Picasa Web Albums – Share photos online

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Google today announced the testing of a new feature in Picasa through which user can share photos online. The feature is called Picasa Web Albums.

Picasa is Google’s free desktop photo management software, and I have been using this for quite some time, Other than the basic organizing features, I especially like the “Timeline” feature in Picasa.

With Picasa Web Albums you can pick a bunch of your photos from and upload them into a web album in a couple of clicks. Once they are online, it’s pretty easy share them – just click the “Share” button.

Check my first web album here : http://picasaweb.google.com/venukb/Flowers

Here is what you need to do to share photos online using Picasa:

  1. Sign up at http://picasaweb.google.com. Currently signup is through invitation.
  2. Once you have an invitation, you’ll be able to download the latest version of Picasa with the web uploading feature.
  3. Use the new feature “Web Album” in Picasa to share your album. Currently Google is providing 250 MB of free storage space which according to Google can accommodate 1000 photos of 1600 pixel size.

Web album

Upload Manager

If you want more space, you have to shell out 25$/year and you get 6 GB of storage. (Even Flickr’s Pro account costs the same )
One of the nice feature while viewing the photos online is the way you can flip through the photos using arrow keys. Its pretty fast since photos are pre-fetched.

Here is a look at the options available for a online album.

Options

There are other features such as “Slideshow” . “Organize” etc. More is available at this link. The only downside I see is the 250 MB storage limit and the need to pay 25$ for extra storage.

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