Posts Tagged “picasa”

I have been using the Shashin WordPress plugin for awhile now to display my Google Picasa image galleries. This plugin basically generates pages on your site that embed the images from your Picasa image galleries. So far I have been really satisfied with the plugin and tried numerous other Picasa plugins before settling on this one. One thing I needed to change because of the layout of my site was the default size for the album thumbnails which is 160 pixels. Below I describe how to modify this size so you can display more albums in a smaller amount of space.

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Google has an application called the Google Mobile App which can easily be installed on your BlackBerry cell phone. I currently have a BlackBerry 8320 Curve from T-Mobile. This application is a launchpad for numerous Google application including Google Notebook, Gmail, Google Maps, Google News, Google Reader, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Picassa Web Albums, and Google Sync. To install Google Mobile App on your BlackBerry cell phone follow the directions below.

Install Google Mobile App:

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Windows Vista definitely has some hidden gems about itself. I have a Vista box but rarely use it as I do most of my work from my trusty laptop. Today I was doing some work that required Vista and learned of Snipping. Snipping is the ability to take screenshots of any size native with Windows Vista. When you launch Snipping by typing snipping into the start window below Windows main navigation then you can take any size screenshot you want to. What is extra cool about Snipping is the fact that the screen greys out and you get an accurate clear view of what you are actually going to be snipping from Vista’s surface.

I take a lot of screenshots to troubleshoot things or pass images to developers to troubleshoot things. I wish XP had snipping but its just one more small step forward for me to start using Vista. Below I are some images related to snipping.

 

Vista Snipping Screenshot Window Start Menu

In the above image you can see the red line around the picture which was the area I specified for the screenshot. You can make screenshots any size you want by dragging a box on the screen to a specify the area of the screenshot to the Snipping application. My personal favorite way of managing these images is to snap them and size them with snipping and manage them with Picasa from Google. Picasa replaces the typical Windows Picture and Fax viewing application and provides a lot more bells and whistles. Here in the next week or so I am going to write about some of the benefits of Picasa.

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I was a bit furstrated last night when I tried to install the flash templates from paulvanroekel.nl because the installer was telling me it was completed yet I could not find the templatebs. After trying to figure it out for a bit I went back to the site and noticed I had missed the install instructions at the top right of the download page. I seem to like to jump into things and forget to read instructions a lot!

It turns out the installer is for Picasa 2.x and Google has decided to change folder locations in the Picasa 3.x versions. Now instead of being on your primary drive under Program Files >> Picasa the application is now located in C:\Program Files >> Google >> Picasa3. So if you end up running the installer you can just copy the files from C:\Program Files\Picasa2\web\templates to C:\Program Files\Google\Picasa3\web\templates and the new templates will show next time you export a folder or a single photo to HTML via the Picasa interface.

The collection of templates includes 19 in all including simpleviewer, tiltviewer, imageflow, highslide, lightbox, thickbox, and more. All of them are cool in there own way and can be viewed here.

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