Posts Tagged ‘picasa’

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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A Picture from Edna

I created this card with Flickr’s new “Edit Photo” feature. It is great and I am a living testament to it being “Granny-proof.” I have not been using the Flickr site for a long time, as I have been uploading my photographs to Picasa Web Albums. I just returned at Thanksgiving time, and today there was this wonderful new announcement of on-line photo editing from Flickr. It is something I have been wanting to try, as I have Adobe Photoshop Elements on my old laptop and it is so slow and cumbersome to use, I get frustrated. I tried this and it really works. I love it.

I have not yet tried to actually do photo editing as I was so excited to be able to create a frame and write text on the photograph, something that cannot be done with Picasa2, my usual photo editing software.  I suspect that the photo editing may be as good as Picasa2’s. I will try it the next time I have photos uploaded.

When you look at your photographs now at Flickr, you will see above them a new button on the right hand side that reads “Edit Photo.” The application or software that they are using is Picnik. Yes, it’s that easy – it’s a “picnik.” Kudos to Flickr!

The image, Merry Christmas Card, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

Visit Neddy’s Archives for more of Edna’s writings.

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Ever since Google’s Picasa2 software and then their Picasa Web Albums became available I have been their biggest fan and supporter. I have been uploading almost all of my digital images to my Picasa Web Albums, and seldom use my Flickr account anymore. That is now changing, as I find myself going back to Flickr. I have noticed that there is something amiss with the uploading features from Picasa2 to Picasa Web Albums. I have been troubleshooting it a bit, but I have not been able to discover what it is that is causing my images to be re-sized smaller. Apparently this has been going on for a while and I have not noticed it. That is, unless the entire Picasa Web Albums has done a global resizing of everyone’s photographs.

I have been checking the help and I see that it says one cannot upload photos larger than 20 MB. WELL! None of mine are anywhere near that large. And, I definitely do not like having my 1-2 1/2 MB images downsized to 500-600 KB without my knowing why. Does anyone know what’s up?

I was just billed last week for another year of service, so now I am wondering if instead of keeping my account the same, they have downgraded me for some reason. Does anyone else have this problem? Does anyone know what’s going on?

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