Syncing iPhoto Library to Google+ Photos

I have been running OS X for quite some time now and have had just about every version of iPhone that is out there.  After switching to a Samsung Galaxy S4, one of the things that really frustrated me was the lack of an easy way to sync my pictures taken pre-Android into my Google+ Photo Library.  A while back, Google announced that photos stored in Drive can now show up in Google+ Photos.  The question then became, how to synchronize them into Drive?

I found a process that requires a few steps, but ultimately lets you sync your photos and keep the events and data associated with them.  It’s not an overly complicated process, but you will need to play with it a bit.

Download PhoShare from https://code.google.com/p/phoshare/, and the required Exiftool from http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool. Install them both. (Mountain Lion users, you mat need to change your security settings to enable unsigned apps, just follow the instructions at http://goo.gl/0SR625)

Open PhoShare. It should find your iPhoto library.  Don’t change any settings on the “Library” tab.  The “.” under Events will tell PhoShare to export all your events.  You can get fancy and write some options to limit what is exported if you want to.

Change to the “Files” tab and select your export folder.  Since I already had the Google Drive Sync tool installed, I created a folder called iPhotoExports and pointed PhoShare to back up there.

Change to the “Metadata” tab.  Select “export metadata”, “export GPS data” and “Copy faces into metadata”.  (if you want these options selected)

Click Export. This will take some time, which will vary depending on your computer, Internet connection and the size of your library.

Once they’re all exported, you’re ready to go.  If you already had the Google Drive Sync tool installed, and pointed the export to a folder in your Google Drive folder, then the photos should already be syncing.  If not, you’ll need to install the tool and then copy the export folder over to your Google Drive folder.

Just leave it going in the background. Your photos will soon show up in Google+ Photos, with hopefully a whole host of new AutoAwesome shots for you to share with the world.

A brief warning…

These photos could very quickly use up all your storage space. So go to your Google+ settings and make sure the “Upload my photos at full size” option isn’t checked.

 

 

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Pictures & Screenshots on the iPad

There are quite a few photography applications for the iPad in the App Store already.  At first, I wondered why you would want to transfer photos to your computer then sync your iPad to edit them.  If you are at your computer already, why not use the tools you have there.  I was at the Apple Store this weekend wishing I could buy it all and found a really cool accessory for the iPad.  Behold, The Camera Connection Kit; now it all makes sense…

This handy little device lets you connect your camera’s USB cable to the iPad or plug in your SD Card and transfer the pictures to your iPad.  If you take a lot of pictures and want to sort, edit and share while you are away from your computer, this is a necessity (along with a really good editing app on your iPad).

I am not heavily into photography, but being in IT I do take screenshots from time to time to help write up documentation or capture something interesting.  To take a screenshot on an iPad, iPod or iPhone you simply press the power button and while holding it down press the home button.

Once I did this, the question that came to mind:  “How do I get the pictures and screenshots off the iPad?”

Syncing my iPad with iTunes did not do the trick.   I had taken the screenshots while my docking cable was connected and, as a result, the answer did not immediately hit me.  Once I disconnected my iPad and reconnected it (in Windows), the Scanner and Camera Wizard launched, which then downloads the pictures.  You can also open the Wizard by going to Start->Programs->Accessories.

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Sync Google Calendar with iPhone & iPad

The Calendar Application that comes with the iPad is a very easy to use, and integrates nicely with email (both Google & Exchange), however setting it up to connect to Google Calendars is not something that takes place when you set up a GMail account. There are plenty of applications on the App Store that can provide you with access to your Google Calendar, but they all require you to open the app to sync and alerting for events is not possible. For me, the ideal solution is to have all my Calendars sync into the iPad native calendar application.

I’ve written a quick HowTo for adding other calendars to your iPad.

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