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Google Releases Update for Picasa

Posted Wednesday, October 12, 2005 3:10:57 PM by Jim Babbage

Jim Babbage

For those of you using Picasa, here's official notice that Google has released an upgrade. Make sure to drop by and download it.

There's a whack of new features in this free imaging utility:

  • Multiple languages Support 
  • BlogThis! button allows you to post one photo at a time directly to the web editor
  • Print CD covers 
  • Improved RAW file handling - support for more makes and RAW file types: Canon (.CRW, .CR2), Nikon (.NEF), Olympus (.ORF), Pentax (.PEF), Kodak (.DCR), Sony (.SRF), Minolta (.MRW), and Fuji (.RAF).
    I'm hoping that it wil read the RAW files from my new Fuji S9000 camera. Of course, reading RAW files and being able to properly edit them are two very different things.
  • Import from additional cameras

I find Picasa really helpful for sorting and viewing images as well as quickly creating quick web photo galleries. It has a decent range of built-in tools for fixing up images, including some nifty special effects. All in all, not bad for a freebie.

Picasa helps you find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open the app, it automatically locates all your pictures on your hard drive and sorts them into albums organised by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organised. 

It's a pretty cool image management tool and has one thing that FW has always been sorely lacking - an image browser. You can see thumbnails of your image files on screen, and either sort or edit them right within Picasa, or locate the file on the disc and open it within your favorite app - like Fireworks.

Unfortunately for the Macheads in the crowd, Picasa is only available for Windows users.

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