The end of Picasa Web albums ...

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Just a heads up for the Rise Vision community that uses Picasa Web to manage their image slideshows:

From the Picasa blog: http://googlephotos.blogspot.com/?hl=en_US

"Moving on from Picasa
Friday, February 12, 2016 10:00 AM "Since the launch of Google Photos, we’ve had a lot of questions around what this means for the future of Picasa. After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos.

... However, for those of you who don’t want to use Google Photos or who still want to be able to view specific content, such as tags, captions or comments, we will be creating a new place for you to access your Picasa Web Albums data. That way, you will still be able to view, download, or delete your Picasa Web Albums, you just won’t be able to create, organize or edit albums (you would now do this in Google Photos).

One thing to make clear is that none of this is happening today—if you have a Picasa Web Album you can keep using it as normal. We’ll start rolling out these changes on May 1, 2016.

... Finally for developers, we will also be retiring some functions of the Picasa API. Developers can learn more here."

We have numerous Picasa Web albums setup for the varied people and departments here. This enables them to edit their own slideshows themselves, without contacting me to upload their pics and manage their slideshow. These Picsa web slideshows are literally the basis of most all of our presentations on our campuses.

After May 1, we'll all be forced to use Google Photos. This is problem for us, as the only widget that will display Google Photos is a paid widget. 

We were able to use RV here at our community college because of their "no-cost" model. Since we didn't have to provide a budget, we could run this signage thing on a shoestring, without the bureaucracy, and any cost was relegated to the hardware, such as Chromeboxes and TVs, which we COULD purchase. But we're now allowed to purchase software anyway, just 'physical supplies' according to our purchasing department rules. And even if we did, they would balk at paying for a service that was free up until this point. I'm just you telling it how it is ...

Is there a no-cost way to continue providing our campus and department manager the ability to upload, edit, and manage their own slideshows, as Picasa web albums currently allow you to do?

I realize that if all the images were stored on RV storage, we could use the Image widget. But that means everyone and every department that currently manage their own slideshow will have to start sending all their images to me, as well as requests to remove old images from the slideshow. That's a lot of work added to my plate, and removes the 'buy-in' from the departments to be a steward of their own content.

Is there another option that wouldn't cost our departments a monthly fee?

whew .....

Thanks,
Robert
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Hi Robert,
I am not sure if this will suit your setup, but the first thing I have in mind is using something like Google Slides to host a picture slideshow. You can set a refresh rate up so that when someone updates the Google Slides it gets updated on the presentation. However, it depends on how many photos you have and how many albums you are planning to show.

Thanks for the notice about Picasa as well,

Hannah
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We have about 8 currently running slideshows. But each slideshow, as it's not 'managed' by us directly, can have a varied number of photos, and this number changes often. One may have 38 images, one may have 8.
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There must be some 'custom html' solution that would allow it to pull pictures from your server and display them in a slider.
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I would think the difficulty would be knowing when the last image is shown to trigger the Play until Done feature that would be a requirement with a variable length slideshow...
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you can deal with that simply using time limit... # of slides X time for each slide = pretty accurate time estimation.
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This is very simple solution: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh920769(v=vs.85).aspx

Of course, in this case you need to set some constant # of slides and make sure the naming is consistent, too.
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If we are looking at using the HTML Widget, you can also create custom code to create image slideshows. Sites like Codepen.io is a starting point for ideas. This would require some form of maintenance however in updating the slideshow when there is a new image, especially if you are doing a large batch in one go.
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We did well to get our campus managers and other 'Slideshow Managers' to use Picasa Web folders ;) I'm sure they'd balk at HTML editing ...

We really need something akin to the Picasa Web slideshow method I mentioned above.

Because once the 'Slideshow Managers' learns how to do this, and their Picasa Album link is setup in their presentation, that 'Slideshow Manager' then becomes solely responsible for managing their own slideshow content.

We need to maintain this decentralized slideshow management approach.

Thanks,
Robert
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That link I showed does not require HTML editing, just one-time set-up. But requires preset # of slides and consistent file naming. It is simple and easy solution. Set, for example 20 slide slideshow and name all of them file1, file2... file20. Next time simply replace one slide with another using the same file name. You do not even need to touch code. I get that people would not want to edit HTML that is why I did not offer otherwise amazing and free! WoWSlider. Little flexibility can go far.

Other ways, you need to look for another similar cloud based service. 
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https://developers.google.com/picasa-web/

It looks to me the RSS URLs will continue to work on existing folders for the time being.  The issue is most likely being able to get the user ID and albumID properties to create an RSS feed for a new album.  It looks like Google Photos (and remember G+ Photos is no more) just returns a single identifier for the album, which does not look like the old albumID identifier.