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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.
One of the important parts of the interface is the Task Tray. Task Tray is located at the bottom. The most important part of navigating your photographs is performing actions on them. Let's grab a couple. Just by holding down the Ctrl key I've added a bunch to my selection. I can put a hold on that anytime. Now hold is like tacking them up to the wall. It gives me the specific functionalities so that I can navigate to other folders and they stay intact. One of the things that Picasa does is if I don't have them tacked to the specific tray I may lose them as a selection.
Let me show you an example. I'll select a few photographs and then I'll navigate to a different folder. Notice how they're automatically gone. Sometimes this can be frustrating. So be sure to use the Hold button in order to select and to honor your selections. Let's do that again. If I hold down the Ctrl key, I can select multiple photographs. If I select the Hold button, this icon indicates that they are tacked into the specific Selection Tray. Let me navigate to another folder here.
Now when I select, I have photos that are added in addition to the selection itself. Now I'm able to perform a task. Now the Task buttons are located down here in the lower right. There are some default tasks related to uploading to web albums, emailing specific photos, printing them locally or exporting them to another location on your disk. Additional services like shopping or printing photos through services or blogging can be externally facing and customized.
Let's talk a little bit about that customization. If you go up to the Tools menu, you have a selection here called Configure Buttons. Configuring your buttons allows you to reorder and sort them. Let's do that now. You'll see a correspondence between, in this case, the Geo-Tag and the Blog. If I just move this down, you can see that I'm moving it further right in the selection. I can even take things such as the Geo- Tagging and remove it completely from the list.
This doesn't delete it. It just removes it from the list. This might be helpful, if you want to free up specific places for other additional tasks that you want to do. Now Picasa has done a really nice thing. They've made this button framework external so that developers can start to develop specific services so that they can add custom buttons and services onto this tray.
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