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Picasna 1.4 Release Notes

Completely redesigned the cover graphics. Now it’s stunning and informative.
To switch to the new design, please check Picasna Settings on your wordpress dashboard.


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And now the plugin looks much better on “small” screens (less than 1280px wide).
The Widget is also updated.

Working hard on Flickr and MySpace versions

Buy me a beer if you like it ;)


  1. Is it possible not to show the title on the album picture on the blog but still keep the title in the flash gallery?

    If not, where can I download V1.3 aggain to reset my gallery??

    April 30th, 2009
  2. if there is option to disable this — would be good; sometimes the album title is too long, causing messy album cover. thanks.

    z gansad
    April 30th, 2009
  3. Ok, in today’s update I’ll add the choice of designs and an option to show the title on the cover.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Igor Barbashin
    April 30th, 2009
  4. Update is there!
    Now by default it’s going to look the way it used to (no title and green ribbon in the corner).
    To switch to the new design (which is much cooler according to my taste :) ) go to Picasna Settings and change the badge type and set to show cover title if you want.

    Igor Barbashin
    May 1st, 2009
  5. cool! again.. super.

    z gansad
    May 1st, 2009
  6. hey! it doesn’t show like ur example when i create a new post.

    Your Album Title

    it only shows all the images in my blog by a line but not the sample you show us.. may i know wad’s happening?

    May 2nd, 2009
  7. bb_blog, maybe you have another picasaweb plugin installed on your blog? If so, try to deactivate other plugins.

    Igor Barbashin
    May 3rd, 2009
  8. I installed the widget and had it working perfectly, then something happened to the album cover. The photos will display well but the cover doesn’t look right. I tried different settings (new/old badge, hide/show) and nothing changed. I also uninstalled other picasaweb plugins.

    Any ideas?

    May 4th, 2009
  9. I have a fix for your needing allow_url_fopen set to on. This uses cURL instead, which doesn’t have the same security problems.

    Insert this function into picasna-functions.php:

    function _picasna_getalbumsxml($url) {
    $ch = curl_init($url);
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, false);
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
    $xml_raw = curl_exec($ch);
    $xml = simplexml_load_string($xml_raw);
    return $xml;

    Then change

    $albumsxml = simplexml_load_file($feedURL);


    $albumsxml = _picasna_getalbumsxml($feedURL);

    Voila! That problem goes away without you having to nag your system administrator to open up the feature that allows most PHP exploits.

    Unfortunately, I’m still having other problems – the flash app simply says “Sorry. Something wrong. Please check the entered data.”

    I’m going to try using Picasna Widget, but in the meantime I thought it would be courteous to post that bit. Hopefully it’s helpful for you; if not… hey, I tried :P

    May 5th, 2009
  10. Okay, just tried Picasna Widget… same problem. Do you think it’s on Google’s end?

    May 5th, 2009
  11. Hey Igor, why does putting on one line then on a second line then only render the first one? Can you explain how it works? I’m really trying to get all my albums on one page.

    May 5th, 2009
  12. Turns out this can’t pull PNGs. Go figure. Anyway, there’s still something preventing Picasna the Plugin from working. I dunno what it is. The widget works just fine.

    May 5th, 2009
  13. Thanks for this. I appreciate your prompt response and your willingness to troubleshoot. I added the code and made the change you suggested. The first time I looked at the page, the album cover was perfect. But now something is wrong again. Why would it be so inconsistent?

    May 6th, 2009
  14. Jonathan, thanks a lot for your help. For sure I’ll include the code you provided in the next update.

    I will look into the PNG problem. It might be a google issue. Will see.

    Igor Barbashin
    May 7th, 2009
  15. Liz, I see what you mean. Unfortunately there’s no choice of designs for the widget at the moment, but shortly I’ll release a big update that should solve it.
    The new version will also work with flickr.

    Igor Barbashin
    May 7th, 2009
  16. McPace, if you’re in HTML mode while editing your post, try to add an extra line break after each link. It should help.

    Igor Barbashin
    May 7th, 2009
  17. We just did an update to your plugin. It appears this is still broken on PHP Version 4. Do you know when you might consider having your code work on both versions of PHP?

    Thanks for the help. We are looking forward to being able to use your plug-in.

    Great job,


    May 7th, 2009
  18. Awesome plug in, I like!

    I’ve also go a question, the larger my picassa album is, the longer it takes to open my WordPress pages
    for exemple:
    p=1460 is working fine (39 pics)
    p=105 isn’t showing or maybe after a while (151 pics)

    (if it’s preloading pics, it could only preload a page or a bit more… that’s an idea)

    thanks for you help

    May 7th, 2009
  19. I’m using this with more than 300 pics; I dont experience considerable lags to preload images or open the wordpress post/page.

    z gansad
    May 7th, 2009
  20. Hi Igor,
    I really like your plugin but I’m having a lot of trouble getting it to work. Please see my site for an example of the problem I’m getting

    This is the link that I’m inserting into the post…

    May 7th, 2009
  21. I just upgraded to 1.4.1 and have the problem that the cover image is only shown for the upper half.

    May 8th, 2009
  22. Looks great! But I’m having a problem on my wordpress blog hosted at Godaddy. Here’s the error that is returned when I load the post after following your instructions (i’ve removed my username which appears in the error message):

    Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration in D:\Hosting\3142369\html\blog\wp-content\plugins\picasna\picasna-functions.php on line 84

    Warning: simplexml_load_file( [function.simplexml-load-file]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in D:\Hosting\3142369\html\blog\wp-content\plugins\picasna\picasna-functions.php on line 84

    Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: I/O warning : failed to load external entity “” in D:\Hosting\3142369\html\blog\wp-content\plugins\picasna\picasna-functions.php on line 84

    Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in D:\Hosting\3142369\html\blog\wp-content\plugins\picasna\picasna-functions.php on line 86

    May 9th, 2009
  23. Quoting Gerjan: I just upgraded to 1.4.1 and have the problem that the cover image is only shown for the upper half.

    In Firefox it works fine, but in IE7 I have the same problem.

    May 9th, 2009
  24. Sorry, sometimes it does work in IE7, after refreshing sometimes. But most of the time in IE7 the cover image is only shown for the upper half.

    May 9th, 2009
  25. hi there.. is there a way to remove my username on the Gallery?

    May 9th, 2009
  26. Schuns, yes, it might be an IE7 lag. Can’t reproduce it on my machine.

    Igor Barbashin
    May 10th, 2009
  27. Greg, it’ll be fixed in the next update. Probably on May 14th. If it can’t wait, please try the Widget version.

    Igor Barbashin
    May 10th, 2009
  28. GandangPinay, not yet, but I’ll include this option in the next update, thanks for the responce.
    Also I think there should be an option to click on the nickname and go to the Picasa Web Albums. So visitors can download photos.

    Igor Barbashin
    May 10th, 2009
  29. Thanks for the fast reply Igor… I’m going to wait for your next update, hope that it won’t take long :)

    BTW, it is much better if we can edit the username part (replace it with something else instead of just removing it)

    About downloading photos, that a great idea. But unlisted Album should not be downlodable, or at least leave the options to us blog admins :)

    May 10th, 2009
  30. I’ve been looking for a Picasa plugin just like this, but I can’t get it to work. I place the link and an image appears on the page, but no photos. It links to the gallery and shows spots for photos, but won’t load. The gallery is public. Here it is:


    May 11th, 2009
  31. Can it be aligned so it is in the center of a post?

    May 11th, 2009
  32. Great Plugin, i love it – it simple and looks good.

    2 things though :

    1. Images over 800 don’t show in IE, i’ve seen this is a known issue… any chance this will be resolved? and if i use a larger image setting will the image shrink to fit the actual screen size of the user?

    2. how do i style the thumbs entered into my posts with css? say if i want to move them around differently or add some more visual styles to them?

    thanks for this great plug!

    Ronen Bekerman
    May 13th, 2009
  33. i downloaded, use on localhost, it ok, but on free host, it’s error, not the same.
    Help me please!

    May 14th, 2009
  34. hi. i have a domain name with an abnormal symbol in it, a nordic sign “æ”, skæ Your plugin does not seem to work in my WP installation. DO you think it could be because of this?

    May 14th, 2009
  35. Hi,
    Thanks a lot for your plugin. It’s really usefull and user-friendly !!
    I’ve tried a lot of plugins before yours and it’s really the best !
    Is it possible to have an autoplay like slide show ? (or having the ability to slide with next and previous keyboard)

    May 14th, 2009
  36. Hi. Great-looking plugin. It works fine on my local WAMP development installation, but on my LAMP live server it gets the cover and shows the title, but then appears to get stuck on counting the number of photos (or something) and doesn’t allow one to get into the gallery. Any ideas?

    May 17th, 2009
  37. I also would appreciate a fix for IE and pictures greater than 800px. Because nearly all pictures in my blog are in 1024×768. Or is there maybe a workaround?

    May 18th, 2009
  38. Hi,

    First of all, I would like to thank you for making this great plugin!

    Second, I think it would be nice in the next release of the plugin to let us choose the size of the thumbnail before displaying the gallery, 72px is too small and 144px is too large for my page.

    It would be great also to choose a different color, white and black are not enough.

    Regards, Alexandre

    May 18th, 2009
  39. Eike, I just found out that it’s a google’s restriction. Image sizes larger than 800px are not embeddable. Firefox and Chrome don’t care about that, bot some browsers do (one of them is IE).

    I see just one solution — to cache big images on picasna server, but I’m not ready for this yet as it requires dedicated server.

    Igor Barbashin
    May 19th, 2009
  40. Alexandre, I agree with you about thumbnail sizes. It’s coming in one of the next updates.

    Igor Barbashin
    May 19th, 2009
  41. Marc, try to update the plugin.

    Igor Barbashin
    May 19th, 2009
  42. Thanks for your reply.

    Isn’t there another solution? Maybe some browser dependent. One can choose 1024 and for IE it would use internally 800. Kind of an workaround so it is safe that everybody sees at least 800px pictures. Or is that to hard to implement?


    May 19th, 2009
  43. hi,sory
    I’m using picasna 1.4 Unfortunately, I’m still having other problems – the flash app simply says “Sorry. Something wrong. Please check the entered data.”

    this my site:

    with album called ‘tes’

    how to fix it????

    May 19th, 2009
  44. fikri, please upgrade to the latest version. It will help

    Igor Barbashin
    May 19th, 2009
  45. This plugin fucking ROCKS! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20th, 2009
  46. Hi, reacting on Schuns and my earlier comment:
    I have the problem of showing only the upper half of the cover image. I have tested and have the problem more specific.
    I use the plugin Auto-hyperlink URLs. Which generates real URLs on the fly based on text-urls pasted in posts. Until version Picasna 1.3, this plugin and Picasna worked good together: also on the fly generated URLs were recognized by Picasna. After 1.4 not anymore.
    Solution would be executing Picasna after the Auto-hyperlink plugin……….

    May 26th, 2009
  47. sorry about the post above. I realized i’m in the wrong thread. I will post this same issue on the v1.5 thread. Thanks!

    May 28th, 2009
  48. Hi _ liking this and got it to work immediately. I need help taking a step farther. I have copied the html code generated through the post and added it to a sidebar that doesn’t include post or page text. It actually works great! But now that I am looking at the code and breaking it up into little pieces I am desperate to remove the picture count – either the green ribbon or the white box.My client is insisting these be removed and I don’t love them either. Cab you please tell me which snippet of code to remove so this will go away? Please?

    May 29th, 2009
  49. stacey, I’ll add this option into the embed-generator shortly.
    Thanks for the response.

    Igor Barbashin
    May 30th, 2009
  50. Thanks for the widget, it is awesome !
    How to execute the embedded code from the widget without clicking on it? it is possible?

    January 2nd, 2010
  51. Is it possible to modify the settings so the gallery is not full screen but rather limited to the browser width and height?

    April 28th, 2010

  52. sandy
    August 3rd, 2010
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