A reader named Bruce sent in a request for a tool that will allow you to automatically download all of your Flickr photos for backup or export purposes. A quick search landed me on FlickrEdit, a Java desktop application that uses the Flickr API to manage and export your Flickr content.
FlickrEdit will launch from a URL, after which you’ll have to agree to a security dialog and you’ll have the option of adding a shortcut to the app on your Desktop. After the application starts, you can associate it with your Flickr account and allow FlickrEdit to access your photos.
Your photo sets will be listed in the FlickrEdit interface. Simply select the ones you want to back up, hit the backup button in the lower right, and select a folder. FlickrEdit will download all of the full-res versions of your photos, broken out into subdirectories for each set.
I imagine this could be useful for folks that upload to Flickr from many different sources. You could pull everything down to your main desktop machine to consolidate your entire image archive. The whole process is pretty straightforward and it’s a quick way to collect all of your Flickr content onto your desktop–way easier than clicking through all the “original size” links and manually downloading.