Picasa

Picasa 3.9.141.259

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Manage, edit and share your photos with ease

Picasa is an indispensable piece of software for photography fans, and functions in a number of different ways – as a cataloguer and viewer, as an editor and as a sharing software. View full description

PROS

  • Handles everything from importing to sharing your photos
  • Interesting range of effects
  • Add tags to organise your photos
  • Additional features like the ability to create movies, montages, and screensavers
  • Online sharing features

CONS

  • Facial recognition still limited

Essential
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Everything you need to manage your photos

Picasa is an indispensable piece of software for photography fans, and functions in a number of different ways – as a cataloguer and viewer, as an editor and as a sharing software.

With Picasa, you can import any photos and pictures that are stored on your PC. Picasa lets you select the drive and folders to scan and gives you the option of synchronizing automatically each time you open up the software. You will no longer have to manually import new pictures.

Once your photos have been added to Picasa, they are organized into albums that will appear in folders with the same names from which they were taken. Then, you can reorganize and move photos from one location to another by simply dragging and dropping. Picasa also lets you add tags to your pictures so that you can sort them easily, including adding the location in which the photos were taken, or the people in the photo, so that you can easily find them.

Picasa isn't specialist editing software, but it does provide an interesting array of features that you can use to perform basic edits, either image by image, side by side or in batches, including cropping, straightening, adjusting color and contrast, enhancing sharpness, red eye correction, and applying filters.

Other features are built in to Picasa so that you can use your photos to create posters, montages, screensavers and even movies. It can all be viewed through the external Picasa viewer and can be shared with others in multiple ways, including in the Picasa web platform, your Google+ account, Blogger, and email. 

Finally, Picasa also includes some very useful options to detect duplicate and empty albums, geo-tag photos, save, and compress your photos.

Accessible software

Picasa is software that is both comprehensive and accessible. It doesn't offer many advanced settings, but the editing tool is perhaps the best example of its ease of use. Its graphical interface is intuitive and gives immediate access to all the options in the program. Less experienced users will benefit from the comprehensive help that's built into the software so that they can better understand its features and how to use them.

The all-in-one that has it all

Being able to handle the processing of your photos from the point of import to sharing with others, Picasa is ideal for organizing your photo albums, doing the first retouches of your photos, and sharing them with your loved ones. Picasa is easy to access, and amateur photographers will really appreciate what it can offer, especially if they already use other Google services.

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— User reviews — about Picasa

  • maggie28

    by maggie28

    "easy operation for users."

    Really good photo management, easy and quick for a beginner. More.

    reviewed on July 21, 2016

  • renatejaegerfl

    by renatejaegerfl

    "I have had my Picasa for many years and would like it on my chrome book"

    I click on 'download ' after 'download' and it goes from page to page but will not download. I have an Acer Chromebook. More.

    reviewed on June 5, 2016

  • helenwheelertaylor

    by helenwheelertaylor

    "Great program for storing as well as editing my photos."

    Great program for storing as well as editing my photos. I've used Picasa for years and have always been happy with it. I... More.

    reviewed on May 4, 2016

  • lancekozlowski

    by lancekozlowski

    "Great assist for photographers of any level"

    Wonderful organizer interface... great, fast-launching viewer...non-destructive way to do all the basic edits. Also inte... More.

    reviewed on April 4, 2016

  • Bienop

    by Bienop

    "The best "

    The best application for photo and video. Easy to edit and save. Enough space and user friendly. . More.

    reviewed on February 19, 2016

  • Annee1953

    by Annee1953

    "please help"

    well i loved it but uninstalled it accidentally and now cant reinstall. More.

    reviewed on September 22, 2015