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In Picasa 3 Essential Training, Dane Howard demonstrates how the latest upgrade of this free program from Google will allow photographers to organize, share, and edit digital photos more easily and effectively than ever before. Dane shows newcomers and experienced users how to archive and share photos from a desktop or online. Exercise files accompany the course, but using personal media is encouraged.
I want to spend a few moments talking about some important settings as your online web album begins to grow. You can see here this is a very mature series of online albums. Besides the settings of individual albums themselves, there are some settings located in the upper right-hand corner here that are associated with your Picasa web album account. As your albums begin to grow, you should be mindful of some of these global settings. Let's take a look. When you're logged-in, you'll see this type of interface, which correlates to some of your large, kind of overarching settings.
Let's talk about what some of those are. Well, in general, you have a particular nickname. My nickname is Dane. You can also add a picture. If this is part of a photo community that you want to contribute to and be known at, you can choose a profile picture. To change your picture is pretty straightforward. Go ahead and click the picture, and you can select from any number of your photos that are contained within your album. The gallery URL is kind of interesting. This is what they call a permalink. Instead of it being somewhat obscure, you can associate it with something that's a little bit more legible.
To change URL, just click on Change URL. If you want to add a new Google user-name, this is where you can do that as well. For your language preferences, this is where you can set it. Now, this is an international offering. So what's nice is some of the functionality that's been added. Recently, I read if someone actually wrote a comment on your photo, and it was in a different language, then they would actually translate it for you through Google Translate. Now, one of the next features is something that I think is very powerful. We mentioned the idea in previous movie that you could upload a photo via email.
I demonstrated how you could do this via an iPhone or from any connected device. This is where you set that up. By checking this box, it allows you to upload photos via email. Next, it will ask you to enter a secret word. Now that secret word will be inserted as a secure mandate as a part of assigning this email address. Now this is critical, because as you enter this, this is something that you don't want to share with anyone. In this training video, this is something that will be blurred out. So don't worry if you can't read this.
As you type it, it will automatically be passed into this particular email address here. That becomes your email address for this particular account. Don't share this email address. This is very important. This is only for you. What the power of this brings is I now associate this particular email address with a contact on my iPhone or becomes a contact within any of my email clients. Usually, I name this contact like Picasa Upload or My Picasa Account.
That is a contact that is associated with this email address. This is private to you and if it ever gets compromised, you can quickly change this secret word and it will change. But this is one of the coolest features that once I understood how it worked, I use it all the time now. So have fun with this one. I mentioned a little bit about the Language Preferences. Comment Translation, this is where you automatically translate any comments that come in from the separate language. They've recently added this and this is a nice setting.
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