Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Picassa...Already posted by Jessie

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A bit about picassa from google...
There is a download (see below -- there's a link) that will allow you to edit your photos on your computer (sort of an easy photoshop that's free, that you can post to your blog directly from, and it includes a "collage" option). This download, although it's connected to blogger and picassa web albums, is separate from the web album service that google offers.
Picassa- the download can be used with or without the web album; likewise, the web album can be used with or without Picassa (only the download will enable editing of photos and the post directly to album/blog features, but the web album offers free photo storage space and does not require a download to use the service)
Here's a random example using something I already had online (edited with picassa's software download, and also shown on the picassa site)

Logan the Ducky Diva

Click above and you'll see the webalbum for the photo (google calls it the "cover photo") shown. About the collage, Using the software I downloaded (Picassa--that lets you edit and make bloggable -- collages and other fun things), I created this collage:

From Logan the Duc...
Here too, it's hosted by web albums. To see the full size image (a collage is saved as a new, single image file) you click, just like for the album, and be taken directly to the collage (where it's located inside the same album as the first example) online. To see how to make a collage, click the collage and read its caption, b/c that's where I put the basics for creating one (really, it took me about 20 seconds to create- it took longer to write the caption than to make a collage out of the photos!).

Music Player

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To add a music player on to your blog is fairly easy.
The best and easiest one i found was (www.tornadostream.com)

Im going to take you on a step by step process for getting tornadostream music player on your blog.
1. when you get onto the website you have to signup for the serivce. It is free of charge all you have to give is your name, email, username, and password thats all you have to give them.
2. Once you sign in you will enter another screen, with tabs on the top. The first tab is , "Create/Edit Stations" You start on that tab. Its going to ask you to create a station. This means to add the kind of music you want played on your blog. They have numerous amounts of songs avaiable. From Pop, to Country, Hip Hop and Rock. It is fairly easy, you can have just one song or many songs whatever is your flavor.
3. When you finish selecting the songs you want on your station and save it, you will have a station avaiable to you. You have the choice of making numerous stations if you want to but for this purpose we'll just make one. When you finish go to tab number 3 which reads "Add Radio to your website or Blog". Once you get to this tab you have the choice of wether you prefer a horiztional player or a vertical player. They give you the java script for both.
4. You copy that script and then open your blog settings. Open the template option of the settings in your blog. Go to add page element and then click on the HTML/JavaScript option. Paste your Javascript code of your music player into the content box and save.

When you view your blog for the next time you will see and hear you music player with the music you selected on your blog. It is that simple. If you have any questions please feel free to email me personally at Mojica4@tcnj.edu

Adding Graphics

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To add a graphic from the internet you have to first select the graphic you want and find its URL.

To find the URL you have to right-click on the graphic and click on properties.

Then you look for the "Address (URL)" and copy the link that appears.

To upload the image on your blog post click on the picture icon (named "Add Image") on the compose toolbar under "posting".

Then paste the link under the space that says "Add an image from the web".
Then click on "Upload Image".