Friday, May 18, 2007

Picasa Embeded Slide Show

Picasa is catching up fast. Now you can create 'nifty portable Flash slideshows' that you can easily embed in any blog or web page. Here's an example featuring my trip to Japan last summer:

The only good thing about this gadget is that it loads pretty fast (maybe because not many users are using it at the moment). Overall, the gadget still needs much improvement:
  1. The Picasa logo at the bottom right corner is very annoying and blocks part of the captions (in smaller frame sizes). It should be hidden just like the playback control bar;
  2. There is no way to control the speed of the slideshow (both user-end and webmaster-end);
  3. The gadget is still kind of buggy, e.g. play button sometimes doesn't work;
  4. Unlike Flickr, you cannot display slideshow for 'Community Photos' search results.

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