Google’s acquisition of Nik Software some time ago caused quite a stir in the photography community. Creators of a number of plugins, filters and the editing app Snapseed, Nik Software had a lot to offer Google in the world of photography.
And little by little, as Google has continued to improve its photo platform and services, more and more influence and integration from the acquisition is making its way to the end user. Case in point is Google+ Photos’ latest update, which features a number of Snapseed-esque editing tools.
Continue reading Google+ Photos Update Brings Snapseed-esque Functionality to the Browser.
The Google Photo Sphere 360-degree panorama feature was introduced in November 2012 with version 4.2 of the Android mobile OS. However, until now, viewing 360-degree panoramas not created with Google Camera or a compatible app was a slightly cumbersome process. You had to manually add a XMP metadata file to your images in order to view them as a Photo Sphere in Google Plus.
Google has now changed that with an update to Google+. You can now easily view 360-degree panoramas created manually with images from a DSLR or compact camera in the Google+ Photo Sphere viewer. To do that you have to make sure AutoAwesome is enabled on your Google+ profile and then upload a 360×180 equirectangular panorama image.
via Google+ converts DSLR panoramas into Photo Spheres.
digiKam offers several ways to showcase your photos. You can view images as a slideshow, push them to a photo sharing service of your choice, and even export them as a static HTML gallery. But that’s not all; digiKam can output selected photos as a KML bundle, so you can view your snaps on the Google Maps service and the Google Earth application.
To perform its magic, digiKam relies on the KML Export plugin. If you don’t see the Export to KML command in the Export menu, then you have to enable the plugin. To do this, choose Settings → Configure digiKam, switch to the Kipi Plugins section, enable the KMLExport plugin, and press OK. Select then the photos you want to export, and choose the Export → Export to KML command to open the KML Export dialog window. In the Target Type section, select Google Earth or Google Maps as the target. In the Destination Directory field, enter the path to a directory for digiKam to save the exported images and .kml file. Use the Filename field to enter a name for the .kml file (e.g., index or default). If you export your photos for use with Google Maps, you will need to upload the generated images and the .kml file to a web server, and enter its URL in the Destination URL field. In the Sizes section, specify the icon size (if you have chosen Google Earth as the target) and image size in the appropriate fields. If you have a GPX file to go with the photos, enable the Draw GPX Track option and specify the available options to show the track on the map. Hit the OK button and wait till digiKam finishes the export. To view the exported photos in Google Earth, drag and drop the .kml file onto the globe. If you exported photos for use with Google Maps, upload the .kml file and the exported images to your web server, point the browser to maps.google.com, enter the exact path to the .kml file (e.g., http://dmpop.homelinux.com/kml/index.kml) in the Search field, and press the Search Maps button. You should then see all your exported photos mapped on Google Maps.
Фото Jambu is a little extension I originally cobbled together for an article in Linux Magazine. The extension demonstrated a simple but clever technique of embedding a website into a popup. In this case, I used the excellent Galleria framework to create a photo gallery extension.
When I delivered the article, I decided to repurpose the extension and use it as a showcase for my snaps. The source code is available at GitHub, and you can easily install the extension from the Google Web Store.
While doing research for an article in Linux Magazine, I cobbled together a simple extension for the Google Chrome and Chromium browsers. This is a one-trick pony that fetches the latest RSS articles from this very blog and displays them in a popup window.
The extension is customizable, so you can replace the default Scribbles and Snaps feed with any feed you like. You can specify the number of RSS items to display, too. You can read about the extension and download its latest release at the Scribbles and Snaps RSS page.