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Picasa 3

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Picasa Web Albums is Google's Web photo-hosting service. Users get 1GB of free hosting, and images can be uploaded and manipulated using Picasa, Google's free desktop photo management application. Users who want additional storage can shell out up to $500 a year to bump up the hosted space to 400 times the size of the free hosting service.

Much like everything else Google, Picasa is exceptionally straightforward to use, with a tabbed interface offering three options--My Photos, Favorites, and Explore--the last of which lets you browse the public photo library. Next to the tabs, you'll find a prominent Upload button for adding photos to your albums, which you can set to various levels of privacy. Within your albums, you have the option to view a slideshow, share via e-mail, make a collage or movie, order prints, and edit various aspects.

We really like the integration between the desktop and Web application. Similar to .Mac and iPhoto, Picasa makes it really simple to take photos from your desktop and publish them online for others to see. We're also fans of the built-in geotagging that lets you set where photos were taken either by single photo, or by entire albums. It's a great way to browse photos if you feel like exploring.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 1,558 votes

    • 5 star: 701
    • 4 star: 637
    • 3 star: 120
    • 2 star: 45
    • 1 star: 55
  • Current version:

    4.4 stars

    out of 36 votes

    • 5 star: 17
    • 4 star: 17
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is a Godsend! 'The best things in life are free!""

    December 8, 2010  |   By Mancando

    Version: Picasa 3 3.8 build 117.24

    Pros

    It keeps improving every time, especially the self extraction of all pics from your disc/web albums.

    Cons

    None whatsoever.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "super great"

    December 7, 2010  |   By happygael

    Version: Picasa 3 3.8 build 117.24

    Pros

    everythnig

    Cons

    I cannot find fault with it.

    Summary

    I like everything about Picasa. I am having fun with it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best quick photo manager and work tracker out there."

    December 6, 2010  |   By FrankCarroll

    Version: Picasa 3 3.8 build 117.24

    Pros

    So useful. Captures, sorts, stores, makes editing easy, locates files on drives. This program is almost good enough to be the only one you'll ever need. More sophistication like www.forestphoto.com would be handy.

    Cons

    Cannot specify file size downloads, from originals to YouTube or whatever. Have to use preset defaults. Does not allow easy user manipulation of files for different uses like publication, PowerPoint, and so on.

    Summary

    Great! program and very useful for home use. Makes organization challenged dorks into photo filing super heroes. I highly recommend this product. It's important that it remain free software. Free means more users and more income from ads.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Easy to use, reduces quality."

    December 5, 2010  |   By spainach

    Version: Picasa 3 3.8 build 117.24

    Pros

    It is very easy to use with a variety -- although not as wide a selection as others like gimp and photoshop -- of tools.

    Cons

    It reduces quality of pictures noticeably but not significantly especially when placing text.

    Summary

    Ease for quality, it is definitely the easiest to use photo editor I've used. It is a good program for a free alternative, although bested by other photo editors in terms of available tools and preservation of image quality.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does everything I want, and free to boot."

    December 4, 2010  |   By Mooloolaba

    Version: Picasa 3 3.8 build 117.24

    Pros

    For me, it does all the tweaking I need and automatically sets folders, dates etc. Great.

    Cons

    None that I have encountered.

    Summary

    Recommend it to all - does the job well, is easy to use, resource friendly and free!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "New version with PicniK is Rubbish"

    December 4, 2010  |   By terry5844

    Version: Picasa 3 3.8 build 117.24

    Pros

    All the functions except 'Picnic'

    Cons

    'Picnik' does not work.This version is not as good as previous version

    Summary

    The addition of Picnik has completely over ridden my previous version so that I can no longer edit the text originally added to pictures, and I am unable to retrieve the previous version of Picassa. I used to be able to hide text and bring it back but can no longer do it - Picnik has over ridden this facility.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best program, I have 3 but always go back to Picasa"

    December 3, 2010  |   By brendeb

    Version: Picasa 3 3.8 build 117.24

    Pros

    Keeps me organized, easy to use, keeps on getting better and better.

    Cons

    When I edit the pics I wish it would just automatically save when done, unless I'm missing something, I have to go to file and save them every time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Sorts my pictures: love to use!!"

    December 3, 2010  |   By ditzydear

    Version: Picasa 3 3.8 build 117.24

    Pros

    It sorts by dates, it keeps me organized, I spent all this money on Coral, etc. and ened up with this. I added the cost of Picnik and now my pictures are fun and I enjoy planning photo books, etc.

    Cons

    I wish they would combine with Picnik so I could purchase both instead of paying for Picnik too. They duplicate the pictures too often and so I delete a lot.

    Summary

    For free, for fun and making my pics look great I thank you Google. I use it weekly. The sorting program could be easier because I want it more simple so I don't have to think about it so much. I would like to be able to sort and save easier. But I would not like to be without it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great product"

    December 3, 2010  |   By gasser9

    Version: Picasa 3 3.8 build 117.24

    Pros

    Easy & functional

    Cons

    Could have a little more editing capacity without going online

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  • 4.0 stars

    "works well for what it does"

    December 1, 2010  |   By imray3

    Version: Picasa 3 3.8 build 117.24

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    limited editing functions

    Summary

    good program prefer phtoshop elements for editing photos

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