Google Picasa Photo Editing Software

Picasa

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.

User Reviews (5)

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Lisa   Casual [Jan 27, 2009]
Strength:

The Concept and ONLY the concept

Weakness:

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.

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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gilliamhome   Professional [Jan 15, 2009]
Strength:

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!

Weakness:

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

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.

Customer Service

countless web locations for help and the help section within Picasa3 for MAC OSX will handle all issues in using this software. There is no need for customer service - this software will become as staple in many MAC systems, just as it has become a staple in many, many WINDOWS based systems.

Similar Products Used: Picasa for WINDOWS.
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Ebi   Expert [Feb 07, 2008]

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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MCNB   Intermediate [Nov 16, 2007]
Strength:

Good software.

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: Adobe Lightroom. Costs $$ but you own what you create. Google doesn't own you.
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MCNB   Intermediate [Nov 16, 2007]
Strength:

Good software.

Weakness:

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.

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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