Updates and changes, some good and some really bad. Why did the Photos team have to remove the Creative Kit photo editor first from Google+ and now from Picasa?
Couldn't the (to me useless) Snapseed thingy be used in mobile Google+ apps only?
There are still some people who actually use a camera instead of a mobile device for shooting photos. Not all have Photoshop, either... Well, back to the Gimp.
New in Picasa 188.8.131.52 - December 12, 2013
- Picasa now includes Google+ Auto Backup for the Desktop.
- Updates to RAW support to include newer cameras.
- Patches to image handling.
- Updated file size limits for uploads: 50 MB or 100 MP.
- "Edit in Creative Kit" function has been removed. (Oh why? Pity!)
Here are some questions and answers from Google:
How do I download Auto Backup for Mac or Windows?
Google+ Auto Backup is bundled with the latest version of Picasa for Windows and Mac. Current Picasa users will need to update their client to access the new feature.
Why is Picasa using Google+ to back up my photos?
Since Picasa 3.9, we've made it easy for Picasa users to share the right photos with the right people with just a few clicks on Google+, so this isn't the first time Google+ and Picasa have worked together. Picasa users will now have the option to backup their photos safely and privately to Google Photos.
This is an opt-in feature and only photos that you explicitly select will be backed up to Google Photos. You can disable this feature at any time.
Why is this branded as Google+ Auto Backup when I need to be a Picasa user to use it?
Auto Backup is a Google+ feature that is available across iOS, Android and now via Picasa on Mac and Windows. Picasa users who have a large number of photos on their hard drives will find this feature handy for backup to the cloud. All photos uploaded through Google+ Auto Backup will default to private in Google+, so you can decide what actions to take once they are backed up to Google+.
What photos from Auto Backup for Mac and Windows are shared on Google+?
Just like Auto Backup for Android and iOS, your photos and videos backed up to Auto Backup for Mac and Windows are defaulted to private and are for your eyes only until you choose to share them on Google+.
Can I choose which folders on my desktop are backed up?
Select individual folders or whole directories to back up, and you can choose whether or not to automatically back-up photos and videos from SD cards/devices you plug into your computer.
How will my photos be organized once they’re uploaded?
Once your photos have been uploaded, they will appear along with other Auto Backup photos. We’ll arrange them by date in the Highlights section of Google+ Photos, and you can search #desktop in Photos Search to easily find all of the photos that you’ve backed up through your desktop.
What happens to photos/videos I delete from Auto Backup?
Deleting a picture backed up to Google+ will not affect copies of the picture on your desktop or SD card.
Do the photos and videos I upload through Auto Backup count against my Google storage limit?
If you choose to upload your photos and videos at full size, those files will count towards your Google storage quota (everyone gets 15GB for free). You can also choose to upload unlimited photos and videos at standard size (2048px photos and 1080p videos up to 15 minutes long) for free with no limit on storage.
When are you releasing an uploader for Google+ users?
We don't have anything to share about a standalone uploader app for Mac or Windows. This existing feature is available to all Google+ users if they download Picasa.
If you have any questions that require Picasa expertise, check out the Picasa Forum for Picasa-specific support.
Here is a comment from a Picasa Top Contributor in the Forum:
More about the Auto backup for desktops
Picasa Help center - loads of information and advice
Download Picasa - Organize, edit, and share your photos
Good post with tips: How to delete Auto backup photos
Google+ Photos update: Browse your photo highlights by date
From Googler +Jon Moon:
To help you find your photos even faster, we’re adding a drop-down calendar to “Highlights” that lets you jump straight to the year and month you’re looking for. To give it a try, just visit plus.google.com/photos on the desktop, and hover over the date at the top right of the page.
What do you use to edit your photos?
Read more about Google+ Photos: Updates, tips and tutorials