How to Download Picasa Album Photos

Jan 3, 2010

Picasa is a fast and easy photo sharing service from Google. This article explains how to download photos in a Picasa album using Free Download Manager (in short FDM). FDM is a free download manager software with many features similar to any commercial download manager softwares. Click here to download FDM. We assume that you have installed FDM and it has been integrated into the web browsers (right click on web browser shows FDM menu items to download using FDM).

Step 1: Open Picasa home page and login to your account

Picasa Home

Step 2: Open the album to download photos from

Picasa Album

Step 3: Click on the RSS link (highlighted in the below screenshot)

Picasa Album RSS

Step 4: Picasa Album RSS opened in Internet Explorer is shown in this screenshot

Picasa Album RSS Window

Step 5: Download using Free Download Manager. Right-click in the RSS window and select "Download all with Free Download Manager" menu item

Picasa Album download using FDM

Step 6: Free Download Manager opens a window with all links it gathered from RSS page

Picasa Album FDM list

Step 7: Filter links gathered by FDM. Popular photo extensions are jpg, png and bmp. Enter similar photo extensions and make sure that "Leave files with such extensions only" is selected as in below screenshot

Picasa Album FDM list Filtered

Step 8: Filtered list of links as shown by FDM window. Now click on OK button to start downloading

Picasa Album FDM list filtered

Step 9: FDM starts downloading photos from the album

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Add or Remove Programs in Ubuntu Part 2

Oct 23, 2009

In the previous post, we demonstrated how to add or remove programs in Ubuntu Linux using aptitude commands. In this post, we are demonstrating how to achieve the same using Synaptic Package Manager. The Synaptic Package Manager can be launched using its launcher in menu "System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager". Please note that you can install packages using either of these two methods, but only one of them can be active at a time. Let us consider an example of installing and uninstalling gvim application using Synaptic Package Manager.

To understand whether the program gvim is installed or not, just try to execute gvim command. If it is not installed, you should see some extra lines of text along with message "gvim: command not found". Through those extra lines, the shell shows some package names by installing which you can run the command you attempted now. So, to use gvim, we need to install any of vim, vim-gnome, vim-tiny, vim-gtk, vim-nox.

$ gvim
The program 'gvim' can be found in the following packages:
* vim
* vim-gnome
* vim-tiny
* vim-gtk
* vim-nox
Try: sudo apt-get install <selected package>
bash: gvim: command not found

Now, we'll install vim-gnome package using Synaptic Package Manger. Launch Synaptic Package Manager. It may prompt you to enter password. Since package management is to be done by administrators or those with root privilege, make sure that your login has suitable privilege.

Launch Synaptic Package Manager

Type vim-gnome at the textbox just below Quick Search. You can find, vim-gnome listed as one of the search results.

Search Package

Click on the checkbox (the square-shaped box) before vim-gnome. You get a menu where select Mark for Installation.

Mark Package for Installation

It may show a message that the package can't be authenticated. I select Mark here since I trust the source of this package.

Authenticate Package

Next, click on Apply button in toolbar to apply changes.

Apply Changes for Installation

Now, you can see the summary of changes. You can either continue to apply changes or cancel them. To continue with installation, we click on Apply button.

Package Installation Summary

Synaptic Package Manager downloads and installs the package and its dependent packages. At the end, you'll see that the package vim-gnome marked as green indicating as installed package.

Package Installed

Let us now understand how to remove a package through Synaptic Package Manager. To illustrate this, consider an example of removing the vim-gnome package, we just installed.

Click on the checkbox (the green colored one which indicates that the package is installed) next to vim-gnome. In the menu, select either Mark for Removal or Mark for Complete Removal.

Mark Package for Removal

Now apply changes to continue with uninstallation of vim-gnome package.

Apply Changes for Uninstallation

Package manager now shows summary of changes. You can either continue with it or cancel the operation. Click on Apply button to continue with uninstallation.

Package Uninstallation Summary

Finally, Synaptic Package Manager window confirms that the vim-gnome package has been uninstalled (Look at square shaped checkbox just before vim-gnome).

Package Uninstalled

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