Digital Egg Timer #139: Using Picasa and Google Albums

googlepicasaphotoThis Digital Egg Timer is a quick shot of Practical Help for Your Digital life. Pam Willenz shows you how to download Picasa, organize your pictures and set up Picasa to manage your photos better.  And don’t worry about taking notes, we have a handy, printable tip sheet link below for our members.

This is the Digital Minute that’s embedded in our show, ‘Post-PC Era Tips’ – PHYDL #3. In this series, Your Tech Coach gives you practical and helpful tips, hints and advice on how to get the most out of the consumer technology you already own. Geek-free help for everyone on the most common problems we all have using our computers, tablets, smartphones, smart appliances, digital devices, online services, social networking and more. Let Your Tech Coach help you get your technology working for you, not the other way around!

pdfdownloadFor a handy printable tip sheet, please click this link: picasa google albums.pdf (Adobe PDF, get free reader here)


Here is how to manage your photos and videos (if don’t use iTunes) with Picasa and Google Albums. You will be able to sync to the cloud so you can have access on your iPad or iPhone and everything is always up-to-date


Pre-organize your pictures by moving them all in your pictures folder.

  • Go to Picasa –  and download and install Picasa on your computer.
  • You should always put new pictures in your pictures folder to keep them synced to the online album.documents_folder
  • Let Picasa run to scan your computer for pictures. While you’re waiting for Picasa to upload your pictures, sign into your Google account (top right). You only have to sign in once.
  • On the settings option on the sync to web slider (upper right), be sure to set the size to “original size” so those pictures can be downloaded and printed.
  • Picasa is free, and the photos you store in your Google Albums will take up space on your Google Drive. Google gives you a generous 5 gigabytes of space for free. You can pay Google $50 a year for 200 gigabytes of storage space.
  • No need to email low-resolution versions of photos, you can just use the Share button and easily share individual photos or whole albums with family and friends.

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