How do I transfer Picasa photos from a Windows XP PC to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard?
Thanks in advance!!
HOWEVER, I can't get my albums over. I am now running a terminal window and using sed (shades of years ago for me) to modify the .pal files from PC syntax to MAC, but I can't get Picasa on the MAC to see them. (Found this helpful conversion info in the first posting of Picasa on MAC). It even deletes my modified .pal files when it exits. Oh, and It didn't work to import the Picasa Web albums from the Picasa Web site - it only brought down the pictures, which I already have. Lost the order of things and I still don't have albums. SO, I am looking for Album moving from PC to MAC solutions... :) Anybody????
Tedious but it works.
Still looking for a smoother process.
1. On Windows PC, in Picasa (I was using 3.8, don't know about earlier versions) goto Tools -> Backup Picasa...
2. Select "New" and tell the pick a location on a shared network drive or an external drive.
3. Select the folders, albums, etc that you want to include in the backup... I chose "All".
4. Wait for Picasa to finish backing up all the images.
5. Go to your Mac.
6. Find that backup folder Picasa for Windows just created on the shared drive or external drive.
7. Start the "Picasa Restore" app (Picasa Restore.app if you have file extensions turned on)
9. Open Picasa for Mac.
10. Let Picasa find the images.
When I did it this way, I was able to get everything from Windows Picasa transferred into my mac Picasa. Including: Places, People, Tags, Descriptions, Folder Hierarchy, and Albums. Like magic! Its still running through the facial recognition stuff because Picasa still wants to analyze all the images. But the names for those people all got pulled in once I logged into my web account via the desktop app, and those names were automatically assigned to the people Picasa found in my pictures. I expect to have a little cleanup to do on the People/Faces front, but overall very easy.
The folder this method dropped all the files into on my Mac is the not the one I wanted it to be in (its related to the paths the files were in on Windows, and cannot be changed) but its easy enough to use the "Move" command within Picasa to get the photos and folders into the actual directory I want them in on my Mac.
I had been using Picasa on Mac [with different photos] prior to putting the backup on an external drive--in the directions above is Picasa already installed?
I also noticed that clicking on or opening Picasa Restore.app did absolutely nothing on the mac.
I tried adding the restore folders and files, but no albums.
So I'm still looking for a way to import my albums from the PC version of Picasa.
After trying the method above by donfmorrison, I had a copy of everything on an external drive, but for some reason the database that contained the albums was empty. I tracked them down on the PC with some help from this forum post:
For me, this was the secret sauce. I was able to convert the album database files to Mac format with help from that forum post. I Made sure Picasa was not running and then copied the entire directory (i.e. \00288efb76b05c25873266d61fcbf14e) with converted files into the new mac directory for picasa albums on the mac [/Users/someuser/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Picasa3/Picasa3Albums].
Further, I referenced this help article about rebuilding the database:
After deleting the db3 directory, the next time Picasa is restarted it will read the albums directory created above and build a new database. This is where I had the most problems, the dbid, assuming it means database ID, in the individual album files has to be the same string as the directory name. In any case, when Picasa starts it asks you to search for photos, pick whatever option you like and let it run for as long as it takes to read all your photo files and build the database, could be hours if you have a large amount of photos.
If things worked correctly, you should start to see your albums pop up in the menu on the right hand side.
About the People tags, I set the software to download the people tags from my web albums, so I'm not sure if I picked them up from the restore or the download, and I did have to re-confirm several faces, but it only took a few minutes, compared with the possible hours that I had spent naming my database previously.
All my captions are there, and tags too. Happy that I finally found a way to get rid of my PC once and for all. ;-)
Hope this helps.
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