Importing Google Photos and Picasa Photos

Import from Google or Picasa Online Libraries

Importing from Google web services like Picasa or Google Photos is easy with Mylio’s Google import tool. This tool allows you to select any album that is stored in Picasa on the web or Google Photos for import to Mylio.

  Note:   If your photos are currently in the standalone Picasa application and you have not transitioned to Google Photos, you may wish to manually export from Picasa into Mylio to retain additional data. See the Importing from Picasa Application tab in this article.

Picasa and Google Photo Import Limitations

Google has implemented restrictions that may not allow Mylio to import all data. For instance:

  1. Google does not allow the importing of shared albums or Google-made albums (videofication albums, and more).
  2. Mylio may not decode and display all RAW photos as expected.
  3. Photos stored in Google Drive, outside of Picasa or Google Photos, are not accessible to Mylio.
  4. Google does not allow access to your photo archives. If your photos have been moved to Google’s archive from Picasa, you will need to download them directly from Google and import using the Copy or Source Folders commands.

Metadata and Edits

Metadata between Picasa / Google Photos and Mylio is generally retained as expected, with some exceptions:

  1. Edits done in Picasa / Google Photos are retained when downloaded into Mylio but are “baked in”. This means edits are permanent in the downloaded version and cannot be undone or modified (additional Mylio edits can be made).
  2. Date changes in Picasa and Google Photos are not retained when downloading to Mylio. The original Capture Date of the image will be used.
  3. Description in Picasa and Google Photos are retained as Captions in Mylio.
  4. Location data in Picasa and Google Photos may be lost when downloading to Mylio.

Importing Picasa and Google Photos into Mylio

  1. Open Mylio and select the Import button in the top right corner.
  2. From the Import menu, select online Services.

  1. Select Picasa / Google Photos.
  2. You will be prompted to type in your Google email address and password.
  3. Google will confirm that you wish to allow for Mylio to manage your photos and videos. This is required for Mylio to access your media. Select Allow to proceed.
  4. Mylio will ask which Google albums you wish to import. Select the albums you want to import to Mylio and then Continue.

  1. Select the location that you wish to import your photos to. This can be an existing folder or you can create a new folder by selecting New Folder.
  2. Mylio will begin importing your photos from Google Photos or Picasa.


Importing from Multiple Google Photos Accounts

If you have multiple Google Photos accounts you would like to import from, you will first need to sign out of the current Google account in Mylio. To do this:

  1. Open the View menu (three vertical dots in the top right) in Mylio
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Account
  4. Select Clear Google Photo Access
  5. Follow the steps above in the previous section to import from a different Google Photos account.

This process will not remove any imported photos from Mylio, but instead, allow you to authorize Mylio to import from a different Google account when following the steps above.

Importing From Picasa Application

This article will walk you through exporting your images from the Picasa application while preserving as much of your current organization, edits, and metadata as possible. If you have transitioned to Google Photos or do not use the Picasa application, you may wish to import with Mylio’s Picasa / Google Photos Import Tool. There are two distinct ways of exporting your images from Picasa, both with their own advantages and disadvantages. Both methods will preserve the following information:

  • Tags – imported into Mylio as Keywords.
  • Caption – imported into Mylio as Caption.
  • Location – imported into Mylio as Map locations.
  • Face Tags – imported into Mylio as People (See Preserving Face Tagging within this article).

When deciding on which import option is best for you, the main differentiator is whether you wish to permanently retain edits to your photos or discard all edits you have made.

Import Images from Finder / File Explorer (Discard Edits)

Edits in Picasa are stored as proprietary files that other applications cannot read. By importing your photos directly from Finder or File Explorer you can import the original image directly into Mylio. This file will not include edits you have made previously.

  1. Open Picasa and display the left panel.
  2. Locate the list of folders you have in Picasa.
  3. To view the location of this folder, right click on the folder (control+click on Mac) and select Show in Finder / File Explorer.
  4. Picasa will display the location of this folder. If all folders in Picasa are stored inside one parent folder, take note of the location of the parent folder. Otherwise, take note of the location of this specific folder.
  5. You have two distinct import options:
    1. Copy – This option will duplicate all selected file and folders into the Mylio Library.
    2. Source Folders – This option allows you to have Mylio watch folder(s) in their original location. Deleting or moving a file will affect the original file.
  6. Once your import option has been selected, choose the parent folder of all of your images or the specific folder you would like to import.
  7. If you are importing a specific folder and not a parent folder of all images, repeat steps 1-5 for each folder you have in Picasa, using the same import command each time.

Once finished, all of your images will be viewable and editable in Mylio with keywords, captions, map, and people viewable in the Details panel.

Export Images from Picasa to Mylio (Retain Edits Permanently)

If you would like to retain all of your edits in Picasa you can do so by exporting your images into Mylio. This process will “bake in” the edits to your photo, making them permanent. You will not be able to alter or remove the current edits to your photo but your edits will be viewable inside and outside of Mylio. When following these steps, please be sure to already have Mylio installed on your computer.

  Note:  these steps require that you have enough space on your machine to duplicate all Picasa photos.
  Note:  These steps can also be used to export specific albums or people to Mylio. Simply select the desired album or person in step 2 below.
  1. Open Picasa and display the left panel.
  2. Locate the list of folders you have in Picasa.
  3. Select the top folder you would like to export to Mylio. Note that each folder must be exported individually.
  4. With the folder selected, press Command+a (Mac) or Control+a (Windows) to select all photos in that folder.
  5. Select Export at the bottom of Picasa.
  6. In the Export location field select Browse… and locate the Mylio Library folder. This is in your user folder by default and simply called Mylio.
  7. Open the Mylio Library folder and open the Mylio Pictures folder within it. Choose this location to export your photos.
  8. Once confirmed, ensure that the “Name of exported folder” field in Picasa matches the folder you are exporting.
  9. Set Image size to Use original size.
  10. Set Image quality to Automatic.
  11. Select Export.
  12. Picasa will export all selected photos into the Mylio Pictures folder. Once exported, the photos will be viewable in Mylio automatically with edits and transferrable metadata.

Preserving Face Tagging

If you have face tagged your photos in Picasa and wish for that information to be available in Mylio, you must tell Picasa to store this information in the image itself. To do this:

  1. Open Picasa and open Picasa preferences from the Picasa > Preferences menu on Mac or Edit > Preferences on Windows.
  2. Navigate to the Name Tags tab.
  3. Check the Store name tags in photos option.
  4. Navigate to the Tools menu and then Experimental.
  5. Select Write faces to XMP…
  6. Picasa warns that this action may take a long time. When ready, select Write All.

Picasa will now store all tagged faces in your photo’s metadata. When importing into Mylio this information will be available.

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