Bug 217991 - Support to import albums from Picasa
Summary: Support to import albums from Picasa
Alias: None
Product: digikam
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Database-Engine (show other bugs)
Version: 1.0.0
Platform: Compiled Sources Linux
: NOR wishlist with 183 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Digikam Developers
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-12-09 14:24 UTC by sneumann
Modified: 2021-03-09 05:51 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Description sneumann 2009-12-09 14:24:14 UTC
Version:            (using Devel)
OS:                Linux
Installed from:    Compiled sources


For people willing to migrate from Picasa, DigiKam should (at least)
import the album definitions. Picasa has those *.pal files,
which hold some XML about the albums and pictures, see below for an example.


 <property name="name" type="string" value="Order200709"/>
 <property name="token" type="string" value="]album:00c...999ef"/>
 <property name="category" type="num" value="0"/>
 <property name="date" type="real64" value="39325.901100"/>
 <property name="unread" type="flag" value="0"/>
 <property name="uid" type="string" value="00caa...0999ef"/>
Comment 1 paull 2011-01-06 07:44:37 UTC
wish I could add my votes to this feature request, but can't find a button to do this...
Comment 2 Randy Orrison 2012-03-08 17:00:06 UTC
Voting is in the header where it says "Importance: NOR wishlist with 20 votes (vote)"

This should also recognize Picasa's originals and create version stacks.
Comment 3 Brice Arnould 2012-07-16 21:42:40 UTC
*** This bug has been confirmed by popular vote. ***
Comment 4 Adrien Cordonnier 2013-03-13 14:28:29 UTC
According to [1], Picasa album information is in .picasa.ini files starting from Picasa 3.9. [2] also gives the former filename for Windows: picasa.ini. 

A description of Picasa .ini file format can be found in [3] for Picasa 3.8.0.

A similar bug report exists for Shotwell [4].

PicFace is an open source program which write Picasa information inside picture files [5]. A page from its wiki explains what the face data structure read from .picasa.ini files and from contacts.xml.

[1] http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/picasa/blgOSwVHc5Y
[2] http://support.google.com/picasa/answer/11257?hl=en&uls=en
[3] https://gist.github.com/fbuchinger/1073823
[4] http://redmine.yorba.org/issues/1930
[5] https://code.google.com/p/picface/
[6] https://code.google.com/p/picface/wiki/PicasaSpecialities
Comment 5 Justin Zobel 2021-03-09 05:51:17 UTC
Thank you for the bug report.

As this report hasn't seen any changes in 5 years or more, we ask if you can please confirm that the issue still persists.

If this bug is no longer persisting or relevant please change the status to resolved.