Hacking Picasa

I like the Picasa software primarily for its album feature. The albums I created are stored as meta data in the Picasa database and are not physical copies of the photos, therefore, they are more efficient in terms of data storage.

However, what happens if you choose to move your photos to another location. Hey, I know! Because I found out the hard way. You lose all you albums.

Well, I managed to find a backup copy of some Picasa system files (called .pal files). Those files contain the list of photos that belong to different albums.

So I thought there’s gotta be a way to hack Picasa so that I could create albums using my own meta data. I created a test album and used the backup feature in Picasa to dump the album settings into an ISO file. I then mounted the ISO file in Kubuntu:

sudo mount CD0.iso /cdrom -t iso9660 -o loop

After I opened the ISO, I found that files.txt in the ISO root contained a list of files for the album. The lines are like this:

\[Z]\mnt\xpdata\Documents and Settings\3po\My Documents\My Pictures\Test\Picasa.ini
ft,3eabbb00,1c8fc34,3eabbb00,1c8fc34

3eabbb00,1c8fc34,3eabbb00,1c8fc34 are Hex codes. Different Hex codes are appended to each line in the file. I don’t know what they mean or how I could crack them. Therefore, so far, no dice on how to hack the Picasa albums.

I wonder if there’s a way to hack into the Picasa db…