No one ever said moving to a Chromebook would be EXACTLY the same experience as your exisiting OS and computing workflow. Expect to modify your processes. The same would be true if you decided to switch from Windows to Mac, Mac to Linux, or Windows to Ubuntu. When you choose another OS, expect it to function differently.
I want to turn my attention to moving my iPhoto library to Goolge+ Photos.
- I want my digital life to be operated within the Cloud. I want a true multi-screen experience which means the device should be irrelevant to what information I can access. The device should be driven by what is best for the environment in which I want to interact with my data.
- I am comfortable with housing my photos in Google. I am willing to pay extra for any necessary Cloud storage, so I can house the pictures in original format, quality, and size.
- There are probably numerous ways to do what I describe below. I did enough research online to make my head spin. I wanted a process that was simple and straight-forward. It’s not perfect, but it works.
- I am not trying to write a documentation manual. I am giving a brief overview of the steps I took to make the move.
- Google Drive (and then Google+ Photos)
- Create a folder on your desktop labeled “iPhoto Library [Insert Date].”
- Export your iPhoto library to your desktop using the folder you just created. Be sure to choose original file type and highest quality available. Also, be sure to include your videos.
- When the export function is complete, drag the folder on your desktop to your Google Drive desktop sync folder.
- Wait for the sync process to complete.
- When it’s complete, everything is in Drive.
- Download Picasa for Mac. (This is now unsupported but still works.)
- Choose “Batch Upload” to Picasa. (Remember, this is now Google+ Photos.) Be sure to choose to upload images and videos and allow for the original size, image/video quality, and image type.
- Watch the progress bar to know when it’s complete. (My iPhoto library was 26g. It took one full day to complete the upload process on high-speed cable internet.)
- When it’s complete, everything is now in Google+ Photos.
- Check the share settings in Google+ Photos to make sure the images you want private are only available to you.
- A local copy of all my images and video
- A Cloud-based copy in Google+ Photos or Google Drive
- An archive copy in Box.