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Picasa Editor's Review

Picasa is a nice stand-alone graphic utility developed by Google. Actually the product is the creation of Picasa Inc., a company which was discovered by Idealab. Google bought all the rights of this product from Idealab. The first version delivered through Google was 1.618, which was far from being a prefect product. But because it was free, the product got better and better and version 3 is the latest version. 

Picasa can be installed on all major platforms such as Windows, Linux and Mac. The main important feature of this product is the scanning function. From the first use, the application will scan all your hard drives and will find all the pictures from your computer. You will surprised how many pictures you just forgot that you have them. All the pictures found will be automatically organized into albums selected by date. If your pictures are saved in folders, Picasa will take the title from every folder by default and use it as the title of the album. 

Besides the scanning function, you can also import pictures from different locations, including digital cameras. Although the albums, that include local pictures, are made based on the date of creation of every picture, if you import them from your camera, the date displayed will be the one of the importing moment, not the one of the creation. 

Picasa works with all major image formats such as JPEG, GIF, BMP, PSD, and movie files and is compatible with most digital cameras. Picasa is basically compatible with all other photo sharing products and digital cameras. 

The editing tools are very basic and includes cropping (standard or custom), removal of red-eye, and enhancing--even switching from color to black and white. The good thing about the using of any effect or filter, is that you can see the results instantly, without having to wait until the preview renders. The multiple levels of the undo function makes it very easy to com back to the original form, if you don't like the result picture after applying several effects and filters. 

If you make a comparison between the displaying time of the Windows Explorer thumbnails and Picasa thumbnails, you will see that the gap between both of them is huge. Picasa can do this almost instantly. But there is a price for this. Users with older computers will encounter problems. That's because Picasa uses a lot of memory when displaying these thumbnails. 

From Picasa, you can update your blog immediately (if you're using a account), you can create picture collages, you can Geo-tag images in Google Earth or you can upload images to photo albums. 

You can also e-mail photos with Picasa's built-in client and order photo-lab quality prints. You can also print prints at home if you have the necessary gear. 

The only backup solution is to burn the pictures in CD or DVD. This can be made with a built-in writer which allows you to select the pictures with or without an integrated slideshow function and with or without the Picasa application. The application will automatically calculate the amount of CD, or DVD discs that you need in order to write all the pictures that you want. 

The AutoFix button usually works well and the results are remarkable. It doesn't matter if you want to apply the auto contrast or the auto color, the results occur instantly on the picture. 

Pluses: beautiful and intuitive interface; Autofix function; the scanning function; the undo function; the Timeline viewer; 

Drawbacks / flaws: 

In conclusion:Because of its beautiful and intuitive interface and because of its basic editing tools which are very well implemented, Picasa is one of the best in its field.

Picasa Publisher's Description

Find the pictures you forgot you had. Picasa organizes your entire collection while you watch, scanning the images on your computer and automatically sorting them by date. Move and re-name pictures from inside Picasa.

Want to clean up messy folders and move pictures around on your computer’s hard drive? Simply drag and drop pictures from one folder...

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