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How to preserve Google album photos during download to Picasa
December 30, 2017
8:57 pm
Scott Springer
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I’m making the transition from Picasa to Google Photo for my 2017 photo compilation and appreciate all of your material and encouragement on this topic. I have read your photo workflow as you described in Chapter 11 of your book and that you described in your 12/22/17 and 5/31/16 blogs. This is the workflow that I’d like to follow:

1. Collect all photos in Google Photo: 1 smartphone, 2 cameras (where photos are downloaded to computer hard drive), Facebook pictures (downloaded to computer hard drive).
2. Do editing, captioning, and organizing w/Google Photo
3. Download completed album to computer hard drive via Picasa. (for true back-up and step #4)
4. Then within Picasa, create movie, and then use authoring program to create DVD for TV viewing

My issue (which you talked about in your 5/31/16) blog is in step #3 in that all of the album pictures that were originally on the computer (and indexed by Picasa) are now missing in the downloaded album. Would I need to “stop” Picasa from looking for my photos and then delete them from Picasa?


January 1, 2018
2:11 pm
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You GO Scott!

That’s a great plan. I did that exact thing to create my 2017 movie.

The only difference from what you say is that I used Google Photos tools to download the album to my computer, rather than using Picasa’s Import from Google Photos. Because, as you noted, the Picasa procedure will not download photos already on computer, and that gets messy. 

  • Using Google PHotos on computer, I view the album in question (2017 Yearbook is what I called mine) 
  • Click the 3-dot menu and Download all
  • This will create a .zip file in whatever folder you designate
  • Unzip that file to a folder within My Pictures where Picasa will see it
  • Now you can use Picasa’s movie making tool to make the movie from the pictures in that folder. Have you watched the video: Make a Movie

If you really do want to use the Picasa “Import from Google Photos” command, you can work around the problem by temporarily removing all normal folders from Folder Manager. Then, the existing photos on your computer won’t be “in” Picasa and won’t prevent the download.

January 5, 2018
1:16 pm
Scott Springer
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Thank you for your reply and confidence to move forward.    I was successful and here was my experience:

1. Doing everything in Google per your comments was easy and straightforward. The issue (which you had mentioned in your book) was that one loses all of the captioning done in Google Photos as well as any customized sequencing of the pictures

2. I then went to Picasa and per your suggestion, went to Picasa Folder Manager and removed all folders from Picasa’s view. Then I went to File->Import from Google Photos. Google   Albums ended  up in Picasa Web Albums with captions and picture sequence preserved. 

The issue with this approach  is if you download multiple albums that have some of the same duplicate pictures.  Then subsequent Picasa Web Albums omit the duplicate pictures.   In this case, after first downloading the 1st album, one has to go back into Folder Manager ->My Pictures -> Downloadable Albums and remove newly created Web Album.  Then  afterwards one can go back into Folder Manager and add back in all folders for Picasa to track (if we so desired).  

3. I then use DVDStyler for the DVD authoring.  So success.  


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