Bulk-Uploading Images To Snapfish On Linux

Update (8/26/09):  Two strange things happened since I wrote this article.  First, uploading to Snapfish from Picasa 3 seems to be broken.  Second, if you have Flash 10 installed on your Linux machine, you can now bulk-upload photos to Snapfish using the Snapfish web site.


Snapfish is one of those web sites that I use a lot even though I hate it because it's favored by most of my family.  It's interface seems to favor people who only use computers when they have to.  Also, it doesn't give you many sharing options compared photo sites such as Picasa Web, Flickr, or Photo Bucket.

The number 1 reason I don't like Snapfish, however, is that they don't have a decent bulk-uploaded that works on Linux.  The one on Windows works very well, but since I'm in a Windows-free home, that's not an option.  You can upload up to 10 photos at a time after entering the path for each photo, but this is tedious and slow.  For example, I wanted to upload about 45 pictures the other night, and it took me nearly 3 hours.

The good news is that I finally discovered a new way to easily upload more than 10 photos to Snapfish.  Picasa 3.0 for Linux allows you to upload your photos to 14 different sites, including Snapfish.  You simply choose the photos you want to upload using the Picasa application (the fat-client version, not the Picasa Web version), and then click on the Shop button at the bottom of the screen.  Then simply choose your favorite photo developer from the list, log on, and Picasa will start uploading your photos. 

Sweet! A few other nice things about the latest version of Picasa for Linux:

Even if you wouldn't dream of using Picasa to manage your photos for some reason, if you use Linux and have ever complained about uploading your photos, you need to check it out.  It's worth the space on your hard drive, even if you're just using it as a glorified photo uploader.

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