Thursday, May 28, 2015

Finally Google Photos to the rescue!

I was quite amazed when searching for a cloud photo storage solution for Wyeth's baby photos, about how bad they all were. I have accounts for all of them (dropbox, flickr, icloud, instagram, onedrive etc.) and all of them are annoying for one reason or another.

The one that worked best was google plus, except it had the super annoying feature that you couldn't really get your photos out easily, and could only share through the mostly defunct google plus network.

Today that changed. The new google photos app has unlimited free storage (icloud and dropbox still have annoyingly and unreasonably expensive pricing plans), but importantly, edits your photos for you. This has been the last piece of information tedium that I had still not solved. You go on a vacation and take 500 photos. And then they sit there, unlooked at. Totally forgotten. Nobody wants to look at 500 photos. I used to spend hours and hours editing them into something useful. Google now does this automatically. One review called it "so good its creepy."

Google now makes all your photos searchable (I haven't tried it much, but in addition to faces, its example searches will find things  like "beer" or "bars" or "millenium falcon". It will look at your 500 photos and picks out highlights. It will figure out where the photos were taken based on landmarks. Automatically edits large groups of photos into smaller coherent narratives. Makes photo and video montages, and neat animated gifs.  And finally makes all of this shareable to all of your favorite social networks.
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