Facebook is implementing 3 major update to its photo sections that will allow users to upload and view print-quality and high-resolution photos, as well as a new photo uploader with better tagging feature.
To date, images were limited to 720 pixels but once the implementation is done users will be able to upload images as big as 2048 pixels wide or tall or eight times bigger overall.
“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,” Sam Odio, product manager for Facebook Photos, wrote.
“A new light box (the dark frame around your pictures) makes viewing photos a richer experience,” he added. “We also rewrote all the code for the viewer from scratch, so paging through photos will be noticeably faster.”
The company also offers a Flash-based photo uploader to simplify the uploading process specially when users uploading numerous pictures. The new uploader also allows users to tag photos in bulk. . It’s also easier to tag the same friend in different photos, Facebook says.
The new Facebook feature will definitely pose a great threat to Flickr and Google Picasa.
The new features will be rolled out to every Facebook’s 550 million users in the coming month.