Before the rush

Before the rush
by evan-pak

Submit your Photo
Hall of Fame

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

Photography Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional, enthusiast and amateur photographers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm running Ubuntu (Lucid) and have installed Google Picasa using the Synaptic Package Manager. The current version of Picasa for Linux is 3.0.0 Build 57.4402.

Currently, it renders my RAW images as thin pink rectangles. Is there any way I can get Picasa to handle my RAW files? I know my RAW format is supported in the current Windows version. screenshot

share|improve this question
I dunno, I think the pink rectangles are a perfectly valid artistic choice. ;) – Reid Jul 29 '10 at 17:53
up vote 1 down vote accepted

That behavior is pretty typical for Picasa when it doesn't support a given format correctly (older releases had similar behavior with Nikon NEF files, and new Canon RAW formats as they are released):

If the windows version is working for you, I'd suspect it's simply because the Linux release is quite out of date (the version you posted is the most recent release for Linux, as of the time I'm writing this). As chills42 mentioned, you might try running the most recent Windows release on Wine, or look into native alternatives like Rawstudio, Shotwell, or F-Spot.

share|improve this answer

The Linux version is only a beta, and google seems to have discontinued updates.

It looks like some people in the picasa for linux user group are having a better time using the windows version installed through wine.

share|improve this answer
The version provided by Google also uses wine. There is no current native implementation for Linux yet. And there won't be for a long time... – tomm89 Oct 27 '10 at 17:06

Assuming it doesn't, based on the images, you could pre-process your images with something like DCRaw (which does support the 7D and about 400 other cameras) into either 8-bit or 16-bit images (depending on whether or not you want to keep the full 14-bits of info from your 7D).

With the -T option, DCRaw will generate a 16-bit TIFF with metadta. Otherwise I believe it makes 8-bit JPEGs.

[2]: DCRaw FAQ

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.