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Installing Picasa



By: DamianMyerscough

March 28, 2008 4:05 pm

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Google Picasa

In this article we are going to look at installing Google’s Picasa on OpenSUSE 10.3 “Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your computer. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.” (Google, 2008).

Installation

The first step that you will need to do is download Picasa for Linux from Google’s website [1]. Once Google’s download page appears you should download the RPM (Redhat Package Management) package which Google has provided, this helps speed the installation process up. In this article we are going to be installing Picasa 2.2, it is also possible to download and install Picasa 2.7 beta which is much more feature rich however this version is still in beta.

Once you have downloaded the Picasa RPM package from Google’s website [1] you can issue the “rpm” command as shown in Figure 1 to begin the installation.

linux-7q52:/media/disk # rpm -Uhv picasa-2.2.2820-5.i386.rpm
warning: picasa-2.2.2820-5.i386.rpm: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 7fac 5991
Preparing...                ########################################### [100%]
   1:picasa                 ########################################### [100%]

Figure 1: Installing the latest version of Picasa.

Once you have installed Picasa you can issue the command “picasa” as shown in Figure 1.2 to start the Picasa program.

linux-u123l:/home/damian # picassa

Figure 1.2: Starting Picasa.

Once you have issued the “picasa” command you will be prompted with a license agreement form, which I assume you will agree to. Once Picasa has started you will be asked if you want to “Completely scan my machine” or “Only scan the Desktop” as shown in Figure 1.3.

Click to view.

Figure 1.3: Scanning options.

I selected to scan the whole machine just for this example but I recommend that you only scan you’re desktop because Picasa will end up scanning all the pictures that are on OpenSUSE 10.3 which can be a little time consuming.

Picasa editing photos

Once Picasa has found you’re pictures and they have been loaded into Picasa you can begin editing your photos simply by double clicking on the image as shown in Figure 2.

Click to view.

Figure 2: Editing your photographs

Once you have finished editing your photo you can simply click “Back To Library” in the top left corner of the screen.

Final Thoughts

Google’s Picasa program is an excellent little utility for managing, editing and sharing you’re pictures with your friends and family. I would strongly recommend you have a look at Google’s Picasa and the latest beta version which has even more features such as “Uploading of pictures”, “Better RAW support” and much more.

References

[1] http://picasa.google.com/linux/

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