>>Picasa is free software from Google that
helps you manage your digital photo collection. Using Picasa on your PC, you can organize
and view all your photos in one place. Edit your pictures to perfection and get creative
with your favorite photos– making beautiful photo collages, video slideshows, prints,
wallpapers, and more. Managing your photo collection should be easy
not difficult. When you launch the new Picasa 3, you’ll immediately
see all the photos on your PC’s hard drive organized by folder and date.
Adding new photos is as simple as attaching a camera and clicking the “Import” button.
You can also create virtual photo albums to quickly group together photos for viewing
or sharing. Add tags and stars to your standout photos
to easily search and show off your photo collection’s finest.
The updated interface in Picasa 3 includes new controls at the album level.
To help you quickly play a full screen slideshow, create collages, movies, and CDs, and manage
online sharing in sync. Of course, other common actions that you care
about– like printing photos or uploading albums to share online– remain as easy as
ever, accessible via the prominent buttons in your photos library.
Everybody wants their pictures to look great, and Picasa 3 has been designed to make great-looking
pictures available to everybody. Just double-click any photo to zoom in on
the picture and reveal Picasa’s easy-to-use editing controls, which span basic fixes,
fine tuning, and special effects. The “Basic Fixes” tab helps you quickly implement
the most important edits with minimal efforts. You can crop and straighten, or adjust color,
contrast, and lighting. There’s even an “I’m Feeling Lucky” button
that automatically adjusts many settings at once to enhance your photo.
Editing features in Picasa are nondestructive. You can always revert to your original photo
if you want. Brand new in Picasa 3 is a text tool that
lets you add text to any picture. Complete with intuitive layout and formatting
controls to help you get perfect results. Just type some text, drag into position, and
adjust to your liking. Also new is a powerful retouching tool to
help you edit like a pro. It’s an easy way to fix minor blemishes and
other distractions. No airbrushing skills required.
We’ve made many other improvements to the powerful and accessible editing features found
in earlier versions of Picasa. Red eye fixes, for example, require less work
that ever. Now, just press the “Red Eye” button “Basic
Fixes” tab and watch Picasa automatically locate and correct the problem.
You’ll also notice smarter crop suggestions, which are based on the composition of your
photograph. Access the “Crop” button, select your choice
of dimension and then get to cropping. You can always preview to get a sneak peak
before applying changes. Sharing is now more streamlined and faster
than before. Click the “Share” button on any album to immediately
upload that album to Picasa web albums and let friends know that you’ve posted new pictures.
Alternatively, select any group of pictures and click the “Upload” button.
You control whether your online albums are public and searchable or kept at an unlisted
address. Web albums can automatically be kept in sync
with the photos on your PC. Just enable the “Sync to Web” toggle on any
album in Picasa 3. After sync is enabled on an album, any photo
fixes or album additions you make on your PC will be automatically be uploaded to Picasa
web albums, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Apart from helping you organize, edit, and share your photos, Picasa 3 also introduces
new ways for you to get creative and have more fun with your digital camera.
The collage tool, for example, has been greatly enhanced and gives you several different collage
types and total artistic freedom over layout and content.
To get started, just select a folder or album, then click the “Create Photo Collage” button.
Changing the layout is easy. After customizing your collage, you can use
it as a desktop wallpaper or print at high resolution.
Ever take movies with your digital camera? Picasa 3 now includes a simple and straightforward
movie maker, so you can create short movies featuring your videos, photos, and music,
and easily share them on YouTube. Getting started is as easy as selecting an
album and clicking the “Create Movie Presentation” button.
Start having fun by adding text, altering transition styles, and choosing the right
tunes to match the mood. When you are satisfied, click the “Create
Movie” button and Picasa 3 will go to work rendering your video.
Once it’s done, you can use the YouTube button to share with friends or the whole world.
These are just some of the new features in the latest version of Picasa.
And there’s plenty more, from new slideshow transitions to better tagging.
To download Picasa 3 for your own PC, or learn more about Picasa web albums, visit picasa.google.com.