Picasa

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 1559 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0
  • Total Downloads:
    5,232,969
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 20, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    14.27MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,211
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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This photo organizer strikes us as the picture of simplicity, a hairy task considering that Picasa 3 stacks on over a dozen more features and refinements to improve the editing, creative, and sharing options onto what has for years been a solid consumer app. Although not the most powerful image manager on the block, Picasa has the distinction of being the most easygoing.

Picasa's editing tools now include a retoucher to cover over blemishes and an improved red-eye corrector that detects and fixes all orbs emitting a magenta glow, with fairly good results.

Picasa really shines when it comes to organizing, uploading, and sharing pictures. New syncing and sharing buttons on the album level let you keep folders up-to-date on your Picasa Web album without leaving the desktop app. The same goes with its neighboring 'Share' button, which uploads photos online and e-mails your contacts the link from Picasa's interface.

The latest version also greatly improves the collage tool and adds a basic movie maker that lets you intersperse a wide range of video with stills. Though we love the concept, the bare-bones tool needs work, and greater choice of outputs--right now it only churns out WMV files. One other caveat: Picasa eats a lot of memory, so be wary of a performance drag, oh ye of modest memory. In every other respect, this free photo editor and organizer program is an excellent choice for amateur shutterbugs with plenty of photos to share.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.5

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star 5
    • 4 star 10
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 1559 votes

    • 5 star 701
    • 4 star 638
    • 3 star 120
    • 2 star 45
    • 1 star 55
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2 stars

"Buggy - just uninstalled"

May 06, 2010  |  By PulSamsara

 |  Version: Picasa 3.0

Pros

Potentially powerful. Integration with Google office.

Cons

Buggy, operation hangups, crashes, paleolithic Lag - print Hangups... ehhh ehhh nope.

Summary

Not for my small biz. I have work to do.

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4 stars

"it;s nise and superp"

February 07, 2009  |  By h2jhon1242

 |  Version: Picasa 3.0

Pros

it's clearity

Cons

nothing any type

Summary

nothing in the product to avoid them

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4 stars

"just the job"

January 21, 2009  |  By rayilling

 |  Version: Picasa 3.0

Pros

works fine

Cons

no dislikes

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4 stars

"Easy-to-use application"

January 06, 2009  |  By Grincher1

 |  Version: Picasa 3.0

Pros

Great for editing and organizing pictures!

Cons

I like everything about it.

Summary

I recently added this program and am still in the process of testing all the features. So far I really like it!

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4 stars

"Easy To Use"

December 15, 2008  |  By wanda1734

 |  Version: Picasa 3.0

Pros

This is one of the easiest programs I have used for editing pics!

Cons

nothing that I have found yet

Summary

I used this program to edit some recital pics of halloween, my pics came out pretty dark, but with this program I was able to lighten them up and crop what needed to be cropped...love this program!

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3 stars

"Photo-organizing muscle, but could be better."

December 12, 2008  |  By krysjez

 |  Version: Picasa 3.0

Pros

Picasa shows your pictures in a snazzy interface. Advanced/confusing buttons or features are also kept to a minimum unless shown on purpose.

Cons

Can get laggy on computers with sparse memory. Unless you leave the media detector on by default, new pictures take about ten minutes before the software detects and shows them. Also, the implementation of features like tagging is not very well done.

Summary

A good product overall, and a must-have for any photographer or visual thinker. As mentioned, tagging needs work: tag searches showing incomplete results, and the tagging interface needs more work to make it faster for those used to del.icio.us-style tagging on the fly.

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1 stars

"Very buggy and destructive to images!"

December 12, 2008  |  By rptmaestro

 |  Version: Picasa 3.0

Pros

Friendly user interface.

Cons

Unstable, buggy and destructive to images. Particularly beware of cropping and straightening photos. Picasa 3 might decide it no longer deserves to exist and get rid of it... completely. For these unfortunate files, there is no undo!

Summary

Been using it a lot for a few days now. It's destroyed about half of my images and now I'm fed up.

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5 stars

"Perfect for what I use it for"

December 11, 2008  |  By ditodo

 |  Version: Picasa 3.0

Pros

One click fixes, ease of mailing, easy to organize and easy to locate images at a glance

Cons

Would like to be able to file photos by groups (such food things, scenery images, family pictures, etc.) as well as by date.

Summary

I am not a rocket scientist, so ease of use is very high on my list of prioities. It is fast, and does everything automatically. I like the way I can move from one program, directly to Pacasa, grab an image and take it wherever I want on my computer with ease. It fast!, It's easy, and I love it. Good work Google.

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5 stars

"Very user friendly!"

December 11, 2008  |  By cindyl57

 |  Version: Picasa 3.0

Pros

This is a product for us that are more challenged by Photo Shop or Pro Paint. It rocks on organizing your pics. You can upload your photos to their online storage to share in emails, websites,IMs and forums.

Cons

I can't find anything I don't like

Summary

I have tried to use Photo Shop and other programs. Not sure how to wing it. Picasa is more of a Photo Shop for Dummies...The program is very easy to use.

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2 stars

"Not as easy as 2.7, a big let down."

December 11, 2008  |  By Pups4bestlaugh

 |  Version: Picasa 3.0

Pros

I like the way if organizes your photo files. (but 2.7 did that also)

Cons

I used to be able to remove "pet eye" and do touch up's that I'm no able to do now

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.0
Version 3 improves sharing and syncing online, enhances the collage tool, and adds a movie maker as part of a dozen changes.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date November 20, 2008
Date Added November 20, 2008
Version 3.0
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Media Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 14.27MB
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,232,969
Downloads Last Week 2,211
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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