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Google releases command-line tool: GoogleCL

If you're married to the command line, Google has just made your day, releasing the new GoogleCL, which allows you to work with Blogger, Picasa, Google docs, and Youtube to perform every-day tasks straight from the command line.

Google announced the release of its command line tool, GoogleCL in its Open Source blog last Friday. You can get the details on the Google Code project page and download either googlecl-0.9.7.tar.gz or googlecl_0.9.7-1_all.deb. Google says that it hopes to have the .deb package ready to be included in the next releases of the Debian and Ubuntu repositories.

For command line fans, the tool allows you to work with Google services and perform tasks on Picasa, Google Docs, Youtube, and Blogger.

Ever wanted to upload a folder full of photos to Picasa from a command prompt? We did, a lot, last summer. It made us want to say:

$  google picasa create --title "My album" ~/Photos/vacation/*.jpg 

So we wrote a program to do that, and a whole lot more.

Here are some of the example scripts Google provides, and this article from Softpedia also includes a tutorial and examples of how GoogleCL can be used.

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