I wonder why all Internet browsers do not provide us with a built-in and simple way to download multiple images, such as those excellent photos from my favorite Boston.com's The Big Picture. The closest thing that fit my need is Bulk Image Downloader and Firefox Extensions (Image Picker). The thing is, I certainly don't want to pay for something that can be free, and secondly, I don't use Firefox as my primary Internet browser (Hail Opera!)
My first plan was to make an Opera extension similar to Firefox's Image Picker, which basically read a page, select the images and then call the built-in download manager to save it to local folder. However, I'm having a real hard time finding the Opera API function to call the Opera download manager to download even a single url. So, I end up writing just this simple bookmarklet to grab the images url, and execute Free Download Manager to perform the download. For now, the bookmarklet only extract direct source url of images on the page, not linked images (such as google image search, flickr, etc.)
UPDATE: It now extracts the real image url of Google Image Search and Yahoo Image Search results :)
UPDATE 2: For Opera User, the bookmarklet will extract the url in links, so you can use the Link Panel, Select All, and Save to Download Folder. No longer need to copy paste to Free Download Manager.
You can add this link to your bookmark folder or drag it to your Opera Bookmark Bar
Get Images Bookmarklet
UPDATE 3: Added Check / Uncheck All Buttons Get Images Bookmarklet v3
UPDATE 4: Add Bing image search support Get Images Bookmarklet v4
Google Chrome or Firefox version of the bookmarklet: Get Images
Here is how you use it:
1. Go to your favorite image gallery site. Here are some of my favorites:
2. Click the Get Images Bookmarklet from your bookmark folder or Bookmark Bar, it will open a new page with all the images from the site resized along with a checkbox next to each images
3. Check or uncheck the images you want to download, and the image source url will be copied to the textarea.
4. Select all (Ctrl + A) and Copy (Ctrl + C) the links in the textbox
5. Open Free Download Manager, choose Import list of URLs from clipboard (Ctrl + Shift + V)
Comments are greatly appreciated :)