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Picapy: Desktop ‘Picasa Web’ file browser for Ubuntu

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Managing your Picasa Web photos without opening a browser or installing Google’s Wine-friendly Picasa Photo editor is possible using Picapy – a python based file browser for Picasa Web albums.

Picapy works just like a file manager. Once logged in – for which you’re prompted on first run – you’re presented with a window displaying your Picasa Web albums. From here you can add, edit or delete folders to your choosing. To edit/remove more than one folder use CTRL+Click.

Entering a folder requires nothing more than double clicking on one. Inside your images are presented as thumbnails. As with folder view you can edit, arrange, add or delete photos as you see fit. Right-clicking on an image also gives you access to clipboard-copy features.

Double-clicking on an image opens it up for viewing in Picapy’s own basic image viewer: –

Frustratingly the image viewer is not able to ‘navigate’ by itself. You’ll need to manually click on each photo you wish to view.

To back out of a folder use the ‘^’ button present in the right-hand side.

To upload an image/images you need to first enter or create the folder in which the uploads will reside. Hit the ‘+’ button on the right-hand side and a file-browser window will open. Select the image (or multiple images using CTRL+Click) you want followed by ‘Upload’.


Picapy is available for Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04. To install via a terminal enter the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install picapy

Alternatively a source package is available @