Using a card reader with Google Picasa

 

news and overview

Adobe Photoshop Album has been replaced with Photoshop Express (Photoshop.com) which is how the bug reporting site, and the new photos place is AdobeRevel.com and is now for pay.

Using Google Picasa or Adobe Photoshop Album is by far the easiest way to get pictures off a card reader.

For future reference, the [windows-logo-flag-key] is the little flag key between the Ctrl key and the Alt key.windows-logo key or flag key

You should also know that your card reader makes cards show up as "removeable" drive letters (E:, F:, G:, H:, I:) within applications such as Photoshop, Picasa, or Windows Explorer.

the general rules when using memory cards to keep data in good condition

After you are done using the card, don't just unplug the card or it could corrupt the filesystem on the card. instead, click the usb plug green check usb-plug-green-check then disconnect the removabel drive:disconnect removable drive.

about memory card folder structure

DCIM
  +---+100NIKON (or 100PHOTO or 100whatever)
      +200MOVIE
      +300SOUND
EBOOK (optional)
MP3  (optional)

anything else that doesn'rt start with the 100, 200, or 300 you can probably cut and paste the directory. the device will probably recreate the folders for you. in fact, I have seen even the 100-300 directories and the DCIM folder recreated, but not the format, that has to be done separately.

usually memory cards are usable without formatting.

how long are memory cards good for?

industrial flash is good for 3 years of continuous nonstop use. I don't know about commercial flash.

If you have Google Picasa

If you want to get pictures from a card reader easily, the only software available for that is Google Picasa. However, it does not delete pictures off the card: you must do that with Windows Explorer.

Google Picasa is by far the easiest method of getting photos than using Windows Explorer, but it's horrible at deleting photos off the card. You should set the default picture storage folder by going into Tools|Options and click Browse at the bottom.
tools|options tools|options dialog tools|options browse
in this case, make sure it is set to "My Documents\My Pictures if you ever want to see your pictures again. Otherwise, it may move them off to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My pictures

When you put the card in the card reader, a windows pops up and tries to determine which application you should run to view/edit the pictures on the card with. Picasa shows up with the Import tab and an "Import" button, and if you click it, presents the dialog with thumbnails of your pictures and asks you what folder you want to download your photos into. after you give your folder a name and click OK, It then stores them on the hard disk.

After you are done using the card, don't just unplug the card or it could corrupt the filesystem on the card. instead, click the usb plug green check usb-plug-green-check then disconnect the removabel drive:disconnect removable drive.

Deleting the photos off the card after picasa (or whatever program) is done

if you want to delete those pictures off the card, you must do it with Windows Explorer. The fastest way to get Windows Explorer is to either do [windows-logo-flag-key]-E or Start|My Computer. Make sure the folders button is depressed.
folder button down
start by expanding the removeable drive containing the DCIM folder, and then delete everything under it.

Now you need to delete the photos off of the card that you copied. Go back to the folder on the card, and re-select the pictures you need to delete off the card which you just copied ( click on DCIM folder on left side, click on something in right side, do Ctrl-A and then hit the Delete key. a dialog will pop up asking if you are sure. just hit enter or click yes. ): OR you can do the following...
Left-click on the first picture or folder you want to select. hold down the shift key and left-click on the last picture you want to select as a range.
Either hit the Delete key, or right-click on one of the pictures/files you selected and pick Delete.
right-click, Delete
repeat the delete process on as many files/pictures as you feel is necessary, including unwanted photos.

 

CARD SAFETY?

I was told by a photographer that using Cut (Ctrl-X or Shift-Del) and Paste(Ctrl-V or Shift-Ins) was not a safe method of getting pictures off of the card - he lost pictures that way (his USB port may have been damaged by too much plugging and unplugging or bending and became flaky, I don't know).

I have had no problems on my near-permanently installed card reader. It's on a hub. However, I have also been careful to avoid placing my card near static, and washing machines aren't good for it either, and I don't keep plugging my USB devices in and out (messes up the port physically!).

That may have been what he was running into - a flaky port.

So if you have a flaky port, use a different port! If you want to save your precious computer USB ports, use a hub! USB hubs are cheap - computer ports cost you a whole new computer or possibly a replacement USB card.

After you are done using the card, don't just unplug the card or it could corrupt the filesystem on the card. instead, click the usb plug green check usb-plug-green-check then disconnect the removabel drive:disconnect removable drive.

Deleting Photos off a Card

(you can't do this on a cd-rom by the way, but you can on a cd-rw or dvd-rw). Go back to the folder on the card, and re-select the pictures you need to delete off the card which you just copied (If you used Copy instead of Cut or you used Picasa or you didn't Delete):

Left-click on the first picture you want to select. hold down the shift key and left-click on the last picture you want to select as a range.
Either hit the Delete key, or right-click on one of the pictures/files you selected and pick Delete.
right-click, Delete
repeat the delete process on as many files/pictures as you feel is necessary, including unwanted photos, videos, .wav files. If you can, leave the DCIM and other folders there.

open a picture in favorite picure editor

Left-double-click on a photo to "Open" the picture in your picture editor. this will bring it up in teh default viewer/editor (depending on how your software is set up).

if that's not your favorite picture editor and you have multiple of them installed, start your favorite picture editor, choose File, Open, browse to your picture file(s), select and open them.

Windows XP/Vista: Rotating a picture

browse in the left side to the folder that has the pictures (like the new one you created).
click on that folder so its contents appear in the right side.
from the menu, do View|Filmstrip if you aren't already in that mode (where you get to see a larger view of pictures and there are 2 small green triangular rotate buttons, or you can right-click on the photo and pick Rotate Clockwise or Rotate Counter-Clockwise).
left-click on the photo you want to rotate on the right side at the bottom.
click one of the green rotate buttons under the bigger image to rotate clockwise or counterclockwise (think analog clocks/watches that have hands. Think of the direction the hands move).
rotate
you can also right click on an image and pick Rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise.
right-click, rotate

Congratulations. If you understood things so far, you now know how to shuffle files around on your computer. There are a lot of people who don't know how to do that. And you know how to get files off of a picture cd-rom even if it is giving you errors when you insert the cd-rom (ignore the errors). you can get your pictures anyway.