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Picasa for Mac

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 64 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 28
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current version:

    3.3 stars

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "almost as good as iPhoto"

    January 8, 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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  • 3.0 stars

    "Fast and does the job but"

    January 1, 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 3.0 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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