Picasa for Mac

Picasa for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 64 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.8.7.261
  • Total Downloads:
    239,307
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 10, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    33.14MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    131
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Picasa for Mac is a free app from Google for importing, editing, organizing, and sharing photos. The first time you launch it, Picasa can quickly search your hard drive (or select folders) for your existing photos, pulling them into the Picasa interface without actually duplicating them and taking up drive space.

Picasa's interface feels un-Mac-like at first, with a nonstandard scroll bar and even slightly fuzzy fonts--but it's still instantly recognizable (and usable) by anyone familiar with iPhoto, thanks to its similar toolbars and three-pane organization with folders and albums. Picasa makes it easy to create slideshows, movies, and collages, and--not surprisingly--the app has tight integration with Google's Blogger and the excellent Picasa Web Albums photo-hosting service (online companion to the desktop app). Picasa has good editing tools, as well, which let you try different effects and easily add text to photos. It also has an intuitive tag system that lets you add batch tags, geotags (using Google Maps), and even name tags using a fairly proficient face-recognition feature (which can tap into your Google Contacts).

Picasa isn't perfect--with flaws that range from its interface idiosyncrasies to an initial setup that's likely to grab many irrelevant images--but this app provides a relatively feature-packed and much cheaper alternative to similar photo-management apps. It's especially attractive if you're already using many of the Google services it accesses.

 
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1 stars

"Mac OS X - PPC NOT Supported"

January 16, 2011  |  By caladan1810

 |  Version: Picasa 3.8.7.261

Pros

Well ... there would be a pro if this were a universal binary. However it seems as though Google has taken the shorter path and decided to leave the Mac OS X (PPC) Community out in the cold.

Cons

There are many PPC users left I am just one of many. Whilst I do have an Intel iMac. I still use my PowerBook G4 which is based on PPC technology. Running Mac OS X 10.5.8 (PPC).

Summary

Why should I upgrade my hardware because a developer is too lazy to create a Universal Binary that could be used on Both PPC/Intel architecture. So I will find another alternative to the Google empire.

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4 stars

"almost as good as iPhoto"

January 08, 2011  |  By vcluck

 |  Version: Picasa 3.8.7.261

Pros

super fast upload/downloads, face detection works very well

Cons

doesn't recognize faces well enough, having to select many youself

Summary

great program

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3 stars

"Fast and does the job but"

January 01, 2011  |  By osos10

 |  Version: Picasa 3.8.7.261

Pros

Fast and does the job

Cons

The menus are odd (at best)
I can't get rid of the "ignored faces" album that appears first in the people folder - HELLO GOOGLE - these are the faces of people I don't know/care - just let me hide those.

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1 stars

"Could be great but older Mac owners will never know"

December 29, 2010  |  By tryggda

 |  Version: Picasa 3.8.7.261

Pros

Google product

Cons

Completely shuts out those without Intel processor. Unfriendly, if they want to guide consumer to their product next time they DO in fact buy an Intel-machine.

Summary

Will remain a mystery to me for several years due to not insignificant (albeit shrinking) pushed-planned obsolescence of Mac PowerPCs. This, an interest in Picasa was killed, and will likely remain, as I have been with other photo apps.

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5 stars

"How do you know...?"

December 27, 2010  |  By Ariezy

 |  Version: Picasa 3.8.7.261

Pros

I love google's inventions and esp. its freeware tools - based upon corporate mission statement "Don't be evil". But once the info on your HD is in their database, how much control do they have to avoid evil being done with it?

Cons

Scans your HD files (and who knows: your external storage devices too? your iPod? inserted flash? LAN? hidden folders? MacOSX [UNIX] rights permission limits? Remember - once given permissions beyond readable prefs (cookies++) what else can it do?

Summary

I am just a bit nervous about installing it, giving it permission to scan my HD, and then later, say, I change my mind. HOW is it going to 'forget' what it already knows about my files / file storage structure/hierarchy, etc.
P.S. listen to this week's edition of the BBC Radio's "Digital Planet" weekly show to listen to more opinions about google-tag aspects, such as the report on what MIT students did with geotagging info... careful, careful...

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4 stars

"Works well."

December 23, 2010  |  By veldugo

 |  Version: Picasa 3.8.7.261

Pros

Seems easy to use and is user friendly.

Cons

I have found none yet.

Summary

I would recommend this to anyone looking for something similar for photos.

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4 stars

"Very fast image organizer - good editing tools"

December 20, 2010  |  By jrcoombs

 |  Version: Picasa 3.8.7.261

Pros

Picture layout is useful

Cons

exporting pictures is cumbersome

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4 stars

"Simple, fast, easy"

December 18, 2010  |  By CVi88

 |  Version: Picasa 3.8.7.261

Pros

It manages the images "on location" unlike iPhoto

Cons

No format selection for storing changes to edited photo.

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4 stars

"Useful and simple to use"

December 17, 2010  |  By maxrobinson

 |  Version: Picasa 3.8.7.261

Pros

Works as it claims, with no surprises.

Cons

No problems or criticisms.

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3 stars

"Useful but idiosyncratic"

December 14, 2010  |  By bousozoku

 |  Version: Picasa 3.8.7.261

Pros

Album upload to Picasa, face detection

Cons

WINE, Non-native, face detection happens on every launch, cannot revise captions which can be done with the Picasa Web Albums Uploader.

Summary

It's quite useful if you have albums going to Picasa Web Albums. It works with slightly different parameters than the Picasa Web Albums Uploader, which is confusing. Unable to edit captions and upload sizes differ. The face detection is particularly useful when tagging hundreds of people, as I have for sales. It is also maddening because it does a scan on the application launch and it misses faces if they aren't at a certain angle. The scroll bars are non-standard on all operating systems--they're more like acceleration bars. The more you go a certain way, the faster they move the list. It's a useful application in grouping (I don't edit with Picasa) but it takes some patience.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.8.7.261
  • Fixed the 'Picasa is moving My Contacts to Other Contacts' issue.
  • Updated various translations.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date December 10, 2010
Date Added December 10, 2010
Version 3.8.7.261
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Media Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 33.14MB
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 239,307
Downloads Last Week 131
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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