Aug 082014
 

Computer Clubs are great ways to learn! We wanted to share with you how Google+ Hangouts on Air allows us to present a seminar remotely and then automatically have it recorded as a Youtube video.

As we travel the country in our RV, we often pass thru the corner of Iowa/Illinois referred to as the Quad Cities and we’ll give a live presentation to the Quad Cities Computer Society. We were there in June and presented a seminar we call “What is Cloud Computing” to the general meeting of the whole club. The people involved in the digital photography  SIG (special interest group) then wanted to know – “How do we use the Cloud for our photos with Picasa?” So we agreed to give a follow up seminar to their next monthly meeting where we would answer questions. The problem is that we would be a couple thousand miles away by then! So, we used Google+ Hangouts on Air to do the presentation. Since it is recorded, we can also share it with you! If you are interested in a Geeks on Tour presentation to your club, use the Contact Us form.

To watch the entire presentation will take you about an hour. I have gone thru it and marked the places where certain topics start so you can click on those links and get straight to the point.

  1. Watch the seminar starting at the beginning (well, actually, this starts after the few minutes of technical difficulties with sound.)
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  2. Start at 7m22s:  Using Dropbox Camera Uploads
  3. Start at 15m37s: Autobackup Discussion
  4. Start at 29m38s: Question about Ordering Prints
  5. Start at 38m29s: Question about Making Movies with PIctures and Music
  6. Start at 43m16s: Question about Resizing Pictures
  7. Start at 56m23s: Demo of Picasa Web Albums vs. Google+ Photos

 

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Viewing Pictures on a Map

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Jul 182014
 

We take hundreds of pictures every month and, since we live in an RV, we are constantly traveling. I might look at this picture and have no idea where we were when it was taken. If I’m lucky, the photo includes location information, then Picasa, or Google+ Photos can display the picture on a map:

I may not remember where this picture was taken just by looking at it.
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If the photo contains location information (GPS latitude/longitude) then Picasa can show me a map
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How does a Picture get Geotagged?

If your camera is equipped with a GPS, there is a setting that allows the camera to tag pictures with that location information. This is most common with smartphone cameras. For example, on my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone, when I’m using the camera, I can tap the gear icon for Settings, find the Location setting and turn it on. If that setting is on, then you will be able to view the picture’s location on a map using Picasa, or Google+ Photos.  You need to check this setting often because when you turn off your phone’s GPS, this setting also turns off and you need to manually turn it back on. If your camera does not geotag for you, you can use Picasa to manually set the location information using the Places Pane. (Geeks on Tour members can view the tutorial video on Geotagging)

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2014-07-18_9-27-41When this picture is imported to your computer and you see it in Picasa’s library, you will notice a red location marker icon in the lower right image. When you see that icon showing on a picture’s thumbnail, it means you can click the same icon in the lower right of Picasa’s screen and the Places Pane will open at the right of your screen. The map that shows here is Google Maps and it comes from the Internet, so this will only work if your computer is online.

When you share your picture to Google+ online, you can click on the picture, click on ”Photo Details” at the right and see a map. If Location data is not stored with the picture, you will see a link to “Add a Location” then you can manually drop a pin on a map to indicate the location of the picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picasa Web Albums Map View

Picasa Web Albums still has the best way of viewing pictures on a map. To get to your uploaded pictures and view them with the old Picasa Web Albums interface, use this link: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/myphotos?noredirect=1 Now you’re viewing the same albums as with Google+ Photos, but with the older Picasa Web Albums tools. When you click on an album and look to the right, you should see a map image called “Photo Locations.” There is a link below the map to “View Map” which will show you a map with the pictures showing as little thumbnails right in place on the map.

I love it!

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Jul 012014
 

If you’ve ever played card games, you understand the need to sort in different ways. Let’s say you’re playing Gin Rummy and you’re dealt 10 cards. For one hand you might want to sort them by suit, in another, you might sort them by their face/number. With cards in your hand, you have to manually move the cards around to get them in the order you want. With computer files, that manual labor is a simple click. There are many times in computer usage that a list of items can be sorted one way or another. With computer files, you might want to see them in order by filename. At another time you might want to see them in order by creation date. And for yet another reason, you might want to see them in descending order by size. Any of those choices is a simple click of your mouse on the sort order you desire.

Pictures are just files to the computer, and Picasa is just your tool for managing those files. Anything your computer can do in regards to sorting files, Picasa can do with your pictures.

Folders

Folders are the containers for the picture files and they have dates and names as well. To sort your list of folders you click on the dropdown arrow at the top of the list and select the sort order you want. You can also use the Folder menu –>Sort by –> Name/Date/Size/Reverse Order. If you want to change the name or date of a folder, simply double-click on it. You’ll now be looking at the Folder Properties and you can change the name or date to whatever you want, then click OK.

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Sorting Pictures within Folders

Each folder, just like each player in a card game, can have their pictures sorted in different ways. To sort the pictures within a folder, right click on the folder (either in the left column, or at the top of the library) and choose the sort order you want.

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Notice the choices: Name, Date, Size, and Reverse order. One click at any time on ‘Name’ will sort your pictures alphabetically by their filename. That filename is the name used by your camera. Digital cameras assign filenames in a sequence like IMG-1060.jpg, IMG-1061.jpg, IMG-1062.jpg etc. Whenever you select a picture, you can see its Name, Date and Size on the blue status bar at the bottom of the library. That is the information used for sorting. You can change a file’s name with File->Rename, or F2. You can change a file’s date with Tools->Adjust Date and Time.

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Manual Sort Order is Fleeting

Picasa has one more option, and that is to drag the pictures into a manual order that you want. The problem is, that order is only understood by Picasa. Let’s say you manually dragged pictures into a custom order using Picasa. When you exit Picasa and look at those pictures using your File Manager – they will not be in that order. They will be in order by Name, Date, or Size, because those are the only properties stored with the picture. When you open Picasa again, the pictures will be in your manual order, but one click on Sort Folder by Name, Date, or Size, and your manual order is lost.

TipF: If you Export a group of manually sorted pictures, you can check the box to “Add numbers to file names to preserve order.” That way, the exported copies of the pictures will have filenames starting with number that keep them in the order you arranged manually. Now, sorting By Name, they will be in your custom order.

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Mar 252014
 

You’re probably accustomed to seeing your picture folders in date order at the left navigation bar in Picasa, but did you know you can view the photos themselves on a timeline?  While in library view, use the View menu and select Timeline and you’ll see something like this:

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In a very condensed format, you can see the complete range of dates for your pictures.  In my sample case the earliest date shows as November 1936.  These are scanned photos where I manually set the date!  And the latest date is March 2014.  Simply drag the slider and you can see thumbnails of pictures from folders in every date in between.  Then, you have choices of playing a slide show by double-clicking on a folder,  or going back to your library with the button, or by pressing Esc.  You will be dropped off in the library viewing pictures from the time that was last selected in the timeline.

Google+ Photos now has a Timeline

If you have been uploading your pictures to Picasa Web Albums, or Google+ Photos (it’s the same set of albums – just different interfaces) you now can find pictures by date there too.  To get to your photos in Google+, browse to https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos and login.  This only works in “Highlight” view. At the right side of your screen, you should see an icon of the current month .  Just hover your mouse over that and it will open up a complete calendar of Years and Months for all the photos you have ever uploaded.  Click on any year/month combination and you will be taken to the highlight of photos from that month.

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Dec 232013
 

picasabackupIf you use the Picasa desktop software regularly, you may have noticed an update within the last week.  If you installed this update, you saw a message asking if you want to turn on the new Auto Backup feature.   If you say yes, then you need to be sure to log in to your Google+ account.  This isn’t so much a feature of Picasa as it is a separate app from Google Plus.  In fact, you won’t find an Auto Backup setting in PIcasa; it is actually a program called Google+ Auto Backup that you’ll find in your Control Panel / Programs area.  There are also settings you must check. 

Settings to Change:

  1. Select just the folders you want uploaded for the Backup Sources
  2. Be sure to change Photo Size to Standard, unless you’re willing to pay for more Google Storage
  3. UNcheck the option to “Also copy photos/videos from cameras and storage cards to My Pictures\…

First, you set what folders of pictures you want backed up.  If you don’t select specific folders, it’s going to look thru all of your computer for pictures.  Second, you should change the photo size to Standard size of 2048 – you have unlimited free storage space if you limit your uploaded picture size to 2048.  If you leave it at Full size, you will quickly use up your free storage.  You can purchase more storage at $5/mo for 100 GB.  As for the “Also copy photos to My Pictures\… Really?   How many copies can we handle?  I’m buried in pictures as it is.  I’m now working on how to eliminate some duplicates, not create more!

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This Backup Feature is Not for Me

I have my own backup system, I’ve written about it many times.  To be honest, I’ve only had to use my backups once that I can remember.  Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth the effort.  But, yes, one backup set is g backup1esssential.  These days I take most of my pictures with my Android phone or my iPad.  Those pictures may be automatically sent to the cloud using iCloud, Dropbox, or Google+ .  Heck, you can even set Facebook and Skydrive to automatically make their own copies of pictures taken with your mobile devices.  This new feature from Google+ adds to those hundreds of pictures by also including all the pictures that are now stored on your computer.  In my case, those pictures are already backed up – once with my archival photo backups and again with my disaster recovery computer backup system.  I don’t want them backed up yet again!  I just don’t need that many copies, not to mention the bandwidth that is being used.  Notice in the image at left, you see the icon for Google+ Photos image in the system tray and the message that it’s going to take 17 days to do the initial upload of 10,000 pictures!  Many of us are using limited bandwidth cellular plans for our Internet connection.  This feature alone could easily use up a standard monthly allotment.

Is this Backup Feature for You?

If you are just starting with digital photography and Picasa – this could be a great option for you.  Just turn it on and know that you’re always protected.  You will never lose a photo.  That is, IF you trust Google with your account, and IF you’re content with the 2048 compressed size. 

Here at Geeks on Tour, we field a lot of questions from folks about using Picasa.  I can’t count how many times we’ve gotten the following question: “My computer crashed, how do I recover all my pictures with Picasa?”  People who ask this question have been under the mistaken impression that Picasa, on their computer, automatically copied all their pictures to the web.  I would have to deliver the bad news that their pictures were gone – unless they had manually uploaded them to Picasa Web Albums, or made a backup to disk.  I think this new backup feature is aimed squarely at those people.  Now, assuming they had turned the feature on, we will be able to tell the distressed photographer that all their pictures are safely stored in their Google+ account – at least a lower resolution copy of them.

Do you Know Where Your Pictures Are?

Before you go signing up for more backup plans, we think it’s important to be more organized with your pictures.  With cell phones and tablets today, you may be taking pictures with several devices.  How do you keep them all organized?  Watch this video for our advice.

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Nov 182013
 

facenamesThis article is for those of you who like Picasa’s face recognition feature and have People Albums named for the people who appear in your pictures.  You probably spent a fair amount of time identifying all those faces and you don’t want to lose them!  Yet, if you needed to uninstall and re-install Picasa for any reason, your perfectly named People Albums may end up all called <Unknown Person>.

To prevent this from ever happening to you again, you need to be sure the “Store name tags in photo” box is checked.  Here’s where you’ll find that box:

  • Windows: Tools->Options->Name Tags
  • Mac: Picasa->Preferences->Name Tags

If yours is already checked, you’re golden.  If not, realize that checking the box now only affects people that you identify from now on. 

Fixing Existing People

To ‘store name tags in photos’ that you’ve already identified, you can use the Tools->Experimental->Write faces to XMP command.  There are 3 choices: Write Selected, Write Faces, Write All.  If you just have a few People Albums then we recommend you select one album at a time and then use the “Write Selected” option.  If you choose “Write Faces” this will go thru all of your named faces and it will take a while – an hour or more.  Remember when Picasa first scanned all your photos for faces?  I don’t know what “Write All” does.

If you don’t have the option under Tools->Experimental for “Write faces to XMP” that means you’re not using the latest version of Picasa.  You can check the version with Help->About Picasa – as of today (11/25/13) it should be 3.9.0 (Build 136.2).  On a Mac, use Picasa->About Picasa to see the version and it should be 3.9.16.  Go to www.Picasa.com to download and install it fresh.

Fixing <Unknown Person> Albums

If you have albums with the <Unknown Person> title, it’s not as bad as you may think.  You don’t have to re-identify all the individual pictures.  The Unnamed albums are actually the people albums that you worked so hard to make, they’ve just lost the actual name.  You can rename a People album just like any other Album or Folder:

  1. It’s best to be logged in to your Google Account, then you’ll have access to your synchronized contact list.  If you look in the upper right corner of Picasa and see your email address, you’re logged in.  Otherwise you should see a link to  “Sign In with Google Account”
  2. Double-Click on the album (right where it says ‘Unnamed Person”) or right-click on it and choose Edit Album.
  3. You should now see your list of contacts.  Select the contact name for this person and click “Choose”.  You can just start typing the name and your list will be filtered accordingly.

For Geeks on Tour members, here are some tutorial videos about People albums:

Here is Picasa’s official help page on Name Tags.

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Oct 252013
 

imageAlbums and Tags are both organizational tools in Picasa on your computer.  They allow you to group your photos by categories of your choosing without physically moving or copying  pictures from the Folders where they are stored.  In our fulltime RVing lifestyle, we are taking pictures all the time, so our folder structure is simple – one folder per month.  All pictures taken in a month are stored in a folder for that month.  Sometimes a special event warrants a folder of its own, but all ‘miscellaneous’ pictures go into the monthly folder.  Albums and Tags allow you to create groupings like music ‘Playlists.’  You can include pictures in different groups without copying or moving them to another folder.

 

State Signs Example

As we travel, I like to take pictures of the sign we see each time we cross a state border.  According to my system, these pictures will be stored in a Folder by the month they were taken.  I then want an Album of all the state signs so I can make a movie like the example below.  To make this movie, I added a few other pictures in addition to the state signs, I found the music “See the USA” by Dinah Shore, and I put it all together in a Movie using Picasa’s “Create Movie Presentation” tool.  Finally I uploaded it to Youtube so you can see.  It all just took a few clicks in Picasa.

Tags are Better than Albums

The best way to prepare for these different groupings is to use Tags.  Whenever I take a picture of a State Sign, I tag it with the keyword ‘statesign.’  Tags are better than albums, because they are stored right with the .jpg file.  If you stop using Picasa at some point, the tags will still be included with your pictures and some other software (like Windows Live Photo Gallery, or Photoshop Elements) can read those tags.  Albums are strictly a creation of Picasa and are only useable with PIcasa.  To gather all the pictures for the Movie above, all I had to do was click on Tools->Experimental->Show Tag as Album
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You may need to refresh the album list before you see the new ‘statesign’ album.  Just collapse the Album collection with the triangle and then expand it again.  You should notice that it has a green album icon with an asterisk, that is the indicator that this is a dynamic album create from Tags.  Once I can see the Album, I just click on the button for Create Movie, enter the music selection, then click the Youtube button. 

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Albums are Temporary

Once you have your movie, you can even delete the Album – it was just a temporary grouping to facilitate making the movie.  Delete the album and your pictures are still in their respective folders, along with their tags.  At any time, you can use the “Show Tag as Album” command and see the statesign group again.

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If you are a Geeks on Tour Member, you may want to watch the following videos:

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Aug 132013
 

facesWith Face Recognition in Picasa, you can work thru identifying all the “Unnamed” people in the People Albums collection or you can go thru one folder at a time and identify just those pictures you want at the time.  This article shows you how to go to the folder and manually identify the faces in any given picture.

So, for example, when I look at the people album for my Dad, Tom, I see that there are only 18 named faces.  I know I have more pictures than that!  If only because I found some old photos once and scanned them all.  I know the folder that contains those scanned pictures of my Dad, now what?

The People Panel

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Notice the 4 buttons just below the library on the right side of your screen, those open up a right sidebar or ‘pane.’  You can choose to see information about People, Places, Tags, or Properties.  What you do is open the people pane.  The space on the right side of your screen will now show you any faces that are tagged in the selected picture(s.)  If they aren’t tagged correctly, or not tagged at all, you can fix them here.

There are several possibilities here, the most common are:

  1. The person’s face is marked as a face but with no identification. 
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  2. Sometimes it won’t be marked as a face at all.  In that case you need to click the button at the bottom, “Add a Person Manually” then draw a rectangle around the face, and Add a Name.
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  3. Yet another option is when Picasa has marked a face, and is suggesting a name, but it hasn’t yet been confirmed.  If the suggested name is the correct person, simply click the green checkmark to confirm.  If it is an incorrect name, click the red X, then enter the correct name.  This should take you back to the first situation where the face is marked but unnamed, so enter the correct name.
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People Albums

As you find more instances of a person’s face and correctly identify them, you will see those pictures show up in the person’s ‘People Album.’  I found quite a few more pictures of my Dad, so when I look at the People Album section now,  I see:
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It is important to realize that these are albums, just like the ‘blue’ albums in the top section of the left sidebar.  If you delete a face from a People Album, you are not deleting the photo, you are just taking it out of the named person’s People Album and dumping it back in the Unnamed album.  You can also simply drag a face from one album to another if you find an incorrectly tagged face.

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There’s a lot more to know about the face recognition feature in Picasa.  We encourage you to read the other articles in this website that refer to face recognition and, if you are a member of the GeeksOnTour.TV website, you should watch the video in the Picasa Special Features series on Face Recognition.

Jul 092013
 

imageQuick!  Can you use your computer to pull up a slide show of a trip you took 10 years ago?  If you were using digital photography then, you should be able to see them now.  I keep all my past pictures on an external  hard drive.  Picasa can span both the USB hard drive and my computer’s internal C drive to display all the pictures I see in the Library.  When I use Tree View in Picasa and look at my Folders collection, it reports that there are 48,612 pictures total on my computer.  11,460 of those are in the My Pictures folder on my C drive and 35, 291 of those are on S:, which is my external USB hard drive .

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The other day we were chatting with our new friends, Don and Kim from Harvest Hosts.  We love talking about travel with them because we have never met anyone who travels more than they do.  They’ve even traveled by RV in Africa and Asia!  So, when they mentioned river barging in France, we were excited to say, “We did that too!”  To prove it, I sat down at the computer, opened Picasa, and searched for France.  Within seconds the computer was playing a slide show of all our pictures of a River Barge trip to France in 2001.  Kim was impressed, but she asked, “Where’s a picture of the boat in fog with a swan swimming by?  That’s what I remember about barging in France.”  I told her to wait, and after a few more pictures … there was the swan in the fog!

Picture Filing Procedure

Here’s the procedure I follow:

  1. File by Month: After taking pictures with a digital camera, I import them all to my computer, in the My Pictures folder, and a sub-folder by month.
  2. Backup to CD/DVD: Each month or so – lately I’ve been backing up by quarter – I use Picasa’s backup tool to burn DVDs of all pictures taken since the last time I backed up.
  3. Move to USB Drive: After a folder is backed up to disc, it is fair game to be moved from my C drive to the external hard drive.  I do this using Picasa, so it retains the location information in its database.  It’s easy, just right click each folder and choose “Move Folder” – then specify the drive letter and folder location you want, e.g. S:\Old Pictures\.  I usually leave a year or two on my internal hard drive, just because I don’t always have the USB drive plugged in.  But, when it is plugged in, Picasa is working with a library of all 48,000 pictures.

If you are a Geeks on Tour member, you can watch tutorial videos of all of these processes:

  1. Tree Folder Structure
  2. Move Folders of Pictures to an External Drive
  3. Backup Monthly to Disk (CD or DVD)
  4. Searching for Pictures
  5. Picasa Short Course on Organizing your Pictures – 8 Videos

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Jun 262013
 

imageIf you’re like us, you find yourself taking more and more pictures with your smartphone instead of your normal camera.  That really messes up our procedures of getting the pictures from the camera to the computer and organizing them there.  How do we get the pictures from the smartphone to the computer?  If you are a Geeks on Tour member, you can watch some past tutorial videos on how to transfer pictures by attaching a cable from the phone to the computer: Import Pictures with Android and Import pictures from an iPad/iPhone.  But now, there is an even easier option.

Dropbox, is the indispensible Cloud storage and synchronizing utility.  We’ve written about it several times, and mention it in almost every seminar since it’s our Dropbox folder where we store all our seminar materials!  Dropbox also has a special feature called “Camera Upload.”  It is nothing short of magic!  Now I take a picture on my phone and the next time I sit down at my computer, that picture is there in the Dropbox/Camera Upload folder.

Add More Dropbox Storage Space by Using Camera Uploads

The Free version of Dropbox starts you out with 2GB of storage space.  If you’re going to upload pictures from your smartphone to your Dropbox account, you’ll need more!  The folks at Dropbox realize this.  If you install the latest version of the Dropbox App on your Android or iPhone, you will earn up to 3GB in additional storage.  You will earn the additional storage for every 500MB that you actually use in Camera Uploads.  Once you’ve used it, you can delete the photos from your dropbox folder and you still have the extra storage available to you.

Steps to use the Camera Upload Feature

  1. dropbox-androidYou must already have a Dropbox account.  This means you have an account on www.Dropbox.com and you also have downloaded the app to your computer and have a Dropbox folder on your computer.
  2. Download and install the latest Dropbox App on your phone.  Get it from the App Store on your iPhone or iPad, or the Play Store on your Android phone or tablet.
  3. Make sure the Camera Upload option is turned on for the App on your mobile device.  Notice in the screen image at right that you have the option to allow the uploads only when your phone is connected to WiFi.  This means that it won’t use up the GB on your data plan.  It also means that the upload may not be instant.  If you want the upload instantly, and don’t mind using your cellular data plan, then choose the second option.

That’s it!  From now on, when you take a picture using your phone, it will automatically be uploaded to your Dropbox account online, AND synchronized with your dropbox folder on your computer.

We have such fun showing this in our seminars.  I feel like a magician.  I take a picture of someone in the front row of our seminar using my phone.  Then I immediately set the phone down, raising my hands in the air.  “Look Ma, No hands!”  While Jim is sitting at the computer, which is projected onto a big presentation screen, he opens the Dropbox Camera Upload folder and voila! the picture I just took is there.

Viewing the Camera Uploads with Picasa

The Camera Uploads folder on your computer, is within the Dropbox folder.  You can view it using Windows Explorer (or Macintosh Finder) just like any other folder.  I check it regularly and move the pictures from the Camera Uploads folder to a current folder in My Pictures.  This leaves the Camera Uploads folder empty for receiving new uploads, and Picasa will see the new pictures in My Pictures the next time you open Picasa.

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