Google's Picasa software backs up photos from PCs to Google+

In a new move to fold Google+ into people's lives, Google releases a tool that lets people automatically back up their photos to the social service.

Google+ Auto Backup offers to transfer photos from Mac and Windows machines running Picasa software to Google's social service.
Google+ Auto Backup offers to transfer photos from Mac and Windows machines running Picasa software to Google's social service. screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET
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Google wants Google+ to be the home for all your photos, and it's just begun a new effort to get them there.

The new step involves an update to its earlier-era Picasa photo software, which lets OS X and Windows users edit photos and upload them to Google's Picasa Web Albums site. The update includes a utility called Google+ Auto Backup that copies photos from people's PCs to Google's newer Google+ photo service.

The software arrived offers to back up photos from various pictures folders and from cameras or memory cards connected to the computer. People have a choice of uploading the full-resolution images, which count toward Google's online storage limits, or downsampled versions a maximum of 2,048 pixels on edge, which can be stored in unlimited quantities.

The software mirrors an option already available for Android phones and for Chrome OS machines . Once your photos are at Google+, of course, you can share them with contacts on the social service and let Google work its auto-awesome fun .

Google's Picasa software and Web service live on, but they're very much in the background nowadays compared to Google+ and the Nik photo-editing software that Google acquired. Nik-derived photo-editing tools are available on Google+ and also on Android 4.4 KitKat.

According to the release notes, the new version of the Picasa software itself also increases the file-size limit from 50MB to 100MB; adds raw photo format support for new cameras; and addresses problems in image handling identified by security firm Secunia Research.

Via unofficial Google Operating System blog

The Google+ Auto Backup app offers to transfer photos from various folders on a person's computer.
The Google+ Auto Backup app offers to transfer photos from various folders on a person's computer. screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET
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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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