The package contain the portable launcher, JauntePE library and an easy portable setup procedure.
There are two portable launchers, one will launch the Picasa and the other one will launch Picasa Photo View. In this portable version, it carry a "portable My Document" which is named as Documents. Picasa 3 will always scan this folder to find the pictures and will be used it to save any project work.
Note 1: Picasa Photo View will only work if the launcher is associated to the image file using any portable assosiation such as CAFE, JauntePE ShellDocApp plugin, or Xenon File Manager. It does not show up if it was run just by itself and the process need to be close in Task Manager
Note 2:We are lucky this time. The installer and the Picasa 3 can also be run in 32bit Vista without any break in JauntePE redirection. I guess Google already pack them with some packer beside UPX
How to Setup Picasa portable
- Download the Picasa installer. Make sure the name is picasa3-setup.exe. If not, rename it to picasa3-setup.exe after the download has finished
- Put the picasa3-setup.exe into the Setup folder. Run run-me.bat
Several known issues in this portable version.
Issue: In the Picasa, right click picture > Locate on Disk feature will not work.
Reason: Picasa 3 portable send the picture location path to explorer.exe. The path is actually a virtual path and only exist in virtual environment. In typical circumstances, Windows operating systems allow you to run one instance of explorer.exe. This makes it difficult to launch it inside the virtual environment. As a result, non-virtual running explorer.exe can't identify the virtual path correctly.
Issue: When try to use Picasa screensaver feature, it give error "The screensaver hasn't been installed."
Reason: During the setup Picasa portable, run-me.bat will remove picasa screensaver on purpose for 2 reason. First, the screensaver feature is not useful in portable mode where the environment always change from pc to other pc. The second reason is that JauntePE can't redirect registry changes when Picasa use Display applet (desk.cpl) to set up the screensaver. Thus, preventive step is better in this case to avoid any possible registry leakage.
Picasa3 Portable Launcher[JPE].zip (462.11 KB)
edit:added info about Documents folder and Vista support