Picasa – an image solution for small museums?

Posted on June 12, 2007

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I was just fiddling with some pictures at home and using Picasa to manage them when I found an answer referring to a Picasa Web Albums API. The official documentation is over on Google Code and it already looks like some companies are creating some pretty exciting stuff using it. Picasa has always been a very attractive proposition to me for three reasons:

  1. It is free
  2. It has fantastic functionality which passes images to companies like the excellent Photobox incredibly seamlessly
  3. It has an export facility which not only lets you create web pages but also an XML dump of the selected folder

Picasa screen shotPicasa Web Albums are pretty nice too, and although integration with Flickr would be better (as if…), this API seems to bring Picasa into “almost a serious player” as an image storage solution.

I’m using Picasa in a strictly amateur way, but I think if I was running a small museum with not much budget I’d be very tempted to look at it as a solution for managing the publishing of pictures onto the web. If there’s anyone out there in this position I’d love to hear from you. Is Picasa useable for this, or does the Flickr route – although very different – tick more boxes? Or are there other, better solutions?

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