With digital cameras and camera cell phones getting cheaper every month, the volume of digital media on our hard-drives will continue to grow leaps and bounds. Photo sharing websites such as Picasa Web Albums (owned by Google) not only make it easy for others to view our content, they also act as reliable backup services in the event of a system crash.

With Picasa Web Albums, photos can be easily uploaded (individually or in bulk), organised (and re-organised) into albums, enhanced with captions and even converted into a slideshow – which can be viewed directly in a browser or embedded into your website or blog by simply copying a couple of lines of code! Google have teamed up with a number of online print services which means that prints and photo products (for example mouse mats and mugs) can now be ordered directly from the website at competitive prices!

The latest version of Picasa Web Albums includes “geo-tagging” functionality so you can now see your photos arranged on a map and show friends exactly where you took your best pictures – simply type a location into the ‘Place Taken’ field when creating a new album, or refine a photo’s placement using a drag-and-drop map!

In addition to Picasa Web Albums, Picasa For Windows is a free photo management application that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the photos on your PC. Picasa automatically locates all your photos (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual folders organized by name, size, or date. You can drag and drop to arrange your folders and make albums to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your photos are always organized.

Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your photos – you can email, upload to Picasa Web Albums, print photos at home, make gift CDs, and even post photos to your blog.

Date and Time

18 September 2008, 19:30 – 21:30 BST


Mike Thomas