I remain a big fan of compfight as my favorite tool for finding creative commons licensed photos from flickr. Just tonight I noticed the interface is updated- previously, clicking one of the small icon results launched the photo in flickr, now you get a preview (at a useful size) and quite a bit more:
You get direct links to the license, and the available flickr downloads but also a cut and paste attribution code suitable for quick copy/paste. I also would prefer to see the photo title and/or caption, maybe the photographers name larger, it sometimes help me pick or appreciate the image more when I see that info.
I may not use this right now- for my flow, that still means several stops, download image, find it, upload to blog, paste in caption…
What I (now) is click through the image to load the flickr page:
Now it gets tricky when one tries to say one tool/approach is better. Mine is quicker, but if that photo every disappears from flickr, my embedded use if it will go away. If I do the download my own copy and upload, well I don’t have to worry about that (but its more steps).
So for the most part, I am willing to risk possible future loss of photos from flickr for the quicker process. But that’s a choice you get to make for yourself, or to change again later. This internet space is not one of fixed and frozen choices, it is always a continent that is drifting on us.
But for me just having bigger previews on compfight is a big gain.
What is more important is that people use creative commons media and give credit, no matter what tool, script, or funny machine they used to get there.