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Replacement for Web Albums
May 31, 2016
11:13 pm
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Sandra Elks
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Because we travel and use a MIFI with limited data, we have always used the Picasa Web Albums to share pictures with friends interested in seeing them.  Because there was one upload of the pictures and then just a link that I could share with friends, it was pretty efficient data wise.  Now that we’ve lost the web album feature, what do you think is the next best way of sharing pictures with friends that won’t require sending pictures multiple times to reach each friend? 

By the way, I just got a new laptop and feared I wouldn’t be able to download Picasa because I couldn’t find the software, but thanks to you I was able to find the link to download it!  Love Picasa!

One more question about downloading my pictures from my iPhone to Picasa on my laptop – even though I see pictures on my phone from about a month or two ago, when I do an Import into Picasa, those older pictures don’t get imported.  I only get the most recent pictures to import.  Is that because they may have already been uploaded to the Cloud and I’ve lost my chance to go directly from my phone to my laptop?  Again, I’m trying to import directly from the phone to the laptop via USB to help reduce the amount of data I use on the MIFI.  

Thanks in advance for any advice!

June 1, 2016
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Sandra,

You can still share pictures basically the same way, it’s just that Picasa Web Albums have morphed into Google Photos. 

You can still select photos in Picasa – click the Upload to Google Photos and add to existing Album or make new. Now, look at that album online at photos.google.com and click the Share button: share

You should now see the link to copy and send to your friends.

when I do an Import into Picasa, those older pictures don’t get imported.

Even if your pictures have been uploaded to the cloud, they should still be on your phone unless you deleted them. The more likely explanation is that you’ve already imported them to your computer and you have Picasa’s box checked to “Exclude Duplicates”

Here’s a video to watch: 428. Google Photos – Deleting Pictures from iOS (iPhone/iPad)

And then, you may want to watch all the videos in the Google Photos Tutorial Videos section.

June 2, 2016
6:12 pm
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Thanks for your help!  I am uploading my pictures to Google Photos although slowly due to data restrictions, but I’m so happy to know that I will be able to share a link to photos I choose to share once I get them there!  I joined at the Perry rally so I’m going through the Google Photo tutorials on the USB drive.  So convenient for me!

On Picasa I do use the “exclude duplicates” feature in the Import process which always shows any previously imported pictures overlaid with a red “x”.  But until recently I’ve always seen all the pictures on my phone which I don’t delete until I’m certain I have them in Picasa. I would then import the ones without the red “x”.  That’s why I was so shocked that even though I have several thousand on my phone, the import process only showed the most recent 400 or so pictures on there.  So far I haven’t been able to find the missing pictures in a folder in Picasa.  I’ll continue to look for them though.  

Thanks again for your quick response!

June 5, 2016
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Well, it could be that your photos have been deleted from your iPhone … have you looked in the apple photos app? And, maybe in the album called Recently Deleted? The Recently Deleted album is like a Recycle Bin – if they’re in there, they can be recovered.

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