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As a longtime Flickr user (i.e., one of the “old-skool” users who just now needs to start signing in with my Yahoo! account), I’ve never had more fun editing a book than I did with Flickr Hacks. Though I knew enough about Flickr when we started working on the book to know that there were a lot more possibilities I didn’t know about, Paul and Jim consistently increased the value of the service to me with each new hack they submitted.

What used to be a passing interest has, I’ll admit, become an addiction. I organize and share my own photos, consume those of others, and keep tabs on friends, family, and contacts in new ways, and there’s no looking back now. Now that the book is in print, I have it open on my desk perhaps a little more often than I should, since playing with the wealth of toys inside no longer qualifies as “research.”

But one thing that disappointed me and others about the publication of the book was that, due to cost restraints, it needed to be printed in black and white. To ameliorate this shortcoming, shortly after the book’s release, I posted all the glorious full-color images in the book in this Flickr set.

Here are a few choice samples of the types of images you’ve just gotta see in color (and at their original sizes):

Flickr Colr Pickr

Mosaic

Philotaxy

Owners of the book should find this a great resource and addition, for the beauty of some images and the functionality of others in color. If you don’t have the book yet, I hope this is enough to whet your appetite and get you interested in digging deeper into all the goodies that go with the figures.