June 10th, 2009 | Published in Google Student Blog
Summer's here. Chances are, you're already packing your bags for destinations a bit more scenic and exciting than the lecture-hall circuit.
A couple tips for your summer travels: (1) Don't forget your camera, and (2) while you're on the road, share your photos using Picasa Web Albums. That way, your friends and family will see your pictures at their impressive best -- viewing stunning, high-resolution images that can scale to a full 1600 pixels.
Now, usually, when a photo site displays big, high-quality pictures, you have to suffer an annoying trade-off in speed. But last week, the Picasa Web Albums team released a major tune-up, one that makes viewing even super-sized images downright snappy.
There's no better way to understand the difference in quality, enjoyment, and speed than to see it for yourself. Maximize your browser window, then check out this album (better yet, look at it in slideshow mode). Press down on your right or left arrow keys to page through the photos -- with a decent broadband connection, you can flip through the entire album at a pretty good clip.