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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'm going to talk about installing Picasa from scratch. To do so, open the browser of your choice and go to picasa.google.com. The browser will automatically detect which platform you are on and present to you the appropriate version. Go and click on Download Picasa 3. You'll be presented with an executable file. Go ahead and save that file. This should download rather quickly. Once it's complete, double -click on the executable. If you have any dialog box, make sure that you are comfortable with the executable, go ahead and click OK.
There are some other choices here, which have to do with setting Google as your default search engine. If you're not comfortable with that, uncheck any of these to meet your preferences. In this case, we're going to run Picasa after we've installed it. So I'm going to leave this one checked. When completed, go ahead and hit Finish. The next step it's going to ask you for is where do you want to point it. People keep their photos in many different types of locations on their hard drive. For the purposes of this demonstration, I have a group of photos located inside My Pictures folder.
If you're importing from iPhoto, or from other areas on your computer, we'll talk about that in another movie, when we'll talk about installing for Mac. Go ahead and click Continue. Notice in the lower right, the images will be pulled in automatically. What's new to Picasa 3 is a Photo Viewer. You could configure that right now, or opt out of it. This will override any default photo viewer that you have. If you navigate in View photos on your PC, you can opt back into this at any time.
For right now, go ahead and click Don't use Picasa Photo Viewer. When done, select Finish.
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