already upgraded to macOS Mojave, follow these steps to keep it up to date: 

1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple () menu, then click Software Update to check for updates.

2. If any updates are available, click the Update Now button to install them. Or click ”More info” to see details about each update and select specific updates to install. 

3. When Software Update says that your Mac is up to date, macOS and all of its apps are also up to date. That includes SafariiTunes, Books, Messages, Mail, Calendar, Photos, and FaceTime.

To automatically install macOS updates in the future, including apps downloaded from the App Store, select ”Automatically keep my Mac up to date.” Your Mac will notify you when updates require it to restart, so you can always choose to install those later.

How to get updates for earlier macOS versions

If you're using an earlier macOS, such as macOS High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, or earlier, follow these steps to keep it up to date:

1. Open the App Store app on your Mac.

2. Click Updates in the App Store toolbar.

3. Use the Update buttons to download and install any updates listed.

4. When the App Store shows no more updates, your version of macOS and all of its apps are up to date. That includes SafariiTunes, iBooks, Messages, Mail,  Calendar, Photos, and FaceTime. Later versions are available by upgrading your macOS.

To automatically download updates in the future, choose Apple menu () > System Preferences, click App Store, then select ”Download newly available updates in the background.” Your Mac will notify you when updates are ready to install.


2. Update the software on your Apple TV

Check for updates

1. On Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation), go to Settings > System > Software Updates and Select Update Software.

2. If there's an update, select Download and Install. Wait for your Apple TV to download the update. Don't disconnect or unplug your Apple TV until the update completes. 

3. After the update downloads, your Apple TV will restart and prepare the update. Don't disconnect or unplug your Apple TV until the update completes.

4. After Apple TV prepares the update, it will install it. When the update is complete, your Apple TV will automatically restart again.

To update the software on Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation), go to Settings > General > Update Software. If there's an update, download and install it. Don't disconnect or unplug your Apple TV until the update completes.


3. Turn On iCloud Photos

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 10.3 or later, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos, then turn on iCloud Photos.

On your Mac with OS X 10.10.3 or later, go to System Preferences > iCloud. Click Options next to Photos, then select iCloud Photos.

On Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation) with tvOS 9.2 or later, go to Settings > Accounts > iCloud > iCloud Photos.


4. Scan Christmas Cards

Use a scanning App or take a picture with your iPhone Camera

Suggested App:

Pic Scanner Gold - Scan Photos


5. Create a new album in your Photos App

Create albums in Photos on Mac iOS (iPhone/iPad)

1. Tap open the Photos App

2. Tap on the Albums icon at the bottom of the screen

3. Tap the + sign in the upper left corner

4. Enter an album name ex. 2018 Christmas Cards

5. Choose the photos you want to organize in the new album. You will select your Christmas Card photos after scanning them. 

6. Add photos (scanned images) to an existing album: Tap Select and then tap the photos and videos that you want to add. Tap Add To and choose the album.

Create albums in Photos on Mac

Create a new album

In the Photos app on your Mac, do one of the following:

    • Create an empty album: Choose File > New Album, or position the pointer over the sidebar next to My Albums and click the Add button , then choose Album.

    • Create a new album from a group of photos: Select the photos you want in a new album, then choose File > New Album With Selection, or Control-click one of the selected photos and choose Add To > New Album.

      Type a name for your new album in the sidebar and press Return.

Add photos to an existing album

In the Photos app on your Mac, select the photos you want to add.

Do one of the following:

    • Drag the selected photos to an album in the sidebar, or Control-click a selected photo and choose Add To > [album name].

    • Control-click one of the selected photos and choose Add To > [album name]

    • Drag the thumbnail in the selection indicator at the top of the window to an album in the sidebar.

6. Create a screen saver on Apple TV

Create a photo screen saver on Apple TV

You can use shared photos or albums in the Photos app  as your Apple TV screen saver.

Set a screen saver

1. Open the Photos app, then swipe to the Shared category in the menu bar.

Note: If you don’t see the Shared category, go to Settings > Accounts > iCloud and turn on Shared Albums.

2. Select an album (2018 Christmas Cards), then select Set as Screen saver and confirm.



Adjust screen saver settings

1. Open Settings on Apple TV.

2. Go to General > Screen Saver


Activate the screen saver immediately

Press and hold the  button to return to the Home screen, then press the  button again.


Adjust screen saver settings

1. Open Settings  on Apple TV.

2. Go to General > Screen Saver, then do any of the following:

    • Choose a different screen saver: Select Type, then select the screen saver you want to use.

    • Select which photos to display:
      Choose My Photos, the Photos app opens.  Select the Christmas Cards album.  

    • Set the screen saver delay time: Select Start After, then specify a number of minutes. This instructs Apple TV to automatically start the screen saver if the device has been idle for the specified duration.

    • Preview a screen saver: Select Preview.



7. View as slideshow (bonus)

Create a slideshow on Apple TV

You can view your shared photos and albums as a slideshow on Apple TV.

Create a slideshow and adjust slideshow settings

1. Open the Photos app , then swipe to the Shared category in the menu bar.

Note: If you don’t see the Shared category, go to Settings > Accounts > iCloud and turn on Shared Albums.

2. Select an album or Photo Stream in My Albums, then select Play Slideshow.

3. Select to adjust any of the following settings:

    • Shuffle Photos: Turn on to show your photos in random order.

    • Repeat Photos: Turn on to play the slideshow continuously.

    • Theme: Select a slideshow theme to apply a different style to your slideshow.

    • Time Per Slide: Select how long to display each photo on the screen.

    • Transition: Select the transition effect used between photos.

4. Select Start Slideshow.


8. Throw away your physical cards!


Now enjoy your Christmas cards on your TV like a digital picture frame on steroids, without the cost!

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Happy Holidays!