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Adding a Picasa Web Gallery RSS Feed


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Created 2008-09-20
Modified 2008-09-25
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Author John @ PhotoVu Support
The PhotoVu wireless picture frame is capable of working with your Picasa Web Albums account. Upon entering the Picasa Web Albums RSS URL, you can access the photos contained within the RSS feed.

To enable RSS Photos on your PhotoVu, click on Advanced Settings, Advanced User in the web admin program and follow the instructions.

Step 1 - Connect the PhotoVu your Network and Internet
Depending upon your PhotoVu software version, the Getting Started instructions will differ. To determine your software version, make sure your PhotoVu is running and press the Power Button once to access the on-screen menu.

If you are on version 1.x.x, see the following instructions:
https://www.photovu.com/support/download.php?FLIB=1&id=15

For customers using version 2.x.x, your instructions are found here:
https://www.photovu.com/support/download.php?FLIB=1&id=25

Step 2 - Plug in a USB Storage Device
It is important to understand that all downloaded photos will be stored on the PhotoVu's USB Storage Drive. Detailed information on supported USB drives can be found here:
https://www.photovu.com/support/index.php?action=kb&article=29

The capacity of the USB Storage Drive you chose should be calculated based upon your needs: total number of photos downloaded times the average image size. 128 MB is the minimum size requirement but a 1 GB or more is recommended. Once the USB Storage Drive fills up (less than 20 MB available), photos will not be downloaded until the RSS Feed configuration is changed or you create space by removing images.

Step 3 - Log into your Picasa Web Albums Account
Log into or create your Picasa Web Albums account at picasaweb.google.com.

Next, go to My Photos, Favorites, or Explore and select an album. If the album has a RSS feed associated with it, you will see a RSS link in the right column of the page, Figure 1 below. Click on this link.


Figure 1: Photo Locations, RSS Photos - Picasa Web Albums RSS Feed

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After the page loads, in the web browser's address bar, you will see the full RSS feed URL. Copy and save this location. You will need it for the next step.

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Step 4 - Configure Picasa Web Albums on your PhotoVu
Log into the PhotoVu Web Administration Program. Click on Photo Locations, RSS Photos. General instructions for RSS Feeds are located here: https://www.photovu.com/support/index.php?category=30&action=kb. In addition to these instructions, the following information is specific to configuring a Picasa Web Albums RSS Feed.

In the Add a RSS Feed section, select a Picasa Web Albums Feed Type from the dropdown box. You will see a graphic similar to Figure 2 below.


Figure 2: RSS Feeds - Add a Picasa Web Albums RSS Feed

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From the prior step, enter the RSS URL from your Picasa Web Albums album.


Figure 3: RSS Feeds - Add a Picasa Web Albums RSS Feed

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Next, click on [Test Feed URL] and a new window will open. If you entered the correct information, you will see a summary of your feed. Take note of any messages that indicate an error.

Configure the remaining options and click Add Feed. Your feed will be added to the Active RSS Feeds section. In the Active RSS Feeds section, select your newly added feed then click Update Now. Your Picasa Web Album images will be retrieved. From this point forward, the Picasa Web Albums feed will be updated based upon the settings in Global RSS Settings. You can always override this setting by selecting the feed and clicking Update Now.

Step 5 - Start you Photo Show
In the digital picture frame web admin program, click on Photo Show, Play. You might see several options. Select "Storage Drive in the USB Port" and click Start Photo Show. In a few moments, you will see your images on the PhotoVu's display.

Additional Setting on your PhotoVu

There are other PhotoVu settings that will impact the download and playing of RSS information and images.
  • Add a RSS Feed Image Download Limit - Click on Photo Locations, RSS Photos in the web admin program. Find the Add a RSS Feed section. When you add a RSS feed, you have the ability to limit the number of photos that are retrieved, "Store up to X of the RSS Feed's current photo(s)". Some services offer a similar option on their web site but many do not. If you are not seeing all of your images from a RSS feed, make sure this setting is high enough to accommodate all feed items. The "All" selection will disable this feature as all available RSS feed items will be downloaded. Also, if a limit is set, the PhotoVu will synchronize with the limit number of images starting with the first item in the feed.
     
  • Global RSS Settings Download Image Size - Click on Photo Locations, RSS Photos in the web admin program and scroll down to Global RSS Settings. The "Minimum Image Download Size" is designed to filter out small images from your RSS feed. The PhotoVu is a high resolution device but unfortunately, the market is dominated by low-cost, low resolution display devices therefore many of the images on the RSS services today are low or marginal quality. This is a global setting and will operate on all RSS feeds. Something to keep in mind if you see "skipping image" messages in the RSS Log.
     
  • Photo Show Options Image Size and Type - Click on Photo Show, Options in the web admin program. The most important of these are "Don't display photos that are smaller than" and "What type of photos do you want to display". The first option allows you to filter the images by the photo's longest side, in pixels. When the PhotoVu builds its play list on photos already downloaded and/or from your network, it uses this value to determine if an image is large enough to be displayed on the screen. Do not confuse this with the download load limit above. The second option allows you to filter images by type. If you are downloading JPEGs but do not have this option selected, you will not see any of your images that end in .jpg or .jpeg.
The PhotoVu mainly operates in an environment where RSS feeds are additive to your local photo collection. Therefore, the options above are necessary to control a consistent user experience for all photos in your collection.




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