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Creating a Gift CD using Picasa
August 24, 2018
6:04 pm
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Steven Johnson
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Utilizing what I’ve learned about Picasa and Google Photos from the Geeks over the past couple years, I’ve been able to transfer about 20,000 photos (in 100 separate albums) to my Windows 10 desktop computer, as well as to my Apple iPhone and iPad.  Finally, I would like to create “gift CDs” for each of the 100 albums so that they can be more easily viewed on large-screen TVs (for family gatherings, etc).  I’ve tried using Picasa’s “Create/Create a Gift CD/Slideshow” but I keep getting the error message “Picasa was unable to write to the Disc correctly.”  I’ve tried various CD and DVD discs, but I keep getting the same error message.

Do I need to use purchase slideshow software (maybe “Windows 10 Microsoft Photos, other) in order to do this?  I know there are numerous software packages available, but I’m not certain I need to use one if Picasa is all that I need.

Thanks for your help.

Steve Johnson

August 25, 2018
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I don’t think you even need the CD/DVD

Is your TV a smart TV? If not, does it at least have HDMI ports? If so, there are several ways to wirelessly show your photos from your Google Photos account to your TV. See Episode 108 on Chromecast

As for Picasa’s Gift CD, I haven’t used it in years, but I expect it is one of the features that were killed off a few months ago.

You should still be able to burn CDs/DVDs (assuming you have a CD/DVD burner on your computer) by using Windows Explorer. You just drag the files to the image of the CD and it asks a couple questions and does it. Here’s an old video on that, but I think it still works the same.  Your screens will look different of course, but after you select files, you should click on the Share menu and see “Burn to Disc”

Let me know how it goes.

October 5, 2018
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Thanks, Mrs Geek, for getting back to me so quickly regarding questions that I posted on August 25, 2018.  Here’s another somewhat related question that I have:

I’ve been able to arrange my Picasa 3 and Google Photos pictures by “dragging and droping” them into the desired order within the applicable folders.  I can then show them on my Windows 10 desk top computer as well as on my iPhone and iPad.  

Is there a way to similarly arrange photos within the folders contained in Windows 10 “Pictures”?  I could then burn the folders to DVDs and/or flashcards, thus enabling me to show them on my television at family get-togethers.  I’ve tried to “drag and drop” such photos into the desired order (generally “chronilogically”), but have not been able to do that.  I would very much like to “re-order” several of the photos in order to best to present them to others, but currently find that many photos are in no particular order.  

I hope I’ve described this adequately.  Any ideas? 

Thanks again.

Steve Johnson

October 8, 2018
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Hey Steve,

If photos are on a DVD, then the order they play is controlled by the DVD player – usually it is alphanumeric by the file name. See this video for help with that: 

But really – in this day and age, it is SO much easier to play the slideshow on your phone and cast it to the TV with AppleTV or Chromecast. See our Chromecast episode: #108 w/Notes and Links

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