With the latest Picasa program for Windows, Picasa now includes Google+ Auto Backup for the Desktop. I haven’t sign-in yet to the Picasa app but this morning I was presented with small sign-in window called Google+ Auto Backup asking me to log-in to my Google account. The instructions are pretty straight forward and very easy. If you have m multiple Google accounts associated with you then you are prompted on which account you want to log into and move forward.
You are then presented with a Google+ Auto Backup menu which asks which devices and folders do you want to sync with Google+. You have the photo size options on whether you want to upload full-size images or standard size. Then you click ‘Start backup’. Then a browser window opens indicating that the Auto Backup process has began and provides you info about the task manager icon and options and so on.
Even though it required installing Picasa even though I probably won’t use the desktop version, this is a great way to get images from multiple devices and/or locations and place them in your Google+ Photo Albums. You can place them in Google Drive and have your Google Drive images showing in your Google + Albums, but then they aren’t exactly organized the way you want them. They are just visible to you from another folder. Anyway this is a great step forward I think in Google helping us organize our images and albums just like the way we are able to with Picasa.