Captions are not stored in the EXIF section (?)
Paste the appropriate path below (depending on your operating system) into the Run screen or into the Start search box:
- Windows XP: %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
- Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8: %LocalAppData%\Google\
In the Google folder, you'll see two folders that have "Picasa" in the folder name: "Picasa2" and "Picasa2Albums. You should back up those two folders,
- The caption displayed in Picasa is not necessarily stored in the image. It can be stored in the Picasa database only. It is not stored in .picasa.ini. Picasa does not give you any hint about where the caption is actually stored.
- Check the image metadata using ExifTool:
If you find the caption there, then Picasa has stored the caption there and will (very likely) do so subsequently. If it is not there, I do not know what to do in general. In my case, switching the Picasa GUI language to English helped.
- If the caption is stored in the metadata then it is in the tag "Description" of the XMP section and/or in the tag "Caption-Abstract" in the IPTC section. It is not in the EXIF section (so e.g. the tag "ImageDescription" is not set).
- The tags "Description" and "Caption-Abstract" are not displayed by the Windows File Explorer so you cannot check the caption with the File Explorer.
- The program IrfanView displays the caption in Image/Information/IPTC Info, field "Caption". The program ExifToolGUI displays the caption as "Description" in the XMP section and "Caption-Abstract" in the IPTC section (correspondingly to ExifTool).
- Insert the caption in Picasa.
- Check whether the caption is in the image using ExifTool, or IrfanView, or ExifToolGUI.
- If it is there, proceed entering captions, and check with the mentioned programs from time to time.
caption=This is a caption on a cr2
WORSE, if you add a caption using picasa, ALL OF THE IMAGE'S EXIF DATA, including the original time/date, all of the camera information _AND_ the GPS location data will be stripped from the image by picasa.
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