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Picasa for Windows

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Key Details of Picasa

  • Organize, edit, and share pictures with this free photo manager.
  • Last updated on 2/29/2024
  • There have been 3 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Picasa is a photo editing and management program that also lets you take advantage of Google+ integration to back up your photos automatically. With a nice array of editing functions and other features, this program is a good photo management alternative for users of varying experience levels.

Pros

Automatic backup: Through this app, you can automatically back up all of your photos to Google+. All you have to do is log in with your Google account, and the backup will run in the background. Any new photos added will be automatically backed up as well, but none of these files will be public unless you choose to make them that way. If you do want to share any photos, though, having them in Google+ already makes it much more convenient to share them.

Editing tools: This app contains a nice set of editing tools that allows you to crop and straighten images, eliminate redeye, add contrast, and apply all kinds of filters. Many of the editing tools come with sliders to control the intensity of the effect they deliver, giving you the ability to find just the right balance for each image.

Cons

Import options: When you first open the app, it asks you whether you want to search only select preset folders and locations for photos to import or if you want to search your entire computer. While this is convenient when you want to add all of the photos on your computer to the app, it's not helpful if you only want to selectively add files to edit. You can't, for example, choose individual images or only certain custom folders, as the program selects the preset folders for you, and there's no way to stop the automatic import once it starts.

Bottom Line

Picasa is a capable photo editing program with a nice set of additional features, including Google+ integration. It doesn't contain the types of advanced editing tools that power users may be looking for, but casual and novice users will likely find all they need through its intuitive interface. It is free to download and use and includes 1GB of storage for no additional charge.

What's new in version 3.9.141.303

  • Patches for image handling (more RAW vulnerabilities)
  • Fix various reported crashes around the handling of attached devices in Google Photos Backup.
  • Ensure larger files are prioritized lower than smaller in Google Photos Backup.
  • Improve UI in display of failed files in Google Photos Backup.
  • Minor performance improvements in file process and upload in Google Photos Backup.
  • Support for the new Apple Photos library
  • Note: Help menu -> Check for Updates is still not functional.

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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
October 12, 2015
Latest update
February 29, 2024
Version
3.9.141.303
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Windows
Operating System
Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
5,571,670
Downloads Last Week
0

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Developer's Description

Organize, edit, and share pictures with this free photo manager.
Picasa can transfer, find, organize, edit, print, and share images, all with this easy-to-use product. Watch Picasa automatically organize all your pictures into elegant albums by date. Having all your photos in one place means no more time wasted searching for folders or files. The program works with JPEG, GIF, BMP, PSD, and movie files and is compatible with most digital cameras; it detects your USB driver and imports pictures into albums.

Editing tools include cropping (standard or custom), removal of red-eye, and enhancing--even switching from color to black and white. Create slide shows set to your MP3s. Integration with Picasa's free Hello instant picture-sharing software lets you share hundreds of photos in seconds and chat in real time. E-mail photos with Picasa's built-in client to take the guesswork out of compressing images, and order photo-lab quality prints or print at home with no mistakes. You can also make instant backups to CD (or to other hard drives) of your photo collections, to organize your photos using labels and stars (just like with Gmail), to write captions for all pictures, and to organize videos as well as pictures.