Everyone enjoys flipping through old photos on Facebook, but there are always a few, particularly memorable albums that deserve to be tucked away on your hard drive for posterity's sake. Doing so, of course, isn't thatdifficult. You could spend a few minutes going through every single photo in your album and saving it to your hard drive. Or, you could just download one of several helpful tools, and save yourself a lot of time.
FacePAD (short for Facebook Photo Album Downloader) is a popular Mozilla add-on that allows users to download photo albums with a single click of the mouse. Once you install FacePAD, all you have to do is find the album that you want to save on your computer, right click with your mouse, and select the 'Download with FacePAD' option from the menu. You'll then have to decide where you want to save them, and, once they're downloaded, FacePAD will automatically sort them in ascending order, based on the age of each photo. Or, if you're not much of a Firefox person, you can always use the Facebook Album Downloader, which is a Facebook application that offers essentially the same service.
If, on the other hand, you're interested in a more comprehensive desktop application, you might wanna check out Fotobounce. This program is compatible with both Windows and OS X, and allows users to both download and upload photos with relative ease. Perhaps more importantly, the latest version of Fotobounce allows users to create their own private circles of friends who can view their online photos, which might be a useful alternative for anyone still confused by Facebook's privacy settings. The program also syncs with Facebook, Flickr and AirSet, and offers facial recognition capabilities for faster tagging -- something Facebook only recently adopted.