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[How To] Improve The Look of Picasa In Ubuntu

Google’s photo-management come editor program ‘Picasa’ is a wonderful application for sorting and imporiving the appearance of your photos. Shame it looks lame in Ubuntu!

Thankfully you can do a few things to improve the look of Picasa, the first of which is sorting out that horrible menu bar.

Picasa Menu Bar Fix

Shut all instances of Picasa and then do the following: -

1. Open up your home folder
2. Hit CTRL+H to show hidden folders
3. Go to the .google directory
4. Enter Picasa > 3.0
5. Find the file called user.reg

6. right click and choose to open with gedit
7. Find the heading “[Control Panel\\Colors]” and paste the following UNDERNEATH it.

“ActiveBorder”=”234 229 224″
“ActiveTitle”=”188 121 79″
“AppWorkspace”=”128 128 128″
“Background”=”85 56 40″
“ButtonAlternateFace”=”181 181 181″
“ButtonDkShadow”=”92 92 92″
“ButtonFace”=”239 235 231″
“ButtonHilight”=”252 251 250″
“ButtonLight”=”241 239 226″
“ButtonShadow”=”219 211 203″
“ButtonText”=”0 0 0″
“GradientActiveTitle”=”188 121 79″
“GradientInActiveTitle”=”239 235 231″
“GrayText”=”181 179 172″
“Hilight”=”246 198 125″
“HilightText”=”0 0 2″
“HotTrackingColor”=”201 127 85″
“InActiveBorder”=”212 208 200″
“InActiveTitle”=”239 235 231″
“InActiveTitleText”=”83 82 80″
“InfoText”=”0 0 0″
“InfoWindow”=”255 241 190″
“Menu”=”232 232 232″
“MenuBar”=”188 121 79″
“MenuHilight”=”230 223 217″
“MenuText”=”0 0 0″
“Scrollbar”=”212 208 200″
“TitleText”=”255 255 255″
“Window”=”255 255 255″
“WindowFrame”=”0 0 0″
“WindowText”=”0 0 0″

8. Hit CTRL+S and then restart Picasa.

Change fonts

Picasa will better match your desktop if you choose your current desktop font to be used in its menus.

1. Go to Applications > Graphics > Picasa > Picasa Font Settings
2. Choose the “Menu Font” tab
3. Select your current desktop font and click ok.

Fix the squishy sign in text

I couldn’t get this fix to work for me but it has worked for some.

1. Open up user.reg again (see above)
2. Search for the header that reads  “[Software\\Wine\\Fonts\\Replacements]”
3. Change “Tahoma”=”DejaVu Sans” to “Tahoma”=”Bitstream Vera Sans”

Finally…

None of these “fixes” are perfect, but they do greatly improve Picasa’s appearance.

Thanks to azza85