Introducing Picasa 3

Uploaded by Google on 21.08.2008

>> Picasa is free software from Google that helps you manage your digital photo collection.
Using Picasa on your PC, you can organize and view all your photos in one place.
Edit your pictures to perfection and get creative with your favorite photos-- making beautiful
photo collages, video slideshows, prints, wallpapers, and more.
Managing your photo collection should be easy not difficult.
When you launch the new Picasa 3, you'll immediately see all the photos on your PC's hard drive
organized by folder and date. Adding new photos is as simple as attaching
a camera and clicking the "Import" button. You can also create virtual photo albums to
quickly group together photos for viewing or sharing.
Add tags and stars to your standout photos to easily search and show off your photo collection's
finest. The updated interface in Picasa 3 includes
new controls at the album level. To help you quickly play a full screen slideshow,
create collages, movies, and CDs, and manage online sharing in sync.
Of course, other common actions that you care about-- like printing photos or uploading
albums to share online-- remain as easy as ever, accessible via the prominent buttons
in your photos library. Everybody wants their pictures to look great,
and Picasa 3 has been designed to make great-looking pictures available to everybody.
Just double-click any photo to zoom in on the picture and reveal Picasa's easy-to-use
editing controls, which span basic fixes, fine tuning, and special effects.
The "Basic Fixes" tab helps you quickly implement the most important edits with minimal efforts.
You can crop and straighten, or adjust color, contrast, and lighting.
There's even an "I'm Feeling Lucky" button that automatically adjusts many settings at
once to enhance your photo. Editing features in Picasa are nondestructive.
You can always revert to your original photo if you want.
Brand new in Picasa 3 is a text tool that lets you add text to any picture.
Complete with intuitive layout and formatting controls to help you get perfect results.
Just type some text, drag into position, and adjust to your liking.
Also new is a powerful retouching tool to help you edit like a pro.
It's an easy way to fix minor blemishes and other distractions.
No airbrushing skills required. We've made many other improvements to the
powerful and accessible editing features found in earlier versions of Picasa.
Red eye fixes, for example, require less work that ever.
Now, just press the "Red Eye" button "Basic Fixes" tab and watch Picasa automatically
locate and correct the problem. You'll also notice smarter crop suggestions,
which are based on the composition of your photograph.
Access the "Crop" button, select your choice of dimension and then get to cropping.
You can always preview to get a sneak peak before applying changes.
Sharing is now more streamlined and faster than before.
Click the "Share" button on any album to immediately upload that album to Picasa web albums and
let friends know that you've posted new pictures. Alternatively, select any group of pictures
and click the "Upload" button. You control whether your online albums are
public and searchable or kept at an unlisted address.
Web albums can automatically be kept in sync with the photos on your PC.
Just enable the "Sync to Web" toggle on any album in Picasa 3.
After sync is enabled on an album, any photo fixes or album additions you make on your
PC will be automatically be uploaded to Picasa web albums, giving you one less thing to worry
about. Apart from helping you organize, edit, and
share your photos, Picasa 3 also introduces new ways for you to get creative and have
more fun with your digital camera. The collage tool, for example, has been greatly
enhanced and gives you several different collage types and total artistic freedom over layout
and content. To get started, just select a folder or album,
then click the "Create Photo Collage" button. Changing the layout is easy.
After customizing your collage, you can use it as a desktop wallpaper or print at high
resolution. Ever take movies with your digital camera?
Picasa 3 now includes a simple and straightforward movie maker, so you can create short movies
featuring your videos, photos, and music, and easily share them on YouTube.
Getting started is as easy as selecting an album and clicking the "Create Movie Presentation"
button. Start having fun by adding text, altering
transition styles, and choosing the right tunes to match the mood.
When you are satisfied, click the "Create Movie" button and Picasa 3 will go to work
rendering your video. Once it's done, you can use the YouTube button
to share with friends or the whole world. These are just some of the new features in
the latest version of Picasa. And there's plenty more, from new slideshow
transitions to better tagging. To download Picasa 3 for your own PC, or learn
more about Picasa web albums, visit