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Picasa for Mac

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While there are numerous apps that help you edit, organize, and share your digital images, many of them cost a lot and are geared toward users with experience in image editing. Picasa is an app from Google that offers only the basics and it won't cost you a dime.

The app's gray interface is on the plain side, but all of the options are easily accessible and even less experienced users should be able to jump right in. If you do run into difficulties, you can visit the Help center to view tutorials from the publisher and from other users. Picasa includes some basic editing tools, allowing you to crop your images or apply effects like sepia tone, but its most notable feature is facial recognition. This allows you to name an individual in your images so that person will be identified in future pictures you upload. We found this option worked best when the person was directly facing the camera, but it did make it easier to manage and find photos.

While the software could be used as a standalone photo-editing and management tool, it is designed to work with Google's photo sharing site, Picasa Web Albums. Like all things Google, it's tied into your Google account. If you don't have an account with Google or Picasa Web Albums, this software won't be as beneficial to you. For those who do use Picasa Web Albums, however, Picasa's simple integration makes it easy to edit and share your files online.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "awful - it just doesn't work"

    January 6, 2013  |   By maxusmaxus

    Version: Picasa 3.9.1.535

    Pros

    -I love Picasa for PC, but this mac version is a complete disaster.

    Cons

    -Cannot import my pictures from iPhone (crashes all the time),
    -HUGE problems to log in on picasa webalbums,
    -crashes all the time.
    -non retina display support

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  • 1.0 stars

    "How do I migrate data (locations and faces) to iPhoto ?"

    March 8, 2012  |   By osos10

    Version: Picasa 3.9.1.535

    Pros

    Map functionality (for this 1 star). Thats about it.

    Cons

    The face recognition is lousy (at best); the GUI is terrible; the way the program scans my mobile devices that are connected to the computer without letting me controlling that.

    Summary

    AWFUL software. GOOGLE stop snoozing into my devices and life, you know about me more than I want anyway. If anyone will be kind enough to explain how to migrate all the data (locations and faces) to iPhoto I'll appreciate it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "bad for developers and beta testers"

    November 7, 2011  |   By purplemaizenjm

    Version: Picasa 3.8.9.390

    Pros

    nothing good about app

    Cons

    Picasa Downloaded everything on my computer even my beta testing bugs..I was wonder what was going on with all my apps I was testing so I cleaned my computer twice. This is no good I had to delete everything. It copies everything you make on the computer.
    It even downloaded my developing tools and other apps I was developing. This app had to be destroyed.

    Summary

    Dont download this app unless u are going to use it for pics only. it is a clutter bug. I have a better app that works better and saves all apps on my computer on my Desktop.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Picasa not allowed on my Mac"

    May 29, 2011  |   By marinsky2

    Version: Picasa 3.8.9.390

    Pros

    would have been nice IF

    Cons

    Could not use Picasa as my Mac OSX is not Intel base

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't do what I wanted it to"

    April 20, 2011  |   By dts3204

    Version: Picasa 3.8.9.390

    Pros

    Didn't do what I wanted it to

    Cons

    Didn't do what I wanted it to

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Product"

    April 17, 2011  |   By milano6256

    Version: Picasa 3.8.9.390

    Pros

    Nice user interface... easy to use!

    Cons

    Would like to work directly from a drive rather than having to import like thumbsplus

    Summary

    Nice product for what it is :-)

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  • 3.0 stars

    "zzzzzzzzzzzzzz"

    April 10, 2011  |   By elliotelliot

    Version: Picasa 3.8.8.383

    Pros

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    Cons

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    Summary

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very good and easy to use"

    March 17, 2011  |   By hkymac

    Version: Picasa 3.8.8.383

    Pros

    Has all requirements of a good photo management program.

    Cons

    Cannot key copy photo to paste elsewhere . Must export.
    Cannot configure all folders to arrange photos by date, and keep as default. Must repeat this choice for each folder.

    Summary

    Prefer Picasa to iPhoto

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  • 4.0 stars

    "a fine assist to organization"

    March 13, 2011  |   By roseleanor

    Version: Picasa 3.8.8.383

    Pros

    a well organized tool making image management easy and pleasant

    Cons

    the new picasa is easy to use . being a beginner i find it most useful

    Summary

    fine example of a tool which makes order out of potential chaos. most welcome

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A free photo editing and cataloging tool from Google."

    January 24, 2011  |   By philharve

    Version: Picasa 3.8.5.326

    Pros

    It is free and it is from Google. Picasa is very fast and has excellent suite of photo-editing and cataloging / album-making tools. It has comprehensive features for searching images reminiscent of Spotlight and what it does with words for the MacOS.

    Cons

    Picasa is comprehensive and therefore will take quite some time to learn in its entirety. In all probability most users will only use a small subset of its features. It is not always intuitive in its operation.

    Summary

    Photo / image management isn't yet at its zenith but there can be no doubt that Picasa is heading in the right direction. For example, see Picasa's web extension for Web Albums. This extension allows a user to synchronise albums in his Picasa collection with those published on the Web for easy sharing and hosting.

    Picasa is equally adept at managing photos and videos while offering basic photo-editing features that are very useful to the amateur and professional photographer.

    Picasa 3.8.5.326, the latest version, is absurdly quick and launches instantly if a camera is connected via cable to a USB port on the host computer. Once launched the user is presented with various ways of easily categorising their photos and images by batch renaming, tagging / commenting or adding 'stars'. The folder hierarchy is easy to manage and navigate and is largely intuitive.

    Sharing photos is easy with built-in buttons for emailing, uploading to other Picasa Web-based albums and the user has the option to install third-party plug-ins to allow integration with other Web-based services such as directly uploading photos to Facebook or Twitter.

    A key feature of Picasa is the ability to edit photos and images. The photo editor is very basic compared to PhotoShop Elements (say) but is comprehensive enough for the amateur photographer or artist. Editing features include cropping, straigtening, constrasting, highlighting, shadowing and colour effects, including toning: monochrome, sepia, halftones, etc. Once the edits have been saved, Picasa makes a separate backup copy of the original file in a hidden folder: a useful feature if the user wishes to abandon the edits and revert back to the original photo / image.

    Picasa 3.x.x.x features tagging. For example, human faces are automatically tagged and as long as the user names them initially, Picasa will automate the whole process in subsequent usage.

    Web Albums is probably Picasa's most useful feature. The user can synchronise their photos with the Web and hence share them with others via privacy controls to determine who has access to them. The Web interface is very easy and intuitive to use.

    Doubtless future versions of Picasa will include many more enhancements.

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