Saturday, October 2, 2010

Facebook to Increase Photo Sizes By 8x and Launch New Photo Viewer

Facebook has announced that they will be increasing the allowed size of photo uploads by 8x and will launch a new photo viewer.

We're increasing the size of the photos stored from 720 pixels to 2048 pixels on the largest edge, for an 8 times increase overall. I'm really excited to be launching this feature. To see the quality of these pictures, you can view National Geographic's "Top-Rated Your Shot Photos (September)" album or Sports Illustrated's "Football Across America" album. Download high-resolution photos by clicking the "Download" link.

The new viewer makes it simpler and faster to navigate photos. You can now view photos and even whole albums without even having to go to a new page. Instead, the photo opens in the center of your screen, and you close it when you're done. There's no need to go back and forth between pages or reload the page.

A new light box (the dark frame around your pictures) makes viewing photos a richer experience. We also rewrote all the code for the viewer from scratch, so paging through photos will be noticeably faster.

The site has also improved its Flash uploader which will now let you tag multiple photos in the same album all at once. The changes are rolling out beginning today to all Facebook users.

*thanks iclarified*

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