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Picasa

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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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    "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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