Facebook is a Worldwide Social Networking Leader. It has multiple built-in capabilities for convenient communication and virtual sharing of your life events. In this post, we would like to present several software utilities to help with one of the tasks associated with Facebook, and particularly downloading images and complete albums from the friend’s profiles. All the reviewed utilities are free for use.
FotoBounce offers one of the most convenient and comprehensive ways to download pictures from Facebook and manage them easily on your computer. FotoBounce is offered both for Windows or Mac platform. It works locally from your computer and provides simple way of downloading pictures.
Fotobounce utilizes advanced face detection and recognition technology to automatically detect faces when photos are found or imported. As faces are detected by Fotobounce and tagged by the user, this “trains” Fotobounce to learn who people are and helps automate the tagging process. The process is similar to the Picasa Web Album as to this feature.
While this post focuses on photos downloading, you can enjoy other features of FotoBounce like uploading photos to Facebook gallery and Flickr. Photos are uploaded directly from Fotobounce – with tags and descriptions intact. There’s no need to spend additional time painstakingly re-tagging photos and no browser-based transfers or third-party software is required.
Fotobounce Viewer is a separate product that runs on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. The Viewer makes it easy to browse photos and share them on the go from any platform and practically any mobile device. A version will be available soon for the iPhone (iPad and iPod) and the BlackBerry Playbook. For devices not supported by the Fotobounce Viewer, users can use Fotobounce Mobile.
Photos or albums can be sent to Twitter from Fotobounce. Fotobounce is the only solution in the industry that allows an entire album to be attached to a single tweet.
Direct Download Page: http://fotobounce.com/download/
Bloom is another multi platform desktop app that let you upload your photos and videos easily and efficiently to Facebook, and, what is important for the matter of this post, download albums and view your friends' photos.
Main features include ability to download albums or individual pictures from Facebook
Website and Downloading Page: http://antaki.ca/bloom/
PhotoGrabber is very simple desktop application which allows you to download Facebook Photo albums to your computer with no technical knowledge. It is available for Windows and Mac platforms.
Direct Download Page: http://code.google.com/p/photograbber/downloads/list
- Pick & Zip
Pick&Zip is not a software utility, but totally free online tool allowing you to download photos from Facebook in a single ZIP or PDF file. In this case, you do not have to download any software on your computer to use this web application.
To start using this service, you just have to log in with Facebook credentials. Pick& Zip allows you to download your own pics for backup purposes, tagged photos of you (even if they were not uploaded by you), and also, the albums of your friends. When you login with your Facebook login credentials, you can see all your friends on the left side as a list. When you click on any of your friend’s name, all the albums of that person are listed. You can download a particular photo or the entire album.