Photo Sharing Website Export Plug-ins
iPhoto and iWeb make publishing photos to the Web very simple when paired with a .Mac account. However, there are also a number of free sites that offer the capability to share photos and to take part in a community of photographers. Out of the box, iPhoto doesn’t include support for upload to sites such as Flickr, Google’s Picassa Web Albums, AOL Pictures, Yahoo Photos, or Kodak EasyShare Gallery (formerly Ofoto). To use these features with iPhoto out of the box, you need to export your photos and then use whatever web-based, email, FTP tool, or application-based mechanism each service supports to upload your photos. This can be time-consuming, and you can lose information such as picture titles, comments, and keywords along the way.
If you want to organize your photos using one of these services, there are plug-ins for iPhoto available that enable you to simply select photos and upload them directly. This is a great timesaver and it makes using these services with iPhoto pretty much as easy as doing anything else in iPhoto. Following are the various plug-ins available with additional information about them:
- FlickrExport is a commercially produced plug-in for iPhoto designed to make it easy to upload to Flickr albums. Although it isn’t freely distributed (the cost is 12 pounds or roughly $22), it works very well and is worth the money if you spend a lot of time using Flickr.
- Google offers a Picassa Web Albums Exporter for iPhoto plug-in in addition to a standalone application for uploading to Picassa Web Albums from Mac OS X.
- Michael Galloway has produced plug-ins for Yahoo Gallery that are available in separate Power PC and Intel versions.
- If you are an AOL user, you can download a copy of AOL Pictures, which includes an iPhoto plug-in for upload as well as a standalone application.
- Kodak doesn’t provide an iPhoto plug-in, but the Ofoto Express for Mac application that Kodak provides does enable you to view your iPhoto library and to import photos from iPhoto albums for upload to Kodak EasyShareGallery.
- SmugMug.com also offers its users the option to download a free iPhoto plug-in.
- Shutterfly, which offers both photo sharing and the capability to create photobooks similar to, but more expansive than those offered by iPhoto itself, offers an iPhoto plug-in as well as a standalone uploader.