New Picasa Web Albums Integration with Google Earth/Maps

New Picasa Web Albums Mapping of PhotosGoogle has announced new capabilities with Picasa Web Albums allowing even more capabilities to map your photos. A year ago, Google implemented a means for geotagging your photos from Picasa in Google Earth and then uploading them to Picasa Web Albums. You can also view the photos within Google Earth. Now, Google has added an ability to take photos already in your Photo Album and map them using Google Maps. You can then view the photos in Google Maps and even watch a slideshow of the photos within Google Maps or Google Earth. This adds some powerful ways to show photos you’ve taken somewhere on Earth.
Here is an example test gallery of photos from Las Vegas shown in Google Maps at Picasa Web Albums. You can view the same test gallery in Google Earth by simply clicking on the “View in Google Earth” link in the upper right. Google has also announced a Picasa Web Albums for mobile so you can view your photos on your phone. And, if you don’t already know, you can also easily embed your photos from Picasa Web Albums by viewing an album and choosing “Embed Slideshow” from the choices on the left. Here’s the test gallery as an embedded slideshow:

Here is another example of photos I took during the Wirefly X PRIZE Cup event last fall. It’s better if you zoom in a bit and turn on “Satellite” view in the map to see these photos. The underlying aerial photos in Google Maps of the area are photos I took from my plane during the event and Google later put into their base imagery.
[UPDATE 1240 ET: GEB reader Rens from the Netherlands wrote me to say that the map view doesn’t work on some different language versions of PicasaWeb. He says you need to go to “Settings” and under “language preference” select “English (US)” to make make the map feature work. Rens even shares a photo album which he has now mapped of a trip by motor bike.]

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. smokeonit says:

    works well and better than flickr…
    since flickr started to censor flickr germany they start to suck more and more…
    the only downside is picasa has still to gain on picture quality on the website…

  2. Does this also work on MacOS? I get no links for Google Maps neither in Safari nor in Firefox…

  3. nice thing is that if you have location typed in the album properties it will automatically show that place on the map. Also photos that already include GPS info in EXIF will display properly

  4. Is there any way how to use pictures with coordinates in EXIF header in Picasa and then in the map? I found only manual positioning in Google Earth. But it is needles when I already have coordinates in pictures. Thanks.

  5. Matt Fox says:

    Watch out flickr/Yahoo. I’ve been using flickr for a while now, and I must say that the new features from Google/Picasa will probably make me switch.
    Flickr’s online organizing tools can’t compete with a stand alone application. Plus, I didn’t realize Flickr Web Albums supported video. Trying that right now.
    Nice work Google.

  6. smokeonit says:

    google has to make picasa more searchable…
    there no way to easily browse pictures by other users or by location…
    when i log into picasa i get my default album view… there’s no way to get to page with general content by all users… i have no idea why….
    to lars: it’s not within google maps that you can add your photos to GM/GE… it’s within your uploaded album in picasa that you get the option to palce your photos on the map!!!

  7. Matt Fox says:

    My pictures all are geotagged in EXIF and have IPTC keywords. Both Picasa and Web Albums pick up that info automatically and convert the keywords to tags.

  8. Adam Ryan says:

    I live in Spain but only speak english (yeah I know it’s very lazy of me not to learn but I’ve been busy ok?!). How do i get it so my google earth is in english not spanish??????

  9. Hey – thanks a lot for the tip about Google maps not working if you don’t use the ‘US English’ language setting in Picasa Web – I’d changed a couple of other settings, as well as ‘UK English’ and lost the map function, having no idea it had to do with language settings – cheers, TJ

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