Using Google Picasa with Website Builder
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Google's Picasa can help add quality to your photos and add quality photos in different formats to your Eagle package website.


You will need to have an account with Google to publish your photos in a variety of ways using Picasa. The Google account is free. You only have to have one Google account to take advantage of many Google tools such as Picasa, Groups, Blogger, Docs and YouTube.


Naturally privacy is a concern anytime you upload photos to the Internet. Picasa has three levels of publishing photos: public web page, unlisted web page, passworded web page.


There are two pieces to the Google Picasa photo storage and sharing: (1) Picasa program which resides on your computer and (2) Picasa Web Albums (PWA) which allow you to share the photographs on the Internet.


Downloading and installing Picasa on your computer


  1. Go to picasa.google.com
  2. Click on the Download button or link
  3. Open and run the Picasa Setup application you just downloaded to install it on your computer


Getting Started with Picasa


Like anything, there is a little learning that goes along with Picasa. These resources are available for you:




Publishing photos to your Eagle Package website


You have various options for publishing photos from Picasa to your website:



To learn how to share your photos online using Picasa Web Albums, please see the PWA Getting Started Guide. Your basic choices are:



Choosing how to display your Picasa Web Album


Depending on whether you want to link to your Picasa Web Album from your navigation menu or from a page within your website, you can select from the following choices. It is not recommended that you show the album within your website from any page type within "New Pages" choices.


Website Builder Page Type

Selection

Result

Program Tools Google Picasa

Display album using slide show embed code

Slide show displays within your website

Program Tools Google Picasa

Display album using URL address

Album page pops up in new window

New Pages - Link (not Program Tools)

Website address, show inside website

Shows within website, but Internet Explorer does not work consistently

New Pages - Link (not Program Tools)

Website address, show in new window

Album page pops up in new window

New Pages - Blank (Single Area)

Link on page with website address, show inside website

Shows within website, but Internet Explorer does not work consistently

New Pages - Blank (Single Area)

Link on page with website address, show in new window

Album page pops up in new window


Embedding your Picasa slide show (viewers can access the album from the slide show):


To embed slide shows from PWA, you will


  1. Create a Picasa Web Album and show all the photos as in Step 2 below.


  1. Click on the Edit menu and select "Album properties."



  2. Click on the Share drop down menu in the "Edit album information" window and select "Public" (green circle below).


  1. Copy the snippet of HTML code from PWA as described at this link.





  2. From within Website Builder, select the "Menu" tab or Pages tab. If you want this page to automatically have a link on the navigation bar, select the Menu tab.


  1. From the Menu or Pages tab click on the "Add a page" [] icon.


  1. In the Program Tools folder, select the Google Picasa page template by highlighting/selecting it (click once with left mouse button) and clicking on the Next button.


  1. Enter information into "Page Properties" window and click Save & Close button.


  1. Your new web page template is now on the navigation menu (if you used the Menu tab).

  2. Paste your Google Picasa Web Album slide show address (See Step 1 above) into the Picasa Web Album Slide Show Address box.


If you embedded an slide show, whenever you update either in your Picasa Web Album account, your web page where you embedded the code will also update.



Linking to your Picasa photos and albums:


You can also link to individual photos or albums rather than embedding them. See full instructions for linking.


  1. In your Picasa Web Album account, click on the album you want to share by providing a link on your website.

  2. You will then see the following at the right hand side of your monitor:



  3. Click on the "Link to this album" link.

  4. Copy the link found in the circled box below.



  5. Paste this link on one of your web pages or ...

  6. From within Website Builder, select the "Menu" tab or Pages tab. If you want this page to automatically have a link on the navigation bar, select the Menu tab.


  1. From the Menu or Pages tab click on the "Add a page" [] icon.


  1. In the Program Tools folder, select the Google Picasa page template by highlighting/selecting it (click once with left mouse button) and clicking on the Next button.


  1. Enter information into "Page Properties" window and click Save & Close button.


  1. Your new web page template is now on the navigation menu (if you used the Menu tab).

  2. Paste your Google Picasa Web Album (photo or slide show) address (See Step 1 above) to the Picasa Web Album Address box (green arrow below).