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  1. #1
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    Jan 2009

    picasa photo viewer

    i'm trying to install picasa and it's photo viewer that someone ported into linux. it's found here.

    i installed the latest linux picasa from, which installed and worked fine. then i downloaded and installed the above link's deb file (Picasa Photo Viewer (Updated to 1.0.2 Requires Picasa 3). when i attempt to open a picture via the photo viewer, nothing happens. otherwise, picasa works fine. please help.
    Last edited by excbuntu; February 27th, 2009 at 10:54 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Decatur, GA
    Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

    Re: picasa photo viewer

    Can you start the photoviewer in the command line interface? Sometimes that will generate error messages you may not see in the GUI, especially if it's a custom program like this one.
    yeats - Ubuntu 13.04

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009

    Re: picasa photo viewer

    I found this post while looking for solutions for the same problem described by chrissharp123.

    I tried to launch PicasaPhotoViewer from the terminal, even before I read your advice. The error is the following:

    run-detectors: unable to find an interpreter for

    I am not an expert, but it seems that it cannot launch the picasa-flavoured wine instance properly. This is strange, as the script (correctly?) calls the wine wrapper available in the Picasa folder.


  4. #4
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    Mar 2009

    Red face Re: picasa photo viewer

    Update: I was almost ready to hit the bed, when I had a suspect. I installed WineHQ onto my system and tried again with the picasa photo viewer.
    Now the program opens fine, so I think that the previous problem was due to some missing dlls in the vanilla-wine provided with Picasa. Nevertheless, now it doesn't seem to recognise the path for my pictures (it always show some sample pictures from the picasa installation folder).

    When run from the terminal, the error now is:

    "errle:apartment_getclassobject DllGetClassObject returned error 0x80040111
    errle:create_server class {9ba05972-f6a8-11cf-a442-00a0c90a8f39} not registered
    fixmele:CoGetClassObject CLSCTX_REMOTE_SERVER not supported
    errle:CoGetClassObject no class object {9ba05972-f6a8-11cf-a442-00a0c90a8f39} could be created for context 0x17" ...

  5. #5
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    Jul 2007

    Re: picasa photo viewer

    Hi starlex et al,

    no additional wine installation is needed! Please find a debian package of Picasa Photo Viewer at


    Last edited by caiacoa; June 19th, 2009 at 09:32 AM.

  6. #6
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    Jun 2008

    Re: picasa photo viewer

    Quote Originally Posted by caiacoa View Post
    [...]Please find a debian package of Picasa Photo Viewer at
    Is there any solution to make it start faster? It takes a while to start the viewer after clicking on image.

  7. #7
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    Feb 2010

    Lightbulb Re: picasa photo viewer

    For the many of us who dual boot (like myself), if Picasa is already installed in windows, you can associate image files in Ubuntu with PicasaPhotoViewer.exe and it will run natively (with wine installed).

    Prereqs: Install wine

    1. Right Click an image file (.png, .jpg, ...)
    2. Open With > Other Application
    3. > Use Other Command
    4. Enter one of the following:

    '/media/[nameOfWindowsPartion]/Program Files (x86)/Google/Picasa3/PicasaPhotoViewer.exe' (64bit Windows)
    - or -
    '/media/[nameOfWindowsPartion]/Program Files/Google/Picasa3/PicasaPhotoViewer.exe' (32bit Windows)

    In my case, I run 64-bit windows, my partition is labeled 'Win7'

    '/media/Win7/Program Files (x86)/Google/Picasa3/PicasaPhotoViewer.exe'

    If you do not mount your windows partition automagically after logging into Linux/Ubuntu, you will have to mount the partition before you can view image files.

    Point in case, this solution is for those who:
    a.) dual boot,
    b.) always mount his/her partition at system start,
    c.) really love picasa-photo-viewer.

    Hope this helps! And BTW, thanks @caiacoa for the linux port!


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