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Picasa Plugin


Picasa backup plugin only works with Backup4all.

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If you already have Backup4all, you can add the Picasa backup plugin below.

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Picasa is an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website.

About Picasa

Picasa include file importing and tracking features, as well as tags, facial recognition, and collections for further sorting. It also offers several basic photo editing functions, including color enhancement, red eye reduction, and cropping. Other features include slide shows, printing, and image timelines. Images can also be prepared for external use, such as for e-mailing or printing, by reducing file size and setting up page layouts. There is also integration with online photo printing services.
Picasa has a search bar that is always visible when viewing the library. Searches are live, so that displayed items are filtered as you type. The search bar will search filenames, captions, tags, folder names, and other metadata

How to backup and restore Picasa using Backup4all plugin

After you install and configure Picasa, its settings on another computer or to re-configure it after re-installing your system. This is where the plugin to back up Picasa is important as it will save you time.
Creating a backup job in Backup4all using the Picasa plugin, will allow you to back-up the application settings, albums, collages and registry entries.
In order to backup Picasa, you have to follow these steps:
  1. Download and install the backup plugin here: Picasa backup plugin
  2. After you installed the plugin in Backup4all, define a backup job and run it to back-up Picasa. If you don't know how to install the plugin and run the backup, read this article:
If you need to restore the Picasa files after a fresh system installation or on a different computer, follow these steps:
  1. Install Picasa and the Picasa plugin from here: Picasa backup plugin
  2. Open in Backup4all the .bkc catalog file from the destination.
  3. Press the Restore button and follow the wizard steps.

What information is backed up when using the Picasa plugin

The backup plugin mentioned above will add as backup sources the following information:
  • Settings: %localappdata%\Google\Picasa2
  • Albums: %localappdata%\Google\Picasa2Albums
  • Collages: C:\Users\%username%\Pictures\Picasa\
  • Registry:
    • HKCU\Software\Google\Picasa

Raw Plugin (XML) Code: Picasa.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<b4asource version="1.0">
  <!--Program unique ID (GUID)-->
  <!--Program name-->
  <!--Executable file path-->
  <exepath type="0"/>
  <!--Minimum and maximum versions for which the backup was tested-->
  <!--Information about the plugin author-->
    <email>[email protected]</email>
  <!--Variables used in the XML file-->
    <!--If type="reg" then the value will be read from the registry-->
    <variable name="path" type="reg">HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\My Pictures</variable>
    <variable name="varC5E1RSPJQJ007" type="reg">#path#\Picasa</variable>
  <!--The backup sources-->
    <source name="Registry" type="registry">
      <registry path="HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Picasa" recursive="true"/>
    <source name="Settings" type="folder">
    <source name="Albums" type="folder">
    <source name="Collages" type="folder">