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New “Joomla! Picasa” and “Joomla! Flickr”

Hello people,

a couple of years ago I wrote a beta version of the two Joomla! components “Joomla! Picasa” and “Joomla! Flickr”. In the past two years, the two packages have been downloaded and tried more than 70.000 times, generating lot of interest and discussions, even in their early stage of development.

I’m now going to completely rewrite them, to keep them competitive in the growing market of Joomla! extensions. The two components are obviously going to be completely free and open source.

Before I start developing again, I’d like you all to discuss with me the features that you would like to be implemented and what you DON’T want to be included in the packages. I will then start two fresh open source projects for them and all contribution will be welcome.

Ready for a new version of the two photogallery? Start proposing, adding comments to this post, then…

About Roberto Aloi

Software Engineer and Erlanger. Author of www.tryerlang.org.


55 thoughts on “New “Joomla! Picasa” and “Joomla! Flickr”

  1. Hi,

    Are you planning to integrate access to private pictures in Flickr ? That would be a great feature.

    Thanks for the great job,


    Posted by Salame Levrai | October 20, 2009, 2:22 pm
  2. That’s something that I will definitely do.

    Posted by prof3ta | October 20, 2009, 5:07 pm
  3. Is there any way to change “Welcome to Joomla Picasa 2”?

    Posted by Nick Maschinski | November 5, 2009, 3:40 am
  4. – more effects in uploaded plugin system!
    – view this: tags, size, date, and many more picasa and flickr addon

    Posted by tavaris | November 6, 2009, 3:49 am
  5. What would be absolutely my greatest whish is to be able to show my picasa albums in a flickr-like style. that is to say with a possibility to autoplay but also to pause a slideshow, running the list of thumbs below (or on the side). this than should be combined with a automatic retreival of new albums from picasa at a nice album overview page to be connected to a menu item. preferably with the option to include the album descriptions. I will keep an eye on this and hope you will start developing soon! Thanks in advance.

    Posted by rmwdo | November 6, 2009, 2:56 pm
  6. I wish be able to save or mail the pictures directly from the lightbox in their original size.
    Like a buttom “save” and “mail”

    Posted by luc | November 10, 2009, 7:52 am
  7. Hi Robert,

    Do you have any howto, document over install guide?

    Best Regards

    Posted by Onur | November 12, 2009, 8:32 am
  8. 1. rss albums
    2. sort pictures by tags, rss tag album
    3. sort albums by tags, rss tag gallery
    4. in one gallery can be flickr and picasa albums, and if i sort by tags then no matter are they flickr or picasa photos

    Posted by zorroh | November 17, 2009, 4:35 pm
  9. with sort i was meening that shows only those pictures or albums what are with this tag

    Posted by zorroh | November 17, 2009, 4:39 pm
  10. I’ll be very happy if the new rewritten version is 100% joomla 1.5.

    There was no other component that did exactly what I wanted!

    Posted by dadoupy | November 23, 2009, 4:13 pm
  11. …and, add two or more picassa or other photo channels albums!

    Posted by tavaris | December 3, 2009, 1:23 pm
  12. Would love to have a component/plugin/module. Where an album could be linked to by the album thumbnail, but open up all images in view window

    Posted by Robert | December 3, 2009, 5:50 pm
  13. I am searching for a plugin that displays Picasa gallery in a good way. I haven’t found one in the web. That would be great if this gallery could do that.

    Posted by David | December 6, 2009, 10:54 am
  14. Can you make it have the ability to only show albums of a certain date. I’ve got a ton of albums and having the ability to show albums only of a certain date would be very nice. Hate digging through all of them.

    Posted by Howard | December 10, 2009, 5:31 pm
  15. A Cache for a faster load of the website. especially with low bandwidth it takes ages to load my website. Thanks

    Posted by hausmaen | December 29, 2009, 12:36 pm
  16. Are you going to implement SEF functions?

    Posted by sjoenie | January 4, 2010, 2:16 am
  17. I am unable to find the developers instrutution to install and work it on Joomla site. Can anyone please direct me to the link where i can find the installtion instructions?? Many Thanks

    Posted by sumanta | January 10, 2010, 3:57 pm
  18. Bravo Roberto! hai fatto un ottimo componente, tanti ti ringrazieranno me compreso.

    Hai mai pensato di adattarlo alla gallery-menalto tramite l’importazione dei feed che offre la menalto?

    Qui una demo Joomla-1.5+MenaltoGallery ma purtroppo non ci sono i feed in bella vista.


    Posted by angelo | January 11, 2010, 4:58 pm
  19. Hello,

    my suggestion is that the user of your plugin can fully show there account of Flickr in there Joomla! site. No extension can do this at the time!

    For example you have collections and sets.
    In your flickr profile you can see only the collections and if you click a collection you can see the sets that are in that collection.
    It would be great if you see the same structure in your joomla site!!!
    If you can do that you can enjoy the simplisity of Flickr and a gallery that takes the hierarchy.
    I’m looking forward to see if you can manage this!
    Hopefuly you can do this!

    My second suggestion is that you make it possible for members at the FRONTEND to upload directly to Flickr.
    So at the frontend you are able to make a new set / collection, place the set in the right collection and upload (multiple) photos (JAVA upload).

    Looking forward..

    Posted by Chiro | January 16, 2010, 4:45 pm
    • I’m not sure about the usefulness of what you’re proposing. The Joomla Flickr component should represent a front-end for pictures hosted in Flickr. Honestly, I don’t see the point of re-inventing the wheel, by providing the final user the same functionalities that he could achieve by logging in into Flickr and by using the built-in administration panel. Or am I missing something?

      Posted by prof3ta | January 16, 2010, 5:03 pm
      • it would just be a nice feature I think because you users don’t have to leave your site then.
        But what do you think about my first suggestion? That is the one that is interesting for me.
        I have a lot of sets organised in collections and it would be great if that would be at my site in the same collections..

        Posted by Chiro | January 16, 2010, 5:07 pm
      • Support for collections and sets is already planned.

        Posted by prof3ta | January 16, 2010, 5:20 pm
  20. I have tried your newest joomla! flickr and if i press the Joomla Flickr link in by components, i don’t see the whole welcome text like in your Youtube movie. All i see is: Jf_welcome.
    Can someone help me?

    Posted by tester | January 16, 2010, 5:10 pm
  21. I tried to install the joomla flickr component. The installation is succesful but when I click in the component menu on joomla Flickr I get Jf_welcome instead of the welcome text like in the Youtube movie

    Posted by Chiro | January 16, 2010, 5:15 pm
  22. JF_WELCOME=”Het werkt!”
    JF_INSTRUCTIONS=”De Joomla Flickr extensie is correct geïnstalleerd. Je kan nu alles configureren via de Menu Manager:”
    JF_INSTRUCTIONS3=”Selecteer het menu dat je wil linken aan de foto gallerij door op de juiste ‘MENU ITEM(s)’ kolom te klikken.”
    JF_INSTRUCTIONS4=”Klik io NIEUW (in de rechter-boven hoek)”
    JF_INSTRUCTIONS5=”Selecteer ‘Joomla Flickr’ -> ‘Joomlaflickr’ -> ‘Default Layout'”
    JF_INSTRUCTIONS6=”Voeg de titel toe en stel de andere opties in.”
    JF_INSTRUCTIONS7=”Open daarna aan de rechterkant ‘PARAMETERS (COMPONENT)’ en stel daar je Flickr Key en gebruikersnaam in.”
    JF_ALBUMS_PRESENT=albums zijn aanwezig voor
    JF_ALBUM_CONTAINS=Dit album bevat

    here you go

    Posted by Chiro | January 16, 2010, 6:04 pm
  23. btw: this is the dutch (nederlands) translation.

    And another thing I want to know: is there multiple users support in your Joomla! Picasa component?

    Posted by Chiro | January 16, 2010, 6:06 pm
  24. Can you tell me how to translate your component joomla-picasa?

    Posted by jeh1eip | January 16, 2010, 7:49 pm
  25. JP2_WELCOME=Welkom, dit is Joomla Picasa 2
    JP2_ALBUMS_PRESENT=albums zijn aanwezig voor
    JP2_ALBUM_CONTAINS=Het album bevatJP2_PHOTOS=foto’s

    here you go.

    btw I get this error
    Fatal error: Uncaught exception ‘Zend_Gdata_App_HttpException’ with message ‘Expected response code 200, got 400’ in /home/chiroz/domains/MYSITE.COM/public_html/components/com_joomlapicasa2/libraries/Zend/Gdata/App.php:285 Stack trace: #0 /home/chiroz/domains/MYSITE.COM/public_html/components/com_joomlapicasa2/libraries/Zend/Gdata/App.php(131): Zend_Gdata_App::import(‘http://picasawe…’, Object(Zend_Http_Client), ‘Zend_Gdata_Phot…’) #1 /home/chiroz/domains/MYSITE.COM/public_html/components/com_joomlapicasa2/libraries/Zend/Gdata.php(109): Zend_Gdata_App->getFeed(‘http://picasawe…’, ‘Zend_Gdata_Phot…’) #2 /home/chiroz/domains/MYSITE.COM/public_html/components/com_joomlapicasa2/libraries/Zend/Gdata/Photos.php(175): Zend_Gdata->getFeed(‘http://picasawe…’, ‘Zend_Gdata_Phot…’) #3 /home/chiroz/domains/MYSITE.COM/public_html/components/com_joomlapicasa2/models/joomlapicasa2.php(73): Zend_Gdata_Photos->getAlbumFeed(Object(Zend_Gdata_Photos_AlbumQuery)) #4 /home/chiroz/domains/chirozwevegem. in /home/chiroz/domains/MYSITE.COM/public_html/components/com_joomlapicasa2/libraries/Zend/Gdata/App.php on line 285

    Posted by jeh1eip | January 16, 2010, 9:18 pm
  26. Ok the error is gone.. (Can you delete the error please?)

    Posted by jeh1eip | January 16, 2010, 9:27 pm
  27. The only things that I would suggest is (For Joomla Picasa):
    1) It takes some time to load te pages so maybe you can try to fast this up?
    2) When you are in the lightbox I think it would be better if it showed all the pictures in the set right away. So if the set contains 150 photos and you show only 20 photos then the lightbox shows the 150 photos.
    3) The ability to choose that ALL the pictures are displayed in 1 page
    4) costum text / language: Make the user able to choose whether to show text or not and where te text should be.


    Posted by Pablos | January 19, 2010, 1:09 pm
  28. mi piacerebbe un componente simile ma che leggesse da qualsiasi Feed, RSS o XML

    Posted by angelo | February 11, 2010, 11:11 pm
  29. Hi,

    it will be great if the comments of flickr are displayed too. Or make comments with JComments und the Picture or in the categories.


    Posted by Alex | February 16, 2010, 2:42 pm
  30. come posso rimuovere il titolo

    (Welcome to Joomla Picasa 2)

    Posted by angelo | February 23, 2010, 9:46 pm
  31. This is an excellent component.

    The only thing I would make as a suggestion is to add the capability to display the caption of each photo (if I am not blind to this function already XD).

    Thanks so much!

    Posted by Dave | March 8, 2010, 2:12 am
  32. C’è la possibilità di usare una visualizzazione tipo quella che hai usato sul tuo sito : http://prof3ta.netsons.org/index.php?option=com_joomlapicasa2&view=joomlapicasa2&Itemid=93

    è molto carina la cornice e vorrei usarne una simile.
    Grazie mille per il tuo lavoro

    Posted by Tamamma | March 16, 2010, 3:35 pm
  33. Hey Roberto, stop messing around a write these components already. We’ve given you enough ideas. Hurry up and do it already.

    Posted by Conroy | March 25, 2010, 6:32 pm
    • Contributions are more than welcome, since the components are free of charge. Or do you want to pay me to develop these components for you? If you do, I’ll be very happy in hurrying up, otherwise I’m really sorry but I’ll take my time.

      Posted by prof3ta | March 25, 2010, 6:35 pm
  34. Please allow showing of Picasa HIDDEN albums.
    They are reachable via RSS feed provided by picasa, so if you know RSS feed you can publish them to public.
    Hidden is useful because you have many albums, some you want to share, but you don’t want random public users to see all your shared albums in one place.

    Moocasa plugin for joomla does this already but cannot do albums

    Posted by Mark | April 7, 2010, 11:05 pm
  35. Ciao, complimenti per il plugin, davvero ben fatto. Qualche piccolo suggerimento:

    – Inserire le istruzioni per l’utilizzo nella schermata che esce scegliendo il nome del modulo dal menù Componenti. Ci ho messo un po’ a capire che dovevo creare un link🙂.

    – Rendere modificabile la scritta “Welcome to Joomla Picasa 2” direttamente dal menù.

    – Non mostrare gli album vuoti.

    – Soprattuto: rilasciare un nuovo pacchetto del 2.0.5 che sia direttamente installabile dall’Installa/Disinstalla Moduli, senza quel bug della cartalla __MACOSX inclusa, insomma. E magari senza i file .DS_Store🙂.

    Comunque hai fatto davvero un ottimo lavoro, complimenti ancora!

    Posted by SukkoPera | April 23, 2010, 1:58 pm
  36. 1. Is there a way to customize the message “Welcome to Picassa Joomla 2”
    2. Is there a way to store password and view private albums too ?

    Posted by Biju | April 28, 2010, 7:03 am
  37. I have a dream… having my Picasa tag names embed and visibles in my Joomla site🙂

    Posted by d'aïeux et d'ailleurs | May 9, 2010, 4:47 pm
  38. Cool!

    I’d like to be able to do what ever I can in PICASA WEBONLINE (like TAG NAMES, etc) from within my Joomla site.

    This will allow for visitors to my site to ALSO TAG and COMMENT PHOTOS, all of which is saved right on the PICASA SERVER..

    Perhaps a very elegant wrap of sorts?

    Thank you!

    Posted by Mark | May 27, 2010, 10:03 pm
  39. 1. integrate flickr & picasa accounts in just one component
    2. Support SEF urls (sh404sef)
    3. flickr album cover
    4. allow comments on the photos and saved on the service server (flickr or picasa)

    Posted by CESAr | July 5, 2010, 11:38 pm
  40. Attempted to use 103 and 104 install packages, reverted to ‘tip’ pkg, unable to manage under components, results are:

    Posted by Scott | August 16, 2010, 11:21 pm
  41. A few good ideas would be to have the following options:
    1: Picasa View (Shows all public galleries on Picasa account)
    2: Gallery View (Links to a specific gallery on Picasa)
    3: Upload (Allow certain users to upload photos to the Picasa Albums Via Joomla)

    Another ideal would be simplified use of the component, I still can’t get the component to access my Picasa album.

    Posted by buff0k | September 29, 2010, 11:31 am
  42. Hi

    I can’t get the lightbox to work, I have version 2.0.5

    What am I doing wrong?


    Regards Erik

    Posted by Erik Hostrup | November 15, 2010, 2:28 pm
  43. I can’t get the lightbox to work. I get an error on the prototype.js. Line 594, sign 7.

    Check my page: http://www.vaneijkeren.nl/index.php?option=com_joomlaflickr&view=album&album=72157626316583388&page=1&Itemid=75

    I hope you can help me, because the extension is just what i need.

    Thnxs in advance.

    Regards Erik

    Posted by Erik Kock | March 23, 2011, 2:54 pm
  44. Can I use picasaweb under Joomla 1.6 or is there any update?

    Posted by Ruessmann | March 28, 2011, 6:44 pm

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