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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.
Next, I'm going to talk about an important setting that relates to storage. When you are first given an account with Picasa Web Albums, it's free and you have I believe up to one gigabyte and at the time of print, don't hold me to this because it could change. But the idea is that you have a lot of free storage that you can use and you can use it when you think about uploading your photographs, particularly if you are not using the originals, you could have quite a bit of use out of that one or two gigabytes. So it lasted about a year-and-a-half with the storage that I had up there.
But the nice thing about the storage upgrade is that it applies to all of the services. It applies to your Gmail, your Documents, you can imagine here, photos will probably take up the lion's share of that space, but it applies across your entire offering here. So you can just see my storage here, I have thousands and thousands of photos up on my particular web albums account, and I have used only 2.4 GB, because I use smaller versions. If you ever want to upgrade, go ahead and click on Upgrade your storage.
When you are logged-in through your Gmail account, you'll be presented with this interface here, and you can see that it tells you exactly how much you are using out of your allotted sum, they've already tabulated that. If I wanted to upgrade, I can do that. If you log-in one day, and this price instructions change, just take a note of what that is, but it looks like they've got 10 GB for $20, which I think is a pretty darn and good deal, and I have no problem paying basically $2 a month on this type of value that I have.
It also makes me feel good that a lot of my photos are backed up, because I've put a lot of them up online, and I feel comfortable with that kind of commitment for my memories and my photos. So when you think about storage, think of it in this way, is that it's a great way to backup your photos, and if you ever had to retrieve those memories due to a failed hard drive, I always say there are only two types of people in this world, those that have lost data, and those that will. This is a very good safe card that allows you to have some extra storage space that you can put your photos online.
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