Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Picasa

A friend recommended me to download Picasa and so I did.
In order to learn quickly about Picasa I did a Meta search on Qtsaver and here's what I got (after a slight editing):

Definition:
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.
http://www.picasa.net/

Features:
You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips.


Free Download and takes seconds to install.
http://www.picasa.net/

Picasa is marketed as being easy to use and it offers many one click effects such as color enhancement, red eye reduction and cropping. Other features include slide shows, printing and image timelines. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picasa

In Picasa, it only takes seconds to re-name one picture or a group of pictures.

Use labels to tag your photos into quick groupings inside Picasa. Viewing and sharing the pictures you grouped under a label is easy – they make great slide shows and movies or you can email them to friends.

Give a gold star to any photo you love: it turns your favorites into visual standouts at a glance. Picasa even has a star search that reduces your entire photo collection to the best of the best in less than a second.

Have photos you want to keep to yourself? You can add passwords to any of your Picasa collections (this does not affect which pictures you and others can see on your computer’s hard drive). tp://www.picasa.com/features/index.php?tid=Y2NpZD0zNzQz

What's new in Picasa 2.1? ...Here's what's new: Picasa is now available in Chinese (simplified and traditional), Dutch, English (U. S. and UK) , French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. When you start Picasa, the software will automatically match your system's native language. To change the language in Picasa, go to Tools Options. Change the language using the pull down menu on the "General" tab. You will need to close and re-open Picasa to see your changes take effect.

Post a photo to your Blog in one click. Picasa's new "BlogThis!" button replaces the "Blogger" button and allows you to upload your photos directly to the Blogger web editor, without the need for a Hello account. To use, select a photo in Picasa and click the "BlogThis!" button.

"CD Cover Size" is now one of the print layout choices. Improved RAW handling Picasa supports more RAW formats and cameras in this release, with improved color-balance support and faster speed. Work with your highest quality files from these camera manufacturers: Canon (RAF) New models supported include the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (aka the 350D), Pentax *istDS, Konica/Minolta Maxxum7D (aka the Dynax 7D). External drives Find photos on external drives using Picasa. Simply go Tools Folder Manager to choose whether Picasa should scan a connected external drive to find pictures. When you unplug and reconnect, Picasa will find your pictures instantly (with no scanning), and will also preserve your labels.
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0510/05101401picasa_21.asp

Select a group of pictures choose one of the beautiful templates, and Picasa will create a collage that expands your creative horizons. http://www.picasa.com/features/features-create.php

System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows 2000/XP Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0+
http://www.picasa.net/

Installation:
Picasa:
Free download from Google Home. Picasa will not uninstall other programs or add any non-Picasa programs or files to your computer. If you are upgrading from a previous version of Picasa, clicking the Free Download button above will install Picasa 2 on your computer without deleting or overwriting the older version of Picasa. Picasa 2 will maintain any albums and any edits that you made to your photos while using older versions of Picasa. Note: keeping two copies of Picasa on your computer may take up more disk space than you desire. http://picasa.google.com/download/

About the company:
Picasa, Inc is a Pasadena, California based digital photography company that produces an automated digital photo organizer application of the same name. In July 2004, Google acquired Picasa from Idealab and began offering Picasa for free download.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picasa

Google purchased Picasa (an image software maker) in 2004 and its photo sharing utility Hello, integrating the latter with Blogger, thus allowing users to post photos to their blogs. Thus photoblogging became a reality with the integration of Blogger and Hello. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogger

Competition:
Microsoft Office Picture Manager - basic photo management software (similar to a basic version of Google's Picasa or Adobe's Photoshop Elements).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Office

iPhoto is part of the iLife suite of applications and comes bundled with every new Macintosh computer. iPhoto can import, organize, edit, print and share digital photos. It is often compared to Google's Picasa and Adobe's Photoshop Album.... iPhoto allows easy importing from digital cameras, scanners, picture CDs and the Internet. Almost all digital cameras work without additional software, as do many scanners. iPhoto supports most common image file formats.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhoto


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3 comments:

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