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Google ships Picasa for Mac, works with web albums

updated 09:00 pm EST, Mon January 5, 2009

Picasa arrives for Mac

Google has released Picasa for the Mac, allowing Mac users to manage, edit and share photo collections. The new software works with Google's Picasa Web Albums and provides tools for photo editing, eliminating scratches, blemishes and fixing red-eye. It has automatic web sync, offers collage making and simple movie editing and, using Picasa's web albums, photos can be tagged with names for tracking the faces in each picture.

Google hasn't finished some features; geotagging and webcam capture are not functional in today's release, which they are still calling a beta.

Google will have a presence at Macworld, with engineers seeking feedback from users sampling the software at booths around the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Picasa for Mac requires Mac OS 10.4 or higher, an Intel CPU and 256MB of RAM.

by MacNN Staff





  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969



    A real iPhoto replacement. At long, long last.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And the point is...?

    Having used Picasa, I can't really say it offers anything more than iPhoto. It has significantly different approach, though, showing the exact directory structure and files themselves, which iPhoto hides below its own folder hierarchy, shielding user from the files themselves. The ability to integrate with everything else (from Mail, to iWeb, iDVD, iMovie, iPhone, iPod) will be difficult to match.

    While I myself won't bother (other than to try, just out of curiosity), I can see how some people may like, even prefer it. I'll continue to use Picasaweb plug-in for iPhoto to export my stuff out to Picassaweb.

    Good to know, though, it's available. Nothing wrong with choice.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: and the point is

    Maybe some people like the idea of free software, one that works on both their Mac and PC, and that they don't have to buy an upgrade for just because they decided to upgrade their OS.

    Plus, many people don't like iPhoto's "Let's hide the pictures, and don't touch them at all unless you're in iPhoto otherwise bad things will happen!" approach.

  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A buddy of mine is walking through the binary, and is finding stuff like autorun.inf, PicasaRestore.exe...(assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0")(assemblyIdentity processorArchitecture="x86" version=""type="win32"name="GoogleManifest.exe"/)Maybe they just wrapped the Windows version in WINE and tossed it out for us...

  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Mac" version?

    A buddy of mine is walking through the binary, and is finding stuff like autorun.inf, PicasaRestore.exe...

    Maybe they just wrapped the Windows version in WINE and tossed it out for us...

  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969


    better than iphoto.

    i don't dislike iphoto for certain things... but picasa is massively better for my needs.

    the main thing i like is how it keeps my folder structure intact... and most of all doesn't duplicate my entire collection into some weirdly organized structure. no need to double my now-somewhat-large photo collection.

    it is also useful in mixed environments... as can have one set of instructions for just picasa and not picasa and iphoto.

    one thing i noticed this one doesn't have that windows does/did have. on first launch i only had 2 choices (i) look here (ii) look everywhere. pretty sure windows had an option to look nowhere until i tell it what folders i want indexed.

    this is somewhat inconvenient. couldn't even find a way to make it stop short of quitting the app.

  1. 64stang06

    Joined: Dec 1969



    In Picasa, go to Tools-->Folder Manager. In the source list on the list, select what you want to be searched, then on the right, click either the eye icon (to always scan) or the checkmark icon (to only scan once). Do this for any folder/drive you wish to be included, or not included for that matter.

  1. JohnnyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Intel ONLY = FAIL

    At least for another year or so until most have upgraded. Too bad, I would like to try Picasa, it's the best photo software on Windoze.

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