Picasa is Google's great free photo software. Use Picasa instead of your usual software to easily move photos from your camera to your computer. Then use Picasa to easily edit, touchup and create cool image effects on your photos. One of Picasa's best features is it's ability to easily organize all of your photos, rename them, rate them and search them - no matter where they are stored on your computer. Picasa can even find some of those old photos lost on your hard drive in a forgotten folder somewhere!
PC Magazine Says:
"It's not just free. It's better than ever. This past summer, the ever-expanding Google empire acquired Picasa, one of PC Magazine's favorite photo-management tools, and a week later, in keeping with its usual business strategy, the company quit charging for the application. Now, for the first time since the acquisition, Google has released a new version, Picasa 2.0, and we like it even more than before"
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.
With Picasa, you can quickly and easily upload and purchase photo products from some of the web's most popular photo printers in a click. You can also easily share photos lightning fast and right from your computer: make gift CDs, send pictures through email, print photos easily at home and more.
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 at home, make gift CDs, instantly share via Hello™, and even post pictures on your own blog.
Amazing effects turn average pictures into masterpieces.
You can see how much Picasa's 12 new visual effects can improve your photos – and in seconds, not hours. Go sepia. Warmify. Make pictures pop with color or try austere black-and-white. Try easy one-clicks or the more finely tuned sliders for better control where you want it. And of course, you can undo your changes at any step along the way.
Write captions that stay saved with the picture.
Picasa lets you easily create captions and descriptions for your pictures. Your captions are saved within their pictures and stay with them, whether you export as a web page or make a CD presentation. Picasa captions are fully editable and searchable, and you choose whether to display them or not.
Zoom. Pan. Tilt. Get the angle you originally meant to.
So you did not get the perfect shot? With Picasa, that is not the end of the story. Go in closer and move the focus slightly to the left. Your camera was slightly crooked? So what? You can make your picture perfect anyway.
Print beautiful pictures at home with more custom sizes.
Picasa automatically fits your pictures perfectly onto the expensive paper used by your home printer. It’s finally easy to print wallets, 4×6, 5×7, full pages, more sizes and even (hallelujah!) more than one picture on a page.
Order prints, gifts and books from your favorite online companies.
It's really easy to send your pictures directly to most of the webs favorite photo printers. A few clicks and your pictures are on their way to the printers. You can even order great gifts like photo mugs and enlarged photo prints.
Safely back up your photos with Picasa.
It's easy to protect your pictures from loss or accidental deletion by saving them on a CD or DVD. Picasa even displays the pictures that haven't been backed up yet to make absolutely sure you don't make mistakes and forget to make a backup of your favorite photos.
You can even save to any device that is an external drive or disk, including the newest flash memory cards and sticks. With just a few clicks you control the quality and sizes of your exported pictures. Then easily export and save them.
Give gift CDs with slide shows.
You can easily create slide shows, CDs and other great gifts for friends and family.
Turn your photos into a movie.
It’s so easy to play filmmaker with your pictures. Select your best shots, then adjust the delay time, dimensions, and video compression settings. That’s it – Picasa will create a movie, complete with title graphics, that you can play and share.
Make a personalized desktop picture or screensaver.
Pick a favorite photo as your desktop picture or add several into your screensaver rotation. What better way to enjoy your photographic genius than at your desk?
Create a poster.
Picasa can tile any picture you select, allowing you to print each part and reassemble them at poster size – up to 1,000% larger than the original.
Make picture collages.
Select a group of pictures, choose one of the beautiful templates, and Picasa will create a fantastic collage. Picture pile it. Then simply save your collage to a folder, as a new desktop background or as a screensaver.
TiVo - View pictures on your TV with TiVo®.
Picasa’s automatic photo organizer exports your pictures to any TiVo® Series2™ DVR connected to a home network.
Hello™ instant picture chat lets you share pictures back-and-forth in seconds.
Hello is instant messaging made just for pictures. Send out dozens of pictures instantly using the "Hello" button in Picasa while you chat with friends and family who are also online. Hello sends pictures using an encrypted connection, so the pictures you send are saved directly on your friend’s computer. The pictures you receive via Hello appear in Picasa under the "From Hello" collection. Hello is a separate download from Picasa. Find a buddy and sign up at www.hello.com.
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