Saturday, April 19, 2008

How to login to Picasa

Here I will explain to you the procedure of logging in to Picasa with the help of screenshots.
First, make sure you have installed Picasa. If not, do it now. If you do not know how to install Picasa, follow the instructions here. In case you find the screenshots are not clear to you, just click on them for a bigger view. Once you do this you will be able to download the free crochet patterns/books I have been talking about at the touch of a button.

Step 1 : You need to have a gmail account like yourname@gmail.com. If not, you can create one here.

Step 2 : Now go to : http://picasaweb.google.com/. You will get a screen like below – On the right hand side enter your email id against “Email” and the password against “Password” . Then click on the “Sign in” button. 

Step 3 : Now you will get a screen like the one below. Read the Terms of Service, Program Policy and Privacy Policy and if acceptable to you, click on the “I accept” button.

Step 4 : You will see a screen like below. At the right hand side you see a box containing “Community Photos”.

Step 5 : Enter “magic crochet” in double quotes as indicated and click on the “Search” button.(Later, after you have tried this out successfully you can check the comprehensive crochet magazines list from which you can use words or groups of words to search for picasa crochet patterns or pattern crochet picasa as some people search for).

Step 6 : Your screen will now look like what you see below. These are pages from books/albums containing the phrase “magic crochet”. Read my post on how to search better to learn more about searching better on the Net. If you click on the individual pictures below it will take you to that page of a book/album and then you can go through all the pictures or go the full album. Alternatively, you can click on the name of the persons who have generously put up their photos for public view. (I do hope all my readers will reciprocate and upload and share their books online with those who have shared already, I think it’s only fair that we should be giving and not just taking).
Step 7 : You could see something like this – here we have 3 issues of “Magic Crochet”.

Step 8 : Click on any one of the albums – what you get below is all the pages of that particular book/album. Now saving these pages one by one would be a very tedious process but with Picasa it’s just a touch of the button. I presume you already have Picasa installed. If not, please check here : How to install Picasa. If Picasa is not installed on your computer, you will not see the “Download Album” link on the left side below the cover page of the album. If in spite of installing Picasa you do not get the download link(it might be grayed out), try restarting your PC after installing Picasa). It also gives you the number of photos the album contains and the size of the album in MB. Sometimes, if the number of MB is too small, the photos may be of low resolution and when you increase the size they get blurd and you cannot use them. Tip : Look for high resolution pictures. All you do now is click on the “Download Album” link.
A word of caution : internet users with a limited account please monitor your bandwidth usage so as not to exceed your maximum limit and get overcharged.
Step 9 : A Picasa window will popup as shown below – click on the “Download” button.

Step 10 : That’s it, you will see the progress as the pages get downloaded and then you can view the albums in Picasa. I hope you enjoyed going through my tutorial and managed to download the free crochet books. If this helped you, do leave a comment here. And spread the good word…. Don’t keep it to yourself. Send my blog link to all your friends!!!

54 comments:

  1. Amazing... Thanks for sharing the info!

    Shimona.

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  2. hi, thanks for the help...my mom was speechless after she saw what i had downloaded for her.. thanks alot again!

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  3. I saw this in your blog and don't know what this is suppose to mean since when I set up my google account soem time ago I didn't give them any of my information so I don't know what the following means about being over changed. If you can please let me know what this is referring to and thanks for all of your great information A word of caution : internet users with a limited account please monitor
    your bandwidth usage so as not to exceed your maximum limit and get overcharged.

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  4. Hi Barbara,

    Here in Goa, India we pay a certain amount for the cheapest internet account which gives 1GB or 1000MB of free downloads. If you happen to download more than that, the extra is charged at an exhorbitant rate elevating your bill by as much 10 times. Downloading albums/books at Picasa means a lot of MB downloaded (it is indicated against each album how big it is in MB). Don't know which country you belong to but if there is no limit to the amount of MB (megabytes - the file size is measured in MB) you can download, you need not worry.You can check up with your Internet service provider, it has nothing to do with google. Hope that answers your query.

    Best regards and happy crocheting,

    Marulu.

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  5. Hi Barabara,

    As an after thought, if there is a limit put by your ISP, they will also provide you with a web page where you can login and monitor your usage so that you do not exceed the maximum free limit.

    Regards,

    Marulu.

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  6. Hi.. Thanks for showing us a magnificent way to download all of this stuff. But after a day of downloading stuffs, my "Download Album" Buttons seems to dissapeared. Any of readers experienced same thing with me? and how to resolve this? Please share any comments here... Thanks.

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  7. Hi, Glad to know my blog is helping a lot of people. Has Picasa got uninstalled from your PC by any chance? Or you are running out of space on C drive where the albums are getting downloaded? Please check. Some people do not allow you to download their albums, so you will not see a download button, but others should be ok. Try those that you already downloaded just to make sure.
    Good luck!
    Marulu.

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  8. Wow, can't believe all the patterns
    available.
    Thanks
    Will upload mine soon.

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  9. Glad to know my blog is turning out to be useful to other crochet lovers. Happy Crocheting!!

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  10. Hiee... Thanks a lot.. its really wonderful... Not just crochet, u get so many wonderful things like books on working with beads,origami,cookery books!!! Thanks again..

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  11. You're welcome! Gakd you find it useful. Enjoy your hobbies even more now!!

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  12. I hve Picaso installed but I am not getting the download album option can you help me??? my private email is m17511@aol.com Thankyou Marie

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  13. I need some help, please. Have downloaded and installed picasa. However, when I do "magic crochet" search, it shows 0 files found.

    What is the solution to this problem?

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  14. Hi Lisa,
    On this page : http://get-free-crochet-patterns.blogspot.com/2008/04/how-to-login-to-picasa.html

    just follow steps 12 & 13 in case you are doing a search elsewhere.

    Good luck,

    Marulu.

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  15. Good day.
    I can't find "magic crochet" after searching it. It says cannot find in the community album.

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  16. Hi Marulu,
    I thank you very much for this wonderful albums, but I can't download them, I mean that I don't find the "Download button", please help me!

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  17. Hi,
    You need to download Picasa first from here:
    http://picasa.google.co.in/
    Click on the blue button the right which says "Download Picasa 3.5".
    Next you need to install it. Then only will you see the download button in each album on Picasa.
    Hope that answers your query.
    Regards,

    Marulu.

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  18. thanks a lot for crochet patterns

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  19. Thanks for the this wonderful treasure. May Allah reward you tremendously for sharing your knowledge. Ameen
    Amal

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  20. I tried downloading but when I click download, I get Download photo and only the photo gets downloaded. How do I get the books downloaded. Please help.

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  21. Does this still work? When I entered "magic crochet", I didn't get what your screen shot shows. Thanks, Janet

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  22. I absolutely love this because Thread Crochet is the best. But I do have a question. What if you get to one that is just the picture of the magazine cover. Is there a way to open those for patterns?

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  23. I have Picasso 3.8 installed. Over in the right side panel there is a label that says 'Album:'. Right after that is the name of the album in a link. It should look like this: Album: Magic Crochet 05. When you click that link it displays all the pages if available. Note: It only worked for an album Cover selected. Not all of them have the individual pages. You'll have to try different ones.

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  24. thanks so much. my mum will love this

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  25. thanks,but i need your help ,i found all what you explained but there is no (download album)only photos to download one by one

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  26. Did you restart your PC after installing Picasa? Some people need to do that. Try again now. You can download entire free crochet books.

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  27. Thank you Marlulu, I will forward this link for those who love to crochet. Again, thank you for the information.

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  28. You're welcome, you can download a great variety of crochet designs for free! Enjoy!

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  29. i followed these directions and downloaded picasa. i clicked in the search area, found the magic crochet books, clicked on one, seen where it said download, i downloaded and only got the picture not the full book. what am i doing wrong i dont like this idea at all. a reply ASAP Is Mich Appreciated. thank's.

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  30. Dottie On this link it is explained how to download the entire album. http://support.google.com/picasa/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=39513

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  31. What am I doing wrong? The pictures are not clear. I cannot see the patterns well enough in order to make these lovely designs!

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  32. Wow, is this still available? I am not able to find a way to search "community albums". I followed the steps but my screen does not look like the one in step 4. Thank you!

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    1. Glad you found our how to download free crochet books. Happy crocheting!

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  34. I'm not able to find a way to search "community albums" I followed your steps but my screen does not look like the one in step 4 either what should I do?

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    1. Hi Mickey28,
      This post is from 2008 and Google is now taking you to GooglePlus when you go to Picasaweb. Use this link to get the screen similar to the one shown above; at least the text box and Search button at the top right which will help you search what you want.
      https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/myphotos?noredirect=1
      Good luck. :)

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  35. I'm sorry but I have tried everything that you told the people in this comment and are stil not able to download anything. Can you please tell me in the new version of picasa where do I go to type in the words of the patterns that I want. Please help me!

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    1. Sorry to have to tell you this... but Picasa has changed everything... even in August 2013 when I replied to the comment earlier to yours it was working. Earlier, you could search the "community photos" which meant all albums/pictures on Picasa that were shared to public. But now with Google+ you can search the pictures/albums of only those people you have in your friends circle. read here : http://googlesystem.blogspot.in/2013/10/picasa-web-search-goes-missing.html
      Last night I tried to search for a doll toilet roll cover and found the facility not available in Picasa any more... :( Let me know if you need something in particular...

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  36. I am trying to find your Magic Crochet magazines and all I can find are the photos not the albums. Have been trying for 3 days to figure out on my own. Feeling pretty stupid right now. Please help if you can. I have Picasa 3.9.
    Thanks, Leslie Janzen

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    1. Hi Leslie.Google has changed things with Picasa a few months back. Read my reply just above your comment. However, you can still download some free magic crochet magazines here as I had stored the link. Some have only the covers but you can still get full magazines; try the ones where number of photos is greater than 1.
      https://picasaweb.google.com/102320039798719499636?noredirect=1

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    2. Thank you for your help. I really appreciate it.

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    3. My pleasure, Leslie. Happy crocheting... :)

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    4. some of it still have only cover though...but you did awesome job on restoring it..... hopefully soon you can finish restoring it ......thank you a lot

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  37. After trying and trying and trying.... I finally read this last post. No wonder nothing would work for me! I'm trying to get Magic Crochet, August 1995, #97. Is there a way I can get this publication from you?

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    1. Hi Kristi,
      Leave me your email id, I will not publish it though.
      Marulu.

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  38. I was unable to find any magazines or download any from your link posted above...this is weird because when I tried this method 2yrs ago it was working fine, has anything changed?
    how can I get all those magazines again?

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  39. Google has changed things with Picasa so it is not like before. Read my comments above. You will also find I have mentioned some links that I had saved earlier. Now you cannot search photos which are public like before unless you have the owners in your circle.

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  40. i can't find one s that have a whole magazine

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  41. I also had this working a few years ago. Since then my husband went crazy & stole my computer. Now I have nothing I had before & cannot get them back :( I don't have anyone in my circle.

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  42. for some reason I am not getting anywhere and I followed all the steps. Mine is the newest version, and I do not see any of the layouts in the pics. The newest version is Picasa 3

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  43. By using your link I manage to download a lot of the Magic Crochet issues. Do you have #112 that you can share with me. This issue has a filet crochet pattern look exactly like the labradoodle dog that my grandchild has. Would like to make it as a gift for her. Please advise. Thanks

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    1. Leave your email id. Will not publish it though.

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  44. I try to download picasa and get a message that it has been replaced by google photos.

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