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Picasa

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Google's Picasa: Peer at it closely and you'll find an app teeming with features that do everything from import to edit to upload to share photos and videos online. Let your eyes glaze and that feature set blur, and Picasa is still as easy to use for the photo management basics as it was when it was first conceived, before it came into Google's fold. Firmly in the consumer camp, Picasa doesn't strive to be the most powerful image manager or editor in its class, but for all its tools, this freeware middleweight does hold the distinction of being the most easygoing option for a wide swatch of home users.

Picasa scans your hard drive for photos and organizes them by folder, making it easy to find pictures and videos taken over the years. Editing tools include light adjustment, straightening, effects, and retouchers to cover over blemishes. You can annotate and geotag photos, and can turn pictures into collages, and pictures and video clips into movies. But where Picasa really shines is in its online storage and sharing tools. Syncing and sharing buttons on the album level let you keep folders up-to-date on your free, online Picasa Web album--all without leaving the desktop app. The same goes with sharing. Select contacts and Picasa will e-mail them the link to the online photo album as it simultaneously uploads photos to that very album.

The latest version integrates facial recognition technology that spots faces and lets you identify them with an address from your Gmail account, or just with a name. Although time consuming at first, the genius of this exercise in visual metadata is revealed the next time you hunt for an image and find yourself searching not by an individual album, but by the name of the subject within that sought-for snapshot.

There is one 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 lightly edit and share.

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  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 1,558 votes

    • 5 star: 701
    • 4 star: 637
    • 3 star: 120
    • 2 star: 45
    • 1 star: 55
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 0
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  • 4.0 stars

    "As good as ever"

    January 16, 2010  |   By rainmanakaalan

    Version: Picasa 3.5 build 79.81

    Pros

    Has everything most people want to edit their photos, the basics. If you want more i'm afraid you'll have to pay for it !

    Cons

    None ! for the price/ free !

    Summary

    Best free basic photo editing suite !

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  • 3.0 stars

    "has its pros and cons but worth having for the pros"

    December 8, 2009  |   By freddieh8152

    Version: Picasa 3.5 build 79.81

    Pros

    quick fixes and ability to easily view contents of each album as thumbnails. My favorite feature is the 'caption'...you can add SO much information on each photo.

    Cons

    lack of ease in moving or copying to a different folder. I arrange a folder in Picasa or Web Album and when I download it my sorting is adjusted! I spend a lot of time arranging my pictures within a folder and I want them to STAY where I put them.

    Summary

    "My favorite feature is the 'caption'...you can add SO much information on each photo." However, I didn't find out until AFTER I had spent a great deal of time adding detailed captions to my photos in Web Album that the downloaded version of that album would not have the captions...they apparently have to be entered in Picasa that lives on your computer. They can still be viewed in WA but not downloaded. I'm not sure if this is still the case, but a couple of years ago I 'invited' friends to view one of my web albums and Picasa was a little pushy in downloading the software before they could do so. They may have missed an option to avoid this, but the responses I got weren't as positive as they should have been, due to the intrusion of Picasa. They both uninstalled the program after seeing my photos. And I'm no dummy but I have had difficulty getting my head around the album/folder/file issue with Picasa. I still go back to my resident program (USED to be Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, now Photo Gallery but that's a whole other story!!) to copy or move from folder to folder. Again, I may be missing something here, but I've spent a lot of time reading the forums and whatever other information I can find online. It's a good program but has a way to go to become great. Granted it's free, but I'd still be prepared to pay for a program that allowed better organizing. Picture and Fax Viewer was better by far in that department. Facial recognition is neat.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "View many many folders quickly"

    December 3, 2009  |   By artquilt

    Version: Picasa 3.5 build 79.81

    Pros

    Fast way to zoom through your graphics files.

    Cons

    I don't use the web, editing, face recognition or resizing features so for me it's not any better than 2.7 was.
    Am trying to give the photo viewer a fair trial, but dislike it.

    Summary

    For what I use it for it's great, but bloated.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very easy to use."

    December 2, 2009  |   By bjraskidmore

    Version: Picasa 3.5 build 79.81

    Pros

    Makes it easy to edit, print, share pictures.

    Cons

    no cons for the price...

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  • 3.0 stars

    "works fairly well. excellent for the price"

    December 2, 2009  |   By leez33

    Version: Picasa 3.5 build 79.81

    Pros

    saves time classifying photos by person

    Cons

    no apparent way to save people info, unless you subscribe to their on-line storage. if there is a way haven't found it, and none of the blogs or Picassa help have any clue.

    Summary

    would be great if I could save the info on my backup drive.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent photo program."

    December 2, 2009  |   By cmjwilson

    Version: Picasa 3.5 build 79.81

    Pros

    Ease of use. Editing tools.

    Cons

    None as yet.

    Summary

    Not having used any program other than Picasa for the past 10, or so, years makes it difficult to compare. But I am more than satisfied with its simplicity and end results - plus it's free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great face recognition program"

    December 2, 2009  |   By tonyron227

    Version: Picasa 3.5 build 79.81

    Pros

    Well organized

    Cons

    none as of this date

    Summary

    Great program

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Super program!! Use it daily. Easy as 1-2-3"

    December 2, 2009  |   By harehear

    Version: Picasa 3.5 build 79.81

    Pros

    Easy up and downloads. Accessability once in my computer is great. Why would you not use a program that is so easy to use? And it's FREE.....

    Cons

    Works fine for me....no negatives.

    Summary

    Try it, you'll like it!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "100 pct ok"

    December 2, 2009  |   By Krits Dirty Harry

    Version: Picasa 3.5 build 79.81

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    For regular user no contras

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I like Picas 3.5"

    December 1, 2009  |   By Cokimnster

    Version: Picasa 3.5 build 79.81

    Pros

    Easy to use when trying to upload pictures.

    Cons

    Nothing. It make eveerything so much easier to do

    Summary

    it makes it easier to upload things to the web. Before I got Picas 3.5 I was having trouble uploading my pictures but now it easy.

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