Do I need a Live.com account to share a SkyDrive photo album with friends?

The short answer is “No”. You do need to have a Windows Live ID. If you use Hotmail, Live Messenger, XBox LIVE, you have a Windows Live ID. If you have an MSN or a Office Live Small Business email address, you have a Windows Live ID.

If you do not have a Windows Live ID, you can open a new account or register an existing email address from another service as your Windows Live ID. You can sign up at live.com.

With a Windows Live ID you get SkyDrive where you can store and share photos and documents.

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© 2011 Ludwig Keck

 

How do I send pictures by attaching to email rather than using Photo Email?

Windows Live Photo Gallery together with Windows Live Mail provides “Photo Email” for sharing pictures in an efficient and pleasant way. I described the feature a while back (links below). But sometimes you might want to send pictures as attachments to an email.

Steps for sending photos as attachments

In Windows Live Photo Gallery, select the photos. imageClick the text part (or the down arrow) of the Photo email command. On the little drop-down menu click “Send photos as attachments”. See the illustration here.

Next you will be offered to specify the image size to be sent. The default size is 1024 by 768 pixels (the maximum dimensions, if an actual dimension is smaller that will be retained). You can select Original size or several other sizes.image

After you have clicked the size you want click Attach.

Your default mail client “new message” window will open with the photos already shown as attachments.

If Windows Live Mail is your default client, it will come up with the Photo Album Tools tab active and showing that the photos are attached. You have the option of changing to a photo email instead of sending them as attachments.

imageThe Live Mail “New message” window permits you to change from photo email to the attach method even if you started out specifying the photo email option.

The “paper clip” icon in the “Album style” group specifies “attach”. Clicking on any of the other styles makes the email a photo email.

The illustrations here show the options in the Photo Album Tools tab. image

To make the tab visible click on the photo layout in the message area of your email.

NOTE:

When sending pictures as a photo email or by attachment, the Windows Live Photo Gallery “publish” options are not applied. Any metadata in the image files will be retained in the photos and sent to the recipient.

If you do not wish to share such data remove it from the file before sending it.

Also see: Set Photo Gallery to remove sensitive data from photos prior to uploading.

 

On the recipients side

The recipient of the email with photos attached gets the message and all theimage attachments. That is the time-consuming and often annoying aspect of attachments, since they are downloaded to the recipients computer before the recipient can see the email.

In Windows Live Mail, attached photos are shown by small thumbnails (except for very large files). To save the attached photos the recipient can right-click and select the appropriate action.

 

When using Hotmail in a browser, similar thumbnails are displayed. imageThere is a download option shown on each, or all the photos can be downloaded as a zip file.

There is a nice viewing feature called “Hotmail active view” which permits viewing the individual photo, or a slide show of all attached photos. This allows the recipient to see and enjoy the pictures without having to download them.

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You may wish to also see my post Photo Email–from Photo Gallery to Friend’s Inbox or my article at Microsoft based on that post: Explore Windows – Photo Email.

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Why does Picasa Web Albums not show location data from my GPS camera?

Your camera writes GPS geographic coordinates to the metadata of your photos. This location information may be stripped out during upload to the web or might not show due to your privacy settings in your Picasa Web Albums.

First make sure that there is indeed location data in your picture files. Check your camera settings to make sure that the GPS data is recorded. After importing photos to your computer, right-click on a file name, imageselect Properties. On the Details tab scroll down. GPS data is shown below the Advanced Photo section and above the File section. It should look somewhat like the image on the right.

If you are using Windows Live Photo Gallery to upload your files to your Picasa Web imageAlbums, check the Publish settings. Click the blue File tab, select Options, then click the Publish tab.

Make sure that the “Include all file details except…” option is selected.

Note that any boxes checked means that the information is removed from the file before it is uploaded. So make sure that Location information is not checked.

If you use another program to upload your files, check its settings to make sure that the GPS data is not removed. Many programs remove such data by default to protect the users.

 

Once you have made sure that the information is uploaded, sign in to your Picasa Web Albums. In the upper right click on “Settings” or the little gear imagesymbol (the appearance is different in some browsers), click on Photo settings.

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On the Settings page, click the Privacy and Permissions tab.

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On this page you can specify a number of options. To display the location data, click on Automatically map photos if they contain location data so the check mark shows. Click Save changes.

Your photo locations should now be displayed for all photos that contain GPS data.

Warning!

Be extremely careful about showing location or other information that can be used by criminals to bring harm to you or others. Clear GPS and other sensitive metadata from pictures that could be misused before uploading them.

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How do I create a new SkyDrive album?

You can create a new album on your Windows Live SkyDrive a couple of ways. You can do it in your SkyDrive when you are logged in to your Windows Live account, or you can do it from Windows Live Photo Gallery. Actually there are some other ways, here I will discuss just how to create a new album on SkyDrive.

Log in to your Windows Live account: Start your browser and go to live.com. Your browser might have remembered your credentials and logs you in, otherwise you will see the log in page.image

  • Click Photos on the link bar at the top.image
  • Click Create album
  • Type the name that you wish to assign to the album. Note that “New album” is the default name, it is already selected (highlighted) so you can type right over it.
  • Pick who you want to share the album with. The default is Friends, but you can imagechange that by clicking Change.
  • Set the slider to the appropriate position for sharing. You can also share this album with people you specify in the area  below the slider. Sharing of albums and folders is described in more detail another post.

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  • Click Next. The album will be created. On the next page you have the opportunity to add photos to the album by dragging them from Windows Explorer or from Live Photo Gallery. That process is described in another post.
  • Click Continue to complete the process.

 

To see how to create a new photo album using Windows Live Photo Gallery see “How do I upload photos from Photo Gallery?”