Picasa Albums


To display albums for a user in Picasa use the following syntax:

 [gallery type='picasa' user_id='xyz' kind='album'] 

Alternatively if you drop the kind attribute that should work too:

 [gallery type='picasa' user_id='xyz'] 

Here are the albums from Kokonad Sinha:

  • Album for scrapbook photos
  • Album for profile photos

Note that the “Album for scrapbook photos” is something coming from Google’s recent changes to accommodate for Google+.

Protected Albums

Picasa albums have a security setting, “Limited, anyone with the link”. Albums with such a setting have an authkey parameter appended to the end of their URL (e.g. https://picasaweb.google.com/111233011352590794218/Maui?authkey=xxxxxxxxx). Photonic lets you use this to display protected albums. The syntax just requires you to populate the authkey parameter in the shortcode as well.

The following shows a protected album of mine:

Fun on the JetSki

I use the following syntax:

[gallery type='picasa' user_id='sayontan' album='Maui' authkey='xxxxxxxxx' layout='random']

Google Photos vs. PicasaWeb

In its infinite wisdom, Google’s somewhat new Google Photos doesn’t have a public API, and the old Picasa API remains. As a result Photonic is compelled to use Picasa’s API. If you have created an album in Google Photos, you cannot directly use its ID in the plugin. But you can go to your PicasaWeb account and see the newly created album listed there. You will also notice that PicasaWeb offers 2 options for “Limited” sharing – restricted albums from Google Photos show up as “Limited”, while the classical PicasaWeb option of “Limited, anyone with the link” still exists. You will need to change the album’s security settings to “Limited, anyone with the link”, unless you want to make it public. You can then use the authkey parameter to show the album using Photonic.