8/29/08
9:28 am

MacMost Now 127: Upload From iPhoto to Flickr and FaceBook

Gary Rosenzweig looks at two extensions for iPhoto that will allow you to upload your photos directly from iPhoto to Flickr and FaceBook.

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Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. Today I'm going to show you two different extensions to iPhoto that will make it easier for you to get your photos up to the internet. iPhoto is a great program for editing and managing your photos, but it doesn't really make it any easier for you to get your photos up to a website. It does do this through mobileme, but if you don't want to pay the extra money for mobileme, or you want to actually put it on a website where people can share information about photos, then there is really nothing in iPhoto for you. You have to export your photos from iPhoto and then do a separate upload procedure. However, there are two extensions for iPhoto that make this easier. One of them is for Flicker, and the other is for Facebook. Let's take a look at them. Alright, so here we are inside of iPhoto, and I have some pictures that I took yesterday at the DNC here in Denver, walking around town. So I can select one or all of these photos, and then, I don't go to the "share" menu, which you would think it would be the place to go, but instead I go to file, export. And this is where the plugins allow you to do different things with your photos. So I've got two new plugins here, one is FFExporter, and FFExporter then comes up with this dialog here (if I'm not logged in to flicker at the time, I can click here to login, it will take me to a webpage, using Safari or Firefox, and I will then log in and then return to this page). Once I do that, it knows who I am, as you can see, and even lists some of the photo sets that I've got in Flicker. I can then go ahead and choose some things to do about this photo set that I'm going to upload, so I can, say, I want anybody to be able to see this, I can restrict the photo size, I can change the safety level if I want, I can even change the type of content. And then I can go ahead and, when I'm done with that, hit export and what will happen is, it will upload all the photos that I've selected to my Flicker account, and it's as easy as that. You can get this free Flicker exporter at "dustin.li". Now, I guess you can say this is beta software, because its version 0.41, but it seems to work fine. The next step we've got a way to export your iPhoto photos into Facebook. Of course, you need a Facebook account for this, and you do the same thing, just select your photos, and then you ahead and do File, Export, but this time you select Facebook, and you go ahead and log in, and I've done the same thing here, I've logged in, and it goes to a website, and for Facebook, and then you go ahead and do your login, and then it knows you're logged in back here at iPhoto. Then you can do a bunch of interesting things. You can choose which album you want to upload to, so you can go ahead and choose an album on Facebook, or you can create a new one right here inside the exporter. Then you can select your photos, and you can select them and add a caption right here. So the FreeFlicker exporter, that was actually taking your title tags from iPhoto, so you want to set them up in advance, but this here won't take those but it will allow you to create the captions right here for each individual one. So you can create a little longer description than you normally would put in a title. Another cool thing that you can do is you can go ahead and you can tag people in a photo. All you need to do is click on the photo in any area, like that, and it will create this tag area, and you can go ahead and select from your friends or type in any name as a tag for the person in the photo. So that's pretty cool, and then we'll go ahead and upload all of these photos and they'll appear in Facebook. Now, one thing that's not cool about this is that then you have to go into Facebook and approve these photos, because they won't automatically be available to everyone. Get this Facebook iPhoto plug-in for free by going to developers.facebook.com/iphoto. I love these types of plugins because they make it so easy to share photos with others, and I really whish there were more for more of the photo sharing services. Until next time, this is Gary Rozenzweig with MacMost Now.