Importing the Picasa database to Lightroom

This post had been waiting in my drafts folder for a long time! Here it is published at last!

After the recent announcement by Google that they would stop active development of Picasa Desktop, a lot of people are looking for an alternative to replace it without losing all their albums, keywords,…

Good news for those who have been using Picasa Desktop to manage their pictures collection and want to switch to Lightroom: my plugin Lightroom to Picasa Importer is now available.
You might have seen my previous post about my procedure to convert Picasa Desktop albums into Lightroom collections. Although this was working, I found that it was a really cumbersome procedure and I wanted to find an easier way to do it. So, after a lot of information gathering and research on the structure of the Picasa database, I had enough information to try and build a Lightroom plugin to do the work automatically. I decided to take the plunge and quickly learned how to code in Lua to be able to write a plugin for Lightroom.

The result: a Lightroom plugin that allows you to:

  • convert your Picasa (Desktop) albums into Lightroom collections;
  • import your Picasa tags (keywords) and captions into Lightroom
  • import the faces recognized by Picasa, the images corresponding to each of them in their own Lightroom collection;
  • collect all images that have been converted to black & white in Picasa and gather them in a Lightroom collection (the plugin can unfortunately not convert the image to B&W with the current Lightroom API);
  • collect all images that have been cropped in Picasa and gather them in a Lightroom collection (the plugin can unfortunately not apply the crop with the current Lightroom API);
  • convert your Picasa stars into a Lightroom collection;

For more details, a short user guide, and the download link, please visit the plugin page.

From Picasa to Lightroom with the Picasa to Lightroom Importer plugin

After the recent announcement by Google that they would stop active development of Picasa Desktop, a lot of people are looking for an alternative to replace it without losing all their albums, keywords,…

If you have been using Picasa Desktop to manage your pictures collection and want to switch to Lightroom, my plugin Lightroom to Picasa Importer is now available.

This plugin imports the following from Picasa:

  • Albums (as collections under their original name)
  • Stars (in a collection named _Picasa Stars)
  • Faces (each recognized face gets its own album within a collection set named _Picasa Faces). Unknown faces are collected in an Unknown album.
  • Captions (searchable, can be found in the Metadata pane, in the Picasa Importer set)
  • Keywords (searchable, can be found in the Metadata pane, in the Picasa Importer set)
  • Cropped images (listed in a collection named _Picasa Cropped). It is unfortunately not possible to apply the crop with the current Lightroom API but at least all your cropped images will be collected in one collection. Much easier than to check which one has to be cropped in Picasa and Lightroom.
  • Images converted to black and white (listed in a collection named _Picasa B&W). It is unfortunately not possible to apply the conversion with the current Lightroom API. By selecting the images from this collection, you can then convert the whole collection to black and white in one click.

This plugin is free. But developing it took a lot of time and efforts. If you find it useful, please consider a donation (minimum 1 dollar or 1 euro, otherwise I will end up paying Paypal for your donation!).





Thanks!

Short Usage Instructions

After installing and activating the plugin, you can check its options and select the data that you want to import (all of them are selected by default).

To import the Picasa data, first select in Lightroom the picture(s) for which you want the data to be imported. Then go to the File>Plug-In Extras>Import Picasa data for selected photos.
For the plugin to work, the folders containing the photos need to be online, so that it can read the Picasa data from these folders (i.e. it will not work if your photos are stored on a disconnected drive).
You can either import data for all photos (select your whole catalog) or only for subsets of photos (select the ones you need).

Once the Picasa data has been imported, a new collection set named Picasa Albums appears in the Collections pane.
Captions and keywords are visible (and searchable) in the Metadata pane, in the Picasa Importer set. If you use only jpg images, this is not needed as Picasa saved these data already in the jpg file and the captions and keywords will already be recognized by Lightroom. However, raw files were left untouched and importing the captions and keywords can then be useful.

The plugin has been tested on Windows and Mac, and works with Lightroom 5 and 6 or CC. Previous versions might also work but I have not tested them.
The plugin should automatically find the Picasa database folder. If, for one reason or another, the plugin cannot find it, you can manually adjust the folder location in the plugin options.

The new WP Supersized (version 3.0.1) is here!

UPDATE: WP Supersized is now at version 3.0.2. It now allows the use of images from NextGEN Gallery, the WordPress Media Gallery, your own choice of directory within the wp-content folder, or a list of slides defined in an xml file (for advanced users). See the changelog.

The latest update of my plugin WP Supersized has the following main new features:

  • Added support for the use of images from NextGEN galleries.
  • Added a panel in post/page editor to allow the selection of the images source – no need to type your selection in a custom field anymore.
  • Redesigned the options panel, using tabs to reduce clutter.
  • Added a folder selector to the options page for easy selection of the default folder or NextGEN gallery.
  • Added the ability to have captions displayed even if the rest of the Supersized footer is off (allows displaying html from image caption even with the footer option off).
  • Added checks for the existence and read permissions for image folders and NextGEN or WP Media gallery images – displays an informative error image if an error is detected.
  • Updated with the latest versions of Supersized (3.2.7) and its Shutter theme (1.2).
  • Improved: the glob() function should now work better for users with some servers that do not support the BRACE option. Thanks to Jan for suggesting this.
  • Improved: replaced the url by the absolute path for reading xml files to avoid possible problems with some hosts. Thanks to Aaron Ware for suggesting this.
  • Improved: automatic removal of slashes in the default dir and custom dir paths.
  • Bug fix: archive, tag, category, or date pages should now correctly display the default images.
  • Bug fix: the plugin should now work correctly with xml files containing no images: default images are shown instead (as advertised!).
  • Bug fix: the plugin should now work correctly with IE when using WP Gallery images. Thanks to Simon for spotting this bug.
  • Removed the xmlLib library. The plugin now uses standard SimpleXML functions. IMPORTANT: if you use xml files for defining your images, two slides field names must be renamed: slide-link to slide_link and slide-thumb to slide_thumb in the xml files.

For more details, have a look at the plugin page in the WordPress plugins repository.

WP Supersized 1.2 is available

UPDATE: Version 1.2.1 corrects a bug that appeared in some conditions with version 1.2.

My WordPress plugin WP Supersized 1.2 is now available.
It includes several new options. The most important changes are the following:

  • Updated with the latest version of Supersized (3.2.5).
  • Bug fix: fixed a bug that prevented images to be displayed correctly when in Tag or Category results page.
  • Bug fix: fixed a bug that prevented Supersized to be used in subcategories of a chosen category.
  • Bug fix: WP Supersized should now take into account the location of the wp-content folder also in non-standard WordPress installations.
  • Added the ability to use gif and png image formats in addition to jpg (can now also be jpeg).
  • Added the options to use Supersized everywhere, on Search results page only, on Date archives, or on Any archive.
  • Added the option to have a URL of your choice when clicked on the background image (one for all images), or none.

Check the WP Supersized page for more details.