Picasa for Mac

Picasa for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 64 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.9.137.132
  • Total Downloads:
    238,759
  • Date Added:
    December 13, 2013
  • File Size:
    33.14MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    134
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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1 stars

"awful - it just doesn't work"

January 06, 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 stars

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

March 08, 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 stars

"bad for developers and beta testers"

November 07, 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 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 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 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 stars

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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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.9.137.132
  • Picasa now includes Google+ Auto Backup for the Desktop.
  • Updates to RAW support to include newer cameras.
  • Patches to image handling. We would like to thank Hossein Lotfi, Secunia Research, for helping to identify several issues in RAW, TIFF, and JPEG handling.
  • Updated file size limits for uploads: 50 MB or 100 MP.
  • "Edit in Creative Kit" function has been removed.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date December 13, 2013
Date Added December 13, 2013
Version 3.9.137.132
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Media Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 33.14MB
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 238,759
Downloads Last Week 134
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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