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Google Releases Picasa Web Albums Data API

Google has released the API for the Picasa Web Albums, you can add, request, update and delete albums, photo and tags, and using this script here from Googlified, you can embed Picasa web albums on your site. Download Picasa by clicking this link,

The Picasa Web Albums team is pleased to announce the release of the newest member of the GData family, the Picasa Web Albums data API.

Now you can access your albums, photos, comments and tags through a common GData API. Have a great idea for integrating your photos and tags into a semantic network? Want to add a slide show of your favorite photos to your homepage and include user comments? How about autotagging your photos based on image analysis or photo description or title? Or allowing users to pick a Picasa Web Albums photo from inside your application? The possibilities are endless. Source: GData for Picasa Web Albums

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - March 22, 2007 at 7:32 pm

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Todays Windows Vista Stories

No, I don’t mean stories featuring Windows Vista, I mean news stories about Windows Vista, it’s features, reviews, liked it, don’t like it, whatever. Ed Bott posted an article today called Windows Vista’s three killer features, and if you ask me, he couldn’t of picked a more boring set of features to crow about. The first one he talks about is interesting in the fact that some of the big competing programs, like Google’s Picasa, do it differently. He’s talking about Windows Photo Gallery and the fact that it stores the photos metadata in the photo itself, while Picasa and Apple’s iPhoto use sidecar files.

Windows Photo Gallery. Ho-hum, right? Just another lightweight program to import photos from a digital camera? What most reviewers miss is Photo Gallery’s support for the Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP), developed by Adobe and used in a variety of professional-strength photo-editing applications. When you tag a JPEG or TIFF photo with keywords in Windows Vista, those tags are stored directly in the file as metadata, which you can use to search, sort, and filter images in Photo Gallery. That’s a great leap forward from Apple’s iPhoto and Google’s Picasa, both of which store metadata in sidecar files rather than in the image itself.

Windows Speech Recognition. You probably haven’t heard much about speech recognition in Windows Vista. If you did, it was probably thanks to a demo that went awry last summer and was widely reported. That’s a shame, because the built-in speech-to -text conversion software in the final release works exceptionally well for controlling the Windows interface and dictating text.

Windows Desktop Search. Yes, you have lots of third-party desktop search options for Windows XP. I’ve tried them all and never found one that was reliable enough for daily use. What makes Vista’s search so useful is the fact that it’s integrated directly into the operating system, so you can search in the Start menu, in Control Panel, in Explorer windows, and in common dialog boxes. I miss this capability most when I sit down at a Windows XP machine and try to find a specific Control Panel option. It also just works. I haven’t had to rebuild indexes or mess with search settings on any Vista PCs in my office. Source: Windows Vista?s three killer features

Stewart Butterfield from the Flickrblog says a good reason to get Vista is because several of the wallpaper files include ones from Flickr members.

One good reason to consider an upgrade to Vista, Microsoft’s just-released upgrade to Windows: the default set of desktop wallpapers it ships with include several from Flickr members. Long Zheng has a blog post with some examples, and Microsoft’s Raymond Chen has more details.
Reportedly, Microsoft experience designer Jenny Lam considered around 10,000 images, combing traditional sources and commissioning a few photo shoots, but is happiest with the ones that came from Flickr members, like these from Hamad Darwish. Source: A Key Benefit of Vista

While it may be nice that their members created several of these files, it is definitely not a reason to upgrade, but the images he shows on the blog are definitely very good.

Nail Kennedy says no one is lining up for Windows Vista in San Francisco.

Earlier tonight I attended a Windows Vista launch event in San Francisco and was surprised to find not a single person in line to buy the software less than an hour before launch. CompUSA stayed open late to provide hands-on demonstrations of Microsoft’s new Windows Vista and Office 2007 but for most people I talked to in the store the event was a learning experience and a chance for some special sales and discounts. When I left about 45 minutes before Vista officially went on sale to consumers there were no eager customers ready for launch. Source: No one is lining up for Windows Vista in San Francisco

Seriously, was anybody expecting anyone to line up for a copy of a Windows Operating System? Sure, there are going to be Mac fan boys who line up for anything, and I don’t mean that it’s not worth lining up for, but he said he figured there would be a few to compare to the 200+ that were at the last Apple OS X event. I’m not surprised at all. Most people who are really into Windows probably have been using it for awhile and anybody else who would want it, would they line up? I want a copy of Windows Vista, but not bad enough to wait in line for it, I’ll be ready when my copy comes in the mail. And besides, how much ridicule would someone have to take from people for waiting in line for a copy of any Microsoft operating system?

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - January 30, 2007 at 8:42 pm

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New Features for Picasa Web Albums

One of Picasa’s newest features, Picasa Web Albums allows you to post your photos online in seconds with one-click web upload directly from Picasa or your web browser, you can even use your Mac to upload photos. It will view and save your friends’ photos, allowing you to keep track of your favorite people and family and see when they’ve added something new. You can download entire albums to Picasa in just one click. You can see photos in large formats, scroll through them quickly, and rotate and zoom. Share the joy with captions and comments. It’s really a great photo tool, and compliments Picasa very well.

Picasa, and you can use the Picasa Web Albums to do all kinds of great stuff, Google just added at least four new features:

Uploading videos. Until today, only users that paid for extra storage could upload videos. Now anyone can do that, but only using Picasa.

Prints. You can now order prints for your photos, but number of options is small.

Tags. Picasa Web Albums lets you tag your photos. You’ll find the option in the sidebar.

Search. You can search your photos, a certain gallery and your friends’ public photos. Google indexes captions, tags, album titles, album descriptions, and album locations. Source: Google Operating System

Picasa, and all of these great features to manage and store all your photos. Lifehacker says,

Upload videos, order prints and more with the latest additions to Picasa Web Albums, the online element of Google’s popular Picasa photo organizer.

The service now allows you to upload videos to your albums; add tags to your photos; search tags in your albums and your friends’ albums; add “bulk” captions to all the photos in an album; and order prints and photo products. Alas, for the moment you’re limited to PhotoWorks or Shutterfly; hopefully they’ll add more services soon. In the meantime, watch out, Flickr: Google’s definitely gunning for ya. Source: LifeHacker

It’s part of the Google Pack as well, you can download the whole Google Pack by clicking here.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - December 16, 2006 at 5:05 am

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Rating the Google Pack

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On his Winsupersite, Paul Thurrott has reviewed the new Google Pack. I myself have not even had a chance to look at it, so I can offer no opinion other than I really like Picasa and hate Norton Antivirus, never did like Norton’s, their utilities were okay, until you found their competition, hehe, never did like Realplayer either, I’ve always favored Windows Media Player to it. Ofcourse I have and still use Adaware, nowadays you have to have more than one antispyware program, although X-Cleaner is by far the best. Here is part of his review, which you can read here.

Google Pack is indeed a collection of free software. Whether it’s useful or improves the online experience is, I suppose, up to the individual. From what I can see, Google Pack is decidedly mixed. And if you’re interested in installing this package, you’re going to want to choose which applications you install quite carefully.

The problems are legion. First, few users will want all of the applications Google is offering here. And though some of the applications are quite good, most of them spew system tray, Quick Launch, and desktop icons all over your system, and silently pad your PC with additional tasks to run at boot-up, slowing the boot process and taking up valuable resources. The effect is similar to that you get when you purchase new PC from a company such as HP: There are unwanted and unnecessary programs strewn all over the system, and you can spend hours removing them all. In some ways, that’s the worst part about getting a new PC, isn’t it?

And though Google goes to great pains to tout how each application in Google Pack is free, it’s worth noting that many of these applications feature annoying upgrade advertisements aimed at getting you to purchase the full versions. They’re limited in other ways too, as I’ll describe below. But most problematic, many of these applications aren’t even up-to-date. For example, the free version of Norton Antivirus includes virus definitions that are, as of this writing, an astonishing four months out of date. And the spyware definitions in Ad-Aware SE were over 120 days out of date when I installed that application. That’s simply irresponsible. The sheer amount of work that a user needs to perform in order to make sure that each application Google provides is updated completely contradicts the benefits of having an integrated installer with “only one license agreement ? and no wizards.” That’s only true until you actually try to use any of these applications.

His conclusion:

While virtually every computer company on earth is scared to death of Google, and virtually every PC user seems to be in love with them, Google Pack serves nicely as a reality check. Not only is Google human, buts the flaws in Google Pack suggest that this company has a long, long way to go before it can ever justify its insanely lofty stock price. Google Pack is a mixed bag of applications, some useful and some not, though virtually all are deficient in some way as packaged here. I applaud Google for trying to make the PC experience simpler and more secure, but shipping out-of-date security products is even worse than not shipping them at all, because users will get a false sense of security and believe they’re protected when in fact they are not. Google Pack is still in beta, so the more glaring issues can be fixed by a final release, if there is one. But this initial version of Google Pack is an embarrassment to the company. It’s just a mess.

Click here to read the whole thing, and many other fantastic news and reviews at Paul’s site.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - January 8, 2006 at 10:52 pm

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