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Migrating from Picasaweb to Google Photos and Slideshows on WordPress

Migrating from Picasaweb to Google Photos and Slideshows on WordPress

UPDATE 2017-02-09 I found a slight solution that works but who knows for how long.  If you upload your photo albums using an old version of Picasa and set the permissions to public on the album when you upload, you can use existing Flash photo album code to display an album on a web page.  By simply changing the value after albumid%2f to the album ID of the google photo album, you can load it on your web page.  Below is sample code for the Picasa Flash plugin.  Replace USERIDHERE with the User ID for the Google Accont that hosts the photos and replace ALBUMID with the album ID for the photo album. <p><embed type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” src=”https://photos.gstatic.com/media/slideshow.swf” width=”800” height=”533” flashvars=”host=picasaweb.google.com&captions=1&hl=en_US&feat=flashalbum&RGB=0x000000&feed=https%3A%2F%2Fpicasaweb.google.com%2Fdata%2Ffeed%2Fapi%2Fuser%2FUSERIDHERE%2Falbumid%2FALBUMIDHERE%3Falt%3Drss%26kind%3Dphoto%26hl%3Den_US” pluginspage=”http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer“></embed></p> UPDATE 2017-02-06 #THANKSGOOGLE One more API is deprecated.  Testing public displays through Google Drive now: https://thomas.vanhoutte.be/miniblog/embed-add-google-drive-folder-file-website/ If you used to use Picasa and Picasaweb for photo storage through Google, you are probably aware that Google deprecated the service and has moved everything to Google Photos. I used Picasaweb for the...

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The SoMAS Website (Part 2)

The SoMAS Website (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of my write up on the SoMAS Website.  This post discusses the changes I have implemented on the existing website created by AWP from 2011 to late 2014.   Alumni Database and People Directory Lists of our alumni were available on the SoMAS website as six different pages, organized by either MS or PhD. Updating the alumni lists was quickly identified as a tedious process, where multiple pages of the same content existed and could be easily missed in an update.  If one page was updated, the webmaster needs to remember to update the other page as well. Similar to the lists of Alumni, the People directory was a large list of names presented in entirety on a single master page but also separated across multiple pages identifying specific groups:  faculty, staff, post docs, etc.  Again, if a single page was updated, the updated information needed to be replicated across the other pages, manually. The alumni information presented on the website is not the complete...

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Photospheres at Stony Brook University

Photospheres at Stony Brook University

Photospheres are awesome 360+ degree images that capture the entire area around the camera.  The most recognizable form of photosphere is Google Maps’s Streetview, which allows you to visit locations and see what it would look like from your car window.  Thankfully, newer smartphones are now capable of capturing photospheres. Stony Brook University has a VR Tour App you can download for free and use with Google Cardboard or another VR device to take a trip around campus.  The representation of SoMAS-related locations is limited to two images, however. In an effort to create a virtual tour of SoMAS, I started using the Google Camera App on my Samsung Galaxy S5 to create photospheres of places at SoMAS.  The Google Camera App is available for free on both Android and iPhone: For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.GoogleCamera&hl=en For iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-sphere-camera/id904418768?mt=8 Once you have created a photosphere on your phone, you can upload that image to Google Maps Streetview so that anyone visiting the area can view your streetview image on Google Maps.  Google Maps...

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