One Week Until Macworld

Monday, December 29, 2008 at 2:00 PM

By Jason Toff, Google Mac Team

With one week until the start of Macworld, we wanted to give you a glimpse of what to expect at Google's booth.

At any given time, there will be plenty of Googlers at our booth available to answer questions about any Google software made for Mac or iPhone.  Demo stations will be placed throughout the booth so that attendees can try out Google software on their own, and in many cases, talk to the people who helped create that software.

Additionally, there will be larger presentations in the booth each day covering specific topics in more depth.  Our goal is to make these presentations as interactive as possible, so we are hoping for feedback from Macworld attendees in the booth on the topics they'd like to see discussed.

We are very excited about Macworld and hope that you'll stop by our booth if you're in the area!

Google at Macworld Expo

Monday, December 08, 2008 at 4:37 PM

I'm thrilled to officially announce Google's presence at the upcoming Macworld Expo (taking place January 5-9, 2009). We had a great time last year (see picture of our booth below), and we're excited to share our range of offerings for Mac and iPhone with everyone who can make it this year.

With exactly one month to go, we are busy preparing fun demonstrations for the 50,000+ expected Macworld attendees. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for previews of what to expect this time.

And if you'd like to come see us and don't yet have a pass to Macworld, use this link and code for 20% off the Expo Hall pass.

Bringing Your Photos Home

The Picasa Web Albums Uploader makes it easy to share your photos and videos with friends and family. But occasionally you may want to use it in reverse, and download an album back to your computer. If you've ever had a hard drive crash or had to work from a new computer, you know how important it is to get your photos back.

The latest release of the Picasa Web Albums Uploader application makes downloading photos as easy as uploading. After you sign in to your account, select the Existing Album tab, choose an album and click the Download Album button. You'll soon have copies of your photos in a new folder on your Mac.

If your copy of the Picasa Web Albums Uploader hasn't updated itself to the latest version, 1.3, you can get it now from the download page. The album download feature is available only in the Picasa Web Albums Uploader application, not in the iPhoto Exporter. This release downloads photos, but not yet videos. You can give us feedback about the uploaders at the Picasa Help forum.

Google Earth Browser Plugin

Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 8:25 AM

The very cool Google Earth Browser Plugin is now available for Mac OS X. Read all about it in our Geo Developers Blog. now available in 10 languages

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 at 8:00 PM

As a new member of the Google Mac team and a diehard Apple and Google fan, there are few places on the web that get me as excited as But until now, non-English speakers had been unable to view this page in their native languages.

Today, I'm happy to let you know that many more people all over the world can take advantage of, as it is now available in 10 languages: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, British English, American English, Japanese, Chinese, and Taiwanese. Enjoy!

Google Calendar now supports Apple iCal

Monday, December 01, 2008 at 4:46 PM

The Google Calendar team is proud to announce the public release of our support for the CalDAV protocol. You can now use Apple iCal with your Google Calendar, so you can work even when you're offline, sync almost instantly, respond to invitations from others and see the free/busy data of your friends and coworkers.

We launched CalDAV support to our developers last July for feedback, and since that time a few of us whipped up a nifty setup program for iCal. This tool makes it a breeze to get iCal working with your Google account. We've released this as open source and the program is available for download at our Google Code site.