This is an experimental app, to make it easier to create "lightboxes", those image click-thumbnail-to-spawn-viewing-box thingies we like to use.
- Lightboxer only works with Google Picasa public photos.
Lightboxer automates fetching the thumbnail image + target image + caption from your web album, and configuring the info as a captioned lightbox.
To enable Picasa Lightboxer:
- Go to My Account | Edit tab.
- Scroll down to Block Configuration.
- Check Picasa Lightboxer.
After that, the Picasa Lightboxer widget appears on the left side of your screen when you create or edit a post. You can disable this feature the same way you turned it on.
To use Picasa Lightboxer:
- Open something to edit - add comment, new growlog page, etc. The Lightboxer appears when you're on an edit page.
- Tell Lightboxer how to find your pictures - your name on that service, how many pictures you want. And click the "Go Fetch" button. It populates the Images tab.
- Position cursor in text editor where you want a picture to go.
- Click a picture on the Lightboxer widget to insert it.
- Once inserted, you can align / edit your lightboxes as with any image (use paragraph alignment or Insert/Edit Image tools).
In principle, Lightboxer could be extended to support Webshots, Photobucket, Flickr, etc. And/or extended to build lightstrips, fetch by albums instead of most-recent. If you care, please say so.
Note: Picasa Lightboxer is really not analogous to the Photobucket drag&drop. Both are trying to make your life easier, but they're doing it radically different ways. The Photobucket thing is actually a piece of Photobucket website sitting here as a visiting entity - I have no control over it. Picasa Lightboxer is my own program. I do have control over it, but not necessarily the ability to code something like Photobucket's.
You're not logging in to Picasa, fwiw. You can fetch anybody's most recent Picasa pictures.
Problem: November 2011:
The symptom is that fetching photos has blank result - no photos. This turns out to be a permissions problem on the Picasa end. Maybe they changed the default, maybe not, I don't know. Log into your Picasa account, and go to:
Picasa Web Albums | Settings | Privacy and Permissions
Down that page in "Creative Commons", change to "Allow reuse with attribution", and the lightboxer starts working again.