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Google Picasa Photo Editing Software

2/5 (5 Reviews)


Product Description

A free software download from Google. Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Lisa a Casual

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2009

Strengths:    The Concept and ONLY the concept

Weaknesses:    PICASA 3 "Free Photoalbum/gallary to "Instantly view" etc your photos.
What is wrong with this sentence? the word "Instantly view" . This would have been a great Freebie however it has taken OVER 10 minutes to pull up all of my pictures Just to VIEW THEM! What's up with that!!??!!?? I want to be able to Open my program and INSTANTLY VIEW my work! This is NOT possible with Picasa.
As such, I give Picasa 2 stars....1 for when the photos are finally viewable, and 1 for the concept.


Bottom Line:   
Google's PICASA 3 "Free Photoalbum/gallary to "Instantly view" etc your photos.
What is wrong with this sentence? the word "Instantly view" . This would have been a great Freebie however it has taken OVER 10 minutes to pull up all of my pictures Just to VIEW THEM! What's up with that!!??!!?? I want to be able to Open my program and INSTANTLY VIEW my work! This is NOT possible with Picasa.
As such, I give Picasa 2 stars....1 for when the photos are finally viewable, and 1 for the concept.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gilliamhome a Professional

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2009

Strengths:    Editing tools that rock, considering cost of software. They include: Detailed cropping, image rotation (straightening), red eye correction, auto level ("I'm feeling lucky," auto contrast, auto color, retouching, and text editing. other editing tools are found in the second menu page: fill light, highlight, and shadow adjustments, auto color detection from pure black or pure white eye dropper, or sliding hue control. Additional editing and art filters are found in page three of the edit menu: controllable sharpness, sepia, black and white, warming filter, grain generator, tint with original image transparency control, saturation, selective zone soft focus and refractive glow, filtered B&W adjustments, selective color with focal B&W, and adjustable graduated tint - (to get those neat dark sky effects!). If these strengths weren't enough, a group of other tools, email (automatically scales down image as desired for efficient mailing). Extensive printer control menu. Exporter for files to HD. "Blogger" upload director. Collage (proof sheet) generator (nice tool), and a Picasa Movie generator. All these features appear to work without failure in MAC OSX - Thanks to Google!

Weaknesses:    None for a free digital photographic editing suite and file manager that is FREE.

Bottom Line:   
Picasa - a long time staple in PC systems has now unveiled a MAC version. MAC OSX is now capable of utilizing this fantastic, free photo editing, file management software. Having used the PC based Picasa for many years now, I was excited to download the PICASA 3 beta for MAC OSX. This program is not PHOTOSHOP, it doesn't try to be. It is a slick, user friendly digital photography edit process, that affords one of the best filing and non-destructive editing suites available. So intuitive - when you try and EDIT an I Photo, or Photoshop file, it simply will not let you without saving a copy to Picasa to edit - it will NOT touch previously managed images from I Photo, or other resident photographic processes such as Photoshop. Loads of features for the MAC owner working on a tight budget. Good for training students in digital post processing and image filing archiving. I highly recommend a look at this program for teachers, instructors and photographers that want to share the fun and creative spirit that is so much a part of digital imaging.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Purchased At:   Free Download from G

Similar Products Used:   Picasa for WINDOWS.

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ebi a Expert

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Picasa uses picasa.ini files to keep track of keywords for each image. In addition to this, Picasa attaches IPTC keyword data to JPG files, but not to any other file format. Keywords attached to JPG files in Picasa can be read by other image library software like Adobe (Photoshop, Album and Bridge), digiKam and iPhoto and JPG files are NOT viewable by windows explorer, even after uninstalling the Picasa it leaves the files in the same situation and you do not have access to them again. Be aware and have a backup of your files if you want to install this software.

According to the Picasa Readme, Picasa can parse XMP data. However, it cannot search local files for existing XMP keywords.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by MCNB a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2007

Strengths:    Good software.

Weaknesses:    You retain copyright but give Google permission to use your content to make more money. Forever.

Bottom Line:   
It's dishonest to call this software free when the license states that Google has a right to use anything you create, forever, in whatever way they want and whoever they want to give it to.

If you take an amazing photo and save it with Picasa, Google can do whatever they want with it. So it's free to download, and then you give them the right to exploit you. Maybe that would be a fair trade...except for the fact that you cannot take back that right, even long after the software/service is obsolete and gone. Any semi-serious photographer should be wary about using Picasa!

From the license, read starting the 2nd sentence:

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This licence is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

11.2 You agree that this licence includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Adobe Lightroom. Costs $$ but you own what you create. Google doesn't own you.

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by MCNB a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2007

Strengths:    Good software.

Weaknesses:    They can legally use anything you ever create, share it, forever. No royalties etc. You take that photo because you were the only one there to witness the event...and they could use it.

Bottom Line:   
It's dishonest to call this software free when the license states that Google has a right to use anything you create, forever, in whatever way they want and whoever they want to give it to. It's free to download, and you give them in exchange the right to all of your content forever.

That's making money off your talent. And you can't take back the permission from them! Ever, even after the software is long outdated.

From the license, start with the 2nd sentence:

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This licence is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

11.2 You agree that this licence includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Purchased At:   online

Type of photography:   People



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PICASA becomes Google+ and I'm not happy

From time to time I need to give people access to images that I've done (including nudes). Up to now I used PICASA very simply: - upload the images to an album - invite the person by mail to view the album - the person could view the images simply, upload ones he/she liked and even send the mail ... Read More »

picasa, flikr or others?

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Help! with Picasa & PSElements 7

I purchased a new HP computer about 6 months ago - and it's working fine. However, I'm having a major problem trying to upload and edit my images. At the same time I purchased the pc, I also had PSE7 installed. Up until now I had always used PSE3 which was quite easy for me (I don't spend much ti ... Read More »

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