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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.
We're here inside of Blogger and I'm looking at one of my blogs, Visual Experiments. We just posted something directly to the blog using the interface. Well, I'm going to show you one other option. Now if you have a Blogger account, go over to the Settings here. This is really the main control panel once you login. If you're familiar with those Settings, you can start to go into Postings themselves or Settings. I want you to roll over this little part here called, Email & Mobile. So there is another way to get your posting directly up on to your website.
So under this Posting Options, what might be very interesting to you is its ability to publish directly from email. What does that mean? Well, it means that your Blogger account in your particular blog, you can assign it a designated E-mail address. Now you wouldn't want to give this to anyone because this is only specific to you. And anything that's sent to this E- mail address goes up as a posting. This is my primary way of posting these days because I have a lot of ways to E-mail via my mobile phone, my iPhone, my Gmail, I have a lot of ways that I can go to directly to my Posting.
So what it gives you is the beginning of your E-mail address and then basically you can fill this in. And this ability to fill it in allows you to create a variable and how you're actually going to decide to write it down. And again, you can change this at anytime. And it gives you a couple of choices, like Publish it immediately, or just Save the emails as draft posts. This gives you a chance to put into a queue. Once you save that setting, then you can go directly to any E-mail client, and began posting. So what I'm going to do is I'm just going to save these Settings, and I'm going to go back to Picasa.
So let's take this scenario, I just published this one using the Blogger button. But what I'm going to do is I'm going to do a blog post but via E-mail this time. So I'm going to grab this one. I'm going to remove everything from my tray. I'm going to select this other image that I took, on sunset, and instead of hitting Blog This, I'm going to use a different kind of interface. I'm going to use the Email interface and I do it via Gmail. So here I have this E-mail address that I've set and instead of sending to someone, I'm going to send it to the website.
So I'm going to go down to this one that was the same E-mail address as my Blogger. And then in the title, this is really critical. The Subject is really going to be replaced with the title of the blog posting. I'm going to call this One of my favorites. That becomes the title of the blog entry. The attachment or any successive attachments will be inside the blog posting itself. And then this is inside the details. I'm actually going to write in a few of the things. So just by authoring E-mail, what's nice is I can post this directly to my Blogger account.
Additionally, I'm actually going to show and illustrate something else. I'm going to go and type in another thing and I'm going to send it to myself. And I'm going to send it directly to my Gmail account as well, so I have copy of it. So what's really nice is that I can start to add multiple people, and these things are destinations for my posting. So I begin to think differently about my photographs, particularly how E-mail is used as an interface for posting. Now if you have a Twitter account or a FriendFeed, a lot of the same principles can apply.
Even Facebook, Facebook has its own destination as E-mail. Use this to your advantage and once you leverage the power of this, a lot of your services can be addressed by the E-mail address itself. I'm going to go ahead and hit Send, and it's basically going to send that off. It's going to resize it based on those preferences, and we're going to compare the difference in the Blogger account between what was posted through their interface and what's posted through Email. So we're back at the blog, and you can see it's already there.
You can see that One of my favorites, I loved the sunset... this time of day... This entry was sent via Email, which is so cool. Compare that with this entry here which looks exactly the same but it's minus this little Picasa button here. So again, love the ability to post from anywhere. And this workflow is something that I've started to use and leverage all the time and I want you to do the same. Enjoy the power of blogging from Picasa.
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