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Photos on my Macbook Pro
March 8, 2016
12:33 am
Ross Wolfe


I recently needed to get my photos off my iPhone because of a storage problem.  I uploaded them and they automatically went into the app called photos.  That seems okay on the surface but I love Picasa and they became known as gibberish there. (That’s another issue)

With Picasa they were easy to find on my hard drive – now I can’t even see them there?!  I was going to make a book of the pictures in question (New Orleans trip by train) and I could not find them to import into a book on Shutterfly.  Any suggestions?



March 9, 2016
9:41 am
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The photos software on Mac works very differently from Picasa. The photos are actually stored all inside one ‘library’ file.  Here’s some info from Apple on Photos and the Library.

So, the individual .jpg files are nowhere to be found on your hard drive – they are inside the Library file. 

Picasa, on the other hand, views actual .jpg picture files in folders on your hard drive. 

If you would prefer to use Picasa to work with your pictures rather than Photos – I think the best thing to do is use the Photos Export command to get all the pictures copied out of the Library and to a folder on your hard drive. Then you can tell Picasa’s Folder manager where they are. When importing new photos from your camera, use Picasa’s Import tool directly rather than the default import to Photos.

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