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I don't think this is entirely possible, but here we go:

I have a friend who has a Blogspot blog. He has posts with text, posts with videos and posts with photos... and he was wondering if there's any way to turn the posts which are just photos into a thumbnail gallery screen on his blog.

So for example, let's say he has 20 photo posts on his blog with the label Skiing Holiday 2009 (horrible example, I know). Is there a way of having a post created for his blog that displays those photos as thumbnails, linking through to their full size versions?

I just don't think it's possible, but I'm really hoping someone will be able to offer a solution (or even a place where I could find a solution).

Thanks a lot.

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Hello good guitar songs lover (yeah, Django Reinhardt rocks).

I don't think you can implement that gallery directly on blogspot. I have 4 blogs (don't ask me why so much) on blogspot, and I've never found such feature but I got an idea.

Your friend can use flickr to make his galleries, and then use its galleries feature to embed into blogspot.

The problem is the limit to galleries. Only 18 pics per gallery can be added. You can search an app to do that though.

There are other possibilities on flickr also that you can explore and check if fits, like sets, collections, mosaics... I really think it worth a try.

EDIT

First you need to create a gallery as indicated on the link I passed, OR create a set (it is really easy). Then go viewing the created gallery or set.

Galleries will have a "Grab the embed HTML" box. Just copy that HTML and post it in blog post body. Done.

For sets, you have the option to see a slideshow. On upper right corner you will see a box with the same option "Grab the embed HTML". Repeat the process to embed a slideshow into blog post. This option also can be used with galleries, tags, and any kind of organizing options available from flickr.

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+1 This sounds very promising! Can you explain to me how you go about embedding a Flickr gallery in Blogspot? Thanks! –  Django Reinhardt Nov 4 '10 at 11:35
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Sure thing. Check my edit. –  Dave Nov 4 '10 at 11:47
    
You da man! Thanks so much! –  Django Reinhardt Nov 7 '10 at 17:56
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Google Blogger does not have such features. You could write a lot of complex Javascript and ajax to actually parse each post and create a thumbnail for each one that does not have text.

I think your best bet is to take advantage of the tagging feature. Tag posts that belong in gallery with the word "gallery"

then simply make a link in the template to do a search by that tag.

http://blog.yoursite.com/search/label/Gallery

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Yep, but this is a last resort for my friend, I think. Thanks for your answer, though. –  Django Reinhardt Nov 4 '10 at 11:23
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its not sexy, but it works. I use blogger and prefer it over wordpress. You can do great things with the design, but the functionality is poor. There is a google group for blogger that can give you more detailed technical assistance. –  Frank Nov 4 '10 at 15:57
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