October Speedlinking

I haven't been able to post as often or as in depth as I'd like to have this past month. I chalk it up mostly to work, we all love 12 hour days right? But now that sign-off has passed and our last release of 2007 is calmly approaching (its on Friday), things have settled down a bit. Below are some great links from October, most of which I wanted to mention at some point and haven't gotten a chance to until now. Enjoy.

Top Secret Picasa Features

Google Photos Blog: Lesser-known (and secret) Picasa features

Most people are familiar with Picasa's usual features; Editing, organizing, uploading, printing, etc, but Mike Herf, the Picasa Engineering manager is going to take us on a tour on some of the "easter egg-ish" features. He's going to be posting hidden features and tips on Wednesdays over at the Google Photos blog so check it out.

The first up is search. While you might be familiar with searching for a filename, or a directory you know you put the photo in but can't find, you might not be aware that you can also put in dates, camera models, flash (for if one was used), what type of lens was used, or even the iso settings. All of these are indexed by Picasa and will be returned in a search. Another fun search term is color:red or color:gray. Try is out ;) The last hidden search feature is under Tools->Experimental->Show Duplicate files and Picasa will list all the files that show up more then once on your hard drive, pretty nifty for cleaning space.

For more features on Wednesdays, subscribe to the photo blog.

Picasa gets a blog!

Google Photos Blog: Ready for our close- up

The Picasa team has gotten a blog in the form of the Google Photos Blog. I think this brings the number of Google blogs to 75 (including the international blogs). On the photo blog they will be posting feature updates to Picasa, photography tips, and the team's favorite photo albums.

In addition to working on Picasa and the Web albums features, they are also in charge of hosting blogger's photo upload feature, which is powered by Picasa web, developing Orkut's photo picker, and creating Mapplets for browsing geotagged photos inside of Google Maps.

Subscribe to their feed for updates.

Picasa Web Api updates

Google Data Api's posted a few updates today, a few of which I've really been looking forward to; Community Search, Retrieving a user's recently uploaded photos, Retrieving recently added comments for a particular user, Searching a user's photos, Filtering by tag, Uploading non-JPEG photos, Downloading the original photo.

(my fav) Downloading the original photo: You can now download the original photo, including all EXIF data. This is accomplished by retrieving the feed with the imgmax=d query parameter and value This will return a feed where the media:content elements reference the original downloadable image.

It's nice not having to use a backdoor for this anymore