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If you want to upload your iPhoto albums to Picasa, the Picasa Web Albums Uploader for iPhoto plugin still allows you to do so very easily. Although Google has stopped officially supporting the plugin, it still works with OS X 10.8 up to the latest version of iPhoto 11 and you can download it below. If you’re using OS X 10.9 Mavericks or OS X 10.10 Yosemite, there is a separate uploader app instead of a plugin with slightly different installation instructions which you’ll also find in this article. The plugin and uploader allow you to upload iPhoto to Picasaweb which is useful for those users that prefer to use iPhoto for managing photos on their Mac but use Picasaweb’s generous free online storage allowance to share photos online.

How To Upload From iPhoto To Picasa

1. Close iPhoto and install the Google Picasa Web Albums Uploader for iPhoto.

upload iphoto to picasa - download picasa web album uploader2. In iPhoto, in the top left go to File and then Export:

upload iphoto to picasa - iphoto export3. In the dialog box that opens, you will be asked to enter your Picasaweb username and password (usually the same as your Gmail account). If it doesn’t, select the tab Existing Album and it will prompt you to enter your details. If it still doesn’t prompt you, just click on Sign In. The Picasa Web Albums Uploader for iPhoto will then retrieve your current albums or allow you to create new ones. You can also select whether you want the album to be Public or Private and configure whether you want the photos to upload quickly if you’re in a hurry, or in maximum resolution if you’re not.

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This still works for uploading from iPhoto 11 to Picasa, although it’s possible that in future updates of iPhoto, it may stop working. Note also that although Google has made a”hidden” Picasaweb to encourage people to use Google+ to view and share photos instead. However, you can still force your web browser to view Picasaweb rather than Google+ using the following URL:

How To Upload From iPhoto to Picasa In Mavericks And Yosemite

In OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Photos in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the Export option has been removed by Apple. However, you can still upload from iPhoto to Picasa by searching Spotlight in the top right of your Mac for Picasa Web Albums Uploader:

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Then simply sign-in with your Google Account details and drag and drop your photos or Events straight into the uploader:

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Why Upload iPhoto Albums To Picasa Anyway?

A quick note on why you might want to upload iPhoto photos to Picasaweb…Having used both Picasa and iPhoto for many years, we’re firmly in the iPhoto camp when it comes to managing photos on a Mac. iPhoto is slicker, smarter and allows you to do considerably more with your photos. The slideshows are much slicker than Picasa giving you various slick presentation styles and soundtracks to choose from (or the option to add your own). We also really like the way that iPhoto allows you to create calendars, printed photo albums or order prints. Sure, you can do some of this with Picasa but iPhoto makes the whole process so much more creative and slicker. This is no surprise since Picasa was originally designed for Windows whereas iPhoto has always been developed specifically by Apple for Mac.

However, the fact that for many years, Google has offered a very generous free allowance of several GB (and much more for a small annual fee) to upload photos, it’s natural that some people may still prefer to use Picasaweb to share and organize their photos online especially if they have a large collection already online but have recently switched to Mac.

If you have any problems or questions uploading iPhoto photos to Picasa, let us know in the comments below.

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12 Responses

  1. alissafaye0322

    Thanks for this post. I installed it via the link above but I still don’t have the picasa web albums option from the export menu. This link is for that specifically, not the separate picasa web albums uploader, right? appreciate any help. thanks!

    • MacHow2

      Alissa, When you click Export from the iPhoto file menu, what exactly do you see? And which version of OS X and iPhoto are you using?

      • alissafaye0322

        When I click file > export I see options for file export, web page, slideshow. iPhoto 9.5.1, OS X Mavericks 10.9.2

      • MacHow2

        Apologies – It’s a problem with Mavericks that I wasn’t aware of. Instead, just search in Spotlight in the top right of your Mac for “Picasa Web Albums Uploader”, open the app, sign-in and then just drag and drop photos that way instead. I’ll update the post too to explain this.

  2. Paul Heckbert

    Your first few sentences are incorrect, for Mac OS 10.9. With that OS version, it is not a plugin that you’re using, but the Picasa Web Albums Uploader app. “it still works IN the latest version of iPhoto 11” is not correct. Clearer wording would help others. thanks.

    • MacHow2

      Hi Paul, I’ve modified the sentences slightly to prevent any confusion. Thanks for the feedback.


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