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Why can't I open my pictures in Apple Photos?

Apple iMacs

Episode 1539

Gary from Scottsdale, AZ

Gary has an iMac, and there's a large percentage of JPGs he can't preview. What is that all about? Leo says if the dimensions read "0" by "0", then the Mac thinks that the files are damaged and need to be repaired, even though Gary can read them on a PC. He should try opening them in Preview first. If he can read them there, then he can export them. Gary can also open them in Picasa, and so Leo suggests exporting them out from there. That can fix them and the Mac apps should be able to open them from there.

How can I burn an old video to DVD from Picasa?

Episode 1306

Richard from West LA, CA

Richard made a video a few years ago that he uploaded to Picasa. He has tried to burn it onto DVD and all he gets is a still image for the entire DVD. He tried to duplicate the DVD with Handbrake but he couldn't download it. Leo says to be sure to get Handbrake directly from Handbrake.FR. He'll also need VideoLan Media Client. They both work together to create the DVD.

Is there an alternative to Apple Photos?

Apple Photos

Episode 1240

Chris from Miami, FL

Chris liked Apple's iPhoto, but he doesn't care for Photos. Leo says that Apple has tried to fix something that wasn't broken. There are alternatives including Adobe Lightroom, but Chris doesn't want to pay $20 a month to use that. Leo says that there's a lot of good reasons to use Lightroom including being able to sync with his iPad. It's what Apple Photos should be. But for some reason, Apple just doesn't really get cloud based apps like they should.

Is there an app for Windows that would allow me to put text on photos?

Episode 1160

Julian from Orange County, CA

Julian would like an app for Windows that allows him to put text on pictures. Leo recommends Google's Picasa. It's free, and it'll let him put text on his pictures, but also GeoTag each one so he can organize them on a map. Another option is GetPaint.net, a free and simple replacement for Microsoft's own Paint program.

How can I authenticate Google Picasa with Chrome?

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Episode 1116

Steve from Hermosa Beach, CA

Steve upgraded Picasa to 3.9, but he can't authenticate it. It says it needs Internet Explorer to do it. Steve can't upgrade beyond Internet Explorer 8, either, because Windows XP won't support it. Leo thinks it uses the default browser to authenticate, which happens to be Internet Explorer in Steve's case. The way Google does authentication is that it goes out to a browser where you'd log into your Google account. The browser then gives you a chance to authorize, then it gives that application a token that it's been authorized.

How can I organize scanned photos?

Episode 1084

Bernie from Colorado

Bernie is scanning slides into his computer and wants to organize them in groups. Leo says that the best way is to create an album first. Then scan them into that album. Picasa will let him do that, as will iPhoto. He can rename all the files, but that's a bit complicated. Picasa does have a batch file name utility, then he could sort by that. For iPhoto, he can create an album that will allow it to stay in order. Then he can reorder them within that album.