Google has released the latest version of Picasa for Windows and Mac which brings a new utility known as Google+ Auto Backup. The tools lets you choose the folders that you want to backup automatically and it even supports SD cards. The utility works in the background and uses the Google Photos icon which is installed by Picasa. By default, Google uploads the original photos and they use your Google Drive storage space. You can enable photo resizing (standard size), so that the uploaded photos don’t count against your Google Drive storage quota. Photos are resized so that the longest edge is 2048px or less.
Google states that –All photos uploaded through Google+ Auto Backup will default to private in Google+, so you can decide what actions to take once they are backed up to Google+. Once your photos have been uploaded, they will appear along with other Auto Backup photos. We’ll arrange them by date in the Highlights section of Google+ Photos, and you can search #desktop in Photos Search to easily find all of the photos that you’ve backed up through your desktop.
To get Auto Backup for Desktop, you need to install Picasa. If you already have Picasa, make sure you’ve updated to the latest version (3.9.137).