Zonerama Offers Web Album Rescue for Picasa Refugees

The Zonerama unlimited online gallery can now import photos from the soon-to-vanish Picasa Web Albums. The automatic migration in just a few clicks eases the transition to Zonerama for people with hundreds or thousands of photos.

In February Google announced that its Picasa Web Galleries are on the way out. They will be replaced by Google Photos, and access to the galleries’ editing functions will be cut off.

As we’ve mentioned recently, Google announced in February that its Picasa Web Galleries are coming to an end, to be replaced by Google Photos and that access to the galleries’ editing functions will no longer be supported. If for any reason you’re not a fan of the photo sorting system in Google Photos, and you want to try Zonerama, but you don’t know how to easily import your Picasa photos, read on.

Don’t have a Zonerama account yet, and want to set one up? Learn more here:

Creating a Zonerama Gallery and Adding Your Photos

Zonerama, Made to Order: How to Customize Your Zonerama Profile, Filmstrip, and Albums

Importing Photos is Easy

In Zonerama’s Upload Photos window there’s a new option, Import from Picasa Web Albums. It leads to Google’s login window; from there, simply log in to your Google account and start the import.

To reach the Picasa import function, first click Upload Photos.

To reach the Picasa import function, first click Upload Photos.

The Upload Photos window has a new option: Import from Picasa Web Albums.

The Upload Photos window has a new option: Import from Picasa Web Albums.

Click the Start button to start the import. It runs in the background while you work.

Click the Start button to start the import. It runs in the background while you work.

The whole transfer is done in the background, so there’s no need to keep the import window open, or even keep your computer on. An email is sent out when the process is done, making this tool easy to use and problem free even for thousands of photos.

When the import process completes, a notification email is sent out to you automatically.

When the import process completes, a notification email is sent out to you automatically.

Your albums are imported to a hidden folder with the name Picasa. When importing from multiple Google accounts, each account gets its own, separately named import folder. What happens from there is up to you. You can, for example, rename their Picasa import folder, make it public, or add other folders and move albums around among them. All of this is easy thanks to the simplified album editing interface added in a recent Zonerama update. Zoner Photo Studio users can also simply manage their galleries in that software.

The imported albums are stored inside the Picasa hidden folder on your Zonerama gallery.

The imported albums are stored inside the Picasa hidden folder on your Zonerama gallery.

This import capability also supports content from Google Photos, but for technical reasons the Automatic Backup album (with backups of mobile photos) is excluded. We can import photos in full size.

The Zonerama online gallery service is free, ad-free, and unlimited, and it leave uploaded photos at full quality. Photos can be uploaded over a web interface or from inside the Zoner Photo Studio photo software, which has Zonerama support built directly into it.

Last updated 14. April 2016

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Comments

  • Honzas

    This is great, thanks! I successfully imported photos from one google account but I don’t know how can I import photos from another one. When I attempt to do another Picasa import, the previous account is already shown and I’m not able to enter a new account. Note that I tried to disconnect the originally linked Google account in the settings but it doesn’t seem to have any effect.

    • Zoner

      Hi Honzas, thanks for letting us know. Could you please send us more info and maybe some screenshots of the problem to supoport@zoner.com? When trying to import from multiple Google account here, everything seems to be ok.

  • Jerome H Horwitz

    Any chance you can explain how to import photos from Creative Memories Memory Manager software, with photos being in stored in the Memory Manager “vaults” with organization into “sort buckets”?

    Creative Memories has gone bankrupt two or three times and is now gone. The software was aimed at scrapbookers who, the company hoped, would buy the physical supplies and hard-copy prints.

    We have a number of close friends in the boat of not being able to migrate the software to new PCs and having to deal with this issue.

    • Zoner

      We are sorry, Jerome, but we have no experience with this service.

  • Toni Felfe

    What about face recognition feature in Picasa? This is going lost or not?