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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.


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.


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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5 stars

"Was best imaging software out there - now discontinued"

May 22, 2016  |  By jim63135

2016-05-22 14:21:15  |  By jim63135

 |  Version: Picasa


Excellent in every way. It DEEPLY SADDENS ME that Google discontinued it. Nothing else out there even matters.


didn't play gif files


Excellent in every way. It DEEPLY SADDENS ME that Google discontinued it. Nothing else out there even matters.

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5 stars

"Fast and easy Photo editing and organizing"

February 16, 2016  |  By Yoni_PDX

2016-02-16 17:45:25  |  By Yoni_PDX

 |  Version: Picasa


Easily crop, organize, resize and adjust photos for posting to media. Easier and faster to do minor editing vs using Gimp or Photoshop. More powerful than MS Paint. As well as it is easier to back up albums and individual photo(s) to different gmail addresses. Not everyone wants every single photo and file stored in the cloud. Easily find every pic and video on a drive or memory card or flash drive.


Google is no longer updating or supporting. :(


Download it. Use it and save a copy for later.

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5 stars

"Google, fast, a very good photo viewer and organizer"

January 22, 2016  |  By Ibrahim Fiskiran

2016-01-22 17:26:22  |  By Ibrahim Fiskiran

 |  Version: Picasa


Very fast
Google company app
Easy to use
All devices
Auto sync
Best viewer and a good organizer, editor


Perfect viewer, very good in comparison to past versions


Best for viewing pictures, organizing and editing tools are better, fast and professional, Google product

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1 stars

"Import bugs duplicate and destroy folder organization!"

November 22, 2015  |  By holecekgs

2015-11-22 10:39:56  |  By holecekgs

 |  Version: Picasa


There are probably some good pros, but after the damage this app has done to my photo library, I don't trust it to do anything else.


Import duplicates files all over my library, going back years.
Import fails to import actual pictures I took and replaces them with old duplicates.
If you organize folders by date the picture was taken, the import can cause major havoc


Major bugs for Picasa 3.9.141 on Windows 10.

I want imported files to be saved into folders for the days the photos were taken, and I keep my favorite pictures on my phone. A common use case.

I patiently waited as the tool indexed all of my photos before doing any imports. I started importing from a few different devices, and I thought the import was working, but I found out it scattered hundreds of duplicate photos across date folders going back years ago. Photos taken last month appearing in folders going back 3 years ago. Photos taken 6 months ago appearing in folders from 2 days ago. And it's not just creating duplicates. The duplicates appear in the folder *instead of actual photos* I took 2 days ago. What would it have done if I said to delete original pictures after importing? Lose them forever? It even changes the date taken field in some cases but not all cases, so I don't have anything reliable I can use.

What do you do when you have date folders going back years, and now you need to find and remove duplicates going back years? The file names aren't always the same. I REALLY hope it didn't overwrite old photos. Do I have to compare against backups now?

There is a tool called dupeGuru that tries to find duplicates for you and highlight the original. I might help to find duplicates, but it doesn't pick the right original.

Summary: I now have to spend weeks fixing my photo library after spending less than an hour on imports using Picasa. Thanks, Google.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
  • Patches for image handling (more RAW vulnerabilities)
  • Fix various reported crashes around the handling of attached devices in Google Photos Backup.
  • Ensure larger files are prioritized lower than smaller in Google Photos Backup.
  • Improve UI in display of failed files in Google Photos Backup.
  • Minor performance improvements in file process and upload in Google Photos Backup.
  • Support for the new Apple Photos library
  • Note: Help menu -> Check for Updates is still not functional.
Publisher Google
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Release Date October 09, 2015
Date Added October 12, 2015
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Media Management
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Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 14.27MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 5,468,314
Downloads Last Week 6,696
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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