Installing Picasa Photo Viewer on Ubuntu 12.04
The image viewer bundled with Picasa is unparalleled in quality. It’s fast and fluid. It uses a full-screen lightbox for display. It can handle absolutely huge images. The stock image viewers in Ubuntu don’t even compare.
But luckily, the Picasa image viewer runs well under WINE and can be set up on Ubuntu rather easily!
Step 1: download Picasa
You’ll be informed Picasa is “not available for your operating system”, but
View Source on that page and you’ll find the download link for the Windows version.
Step 2: install Picasa via WINE
Step 3: create a launcher script
#!/bin/bash wine "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\\Picasa3\\PicasaPhotoViewer.exe" "$1" 2> /dev/null
Save this script as
/usr/local/bin/picasa-view. (remember to make it executable)
You can now use the Picasa image viewer via command line as
Step 4: create a desktop launcher
[Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=Picasa Image Viewer MimeType=image/png; image/jpeg; image/tiff Exec=picasa-view %f Terminal=false Icon=388A_PicasaPhotoViewer.0
Step 5: set as the default handler for images
You can do this by going to the
Properties dialog on one file of each relevant image type and then mucking with the
Open with tab.
But this is cumbersome, and there’s a bug in Ubuntu 12.04 which makes this dialog crash entirely on TIF files.
Here’s an easier method: edit
~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list to add:
image/jpeg=picasa-viewer.desktop image/png=picasa-viewer.desktop image/tiff=picasa-viewer.desktop
[Default Applications] header.
You’re done! The Picasa viewer should now be your desktop environment’s default image viewer (for the above image types).
- Note that Picasa viewer doesn’t support animated GIFs, so stick with a different viewer for those.
Picasa viewer can browse through directories of images, but it can get confused on ordering. Run:
inside the image directory to fix it.
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