Picasa allows you to organize, manage, edit, store, and share your photos online using your Google Apps Account.

1. At the top of your mailbox click more > even more.  Scroll down the list and click on "Picasa" or visit picasa.google.com

2. Download Picasa 3 to your Desktop by clicking the blue download box and following the installation prompts. 

3. Once downloaded, open Picasa 3 on your computer. It will automatically rganize all of your photo files that you have saved on your computer in an easy to use format.

Note: Your files can be sorted by name, date, or recent changes. It's important to remember:
  • Picasa does not store the photos on your computer.
    When you open Picasa, it simply looks at the folders on your computer and displays the photos it finds. It displays the file types that you tell it to find, in the folders that you tell it to search.
  • Your original photos are always preserved.
    When using editing tools in Picasa, your original files are never touched. The photo edits you make are only viewable in Picasa until you decide to save your changes. Even then, Picasa creates a new version of the photo with your edits applied, leaving the original file totally preserved.

4. Once you have organized, edited, or added photos using the Picasa Desktop Client, you can easily upload them to your Google Apps Picasa web albums, making it a snap to share your photos with others online. Within Picasa on your computer, click on the Upload button in Picasa to upload all selected photos to Picasa Web Albums.    

Note: If you don't feel like sorting through your photos individually, click on the Share Button to upload an entire folder or album and automatically send email invitations to any friends and/or family that you want to share the photos with.   

5. Visit your Picasa Web Albums, log in using your Google Apps account (Remember! You must include the @bcdschool.org under the email section) to view and share your photos online. 

6. Once you are logged in, you can navigate around the main page to organize and share photos. 

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