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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Picasa for Mac Goes Out

Good news for Mac users. Google released a beta version of its free software for managing photo in one place called “Picasa” for Mac.

Picasa for Mac makes it easy to manage large photo collections and helps users make professional-looking edits without any technical knowledge, including:

  • A drag-and-drop photo collage tool that gives users control over layout and content
  • A retouching brush to wipe out scratches and blemishes - and repair old photos
  • A slideshow movie maker that uploads users photo montage videos to YouTube with a click
  • Smart auto-cropping that guides users on how to zoom in on their subject
  • And, auto red-eye removal.

Picasa for Mac integrates seamlessly with Picasa Web Albums, Google's free photo-sharing site, which offers features like name tags - the ability for users to automatically organize and share their photos based on the faces in each picture.

People who already share photos on Picasa Web Albums will find that Picasa for Mac allows them to easily and quickly manage their online and local photo collections. Picasa for Mac "plays nice" with iPhoto, and takes a read-only approach to editing photos stored in the iPhoto library, duplicating files as needed, so that users' iPhoto libraries are never affected when they use Picasa.

Avid iPhoto users who currently use our Picasa Web Albums Uploader plugin can continue to do so, although features like automatic web sync, photo collages, and more will only be found in the Picasa application.

Picasa for Mac is available for free download in US English at:


As this is a beta release, a few minor features like geotagging and webcam capture aren't functional yet. Also Google plan to sand and polish some parts of the user interface to make sure Picasa feels right at home on Mac OS X.

Below video gives you a quick introduction to the Mac version of Picasa:

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