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Several years ago, I wrote about how to use Picasa Web Albums to create a slideshow that can be embedded into a web page. The slideshow was really sweet, but it used Flash to make it work and Flash has fallen out of favor in the web world, and simply doesn’t work in many situations. Today, July 1, 2016, your Picasa Web Albums embedded slideshow will still work, but on August 1 it won’t.


Will turn into this:
Picasa Web Album Embedded Slideshow after 8-1-16

If you’re not sure if you’ve ever used the Picasa Web Albums embedded slideshow feature, then you probably haven’t. It was a pretty special/hidden feature. You had to go to Picasa Web Albums on a web browser, not the Picasa software on your computer. You had to know about the hidden command in the right sidebar, under “Link to this album” and then “Embed Slideshow.” That would present you with some HTML code that you had to copy and paste into the HTML code on your website or blog.

Picasa Web Album Embedded Slideshow command

On August 1, Your Slideshows will Disappear, What To Do?

The writing has been on the wall that this feature would disappear someday … that someday is here. If you have used this feature, it won’t work after August 1. Here is the official announcement. If you know where your embedded slideshows are, and you’re willing to put in the time, you might be happy with the Google Photos Animation feature to show those photos, or maybe the Google Photo movie feature.

Here’s a video I’ve made on how I’m using Google Photos Animations to replace the old Picasa Web Albums Embedded Slideshow feature.


If you are a Geeks on Tour member, you might also want to view videos on making Movies:

imageChris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She has been in computer training and support since 1983 and owned a Computer Training Center called Computer Savvy from 1983-1996. She was one of the first WordPerfect Certified trainers in 1986; President of the International Computer Training Association in 1993; Author of the Beginner’s Guide to Picasa and the PicasaGeeks.com website. She is now a Top Contributor for the Google Photos Forum and owner of the LearnGooglePhotos.com blog. She loves to teach! If you want to learn, you’ve come to the right place.

  7 Responses to “If You Have Used Embedded Slideshows from Picasa Web Albums, You Need To Read This”

  1. Hi: following up on our email exchange of late September. With a lot of tweaking, I finally WAS able to make the new slideshow process work in the header part of my blog. I did this in my test blog. Then I decided to wait until after 10/1 to see what happened to the existing slide show in my real blog (http://wwtravelogue.blogspot.com/) before actually replacing the code there. 10/1…still works. 10/3…still works…today…still works!!!! So perhaps a) I actually set it up in a way that still works, or b) they have not really turned it off yet. Anyway, I DID notice that the slideshow widget I had in a sidebar on my other blog, has disappeared! No…it did not stop working and have a big “X”…it is gone from my layout! Am I imagining this? Don’t think so. So now I need to try to recreate this; don’t see how your technique will help here, so I am now researching this.

    • Even now … january 10, 2017 – the slideshows are still working. I guess it’s better to expect the worst and not have it happen than the opposite. Go figure?!

  2. Thanks for the great tip! You can also insert the animated GIF by selecting Insert Image > From your phone > driver GIF

  3. The animation solution is way to fast for anyone over the age of 30 🙁 I have at least 200 slideshows!
    Guess it’s time to find another solution !

  4. Thanks.

    If I read the official anouncement, then also the embedded photos from a web-album ist lost. Here:

    “Links that will stop working

    Slideshows embedded on websites.
    Picasa Web Albums & photos embedded on websites.
    …” from: https://support.google.com/picasa/answer/6383491?hl=en

    If this is true, then the lost slideshows are a minor problem. I have thousands of pictures on my 10 year old Blog about Ratisbon (regensburger-tagebuch.de). I can forget the last 10 years, if this anouncement is true. But I am not sure, if google expressed this correctly. And I cannont find any discussion about this topic. Do you know more?

    • Peter, I agree, the announcement sounds grim – but I have been assured by my contacts at Google that my photos in my blog will remain. A lot of it depends on how you inserted those pictures. I checked your blog (BEAUTIFUL by the way!) and noticed that the photos I saw start with 4.bp.blogspot.com … that means you used Blogger’s tools to insert them into the blog, not the Picasa Web Albums embed code. I’m 98% confident that you’ll be fine. With such an extensive and beautiful blog though – I think you should get it in .pdf format for future safekeeping! See my article on that: http://geeksontour.com/2016/07/save-your-blog-get-a-printable-copy/

  5. Thank you for this notice. My late husband put together his own slide shows for our photo group and I don’t believe he used Picasa for that.

    I’ll inquire into this and check it out.

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