Featured Download: Picasa 3

I haven't been able to post recently since I've been on a schedule that's a bit hectic. I've been self-studying photojounalism and professional photography, plus photo manipulation online. Anyway, here we go.

I've been looking for a decent photo management / library software that includes built-in photo manipulation, such as basic tweaks (rotate, pan, hue/saturation, resize, etc.), fine tuning (red-eye reduction, shadowing, highlights, etc.), and effects (sepia, tinting, glow, diffuse, etc.). One that's not necessarily premium and heavy, but one that's lightweight and comfortably easy to use. That's when I came accross Picasa 3; a freeware photo management and manipulation software that's incredibly lightweight and easy to use, much like commercial softwares such as ACDSee.

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. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.
Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures, you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share via Hello, and even post pictures on your own blog.
The latest version includes Web Albums (along with other improvements), but requires that you request an account from Google.

The quote above is from the manufacturer's description of Picasa, and everything was summarized accurately. From the Windows Explorer interface, you can 'surf-through' images on folders, add labels, and sort each as you wish. Picasa also has an autodiscovery feature, which makes searching and skimming for images as easy as a touch of a button. Plus, since Picasa is a Google product, it seamlessly integrates into Google's social sites, like Blogger and Picasa Web Albums.

In short, Picasa is a wonderful software that bloggers and enterprise photojournalists alike will love. It's like a treasure chest with a thousand tools and countless wonders.

Watch the video below
and download Picasa now, for free.


--FRANCIS