If you haven’t upgraded to iPhoto 08, you shouldn’t hesitate.
I have to be honest that I haven’t been using previous versions. One of my biggest complaints had been that adding keywords to ease searching was unintuitive.
I guess Apple has been listening to its users.Â
iPhoto users who have a dotmac account can now easily publish a web gallery without knowing a single line of code.
To learn how to do this, read my tutorial
iPhoto users who don’t have Apple’s dotmac account, don’t fret.
There is now a free solution from Google’s Picasa Web Album. Please understand when I say â€œfree,â€ there is some fine print you need to read and decide for yourself.
After you click on that link, go down to #11 and read over â€œContent License From You.â€
See the video below.
To use Picasa Web Album Uploader, you must be running Tiger or OS 10.4 and higher. It is compatible with iPhoto 4,5,6,7 (iPhoto which came with iLife 08)
Looks like Google has been developing more applications for Mac users.
Picasa Web Album was previously just for Windows users.
Google has finally paid attention to Mac users. They have added a plug-in for iPhoto which allows you to upload albums directly from iPhoto without leaving the interface.
So, what do you need to get started using Picasa Web Album if you’re using a Mac?
- DownloadÂ and install the Picasa Web Album Uploader. It’s aÂ plug-inÂ for iPhotoÂ
- Quit iPhoto and relaunch. Now select any event or album, Choose “Export“. When you do, you’ll see the screenshot I’ve added above.
- Sign up for a gmail account. If you have one already, you’re all set. When you log into your gmail account, at the top of the page, select “Photos“. This will bring you to the Picasa Web Album administration area.
From here you can create a flash-based slideshow. It’s not as spiffy and sexy as the Web Gallery that is available by dotmac users.Â
But, hey Picasa Web Album is free, well not entirely.
If all you’re doing is sharing pictures with friends and family and you don’t keyword your images when you upload, I’m confident Google will never find pictures that you took which might be of interest to them.
For them to search through your pictures to find something they might want to use, manually is next to impossible. This is probably how they’ll approach it if they’re looking for pictures.
They’ll probably do a keyword search like you would on your puny iPhoto library.
So if you don’t add keywords to the pictures that you upload, the odds of them finding a picture that they will use is quite remote, don’t you think?
It would be like trying to find the proverbial needle in a …….
Anyway here’s what a slideshow looks like when you embed it into any webpage.
Try out this tutorial, if you’re having problems, scroll down to the bottom where it says “Leave A Reply“, register, sign in and write me.Â
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