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Editors' Review

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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.9.141.306

  • Re-branding from Google+ Photos to Google Photos
  • Disable, for the time being, uploads of face tags.
  • Addresses occasional crashes in network operations.
  • Addresses occasional crashes in file scanning operations.
  • Patches for image handling. We would like to thank Hossein Lotfi, Secunia Research, for helping to identify
  • issues in RAW handling.
  • Improved throughput and error handling in Google Photos Backup.

General

Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date October 30, 2015
Date Added October 30, 2015
Version 3.9.141.306

Category

Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Media Management

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 33.14MB
File Name External File

Popularity

Total Downloads 281,968
Downloads Last Week 0

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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