Picasa

Picasa Free

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Video tutorial & screenshots

  • Viewing two different images
  • Heat Map
  • HRD-ish
  • Editing your text
  • General view
  • Main screen 2
  • Main screen
  • Available easy-to-apply effects
  • Creating a Geo Tag

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Marisa Therezza Senior editor

Picasa is a nice application designed to simplify the way you manage photos on your computer. With this tool, you can easily view, edit and organize your pictures however you like. Picasa has been recently updated and a variety of editing effects have been offered. Making use of this particular program, you're still likely to enjoy Basic Fixes options. Among them, you'll see such functions like cropping, editing in Picnik and retouching. The special mention is related to Sliders in the Tuning tab that assist you in changing colors and shades in your photo. As you know, there's 12 Basic Effects to enhance the picture: for instance, sharpen, saturation or graduated Tint.

In order to sophisticate the photo, employ Advanced effects: such fresh functions as Infrared film, 1960's, Posterize, Duo-Tone, etc. Also in this version, you're able to invert colors and cross the process. So you see that it is a feature-rich application. Don't be afraid to undertake an experiment on your photo as Picasa keeps photos in its original form even if you make up your mind to save changes. I find it pretty convenient that you can preview the results of applying effects to choose the most exited ones. The program allows for comparing different edits on the same or distinguished photos. That's the business of side-by-side editing. Sharing photos to Google+ is the most long expected option Picasa offers. It should be noted that this feature is available even for users who haven't joined Google yet. Keep in mind that you're able to upload pictures in a private way, as well. Furthermore, you can tag people who are in the photo and share them nearly with the whole world.

In short, Picasa deserves your attention if there's a need of a rich palette to exert substantial effects on your pictures that later can be shared to Google+.

Pros

  • Applying a rich palette of effects.
  • Sharing photos to Google+.
  • Tagging people in the picture.
  • Searching photos by their names.
  • Editing side-by-side.

Cons

  • The user interface is not too demonstrative.
  • It takes time to understand how the app works.
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What's new in version 3.9

1.Added ability to upload to Google : share with circles, post pictures to your stream, and upload images at original size.
2.Social Tagging: name tag people in your Google circles and notify them via G .
3.New photo editing effects, including:
Infrared;
Lomo-ish;
Holga-ish;
HDR-ish;
Cinemascope;
Orton-ish;
Sixties;
Invert Colors;
Heat Map;
Nightvision;
Cross Process;
Posterize;
Duo-Tone;
Boost;
Soften;
Vignette/Matte;
Pixelate/Focal Pixelate;
Focal Zoom;
Pencil Sketch;
Neon;
Comic Book;
Border;
Rounded Edges;
Drop Shadow;
Museum Matte;
Polaroid;
4.Side by side editing: compare two pictures side-by-side, or compare different edits on the same picture.
5.Updated RAW support for pictures from newer cameras.
6.Support for WebP files.
7.On the Tools > Experimental menu, we've added support for migrating your database to another local drive.
8.Improvements to Face Movie maker: number of photos included, chronological ordering.
9.Sync now uploads unshared albums privately.
10.Improved restoring of virtual albums when you uninstall and reinstall, or move to a new computer. Album data is written to the picasa.ini file now, along with all of your other edits.
11.OAuth support: use 2-factor accounts without getting an application-specific password.
12.Fixed various crashes.
13.Fixed name tags and contacts issues.

What's new in version 3.8

Picasa has made it easier to organize your photos without opening your browser. Apply Picnik’s photo-editing awesomeness to your photo and save it back to Picasa. Then make a Face Movie out of your portraits. In this new version, you'll also find an amped up properties panel and a new Batch upload option so you can upload your entire photo collection.
Face Movie--You might be in charge of making a slideshow for a birthday party or wedding. Maybe you have only have two days and all you have is a bunch of group photos. Don’t panic. With the new Face Movie, you can quickly create a slideshow featuring that special someone, centered around that special someone, complete with transitions, music and captions.
Batch Upload -- Manage and organize your photos -- We've improved the the upload feature so that you can upload multiple albums to Picasa Web Albums at the same time. You can also remove albums, change upload size, visibility, or the sync state of photos that are already online on Picasa Web Albums.
Edit in Picnik -- Apply Picnik magic to your photo by selecting Edit in Picnik from the Basic Effects tab. Picnik is an easy and powerful photo-editor that allows you to edit photos easily, share them and save them back to Picasa Web Albums, right in your browser.

What's new in version 3.6

Picasa 3.6 has improved name tags, a feature based on the same technology that powers name tags on Picasa Web Albums. With name tags, you can organize your photos based on what matters most: the people in them. In this new version, you can also upload photos to your friends' collaborative albums, more easily geotag photos using Google Maps, and import photos from your camera and upload them to Picasa Web Albums in one step. Get started by downloading Picasa at http://picasa.google.com

Add name tags -- Picasa scans all the photos in your collection, identifies the ones with faces, and groups photos with similar faces together. It's easy to add name tags to dozens of photos at once by clicking "Add a name" below a photo and typing the person's name. Once you've tagged some pictures, you can make a face collage with one click, easily find all your pictures with the same two people in them, or upload your name tags to Picasa Web Albums.

Collaborative albums -- Upload from Picasa -- In August 2009, we introduced collaborative albums in Picasa Web Albums. Now you can upload to a friend's album directly from the Picasa software.

Geotag your photos with Google Maps -- Quickly add geotags using the newly integrated Google Maps. Click the Places button and drag your photos to the location where you took them. Of course, you can still use Google Earth to tag or view photos if you prefer.

Import, upload, and share, all at once -- We've improved the import process so that you can star your favorites, upload to Picasa Web Albums, and share with Google contact groups at the same time.

Tags -- Better bulk tagging, quick tags & tag counts -- We've improved the tagging experience. Just click the new Tags button on the right side of the Photo tray to add Quick tags , see tag counts for groups of images, and manage tags more easily.
 

Publisher's description

Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great.
Sharing your best photos with friends and family is as easy as pressing a button!

Latest comments

  All comments (131)
  • 3
    Guest 28 days ago

    I have been using this software for the last five years. It's too easy if compared to other.

  • 3
    Nigel Fitt Last month

    I have been using Picasa for years. It is easy to use.

  • 6
    Guest Last month

    It's the best programme all over the world.


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