For a service as photo-oriented as Facebook, the simple act of downloading photos is annoyingly complicated. In fact, there is no download option; you have to view each photo in turn, right-click it, and choose Save Image As or Save Picture As (depending on your browser).
So what happens if a friend posts a bunch of pictures you want to download? Are you really supposed to go through and save them one by one?
Not if you install the FacePAD plug-in for Firefox. Short for Facebook Photo Album Downloader, it does exactly what its name implies: downloads entire albums at a time.
After loading the plug-in and restarting Firefox, click Tools, Add-ons, find FacePAD, click Options, and choose your language. Click OK and you’re good to go.
To use FacePAD, just navigate your way into a friend’s photo library (or even one of your own), right click an album link, and choose Download Album with FacePAD. In a matter of minutes the plug-in will plunk every photo into your default Firefox Downloads folder.
It’s too bad you can’t specify a folder or do any batch-renaming; all the photos end up with cryptic numerical filenames. Still, FacePAD works as advertised, and it’s a damn sight easier than retrieving each photo manually.