Do you have photos you want to share with others? If so, Picasa Web Albums is the best way to go. Maybe you currently use email to send photos to your friends. Do you ever wonder if you’re sending them more than they want? How about letting them view all your pictures, then they can download any that they really want? That’s what Picasa Web Albums allows you to do.
I belong to a club where one person takes all the photos for the club and uploads them to the club’s Picasa Web Album. Then, any member of the club, can visit the Web Album and look at the pictures. If I see a picture I want to have for my own, maybe a nice photo of me, I can download that photo to my computer.
You can download a single photo, or an entire album. Just go to the album in question and look for the ‘Download’ button at the top. If you’re viewing a single photo, you will see ‘Download photo’ as the only option. If you’re viewing an album, the download command will download the entire album to your computer. You’ll see a couple of prompts that you need to approve, then finally, click on Download.
If you don’t see these options, it means that the owner of the album has disabled it.
Once you successfully download the photos … where are they? You don’t get an option of what folder you want them in. It automatically puts them in My Pictures/Downloaded Albums/nameofalbum. You’ll see them in a special collection in Picasa under all your folders called Downloaded Albums, or Web Albums.
What if you are the owner of the album and you don’t want people to be able to download your pictures? That’s a setting. If you visit your web albums and make sure you’re logged in, you should see a link called Settings in the upper right. Click on that, and then on Privacy and Permissions. You’ll see lots of options, we’re talking about allowing visitors to download your photos. If you want to allow it, make sure the option is checked, if not, make it unchecked. Then make sure to click on Save Changes.
This will take effect right away. So, you can even allow a visitor to download just for a few minutes then turn it back off again. This is an easy way to give family or a friend all your photos
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