iPhoto beware: native Google+ Photos app heading to Mac

By , Jul 25, 2013

Google Plus Photos on Chromebook Pixel (Single Album)

Despite its pedestrian and overly geeky interface, I still find myself using Google’s Picasa Mac app to geotag my photos, find duplicates and organize image files in folders prior to importing the images into iPhoto. Picasa may not win any beauty contest, but it sure is lightning fast and gets the job done.

Now, once Google retired Picasa Web Albums and doubled-down on Google+ Photos, I could tell the desktop Picasa software was heading to the technology graveyard. But some good will come out of this: according to a Google-focused blog, the Internet giant may be replacing Picasa soon with an upcoming desktop Google+ Photos app for Mac, Windows and Linux…

The Google Operating System blog spotted an interesting passage in a non-English description of the recently released Google+ Photos app on the Chrome Web Store:

Google+ Photos will currently instantly upload all .jpg files from the default pictures folder on your computer every time it is run. These directories include:

Windows XP: C:\Users\yourname\Pictures

Windows 7: C:\My Documents\yourname\My Pictures

Linux: /home/yourname/Pictures

Mac: /Users/yourname/Pictures

This totally makes sense to me.

Google has only been releasing maintenance updates to the desktop Picasa app so it clearly won’t be maintained for long. And with the Google+ push and the excellent photo-editing and captioning capabilities on Google+ Photos, I’d imagine a native desktop app would indeed be on its way shortly.

Currently a Chromebook Pixel exclusive, the Google+ Photos app (pictured top of post) is coming soon to other Chrome OS devices, the search monster previously confirmed.

What do you think Apple’s response will be?

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  • lw9090

    I don’t want to load any spyware on my Mac. Thats all google apps are. SPYWARE

    • http://jimeagle.com James Eagle

      It this a joke? Because it’s pretty funny lol. You must dislike Google.

  • seyss

    it’ll probably require google+ account so it’ll be stupid and not a threat to iphoto

  • pawfyd

    Great news. Integrating Picasa with Google+ makes sense.

  • Eldaria

    Ehh, “instantly upload all .jpg files from the default pictures folder” No one has an issue with this?

    I would like to be able to pick what I want to upload, that folder has a whole bunch of stuff that do not belong in the cloud. For example scans of various documents and such.

  • Lnds500

    Can I just have an app that keeps my pictures organized and doesn’t require to upload them anywhere? That’s all I want.

  • mickey

    Come on folks, what makes you think you will be forced to upload all your photos? Like Picasa and the Google+ apps for smartphones you’ll get to choose. Besides, seeing how Google+ albums works it’ll probably be flagged private on upload anyway . I’d gladly use iphoto if it was a fraction as fast as Picasa. The Google storage space is also nice, especially unlimited picture storage @4MP.