Thursday, May 24, 2012

How to make an automatic map of phone photos with Picasa

Picasa is Google's photo sharing service. If you have a Google account, you have this already.

The idea, again, is to take photos with your phone and have a map automatically created from them.

1. Take photo.
2. Share to Picasa (native on Android; or via email on iPhone or through apps) in an album of your choice. Don't forget to have geolocation turned on.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 as needed.
4. Visit Login with your Google account. Your photos should be in an album. Click on your album. Noticed all your photos are already mapped. Similar to Flickr, you can view it in a map, or as a slideshow. But what if you want to embed the map?

4.Click "View in Google Earth." Don't worry if you don't have the program. Click "save File" instead and make sure the file has the extension KML (example: "freeman.kml")

5. Visit and hit "My Places" and "Create map."
6. Hit "Import" and upload your kml file. BOOM!

7. Hit "done" and the link icon to get your embed in however shape you want it.

8. Paste in your site and do a silly dance, because you're done.

Troubleshooting: Every now and then you'll get a "this map cannot be embedded."

HAHAHA. Funny Google, you.

Just get the URL and paste it in your browser. Then get your embed code.

View Freeman test in a larger map