We’ll it’s not like I couldn’t use it, but if I lost connectivity my local database went away. All my albums and thumbs were gone and I had to rebuild it.
This happened enough because I was either disconnected, switched to a WiFi Network, or left the house with Picasa still open. All while inadvertent completely messed up my photo libraries. So How did I solve it?
From the command line with Git. (Git is a versioning control software). Steps:
- Find the Picasa Internal Database Location. (Usually in c:\Users\username\AppData\local\Picasa?? or /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Google/Picasa3)
- Go to this directory after git is installed and type:
git init . git add . git commit -m 'adding picas to master' git checkout -b nas
The last line creates a branch called ‘nas’, which allows you to create multiple Picasa databases by just switching branches.
Now I did a test I disconnected my NAS folder restarted Picasa and everything went away. I closed down Picasa, did a ‘git reset –hard’, started Picasa, and everything was back the way it should be.
The only downside is that your git repository takes up about 70% the space as your Picasa library folder, but it still beats storing your photos locally.