Archive for March, 2007

Easy way to print multiple photos to A4 paper

Acting as a dutiful tech support helpline to my father Victor, I was recently posed this question regarding the printing of multiple photos on an A4 sheet:

Can you think of a way in which I could arrange an A4 page (on screen, and then printable) containing about 4 across and 8 down mini-photos? The photos would need to assume a constant size, so should expand or contract into their premade hole on the A4 sheet.

The finished product would resemble a page in a stamp album.

Photos resized and printed on an A4 pageI did not have an immediate solution to this problem because whenever I want to print photos, I upload them to Photobox and receive them in the post a couple of days later.

However, Victors request seemed to be just the sort of thing that Picasa would do with ease. Being a Google program, Picasa is excellent at doing the basics and making them incredibly easy to do. (Unlike programs known as "bloatware" that try to be all things to all men).

Solution

I tried it and my hunch was right. Here is the laughably easy way to print lots of photos on one sheet of A4 paper using Picasa:
Picasa screenshot - print multiple photos on an A4 page

  1. Open Picasa.
  2. Within Picasa, locate the photos you wish to print. (If you cannot locate them, go to File > Add folder to Picasa).
  3. Select the photos you wish to print (Ctrl click them and you can select as many as you like. They will inherit a light blue border to show that you have selected them).
  4. Choose File > Print.
  5. Choose how many you wish to print on the page and then click Print.

If you don't already have Picasa installed, download it for free.

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Send free SMS online

My antique Motorola C115Gizmo, the operators of a nifty online phone sevice (like Skype with some better features but fewer users) have just launched a free SMS service:

I've been testing it out today and am very impressed. Not only is it free but it is also much faster to type an SMS from your computer keyboard than your phone (especially when you're phone is as antiquated as my Motorola C115). You don't need to sign-up either. Give it a whirl and if you like trying out new programs, consider the Gizmo softphone too.

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Penguin escapes from French police

Free Range Studios have been at it again. The crazy creative team have composed their latest movie to help spread awareness of biodiverstiy and environmental issues.

In a DaVinci Code theme, animal symbologist Robert Penguin and the dashing agent Sophie Minnow race to expose the greatest lie ever told.

DaVersity Code

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