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Install Picasa on Mac - strange folder names
May 3, 2016
5:20 pm
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Barb Resnick
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A member of our Villages Photo Club showed me what happened after she installed Picasa on her Mac.  All lher folder names in the folder bar were undecipherable.  Just long alpha numberic combinatiions.  Is this fixable?  Did she do something wrong?  Pictures are all there – just not in recognizable folder names.  Tried to google this but never could get a combination of words to get me anything but information on the download.  I have a screen shot. Is there any solution?  Thanks.  

I have a screenshow but could not seem to insert it.  Is the source asked for in the Insert/Edit image a web source or my computer.

May 5, 2016
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Hey Barb,

Yes, she sent me an email and screenshot. I’ve seen that before and it has something to do with using Picasa to see photos in iPhoto (or just Photos now). The main thing to know about iPhoto/Photos in the Apple world is that it keeps all photos inside a “Library” – just one file that houses all the photos inside. So, those photos “belong” to iPhoto. Unlike Picasa which works with individual .jpg files on your hard drive. Picasa doesn’t “own” the photos, it works with the photo files that are there. SO – for Picasa to work with files originating from iPhoto(or the new Photos) they must get export OUT of the iPhotos Library so that they become .jpg files on the hard drive.

Watch this video to see how it’s supposed to work:

I’ll get back to you after I’ve had a chance to get to my Mac.

May 7, 2016
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OK, I’ve figured it out. When Apple changed from iPhoto to Photos – it messed up Picasa’s ability to see the pictures in Photos. You need to Export from Photos so the pictures are .jpg files in Finder before Picasa can see them. 

However, Picasa still automatically tries to get the photos like it did from iPhoto and you end up with endless folders with gibberish names. To remove them:

  1. Use Tree View to see the parent folder for all the gibberish (see this video on Tree View)
  2. Find the main folder for the Apple Photos library – Photos.Library.photoslibrary
  3. Notice the 3 child folders: – Thumbnails, Resources, and Masters. The gibberish folders are found within Thumbnails and Resources (face recogniation files) – your pictures are located within Masters. You can right click on both Thumbnails, and Resources and choose Remove from Picasa.

If you remove the main folder (Photos.Library.photoslibrary) then Picasa will no longer be able to see inside Apple Photos to view the photos. You would need to go to your Photos program and export all photos out of the program and to a folder under Pictures. Picasa will be able to see those.

See this Picasa forum post on the Photos to Picasa issue.

May 7, 2016
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How to get rid of the gibberish folders that happen when Picasa on Mac tries to read photos from the Apple Photos app (after the upgrade from iPhoto) 

This screenshot shows the problem:

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This screenshot shows the solution.
Note: only remove Thumbnails and Resources. If you remove Masters you will need to go to Photos and EXPORT photos for Picasa to view them properly.

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May 8, 2016
6:55 pm
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Barb Resnick
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Chris, thanks for speedy reply.  Images above can be clicked to enlarge but enlargement is fuzzy and unreadable.   Any other way to see this example?  

Barb.

May 9, 2016
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hmm – I don’t know why those don’t enlarge properly. Try these links:

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