Picasa

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
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Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 1559 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.9.138 Build 151
  • Total Downloads:
    5,239,283
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 18, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    14.27MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,171
  • Platform:
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Picasa is a photo editing and management program that also lets you take advantage of Google+ integration to back up your photos automatically. With a nice array of editing functions and other features, this program is a good photo management alternative for users of varying experience levels.

Pros

Automatic backup: Through this app, you can automatically back up all of your photos to Google+. All you have to do is log in with your Google account, and the backup will run in the background. Any new photos added will be automatically backed up as well, but none of these files will be public unless you choose to make them that way. If you do want to share any photos, though, having them in Google+ already makes it much more convenient to share them.

Editing tools: This app contains a nice set of editing tools that allows you to crop and straighten images, eliminate redeye, add contrast, and apply all kinds of filters. Many of the editing tools come with sliders to control the intensity of the effect they deliver, giving you the ability to find just the right balance for each image.

Cons

Import options: When you first open the app, it asks you whether you want to search only select preset folders and locations for photos to import or if you want to search your entire computer. While this is convenient when you want to add all of the photos on your computer to the app, it's not helpful if you only want to selectively add files to edit. You can't, for example, choose individual images or only certain custom folders, as the program selects the preset folders for you, and there's no way to stop the automatic import once it starts.

Bottom Line

Picasa is a capable photo editing program with a nice set of additional features, including Google+ integration. It doesn't contain the types of advanced editing tools that power users may be looking for, but casual and novice users will likely find all they need through its intuitive interface. It is free to download and use and includes 1GB of storage for no additional charge.

 
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4 stars

"I have concerns about what is in Download.com downloads"

August 13, 2014  |  By sickbirds

 |  Version: Picasa 3.9.138 Build 150

Pros

I have used Picasa for years and think it is very good.

Cons

Picasa is very good but I would recommend downloading directly from Google.
As another reviewer mentioned I am no longer sure what is included in a Download.com downloads. Took me some time to clean out the potentially harmful malware after my last download, and it will be my last until they clean up their act.

Summary

Always be careful where you download from and what else is included as either opt in or opt out or hidden.

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3 stars

"watch out for included spam downloads"

March 16, 2014  |  By jfloydo

 |  Version: Picasa 3.9.137 Build 118

Pros

Simple but fairly complete photo editing software

Cons

You have to read every single thing it prompts you for while downloading so you don't get hit with a virus/bug/trojan/etc. Even so there are things you are given the may as well be virus's. You have to go to your program dirs and check for spam programs ASAP to stop the madness.

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2 stars

"OUT OF CONTRO"

February 02, 2014  |  By rjmastrianni

 |  Version: Picasa 3.9.137 Build 81

Pros

I wouldn't know of any, as son as I opened it went into spastic auto uploading mode that would not stop. I have thousands of picture in several organized Albums. I only wanted to upload videos and I had no way of stopping the program from just uploading every image file it came across.

Cons

You cannot stop it once it begins to load for the first time. NOT GOOD FOR LARGE PHOTO ALBUMS. I pay for a Photobucket account instead. I was tired of Facebook's poor organization.

Summary

If you have a small amount of photos it might work fine. It is fast but you have little control. I safely deleted it from my computer after a short 20 minute ordeal. I hope nothing got deleted. I have no idea where t stored the thumbnails it creates to view the photos unless it just uses links to the original.

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4 stars

"Organized.Not always an option on sites.Can be complex."

December 19, 2013  |  By options1

 |  Version: Picasa 3.9.137 Build 69

Pros

-organized folders: folders, albums, etc.
-syncs online photos
-can add analytic to pictures
-shared links
-attached to Google+ and Dropbox
-can upload pictures and make YouTube video right there and then
-can manipulate photos to add/delete or create new
-free
-SEO Google friendly and supported-rewarded
-works with image searches using Google (maybe Bing and Yahoo too)

Cons

-not as easy to sync desktop folders/online albums
-confusing
-must work well with Google+
-changes versions
-not always clear-takes long time to understand elements/benefits
-no good editor (old one wasn't great)
-poor "tools" in terms of collages and slideshows
-doesn't pull tags or similar photos/themes without specific direction, so you have to know ahead each picture goes where even when related
-folders not always easy to find
-not always preferred photo imaging program, so for instance, Yahoo pushes Flickr. If not preferred by site, not sure how to integrate
-could use higher quality tools to really make the photos "pop"

Summary

I have been using Picasa for many years. I am the first to admit, I have never taken the time to learn all the pros/cons of program like most I use. But since I have continued to use it and recommend to clients, I feel strongly it's an overall positive and helpful program especially with it's connection to Google and Google+. There are features I'd like to see, like editor, more tools, easier desktop/online sync, storage for links used often such as gallery for clients. Not so many little specifics, etc. BUT, I have always found Picasa THERE for me no matter how long it's been since I was there last. I also enjoy using the online sync feature when developing my photos at CVS (not Walgreens). It's free; it's convenient; it's good for my business of organic SEO and online marketing for small businesses because it helps me build consistent reputations and business image by really connecting content and images. Comments on pictures can be used to tie in with clients blogs and RSS, and the YouTube video though simple (can do lots more with other programs), for a clean, simple and fast decent product to hit the internet--important for most of my small, contractor-type clients who want nothing to do with online "junk", and so I can make it fast, simple and pump up the analytic and tracking so they see results. I truly believe with as much success as I've had with this product, given some actual "learning" time-meaning reading each section, etc., I could make this program a powerful tool-even more than now for clients which I intend to do. Have been using other programs, some using for many years such as Flickr. While a couple are great and I'll use as needed, I plan (at this time) to make Picasa my number one choice and recommendation for clients and consumers who follow my "best" lists for apps, programs and companies. Hope for more updates soon, esp. the editing!! Thank you. Diana Smith, Website Designs by Diana, Simple SEO Websites and SEO Powered WEbsites-all organic based.

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1 stars

"Picasa silently and unrecoverably destroys photos"

December 15, 2013  |  By Michel Merlin

 |  Version: Picasa 3.9.137 Build 69

Pros

Picasa performs many spectacular, well done and very useful actions, one wonderful (Face recognition)

Cons

Picasa "corrects", but wrongly, ALL photos it finds on your HD or connected device (SD card, ext HD), WITHOUT ASKING OR TELLING

Summary

A catastrophic bug in Picasa silently and unrecoverably destroys your photos
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I uninstalled Picasa in 2010 after being hit by a scary action that Picasa was doing silently in the background and without my knowledge.

By http://www.google.com/search?q=Picasa+corrupting+photos you will find a few others badly hurt by the same flaw or a very similar one; but those results are apparently severely "cleaned" so the reality is probably much bigger. The best detailed explanation I found was posted by "Uncle Code Monkey" in http://www.blackmoonit.com/2010/10/sometimes-picasa-3-will-corrupt-my on 01 Oct 2010, of which hereafter is a presentation and resume.

Apparently around the update that brought the (wonderful) face recognition, Picasa also added a catastrophic bug: when applying to a JPG file some changes theoretically benign but implying updates to its EXIF data (like adding a caption, rotating the picture, etc), Picasa adds or rewrites these EXIF data in the JPG file in the wrong place or way or length, causing VAST RANGES of the OTHER data in the file to get no more found by the internal indexes of the file, or even displaced or partially overwritten. The result is a grave corruption, e.g. the entire photo or a large vertical or horizontal stripe is replaced by an uniform one, most often gray. In my case, I had taken a photo of the writing on the horizontal face of a grave, so the camera was looking up to down; Picasa had decided to "correct" the orientation and did it the wrong way; when I tried to turn it the right way I got unexpected results, found that no other program could change or correct anything to it, so I retrieved the (unaffected) original from my SD card, and started to search Google for the issue.

Such corruption is almost impossible to correct: "Uncle Code Monkey" could, after a long and hard work, recover the most part of ONE photo, but this is unfeasible by regular users on a practical scale.

The corruption affecting the original JPG file, the photo remains corrupt and unrecoverable no matter what program is used (Picasa, Chrome, IE, Paint, IrfanView, etc).

Even worse, Picasa starts automatically and silently to "improve" ALL of your photos as soon as it can get to them, no matter on your HD or on a plugged SD card or other peripheral, and to not slow your PC, this is done in the background and in idle time. As a result, you may become aware of the problem long after it has occurred, so you may be unable to recover them through another backup (if you backed your photos or albums when they were already corrupt).

Now Google not only never admitted the bug, never replied to questions, never even mentioned it, but closed all the forum entries about it; so there is no hope at all for a cure from Google, hence what is left is only workarounds.

The only reliable workaround I found was to uninstall Picasa, which I did in 2010, and I never retried it since. I highly recommend the same to everyone.

Versailles, Sun 15 Dec 2013 16:46:10 +0100

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1 stars

"Doesn't handle large directories"

November 04, 2013  |  By Richardhg

 |  Version: Picasa 3.9.0 Build 136.20

Pros

Nice for small directories. If your camera fragments your directories based on the date you loaded the information to your PC, then it works well.

Cons

* Scary automatic upgrades for mobiles and PC's.

* 32 bit only, so it is usel;ess for big directories.

Unfortunately, with Google+, and Google's desperate attempts to get everything into the cloud, privacy is a real issue. Google changer their software without notification, and for no good reason, they mess with the user interface. So if you have private photographs ion your collection that you really don't want out there on the Internet, make sure you exclude those directories from Picasa's prying eyes, and auto-processing, or they may well end up on your Google+ page.

Picasa cannot process any directory larger than 4 Gigabytes, which is the limit of 32-bit addressing. At the time of writing, (November 2013) Picasa is not available as a 64-bit version (it installs as an x86 32-bit program. So any directory over 4 gigabytes, it will crash when viewing.

Summary

Just horribly managed. Google have learned nothing from the arrogance of other companies, and are opening a big doorway for another company to steal their thunder in picture/video processing. But the other players who could move into this area are hopelessly out to lunch. Microsoft sends me screaming into the night with their insanity, and the other established companies are not even in the running with their lack of awareness of the opportunities.

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5 stars

"Great Program"

October 10, 2013  |  By flhtci95th

 |  Version: Picasa 3.9.0 Build 136.20

Pros

Versatile and easy to use.

Cons

Can't think of any

Summary

I don't use it daily, but when I do, I can get anything I need done with no problems

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3 stars

"Printer setup button quit working"

October 02, 2013  |  By nancjones

 |  Version: Picasa 3.9.0 Build 136.20

Pros

It organizes well and used to print any size I wanted.

Cons

All of a sudden the print setup button stopped working so I can't print a photo. Very frustrating and I am finding no fix. Reinstalled again but button still won't work.

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5 stars

"Works very well"

October 01, 2013  |  By Prof321

 |  Version: Picasa 3.9.0 Build 136.20

Pros

It's always been an excellent program, and to tell the truth, I can't see any differences between this version and earlier ones.

Cons

None that I can see.

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5 stars

"I love PICASA"

September 24, 2013  |  By suehorne

 |  Version: Picasa 3.9.0 Build 136.20

Pros

Does exactly what I want. Is user friendly. have used it for over 10 years.

Cons

none for me

Summary

thanks for making this available!

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What's new in version 3.9.138 Build 151
  • Proper display of Drive storage used when user has unlimited quota.
  • Save button in Picasa's OneUp mode not properly enabled for large (>500 photos) folders/albums.
  • Picasa was not properly refining images with pending edits in TwoUp (A|B) mode.
  • [Internal] Enhance AutoBackup upload to anticipate changes to API.
  • Fixed crash in AutoBackup for Windows that could occur while uploading very large files.
  • [Internal] Fixed a problem obtaining the correct version for crash reports.
  • Restore Picasa's automatic conversion to JPEG format on explicit export operations (including email).
  • Fix broken video uploads in Picasa (incorrect image format for thumbnails).
  • Increase maximum file size from 36MB to 50MB for AutoBackup.
  • Fix the Print Contact Sheet utility in Picasa to display Album date, not current date/time.
  • Fix Picasa's Save and Save As... operations were not preserving file extensions correctly.
  • Fix Picasa's text wrapping in some cases which would break on the decimal point of floating point values.
  • Prevent the ability to create folders with trailing spaces in their name during Picasa's Import utility.
  • [Internal] Add better diagnostics to logfile for AutoBackup.
  • Remove the unused Picasa option to Upload people album thumbnails to Google Contacts.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date August 18, 2014
Date Added August 18, 2014
Version 3.9.138 Build 151
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Media Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 14.27MB
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,239,283
Downloads Last Week 2,171
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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