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I finally got around to making this test of Picasa Web Albums with Cudleigh Cougar. I have ranted a number of times of my dismay at having my images made much smaller when I upload them from Picasa2 to Picasa Web Albums. Google wrote and told me that was caused by my editing of my images before uploading. Duh? Isn’t that what Picasa2 is for? Isn’t Picasa2 supposed to be a photo editing software program?

 IMAGE QUALITY

You mentioned that the files you downloaded from Picasa Web Albums were not the same size as the original files that you uploaded. The difference in photo file size can be attributed to any edits that you made within Picasa before you uploaded. After you make edits to your photo, Picasa needs to then re-sample the image to create a new version of the jpeg (apart from the original). This requires Picasa to apply an amount of jpeg compression to your photo. In order to incorporate your photo edits into your uploaded image, the actual size of the uploaded photo is therefore less than the full photo file.

If you made no edits to your photos and uploaded it at the ’slowest upload; largest size setting,’ you would find the full photo file uploaded.

You can control the jpeg compression level of your files by using the ‘Export’ option before you upload to Picasa Web Albums. For more information on exporting photos, please visit http://picasa.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=13821

If you’d like to go into more depth about the compression of unsaved edits upon upload, please read this informative post in our user group at http://groups.google.com/group/PicasaGuide/browse_thread/thread/a21c26049b83ebb0/d1ec931bf26518b4?

Whatever, … here I am performing a test. I am uploading these two “unedited” images of Cudleigh Cougar at the “slowest” upload, largest size, using the “Web Album” button in Picasa2. Image cudleigh001 is 3264×2448 pixels, 4.5 MB, and Image cudleigh002 is 3264×2448 pixels, 4.8 MB, in Picasa2, on my computer.

After uploading to Picasa Web Albums (which is incredibly easy with the Picasa2 software) I then downloaded one image back to my computer, and sure enough, the Google guy was correct. I was able to download the full size that I had uploaded. Now that was only because I had NOT “edited” the photo. Once a photo is edited in Picasa2 – everything changes, and much smaller images are sent to the Internet. It doesn’t make sense, but that is the way it is.

Then I did a second test, this time sending an entire batch of “edited” images to Picasa Web Albums. You can read about that here: http://picasaweb.google.com/barneykin/GrandBarneySFarmBell, and know why I am now using Flickr for most of my photo album storage, even though I continue to love using Picasa2 software.

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Picasa Web Albums – Changed

Picasa Web Albums – Discovery

Goodbye Picasa Web Albums

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As I have previously written, HERE, I have been mystified as to why my Picasa Web Albums has stopped working for me. I can no longer upload nor download my full size images. I finally found a way of contacting the Google people at Picasa Web Albums and at that point I was able to see a synopsis of my account. That is when I made the discovery that after having uploaded about 160 albums of my images and paying for a second year of storage, Google in its infinite wisdom seems to have canceled my account. It took over a month of troubleshooting until I discovered this, as Google never offered me one iota of notification of this change. I finally came across a notation at the Google site where my account was cancelled when I requested refund of a $5.00 overcharge, a Google error. It is very disappointing, as I have been a big fan of Picasa2 and Picasa Web Albums. I even get emails from others asking my advice on using the various features of both Picasa2 and Picasa Web Albums. And NO, Google never even gave me a refund for the year’s storage that I paid for, that it canceled. NOTHING! ZILCH!

I am back at Flickr now – it is easier to understand and use: http://flickr.com/photos/neddy/sets/ I suspect that Google has lost interest in keeping up with the Picasa2 and the Web Albums wing of its empire, hence the shoddy servicing of its photography software and storage accounts. I have had to uninstall the Picasa2 software for the first time ever, as it stopped working after its latest upgrade to a half dozen or so obscure languages, that I will never use.  

It will truly be a shame if Google has ruined Picasa2 as it has been a wonderful photo editing software. Fortunately, I have just discovered Picnik, which seems to be very similar to Picasa2. I will be evaluating it with my Christmas pictures and learning to use it. Perhaps I will be able to survive my photographic life without Picasa2.

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I have been a big fan of Google’s Picasa2 photo editing software and Picasa Web Albums, but something has been wrong for sometime now and I cannot understand what. Something is no longer working the way it used to and whether it is the software or the photo albums I cannot say. Unfortunately, there is no where to go for help when things like this happen. I have tried Google’s blog and message boards, but they are not the place to get any technical information nor help. 

I am now back to uploading my photographs to Flickr as they allow me to upload my original images and allow me to download the same size, something that Picasa used to do, but does not anymore. No matter what I do, Picasa2 changes the sizes of my photographs. Usually it makes them smaller, but the other day I exported two photographs. One went at the original size so I was happy, then the other went from the original of 2.5 mb to 9.5 mb when I exported it. I have no idea why. I tried twice and it was the same both times.

This all may have begun with the latest upgrade of Picasa2 which was a few weeks ago. It may have begun when I paid for another year of service which was about the same time. And to boot, I started using a new camera and downloaded its software onto my computer. I did all three of these same things about the same time and that is when I first noticed that all of my photographs at Picasa Web Albums had been resized smaller.

So for anyone wanting to upload and download your original size of image, Picasa may not be the place to do it. Picasa resizes my images smaller and I have no control over that. Make sure you double check to see it your original image is being uploaded when you choose that option. 

The only suggestion I have found at Picasa Help for general problems is to uninstall the software and then reinstall it: http://picasa.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=15040&topic=1144 . I will be trying that to see if it works.

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