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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 wanted to introduce you to a really interesting concept about synchronized albums. Now, in previous movies we took a particular photograph that we uploaded from our iPhone. Then we made some edits and changes to it. Those edits and changes were reflected directly on the Web Albums themselves. This album is called the Drop Box. The Drop Box is automatically created when you upload directly via email into Picasa Web Albums. Here is the image itself. Now, it's a very powerful concept to think about a dynamic online Web album that's synchronized with your Picasa local program.
But here is another take. Now, a Web Album feels like a static folder, feels like a destination, something that people may want to visit. Well, think of it in another way. Think about it as a dynamic feed. Now, over here you will see a little link called RSS. What do we think about when we think about RSS? We think about news, we think about subscribing to things. When I click on it, it redirects you within Firefox into the ability to subscribe to it. There is a lot of different ways to subscribe to RSS feeds these days.
I'm going to do it via Google. I'm going to say subscribe now, and it's going to give me a choice, do I want to I add it to my homepage, or they have this really great thing called a Google Reader. I use Google Reader a lot when I want to read blogs, or I want to just read some RSS feeds. So I'm going to click on that now. While I'm logged in you will see something amazing, you will start to see the feed of my box that's turned directly into this brand new world that I just subscribed to. It feels like a feed, doesn't it? Now, imagine the power of having your photo feed dynamically updated from your iPhone or from your mobile device and that when you synchronize from Picasa, you now can basically distribute this entire photo feed to the world.
It's a very powerful concept and something that I absolutely want to encourage you to think about, in that when you make updates or changes to any synchronized album, it's like you are distributing those changes around the world. So leverage this idea of synchronizing your work with online power of Google Reader or an RSS feed.
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