picasa

Picasa is an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website, originally created by a company named Lifescape (which at that time may have resided at Idealab) in 2002. In July 2004, Google acquired Picasa from Lifescape and began offering it as freeware. read more at WikiPedia

  • Announcing Joomla! photowidget for Smugmug, Picasa, Flickr RSS

    photowidget.smugmug.flickr.picasa

    I did integrate the Flickr widget from RoyTanck.com as a Joomla module. This version do not depend on Roy’s site, and run offline if needed as i rewrite the RSS parsing code myself. For now you can see it live running on the right side of Roy’s site

    • Your Smugmug/ Picasa or Flickr RSS feed. To get feed URL one for your Flickr photo stream, simply go to your photo stream's page and right-click the little orange RSS icon at the bottom. Select ‘Copy link location’ or ‘Copy shortcut’ and paste it into the form below. For Picasa, there’s a link called ‘RSS’ at the bottom right of the ‘My Photos’ page, and a small icon on the sidebar on other pages. For Smugmug the icon is located at the bottom of the page.
    • The dimensions for the widget. This depends almost entirely from the layout of your website. Square aspect rations work best (equal width and height). At very large sizes (400px and up) the thumbnails might have bigger pixels than usual.
    • The background color for the widget. You can use Colorpicker.com to get the right value for your website. The selected color serves only as a backup if ‘Use background transparency’ is selected.
    • RSS feed is also optional photowidget also support up to 10 images on your server.

    Before releasing I need to clean the code a bit, test the installer, write a small documentation, submit module to Joomla! extension.. maybe tomorrow, but before the week end for sure!

  • Google's Picasa to Linux.




    The biggest news of the week is the port of Google's Picasa to Linux.with WINE!

    Wine is an open source implementation of the Windows API on top of X and Unix. Think of it as a Windows compatibility layer. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely alternative implementation consisting of 100% Microsoft-free code, but it can optionally use native system DLLs if they are available. You can find more info atwww.winehq.org
    Several months ago we reported that CodeWeavers was contracted to port some Google apps to Linux. 

    "Picasa incorporates nearly all the features of the current Windows version of Picasa, providing you with the tools you need to easily find, edit, and share the photos on your computer," explained Google's Open Source Programs Manager Chris DiBona. "And because it runs on a carefully tested version of Wine, Picasa avoids the slowing effects of an OS emulation or a virtual machine."

    I am using it, and very satisfied by its speed and ease of use: It looks like and react like the windows Picasa version. Do not wait any longer and give it a try, it is the perfect tool  to administer our growing library of pictures.
    Google/CodeWeavers have also committed all patches for WIne to make this happen into the main development tree, it may also allow more windows apps to run under linux, and that's great for the whole community!
    You do not have to install WINE, the total size is only 17Mb compressed, not bad for such a software and all its function wrapped to Linux API.
    The only functionalities missing would be a neural network to automatically recognize and query pictures by their statistical content...but I am asking too much :-)
  • I love Smugmug, Joomla! and You?

    This is a small content plugin for Joomla! 1.5 that allow you to inline a set of images from your favorite online gallery: Smugmug, Flickr, Picasa or any RSS feed in any article.

    If you put the following in your article

    photoFeed.code

    the gallery content will be displayed as a result

    photoFeed.result 

    FEATURES:

    photofeed.settings

    The photoFEED plugin uses the lastRSS class to grab images from a Smugmug, Flickr, Picasa or any RSS feed to display in any Joomla! hosted website.

    It provides access to the Images title, description and content

    USAGE: you can do it from any of your post or page. you can set any RSS feed like Smugmug, Picasa, Flickr etc with a limit of how many photos you want in your post/page. You need to keep in mind that you need to assign to things there:

       1. rss uri = feed location
    2. limit = number of photos to be shown

    the plugin will replace only the text within the post/page which is encoded with a curly brace {} with resulted photos. The remaindered text will be same. Add your RSS Feed in the body of your post or page in the following format

    {rss uri=FeedURL limit=5}

    Alternatively you can leave the limit blank like this to get all the photos {rss uri=flickr/picasa/smugmugrssfeed_location limit=}

    Note:

    This Joomla! plugin is based on fdsPhotoFEED v1.0.0 and all credits should be given to the original author: Nurul Ferdous, I did just wrap his hard work in a Joomla! content plugin to solve my needs.

    Code is GPL v2.0

    Downloadand Details

  • Photofeed version 1.1

    78px-Smugmug_logo 22711-250px-picasa-logo.svg Flickr_logo Photofeed is a small content plugin for Joomla! 1.5 that allow you to inline a set of images from your favorite online gallery: Smugmug, Flickr, Picasa or any RSS feed in any article.

    Ed Henderson (http://www.henderland.net/) has submitted me a patch today that correct and improve Photofeed by a huge margin. It has done such a great job that I deliver this version now. I plan to add in the next version Photofeed 1.2 full support for gallery2 (aka G2), don’t forget to request new features in the Smugmug forum support board

    July 7, 2009 - List of fixes and enhancements from Ed Henderson

    Bug fixes

    1. Fixed malformed image URL (had double-quote at the end and not at the start so didn't display properly in lightbox)
    2. Fixed problem with "@" and single-quote in captions (this broke the php code)
    3. Fixed $library not being passed thru to rss_parse function (this caused the image to not be viewed via lightbox)

    Enhancements:

    1. Specify the thumbnail size in pixels
    2. Specify if square thumbnail or maintain aspect ratio (if not square then thumbnail size just specifies the height)
    3. Now recognize multiple {rss...} tags in a single article.
    4. Specify thumbnail size and square thumbnail in {rss... size=90 square=yes|no} tag to override system-wide defaults. Or if tag element left blank i.e. "ulimit=" then defaults to system default.
    5. Specify thumbnail border width in pixels
    6. Added special section in the code for Picasa so that viewing largest image (800px) could be possible.
    7. Added more verbiage to photofeed.xml to help with plugin usage.

    Future enhancements to do

    1. Recognize single and/or double quotes in {rss..} tag
    2. No order to tag elements - i.e. size=75 could come first in the {rss...} tag
    3. If tag element missing then just take default - at this time all tag elements must be in the tag to work
    4. Ability to choose size of image to view - now defaults to largest for Picasa.

    Testing: Note that I have tested these changes on Picasa only.  I believe it will work with the other photo sites as I made changes to their code for any enhancements I added.

    Download / documentation / keep up to date by adding the download photofeed RSS Feed Icon

  • Photowidget 1.0 release

    photowidget

    I am really happy to deliver this new Joomla! module. It also now support RSS of

    • Gallery2,
    • Smugmug,
    • Flickr,
    • Picasa.

    I did document everything in the WIKI. I still respond to private emails but try now to always create new entries in the WIKI as it help more users.

    Enjoy!

     

    This extension will also be available at Joomla extensions in the Category Photo Channels

    Roy Tanck's Flickr Widget requires Flash Player 9 or better.

  • PhotoWidget 1.1.0 avalaible

    logo_simplepie_horizontal feature_feed

    The module PhotoWidget has been totally rewritten using simplepie.org, a famous open source RSS parser, by the way Joomla!, Drupal, and a lot of open source projects use it natively.

    SimplePie is a very fast and easy-to-use class, written in PHP, that puts the 'simple' back into 'really simple syndication'. Flexible enough to suit beginners and veterans alike, SimplePie is focused on speed, ease of use, compatibility and standards compliance.

    Code is now:

    • Smaller,
    • Object oriented: it is funny how you always start to hack small project in php in a non object oriented way at the beginning :-)
    • More robust toward multiple RSS feeds.

    But it also contains some new interesting features! Below is an example of Photowidget ouput with a Smugmug RSS feed. Photowidget support: Picasa, Flickr, G2, and a lot of other RSS feeds.

    What’s new

    BUG:  by clicking on Smugmug/Picasa/Flickr thumbnail, it drive you to the correct gallery

    NEW: Code use SimplePie and no more my custom RSS parser, this mean more compatibility, speed, and quality of RSS parsing/caching.

    NEW: if you don’t like the flash output, you can now output pictures from an RSS feed in a full HTML badge manner. It will just fill the space you give in the module as seen below

    photowidgetSmugmugHTML

    NEW: Flickr thumbnail picture size can now be selected

    NEW: Picasa thumbnail picture size can now be selected

    photowidget-Picasa-Flickr.size

    NEW: You can copy this module  many times and use it at different places in your layout (before only one instances was able to run for each Joomla!) at the condition to use an unique id for each.

    photowidget-UniqueID

     

    Resources

    The wiki page is here http://wiki.waltercedric.com/index.php?title=Photowidget

    The demo site is here http://demo2.waltercedric.com/ examples at the bottom of the page

    Download here and keep up to date with the download RSS Feed Icon
  • PhotoWidget 1.6.0 for Joomla! 1.6 avalaible

    photowidget

    This is a small module for Joomla! 1.5/1.6 that allow you to display a set of images from your favorite online gallery: Smugmug, Flickr, Picasa or any RSS feed.

    I did integrate the Flickr widget from RoyTanck.com as a Joomla! module. This version do not depend on Roy’s site, and run offline if needed as i rewrite the RSS parsing code myself.

    • Your Smugmug/ Picasa/Gallery 2 or Flickr RSS feed. To get feed URL one for your Flickr photo stream, simply go to your photo stream's page and right-click the little orange RSS icon at the bottom. Select ‘Copy link location’ or ‘Copy shortcut’ and paste it into the form below. For Picasa, there’s a link called ‘RSS’ at the bottom right of the ‘My Photos’ page, and a small icon on the sidebar on other pages. For Smugmug the icon is located at the bottom of the page.
    • The dimensions for the widget. This depends almost entirely from the layout of your website. Square aspect rations work best (equal width and height). At very large sizes (400px and up) the thumbnails might have bigger pixels than usual.
    • The background color for the widget. You can use Colorpicker.com to get the right value for your website. The selected color serves only as a backup if ‘Use background transparency’ is selected.
    • RSS feed is also optional Photowidget also support up to 10 images on your server.

    What’s new

    NEW: version 1.6.0 is only for Joomla! 1.6
    NEW: This version use the Joomla! build in update manager, just browse to the page Extension Manager: Update (at yoursite/administrator/index.php?option=com_installer&view=update) to fetch and update this extension with one click
    NEW: Use Joomla! templating best practices
    NEW:
    Embeded documentation windows to live wiki page for always up to date documentation

    Features

    • Native Joomla! 1.5/1.6 module,
    • It can fetch photos from Smugmug/Flickr/Picasaor any other RSS feed
    • if you don’t like the flash output, you can now output pictures from an RSS feed in a full HTML badge manner.
    • It supports RSS caching (lifetime can be choosen in admin panel)
    • It can also let you define fix url to images on your site
    • Flickr/Picasa thumbnail pictures size can be selected
    • You can copy this module many times and use it at different places in your layout (before only one instances was able to run for each Joomla!) at the condition to use an unique id for each.
    • Code produced is XHTML 1.0 Strict,
    • Tested in the following browser Firefox, Opera, Chrome, IE 8
    • Approved at Joomla Extension JED,
    • GPL v3.0,
    • Non commercial.

    The wiki page is here http://wiki.waltercedric.com/index.php?title=Photowidget

    Demo site

     DOWNLOAD HERE AND KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THE DOWNLOAD RSS Feed Icon

  • PhotoWidget for Joomla approved at JED

    Photowidget has been approved at Joomla Extension directory
    This is a small module for Joomla! 1.5 that allow you to display a set of images from your favorite online gallery: Smugmug, Flickr, Picasa, Gallery 2 or any RSS feed.

    This extension is now available at Joomla extensions in the Category Photo Channels



     

     



  • Picasa 3.5 available with face recognition / easy geotagging

    picasa.logo  Picasa is starting to be really the best free picture viewer (beside XnView for converting pictures)

    This version bring 2 new highly desirable features

    Add name tags - Picasa 3.5 scans all the photos in your collection, identifies the ones with faces, and groups photos with similar faces together. It's easy to add name tags to dozens of photos at once by clicking "Add a name" below a photo and typing the person's name. Once you've tagged some pictures, you can make a face collage with one click, easily find all your pictures with the same two people in them, or upload your name tags to Picasa Web Albums

    See below with an old picture, on the right side, the software detect all faces in pictures an propose you to tag them! (yes this was me when I was 4 years old)

    picasa.face.recognition

    Now, not finding people in your huge library of pictures is a thing of the past.

    Geotag your photos with Google Maps - Quickly add geotags using new integrated Google Maps by clicking the Places button in Picasa 3.5, and dragging your photos to the location where you took them. Of course you can stil use Google Earth to tag or view photos if you prefer.

    Below a picture of Bauschänzli, near Zürich Bellevue.

    picasa.geolocations

    Download:

    Only for Windows Xp/Vista/7

    Linux is not supported as for now, but some people at LifeHacker have already found a hack