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Use Picasa Web Albums for managing pictures




*** UPDATE FEBRUARY 2016 ***
For now the information given on this page still works. But be aware that this is subject to change. I will endeavour to keep this page updated, but I can't promise it :-)

Picasa Web Albums deprecated (Jan 2017)

Picasa albums are no longer supported.
- Existing albums now only display a thumbnail.
- The thumbnail links to the album archive except in some cases
- There is a class of old albums for which the links are not going to work as they do not contain the right information.
for this class of albums, replacing the email id in the embed spec with the userid string (or reinserting the album) should result in the gadget now linking to the album.

e.g. If when you examine the URL in the embed specification of the Picasa Slideshow you see something like:
https://plus.google.com/photos/johndoe/mywebalbum?authkey=Gv1sRgCIuDtJ-OmZ6EugE
if you replace the part in bold (the email ID) with the numeric userID that you see when you look at your photo archives, the gadget will now act as a link to the relevant album.
The URL will now look something like
https://plus.google.com/photos/106637908507121678999/mywebalbum?authkey=Gv1sRgCIuDtJ-OmZ6EugE

However, Picasa embeds are deprecated and it is recommended you move to an alternative. Some examples are given here.



Here is a slideshow created using Photo Gallery

Google Presentation






PicasaWeb is the recommended tool of choice for storing photographic images for use in a Google Site
Storing photographs and other pictures in a Picasa Web Album makes them easy to embed in Google sites pages and, importantly, does not eat in to the Site space limit. You can also purchase more storage if needed.



Creating a Web Album

For small numbers of pictures

  • Simply sign in to your picasaweb account
  • click on the 'upload' button (at the top of the window) and click on 'create a new album' (or choose an existing album to add pictures to)
  • fill in the information for the album
  • Visibility: set as required
  • Upload up to 5 pictures at a time using the 'choose file' dialogue (update: you can now upload more than 5 at a time)

For large numbers of pictures

  • Download install and use the desktop Picasa application

Embedding individual pictures in a page

Using same account as you use for Picasaweb

If when editing your site you are logged in to the same account as you use for Picasaweb, then
  • Open the Site page where you want to embed the picture and edit
  • Position the cursor where the image is required and select Insert>Google+>photo
    (there used to be 'insert..Picasa Photo' option, but this has been removed)
    If you have a Google+ profile for the account you are using, you will see your picasaweb albums as Google+ albums.
    If you do not have a Google+ profile for the account you are using, select Picasa Photos
  • Select the required picture and click Select
  • Modify the 'alignment','size' and 'wrap' options as required

Not using the same account as you use for Picasaweb

If when editing your site you are not logged in to the same account as you use for Picasaweb i.e. you want to link to pictures in another Picasaweb account
  • From the required Picasaweb page, select the album required
  • Right click on any picture and select 'copy image URL'
  • Open the Site page where you want to embed the picture (in another tab or window) and edit
  • Position the cursor where the image is required and select 'insert..image'
  • Select 'Web Address (URL)', click in the Image URL box and paste the image URL (using ctrl-V or rightclick..paste) and click OK
  • Modify the 'alignment','size' and 'wrap' options as required
On the right is a Picasaweb image that has been embedded, right justified, wrap on.

Picasa Web Slideshow

Embedding a Slide show in a page

THIS SECTION IS UNDER REVISION

There are two ways of doing this.
  • Open the Site page where you want to embed the picture and edit
  • Position the cursor where the image is required and select Insert>Google+>photo album
    (there used to be 'insert..Picasaweb Slide show' option, but this has been removed)
    If you have a Google+ profile for the account you are using, you will see your picasaweb albums as Google+ albums.
    If you do not have a Google+ profile for the account you are using, select Picasa Albums
  • Select the required album and click Select
  • Modify the display options as required

You can also add a Picasaweb Slide using the url of the album:
  • From your Picasaweb home page - https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/myphotos?noredirect=1, select the album required
  • Click on the 'Slideshow' button (top menu)
  • Select and copy the URL of the slideshow in the address bar
  • Open the Site page where you want to embed the picture (in another tab or window) and edit
  • Position the cursor where the slideshow is required and select 'Insert>Picasaweb Slide show
  • Select 'Web Address (URL)', click in the URL box and paste the URL (using ctrl-V or rightclick..paste)
  • Then delete everything to the right of the # symbol in the url including the # symbol
  • Modify the the other options as required and click OK
On the right is a Picasaweb slideshow that has been embedded, right justified, wrap on.

Album Permissions

If you want to make an album visible publicly but don't want to announce this on Google+ or you want to make an album visible to 'anyone with the link' then as far as I know (at the time of writing, Nov '13) the ONLY way of doing this is via the Picasaweb interface. It cannot be done using Google Plus. If it helps, the way to think of it is that Google provide two tools to provide access to a common repository of photos: Google+ and Picasaweb. Each tool provides different functions. Some are common, some are unique to the specific tool. You have to choose the tool appropriate to your needs.

Embedding a Google Photos Picture

To insert a single photo from Google Photos without using the Picasaweb interface:
  • find the picture you wish to embed using Google Photos
  • click on the photo so that it appears full screen (the url will begin https://photos.google.com/photo/...)
  • Right click on this picture and select 'open link in new tab'. The image in the new tab will have a URL something like https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/... Copy this URL.
  • Open the Google Sites page where you want to embed the image and open the Sites page editor
  • Use Insert>Image and select 'Web Address' and paste the URL you copied into the 'Image URL field' and click OK.
 



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